In the north of Portugal where the River Douro meets the Atlantic sits the historic city of Porto– there are in fact two cities, dissected by the river Douro, with Porto on the north bank and Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank. In Vila Nova de Gaia you will find all the world famous Port wine brands being aged in ancient cellars crammed in along the river bank and in Porto a fabulous old city full of winding cobbled streets, stunning architecture and a personality that you will never find in Europe’s larger cities.
There is an international airport that flies to over 60 destinations and is just 15 minutes by cab to the city centre or 30 minutes by metro. By train it is 2 ½ hours to Lisbon. As well as the city itself, Porto is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in Europe,with unspoiled beaches running up and down the coast and Portugal’s jewel in the crown, the Douro Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world, where the denominated Port wine producing vineyards are to be found.