Escape to Porto

It may be because of its decadent air , a bit melancholic. Or for the beauty of its monuments. Or it may be the charm that is breathed in the network of narrow streets that make up some of its neighborhoods, which contrast with the elegance of the stately buildings in other parts of the city. The fact is that Porto , the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, dazzles the visitor. It catches him hopelessly.

If you want the same to happen to you, escape to Porto. It is very close, to the north of Portugal , which makes it the perfect destination for a weekend adventure. In addition, it is a World Heritage Site. You will not regret it.

What to see in the city

Porto is a special city that has a lot to see. In Vuela Viajes we already offered you a quick guide to Porto some time ago, but there are still more things to say about this wonderful city. Located next to the mouth of the River Duero, it is a place to explore on foot, enjoying that special flavor that is breathed in it. Plaza de la Libertad , in the center, can be a good starting point. In it the old neighborhoods converge with the most modern areas of the city. Nearby is the Torre de los Clérigos , one of the tallest towers in the country and an emblem of the city. You must also visit the San Bento train station , from the 9th century.

The famous Ribeira neighborhood is the second obligatory stop. A labyrinth of streets along the river, full of flavor and colorful facades. At night it is abuzz with people, restaurants and terraces.

Another interesting area is Rua de Santa Catarina , the most prominent commercial area of ​​Porto, in the upper part of the city. From the Batalha square to the Marqués de Pombal square, it is full of shops and restaurants. Nearby is the Sé de Oporto Cathedral and the Bolhao Market .

Finally, you cannot miss the Foz do Douro neighborhood , where the Douro River finally reaches the Atlantic Ocean. It is a perfect area to explore on foot, given the beauty of the promenade. There you can visit the Fort of San Juan Bautista , from the 16th century, and that of San Francisco Javier, or Castillo del Queso , small and special.