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Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

The city of Porto sits elegantly on the banks of the Rio Douro, creating a charismatic destination that even the grumpiest person could enjoy. Now, since I know you are not grumpy, you will find a plethora of amazing things within this incredible city, including stunning architecture, fabulous street art, and delicious cuisine and port wine. Add in the friendly locals and you may discover that you have found your new home away from home.

Weather in Porto

The winters in Porto can get cold, but it never really dips below freezing. The summer months are quite the opposite with temperatures soaring into the high-seventies or low-eighties. As for precipitation, you will find the most rain between the months of September and May.

Things to Do in Porto

There are so many fascinating things to do during a visit to Porto, Portugal. One of the first things you will want to have on your list is a walk through the Jardins do Palacio de Cristal. There are many walkways through these gorgeous gardens and as you follow them, you will see many fountains amongst the lush flowers and plants.

A port wine tasting tour is a must in this part of Portugal and there are dozens of different wine cellars for you to choose from for each tour. If you are not sure if you want to spend time on a tour, you must at least wander through the Port Wine Museum to see how this beverage is made.

A few other options for your time in Porto include a stop at the Porto Cathedral, shopping at the Bolhao Market, a visit to the Lello Bookstore, and a little time on one of Porto’s sunkissed beaches.

Unique Facts About Porto

  • Port wine was first made in Porto and most of it comes from this area.

  • The nickname of Porto is Invicta.

  • One of the bridges over the Douro River was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower.

  • Porto’s traditional dish is tripas a moda do Porto.

  • The locals do not make the letter, V, sound when they are talking.

  • This is the second largest city in the country.

  • One of Europe’s largest street festivals is St. John’s Festival and it is held in Porto.

You will be fascinated with this city from the moment you arrive, so I urge you to make sure you have your itinerary carefully planned out before your trip even begins. You may want to leave a little free time during each day, so you can simply enjoy a certain area longer than planned or make quick stops to appreciate something you discover during your travels. After all, that is the best way to fully appreciate this world that we live in!

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