Arriving in Porto, you’ll probably notice how the buildings and monuments nestle right up to the riverside, or else stick to the hillsides. The city is swarming with colourful streets and historic sites. There’s something to see around every bend.
The Torre dos Clérigos dominates the skyline, as does the substantial Sé Catedral above the Ribeira district. From the centre, where you’ll find the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange) and the São Francisco Church, it’s a short jaunt across the Ponte de Dom Luís I (Dom Luís I Bridge) to Vila Nova de Gaia. When it rains, you can duck into one of Porto’s museums to keep from getting soaked, or else opt for a river cruise to check out the bridges spanning the Douro. If you have time, book a longer cruise to the heart of the winegrowing region. With the city’s churches, gardens, museums and wine tradition, there’s heaps to do for the demanding traveller.