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You're Going to Love Porto

The hub of Portugal's northern region, Porto has a magnificent setting on the River Douro. Sophisticated, confident, outward-looking, Porto represents a wonderful blend of tradition and cultural dynamism.

You can see this energy everywhere, from the street art in neighborhoods like Miragaia to the chic creations of local design boutiques like scar-id. Even food is an outlet for the city's creativity, with Portugal's food capital attracting talents like Pedro Lemos (at the Boa Nova Tea House).

And you can sense history everywhere too. Whether it's in the sweet perfection of a glass of Port wine, the twisting streets of the waterfront neighborhood, or the views from the soaring Clérigos Tower, Porto has a magical, timeless feel.

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When to Visit Porto

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If you want to juggle sightseeing and sunbathing, head to Porto between June and early September, when the temperatures regularly top 85 degrees. October sees warm weather until surprisingly late in the season, and spring offers cut-price accommodation and mild weather.

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How to Get to Porto

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Where to Stay in Porto

The finest accommodation providers in Porto are clustered around the Old Town and Baixa, and there are plenty to choose from. The Crowne Plaza is a reliable 5-star option, but the InterContinental Palacio Das Cardosas is more luxurious. The Pestana Palácio do Freixo is a less flamboyant, but equally comfortable spa hotel, while the best hotel near the Atlantic coast is the cozy Casa Godninho in Matosinhos.

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Shopping Streets

Porto is a fantastic place to shop. Start in Baixa on Rua Santa Catarina, which is lined with independent boutiques. Then wander into the Mercado do Bolhão to check out the craft stalls. Be sure to head to the Rua do Rosário as well to visit cutting-edge designers like scar-id and the furniture boutique Piurra. Finally, to sample the finest Port in town, cross the river to the lodges of Vila Noca de Gaia.

Groceries and Other

Porto has all of the supermarkets you'll need to stock a self-catering kitchen during your stay, with options including Lidl, Froiz, and Minipreco. Prices should be reasonable, at around EUR2.15 for a gallon of milk and EUR1.50 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Porto

In Porto, every bistro or tasca that you wander into feels like you've found a hidden gem. The overall quality of food in the city is exceptional, but stand-outs include the ODE Porto Winehouse, which pairs traditional Portuguese dishes with the perfect wine; Pedro Lemos, who uses the finest local produce; and Casa Guedes, where the roast pork sandwiches are unforgettable. But you won't go too far wrong if you just explore the local neighborhood. Prices won't seem extortionate either, at about EUR25 for a three course meal.