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Porto: Portugal in its purest form

In the north of Portugal, on the Costa Verde, lies the beautiful city of Porto. This harbour town in the ideal destination for a city break. Everything in the city can easily be reached via public transit, by bike or even on foot. Thanks to its unique architecture, the old city centre is a listed World Heritage site. Come and savour a cup of coffee, and maybe a sweet Pastel de Nata, along the banks of the Douro river. Staying in Porto a bit longer? In that case, you’ll want to take a daytrip to the picturesque Douro Valley. Plan your stay with Transavia Holidays and make it a holiday to remember.

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Take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Porto

The streets of Porto are easy to explore on foot. Stroll through the many alleyways, climb steep stairs and let yourself be surprised by the beauty of the old city centre. If you pass through the much-loved Ribeira neighbourhood, be sure to look up and enjoy the charming sight of all the clotheslines stretching overhead. Sample Portuguese specialties at one of the many small dining cafés or a restaurant on the boulevard near the harbour. Here, you can listen to street musicians while sipping a glass of port.

Porto’s architectural highlights

There’s a reason that the city centre of Porto is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage. The two-part bridge Ponte Luís I is a (quite literal) high point, offering a sweeping view of the Douro river and the colourful houses along the waterfront. Looking for characteristic Portuguese wall tiles? Head to the São Bento station and be enchanted by the impressive interior. Another must-see is the old bookseller Livraria Lello, which inspired the author of the Harry Potter books. Are you ready to feast your eyes on the many sights of authentic Porto?

‘Gazing at the clean laundry stretched between the typical Portuguese houses along the narrow streets and alleyways is a feast for the senses. This is a city that will steal your heart.’

Porto and the surrounding area

Porto is located in the famous Douro Valley. With Transavia Holidays, it’s easy to book a daytrip to the valley. There, you can take a boat tour that offers stunning views of the terraced vineyards and lovely natural setting. A wine-tasting is obviously in order as well! Visit a winemaker’s estate and be amazed by the varied flavours of Portuguese wines. Prefer a day on the water in ‘the Venice of Portugal’? In that case, visit Aveiro, a city to the south of Porto that you can tour by gondola.