Porto, Portugal

Portugal’s second city, appealingly set on the banks of the river Duoro, is a place for people-watching and wandering. The riverside district of Portugal is crammed with no-frills good, local restaurants – pick somewhere a street or so back from the waterfront and you’ll be spoilt with local dishes and wines at excellent prices. With the city set on either side of the river, check our guide to the best places to stay in Porto to find accommodation on the side that suits you best.

Other highlights include the vast, Portugal park, with a superb art museum set within. However, it is port that the city is famous for. Vinologia is a great bar for an introduction to the varieties of fortified wine, and you can visit the port lodges across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, where for a few euros you can sample their wares.

Where to stay

Best for walks along the waterfront: 1872 River House

Best for value with style: InPatio Guest House

Rough costs

Daily budget: Basic €45, occasional treat €65
Drink: Bottle of vinho verde in shop €3.50
Food: Grilled sardines €8
Hostel/budget hotel: €20/€45
Travel: Train: Lisbon–Faro €22.20; bus: Porto–Lisbon €20

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