Porto is the second largest city in Portugal.
This culturally-rich city was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996.
Porto is the birthplace of Port wine.
Porto residents and visitors enjoy a gorgeous view of the Douro River.
Originally an outpost to the Roman Empire, Porto, Portugal is one of the oldest European centers. Perched overlooking the Douro River estuary, it gives travelers to this city a magnificent point of view. Being the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon gives travelers a cultural feast in which to partake. And, having its historical center awarded a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Well, that just elevates this bustling city to pure magic.
Of course, in the birthplace of Port wine, you should expect you’d have a great time. Things to do in Porto range from visiting museums to shopping at traditional Portuguese markets. Visit Mercado do Bolhão, a favorite of locals and travelers. This colorful, bustling, covered outdoor market is filled with local fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat for sale, as well as some budget- friendly restaurants. And don’t forget a stop by Ribeira, Porto’s vibrant waterfront and part of the UNESCO World Heritage area.
If you’re going from Madrid to Porto, why not take the night train? You can travel the 8-hour journey while you sleep on the Trenhotel, and wake up ready to conquer this awesome city. In under 3 hours, you can go from Porto to Lisbon by train and see even more of remarkable and scenic Spain.