Books, Music & Wine In Portugal - Porto

Books, Music & Wine In Portugal - Porto

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Trip Introduction

Porto maybe the second largest city in Portugal, it is still an other-worldly place that urges you to indulge in leisurely strolls, and feast on its fabulous food and wine.  Set by the picturesque hillside along the banks of the Douro River, Porto is a town rich in heritage and old-world charm. Often also called the city of bridges, Porto is a beautiful mix of cobbled alleys and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Porto has a charming, faded splendor, lots of palm trees and fabulous Fifties graphics which renders an eclectic vibe to the city. 


Porto : View From River Duoro

What is really exciting is that both - the old-world heritage and modernity is thrown together, which makes exploring the city a pleasure. There is enough interesting architecture and history to satisfy the curious, coupled with splashes of urban sophistication - good shops, restaurants, beaches and a thriving nightlife. So scratch beneath the surface, and you will find that Porto is sufficiently modern and urbane with a busy nightlife to suit an urban traveler, while still nurturing the town's old soul. The city looks particularly beautiful at sundown with the lit up riverside and is probably underrated for its romantic hues. And for a bibliophile like me, the city also offers one of the oldest and most beautiful bookstore in the world. With great wine, beautiful bookstores and reviving folk music, Porto offers a soul-enriching experience.

Porto Riverside

Porto Riverside

Porto has been declared as a World Heritage Site since 1996. In the historical centre there is fascinating and monumental landscape richness where you can see several urban and historic monuments from the medieval times to early modernity.

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How to get there

Francisco Sa Carneiro International Airport, Porto (11 kilometers from the center of the city) is well-connected to regular flights from Faro and Lisbon in Portugal, as well as to Spain, the UK and other European destinations. Once you arrive at the airport, there are various public transit choices including buses, trains or taxis to the city center. 

By Rail

Porto is the most important railway hub of all the cities. It is services by two main train stations. Estacao de Sao Bento (Sao Bento Train Station) is located in central Porto, in Praca Almeida Garrett, being the terminal of regional trains which travel between Porto and sundry north destinations (such as Braga, Viana do Castelo and Duoro). - See more at:

By Bus

There are many bus companies and choices such as Rede Nacional de Expressos, InterNorte, Eurolines.

By Road

You can reach Porto via the main A1 motorway from Lisbon, via the A3 from the east and via the A4 and A28 coast road from the Spanish border in the north.



Posted By: Olga

Wonderful article.Nice tip about Fado- I had never heard of it. I will be sure to check that out.

Posted By: Hemangi

Hi Aditi, your fun facts are super cool. Another brilliantly written article. And great pics too!I have been planning to visit lisbon forever. Now I am adding Porto on top of that list- thnak you!

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