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The place of birth of port wine, Porto is the second largest city next to Lisbon in Portugal. Despite being a highly industrialized city, Porto’s combined interesting architectural influences, long and rich history, hilly landscape, and perfect port wine and Portuguese cuisine makes it the idyllic place to spend some quality relaxation time. In addition, you can tour the neighboring towns and tourist attractions to complete your Portugal experience. From the main Porto Airport, car hire agents can be easily contacted to lease a car rental at Porto Airport for the duration of your stay in the city.

Things to do in Porto

Porto has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a very good reason. With its hilly landscape, Porto’s structures are built on cliffs that look out over the wide river, giving visitors a feel of a dramatic location complete with history-rich museums, splendid monuments, grand baroque churches, and labyrinthine streets and alleyways.

Start ticking off your must-see Porto list by getting the most scenic view of the city from Torre dos Clerigos. Scaling the 240-step tower may seem like a difficult hurdle, but once you see the breathtaking view, you’ll definitely realize that it’s all worth it. Visit the Ribeira and the Ribeira de Gaia and relish the old world charm of Porto. Spend some time traipsing along Mercado do Bolhão and find everything you want from tropical fruits, vegetables, meat and other fresh produce. When you’re done, be sure to pass by the train station of São Bento where you will be enchanted by the colorful history of Portugal depicted through 20,000 tiles.

Art enthusiasts should not miss out on the guaranteed delight of ogling at the contemporary works of Portuguese artists found in Fundaçäo de Serralves.  Of course, a trip to Porto wouldn’t be complete without the port wine sampling. Head on over to Taylor’s to sample the fine port while getting a side trip of the cellar where these ports are stored.

Other nearby Porto attractions

While it might be so easy to get overwhelmed by all the beautiful spots inside the city of Porto, there is also a wealth of beautiful things to see outside the city itself. If you happen to be vacationing during summer, you might want to drive in your Porto Airport car rental to the south of Gaia where you’ll have a chance to relax and unwind in beautiful beaches. Better yet, you can drive to the town of Espinho with its pristine beaches and laid-back and cozy atmosphere. If you’re looking for an all-night party while in Porto, you can drive to neighboring cities Vila do Conde, Maia, Amarante to name a few, and enjoy a night at the clubs, bars, and casinos.

To cap off your Porto experience, don’t forget to sample the Portuguese cuisine for Porto is known to have the most excellent restaurants in all of Europe. While it is considered a traditional food in Porto, Francesinha is said to be included in the top ten sandwiches around the world for its tenderly cooked layers of meat that simply bursts with flavor in every bite. Tripe has played a very significant role in the history of Porto so you might want to try the Tripas à moda do Porto while you’re at it!

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