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An ancient port city

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Porto is built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary and dates back to the 4th Century. The Riberia district was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996 and boasts charming cobbled streets, ancient churches, art galleries and traditional houses. There is a fascinating and diverse mix of architecture, modern buildings and twisting lanes to see and explore as well as plenty of bars and cafes where you can sample everything from rustic local cuisine to refined fine-dining dishes. Take a stroll to Liberdade Square located in the heart of downtown Porto. This large square has a wealth of historic and architecturally interesting buildings, including a statue of Dom Pedro IV and you can explore further using the hop-on-hop-off bus service. A guided walking tour is also a good idea as a knowledgeable tour guide can explain more about the history of Porto, talk about the city‘s famous monuments and there's often an optional extra such as a wine tasting or river cruise that can be added as well. Other famous attractions are Ribeira Square, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral's Treasure Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and much more. Of course, this is also the birthplace of port and you'll find many vineyards in the area. Wine aficionados will be spoilt for choice with the selection of wine tasting and port wine tours on offer, often coupled with a tasty lunch of local specialities - absolutely perfect! Designer Travel has a team of experienced travel experts who have an absolute passion for travel and customer service. We know our destinations and where the best and most luxurious resorts are and that, combined with our ability to listen and respond to what you want from your holiday, means we can search for the best options and make tailored recommendations, especially for you. As we are independent, we have a comprehensive choice of flights and accommodation options to choose from, we are ABTA bonded and offer a full after-sales service too so you’re assured of a very personal holiday experience from start to finish. So what are you waiting for? Let's start planning your next dream holiday right now. Simply complete the enquiry form or give us a call and we'll be delighted to help you book your holiday to Porto or anywhere else in the world you'd like to go.


Situated on the northwest coast of Portugal, Porto offers pleasantly warm summers and mild but rainy winters. From June to September temperatures can reach almost 30°C but, on a rare occasion, 38°C is possible. In winter, from December to February, expect temperatures of 13 or 14°C. Short periods of rain, sometimes heavy, are to be anticipated.

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Approximately 215,000



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Leisure Activities

Palacio Da Bolsa

This stunning building, built between 1842 and 1910, recognises Porto’s past and present money merchants and was the former stock exchange. The inside of the building is reminiscent of a royal palace and the “Arab Room” is now a grand reception room used to receive heads of state and other VIPs to the city.


The Porto area has many beautiful beaches including Molhe Beach which is 168m long. Other options are Matosinhos and Senhor Da Pedra beaches.

City Tram Tour

A ride on one of the cities trams is a unique way to discover the sights and sounds of Porto. The trip is relatively short and the trams travel at a leisurely pace giving you time to soak up the atmosphere.

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