For The Renaissance Month, We Have A City Where Bridges Don’t Just Connect Land, They Weave Dreams Across The Douro River. Drumrolls – Porto!

Porto, a city with a history so ancient, that even your grandma’s vintage record collection would be jealous. Legend has it that a dude named Vímara Peres decided to set up camp here, probably because he heard the wine was spectacular. Little did he know, he was about to become the founding father of Porto. Move over, George Washington!

Dating back to the 17th century, some genius figured out that if you add brandy to wine, you get Port wine. Voilà! Suddenly, Porto became the hippest place to savor sweet nectar, and the Douro Valley vineyards were the rockstars of the region. Today, Porto is a dynamic blend of history and modern flair, where every cobblestone seems to whisper tales of maritime adventures, port wine secrets, and a rebellious spirit that refuses to be bottled. History buffs, get ready to spice up the kick-off of 2024 with some historical flair – Porto is your go-to destination for a month to remember!

Here’s the lowdown on the places you absolutely cannot miss when you find yourself gallivanting around Porto!


The Dom Luís I Bridge is an emblematic double-deck iron bridge that spans the Douro River, connecting the city of Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia. Designed by the renowned engineer Gustave Eiffel, it was inaugurated in 1886 and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Porto. The bridge has two decks – the lower deck is used by pedestrians and light vehicles, while the upper deck carries the Porto Metro, providing an excellent vantage point for panoramic views. We recommend to stroll across the upper deck to enjoy breathtaking views of Porto’s historic skyline, the Douro River, and the wine cellars on the Gaia side.

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The Clerigos Tower (Torre dos Clérigos) is an iconic Baroque bell tower that soars over the cityscape of Porto. Standing at 76 meters tall, it was completed in 1763 and is part of the Clerigos Church complex. The tower is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures, showcasing the craftsmanship of the period. The combination of the tower and church creates a stunning architectural ensemble that is a must-visit for those interested in Porto’s history and art.

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Porto houses the world’s most enchanting bookstore, making it a must-see for bibliophiles. Livraria Lello, often referred to as Lello Bookstore is a historic and beautifully ornate bookstore located in the heart of Porto. The highlight of Livraria Lello is its famous wooden staircase, an exquisite piece of craftsmanship that spirals upward, creating a visually stunning focal point for the bookstore. The bookstore often hosts cultural events, book launches, and literary discussions, making it a hub for literature enthusiasts.

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Foz do Douro is home to several beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking some sun and relaxation. The beaches have golden sands and are surrounded by rocky formations, providing a picturesque backdrop against the blue waters. Many visitors gather along the promenade or on the beach to witness the sun setting over the Atlantic, casting warm hues across the sky and water


Known as Porto’s iconic sandwich, Francesinha is a hearty and spicy creation. It typically consists of layers of cured meats, such as linguiça and fresh sausage, between slices of bread, topped with a fried egg, and smothered in a spicy tomato and beer sauce. It’s often served with a side of French fries. Another must-try dish is the traditional Portuguese soup, Caldo Verde is made with kale, potatoes, chorizo, and sometimes other vegetables. It’s a hearty and nutritious soup that is especially popular during colder months. Lastly, for dessert – With flaky pastry and a creamy custard filling, Pastel de Nata can be found in bakeries throughout the city.


When in Porto, Port wine is a must. Enjoy a relaxed evening sipping wine and indulging in local cheeses and snacks. Experience the soulful sounds of Fado, a traditional Portuguese music genre often performed in intimate settings. Many bars and restaurants feature live Fado performances, providing a unique and emotional musical experience. If you prefer a more laid back atmosphere, Porto has a growing number of late-night cafés where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while engaging in conversations or simply people-watching.