December – February
LCY → OPO
Freedom of movement
Travel insurance is recommended
Porto is a riverside town that is simply filled with character. Labyrinth-like lanes dominate the centre where bell towers loom above incredible baroque-style churches. While a lively social scene is apparent, as the staple drink – Port – is consumed in wine cellars and cafes along the riverside.
Porto might be an up-and-coming capital of arts, but its history can still be seen in the cobblestoned streets, medieval districts and famed monuments. Get a peak of the past as you explore Roman ruins and village-like plazas on your Porto holidays. Then immerse yourself in the chic accommodation options, hip bars and the Michelin-starred dining that propel Porto into the present day. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the UNESCO-listed Ribeira district and head to the gallery-lined Rua Miguel Bombarda to soak up the bohemian vibe, with its innovative exhibitions and lively street activities.
Summers in Porto are characteristically sunny with temperatures averaging a low of 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) and highs of 27 degrees Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) but they can rise to as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) when heat waves happen occasionally. So consider it when planning your holidays to Porto.
In winter, temperatures usually range between 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit) in the morning and 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) by afternoon, but they rarely drop below 0 degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) at night.
The port that is famed in Porto starts in the vineyards that encircle the city. The grapes ripen thanks to water from the Douro, which divides the city in two halves as it flows to the ocean. So it is perhaps not surprising many of the best places to stay for holidays in Porto are near the Douro.
This is an incredibly old city. The winding cobbled streets, steep stairs and terracotta-roofed buildings of the historic Ribeira district is another area where some of Porto’s best places to stay can be found.
The number of things to do on Porto holidays makes them unforgettable. In fact the list is so extensive you will struggle to fit everything in on your first visit.
With its legacy of Port making and its UNESCO world heritage listed river-frontage dotted with colourful houses, this is a city known for its landmarks, such as the Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed y Gustave Eiffel. Porto also has a fascinating heritage of wine making, which you can delve into on tours and tastings. Add to this the vibrant culture which is apparent in the cafes, restaurants and bars housed under the medieval arches of Cais Da Ribeira.
Shopping opportunities on holidays in Porto are seemingly endless, from El Corte Ingles – a multi-storey paradise for shoppers to the retro souvenirs of A Vida Portuguesa. Head to La Maison des Porto where you will find more than 200 varieties of Port to sample before you buy.
Go to the National Museum Soares dos Reis, an art collection housed in a former neoclassical palace. Head to Estadio do Dragao, the base of the famed F.C Porto or immerse yourself in the city’s winemaking heritage with tours and tastings of Porto’s famous export, Port.
Indulge in a romantic dinner looking out over the Douro River at the tapas wine bar, Wine Quay Bar or for contemporary Portuguese cuisine head to ODE Porto Wine House.
The nocturnal scene in Porto is unlikely to disappoint you. For a memorable night look on holidays to Porto no further than Pitch – it is a super-trendy fashion club spanning three floors with plenty of attitude or you can hang with the hipsters crowd at Twins.