Porto is a city quickly gaining popularity among tourists for its old beauty and traditional charm. It is perfect for those wanting a calm getaway with good wine and beautiful sunsets. To make things even better, flights to Porto Portugal are cheaper than ever, making this beautiful getaway an affordable opportunity for anyone.
What to Expect in Porto Portugal
While visiting Porto, Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon, expect to see cobbled roads and buildings from the 18th and 19th centurys. The city screams old, traditional Portugal, which is perfect for those looking for a culturally rich environment for their holidays.
It is not a place of grand buildings and palaces – except for the Palácio da Bolsa and the 13th century cathedral, instead it is a place of small castles and baroque churches. Past these beautiful sights, however, are also a collection of new age restaurants, bars and independent boutiques. You’re sure to get a taste of Portugal’s culture both new and old in the course of your stay in Porto.
How to Get to Porto Portugal
Getting to the city of Porto is surprisingly easy for its size and popularity. Flights to Porto from a London airport are inexpensive but vary greatly depending on the time of year. It is always a good practice to book your flights at least a month ahead of time to find good deals. With flights to Porto in particular, booking your flights two months in advance seems to guarantee the cheapest prices.
When it comes to the best time to take a flight, there are many factors. The best time of year to book a flight, in regards to the cheapest price, is January for an average price of £124. Although, good prices averaging under £200 can also be found for flights in February, April, October, and November. The most expensive time of year by far is December.
After you have arrived in Porto, you’ll want to look into transfers from Porto airport. A transfer will transport you and your luggage from the airport to nearly anywhere you need to go. The great thing about transfers from Porto airport is that they are mostly affordable, too, making it easy to get where you need to go after arriving in the city.
Where to Stay in Porto
Hotels in Porto are beautiful and abundant, making your choice a difficult one when deciding where to stay once you’ve arrived in the city. Luckily, we’ve got a few suggestions to make the decision easier for you.
The Castelo Santa Catarina is a small 19th castle. It has hand painted tiles and its own gardens and private chapel. Inside the castle, there are nine rooms to choose from, and outside in the gardens are another 16 more modern options to stay in. This enchanting castle getaway also serves a breakfast buffet in an original preserved 19th century room inside the castle.
The Hotel Infante Sagres is a central hotel perfect for those wanting to be in the middle of everything. It has the feel of an English country house but with the charm of Portuguese culture added to it. The hotel is made of 70 cozy rooms, a spa and a restaurant that serves regional Portuguese cuisine.
The Grande Hotel Porto is a well recommended, old-fashioned luxury hotel. This is a great option for those looking for a hotel with a subtle charm, that is also an inexpensive option when considering a hotel in Porto.
What to Do in Porto
There are many things to do and see while staying in Porto. The first sight worth your while is the São Bento train station. This is often a sight that kills two birds with one stone as you may either be arriving into the city by train or visiting other places nearby. Either way, the magnificently decorated station is a must-have on your list of things to see while in Porto.
After the train station, you’ll want to take a walk through the streets with many different options for restaurants, bars and bakeries. There are plenty of historical locations here, some of which have been open for many, many years. Pastries and local delicacies, will provide you with options are that will seem endless and it would be in your best interest to try them all in order to get the full Porto experience!
While visiting the city of Porto, it is important to try the city’s signature drink; port wine. The wine is named after the city and can be found at any place that serves or sells alcohol. You won’t have experienced Porto if you don’t try traditional port wine from the origin city itself.
After you’ve drank, dined and shopped, you’ll want to take a look at the many beautiful sights throughout the city. The train station was only the first out of many beautiful buildings you will encounter while in Porto if you arrive by train. There are cathedrals, castles, old jails, towers and the beautiful bridge over the Douro River to Vila Nova de Gaia. You’ll want to see it all and use your camera to preserve the memories.
Overall, your trip to Porto will be a wonderful experience regardless of how you go about it. Whether you visiting for the historical sights, the signature wine, the traditional cuisine or the cultural boutiques, you’re sure to find something that will make your whole trip worthwhile. The city of Porto is a dream come true, and you’ll leave feeling refreshed, fulfilled and happy to have visited Portugal.