Porto

Porto is exceptional in more ways than one. Elected Best European Destination 2014, the called “unvanquished city” (after its resistance to the Napoleonic Imperial army) is full of history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries, and of course, is a Mecca for wine lovers.

Porto is one of the oldest cities of Portugal, and, as such, its path is sinuous and picturesque are there are thousand charms and corners that are worth discovering in the capital of the North. It is a unique experience to stroll through its streets and feel the pulse of the city. From the mouth of the river Douro to the excellent beaches, the churches and monuments and the non-conformist modernism of the new contemporary buildings of architects like Siza Vieira, Souto Moura or Rem Koolhaas, this is a city to remember.

Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region.

The city is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum.

Besides history and culture, Porto is also leisure, fun and night life. The famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the cafés and its terraces, the Miguel Bombarda area or the commercial Sta Catarina Street are reference points in arts, in culture, but also in leisure and shopping.

It is a perfect gateway to the verdant Minho region full of history and tradition as well as the Douro valley, one of the most scenic areas in Portugal or even the world.

Discover the classified area of the Alto Douro Wine Region, which for nearly 250 years produces the Port Wine, considered one of the world's best wines. The region classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site is dominated by the stunning geometry of the vineyards and terraces cut into hillsides. It is a wonder of nature, combined with the intervention of man.

Guimarães is one of the most fascinating cities in Portugal, considered the birth place of the kingdom of Portugal. The medieval centre was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Comfortable 4-star accommodation.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.

Accommodation vouchers in the chosen regime

Rent-a-car vouchers for duration of stay

Emergency contact numbers (24h hot line)

General information on your holiday, gastronomy and history of the region

Suggestions of local restaurants and places of interest to visit

Detailed walking maps and descriptions of the walks

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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