Wine & Local Culture in Porto, Portugal
Food & Wine
The second largest city in Portugal, Porto is a picturesque coastal city known for its bridges, narrow cobblestone streets and port wine production. Sail along the Duoro river during sunset or dive into the local culture Porto has to offer with world class museums and architecture. And if port wine isn't your thing, visit the wineries of Duoro valley less than three hours from the city. No matter what, do not skip Porto when visiting Portugal!
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Where to stay in Porto
Le Monumental Palace
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Things to do in Porto
Mercado do Bolhão
The Bolhao Market is a vibrant market located in the center of the city where you can buy fresh produce, sauces, fresh fish and even wine. Mercado do Bolhão is a must when you are visiting Porto.
Porto's Livraria Lello, inspired by the Hogwarts library, is a stunning Art-Deco bookstore that attracts over 4,000 visitors a day. Its gothic interior and red carpet staircase makes it one of the most Instagrammable locations in Porto.
Duoro River Sail
Yacht charter on Duoro river. We reserved via Get On My Boat, brought charcuterie and wine aboard and enjoyed the magnificent views. If you prefer a more authentic route, rent a 100% electric Rabelo boat.
As the capital of port wine, Porto offers endless tasting options along the river. Wine is a lot cheaper here than it is stateside, so take advantage of the price and indulge. You're on vacation, after-all!
Visit the Duoro Valley wineries. We reserved a driver for the day and had tastings at Quinta de Suiz winery and Quinta de la Rose winery.
Places to Eat & Drink in Porto
Bao-Bao: The best Asian food I have ever had! If you are a foodie, Bao Bao is a must. We loved it so much we got seconds of most dishes.
Restaurante Casario: Located inside the Gran Cruz House hotel, Casario is a gastronomic experience with a fine dining ambiance that will not disappoint. The octopus is a must.
Casa Guedes: Hole in the wall where you will find the best sandwich in Porto. The famous francheshina sandwich is made up of roasted pork leg with sheep cheese that will melt in your mouth. Trust me, you'll want to try it!
Caldeireiros: Portuguese tapas restaurant with amazing food. It gets very crowded, so make a reservation if possible. Make sure to order the pica pao which is absolutely delicious. This is definitely a hidden gem you should not miss.
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