A weekend in Porto: the perfect city-break guide

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A weekend in Porto: the perfect city-break guide

Porto, the coastal city nestled along the Douro River in Portugal, is a destination that effortlessly blends historical charm. Known for its architecture, delicious cuisine, and world-renowned port wine, Porto offers a perfect setting for a memorable weekend city-break. This guide will help you make the most of your weekend getaway in Porto.

Historical treasures

Start your weekend by immersing yourself in Porto’s history. Begin with a visit to the iconic Ribeira District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with colourful houses and soak in the lively atmosphere. During your stay, Aspasios offers a range of centrally located apartments, such as the comfortable Almada and Clérigos Apartments, providing easy access to Porto’s historical treasures. Don’t miss the imposing Porto Cathedral, which offers breathtaking views of the city from its terrace. For history enthusiasts, a visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, a neoclassical masterpiece, and the Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, is a must.

The Livraria Lello

Culinary delights

Porto is a paradise for food lovers, with a culinary mix of both traditional and contemporary flavours. Treat yourself to a gastronomic adventure by sampling dishes such as francesinha (a hearty sandwich), bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (salted codfish), and pastel de nata (custard tart). In addition, pair your meals with a glass of port wine, for which Porto is famous worldwide. After a delightful day of culinary exploration, return to your cosy Aspasios Apartment where you can relax and recharge for the next day’s adventures. Explore the bustling Bolhão Market to discover fresh produce, local cheeses, and artisanal products.

Pastel de nata

Art and culture

Porto is a city that pulsates with creativity and boasts a thriving art and culture. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art to admire its diverse collection of contemporary artworks and feel like you are in a Wes Anderson movie. Take a stroll along Miguel Bombarda Street, known for its vibrant art galleries and independent boutiques. Moreover, to taste Porto’s music scene, catch a live performance of Fado, the soulful Portuguese music genre.

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Natural beauty

While Porto is known for its urban charm, it is also surrounded by natural beauty that is worth exploring. Hop on a boat cruise along the Douro River and marvel at the picturesque landscapes of vineyards and villages. A short drive from Porto will lead you to the Douro Valley where you can indulge in wine tastings and enjoy breathtaking views. For a relaxing escape head to the nearby beaches of Matosinhos or Foz do Douro and unwind by the Atlantic Ocean.

Matosinhos beach

If you are looking for central and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Porto, have a look at our Almada Apartments or Clérigos Apartments and make the most of your Portugal trip!


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