Private jet charter to Porto, Portugal
Porto is located on the coast in the north of Portugal and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. From wine and art museums to glorious parks, superb shopping, boat trips on the Douro and historical monuments and churches, Portugal’s second largest city has a wealth of attractions.
Porto and the Douro first came to prominence between the 15th and 17th centuries when it was the largest ship-building city in Portugal. The 18th century saw the Douro vineyards achieve prominence through the increased sales of its wine.
Getting around in Porto
Buy the Porto Card available at the tourist office (Central office is at: 25, Rua Clube dos Fenianos) or at your hotel. A 1, 2 or 3-day ticket provides discounted entrance at a number of sites, some public transport and even restaurants. Porto has an efficient metro system with six lines, including an airport link. Alternatively, take a bus, tram or even a funicular – connecting Batalha and Ribeira.
Porto Cathedral is a mix of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque styles, whose architect Nicolau Nasoni also designed the Church of Mercy, and Clerigos Church with its famous tower. The Stock Exchange Palace (Palácia da Bolsa) is a national monument with an acclaimed restaurant. Rest a while at the 18-hectare garden haven at the Serralves Museum. Ribeira is Porto’s old city and a listed UNESCO heritage site. Check out the beautiful Lello bookshop, a Neo Gothic heaven with circular red stairs. The whole area is a treasure trove of designer shops, cafes and great restaurants and bars serving local specialties.
Porto is renowned for its dessert wines and it’s the third oldest wine region in the world. Here are four unmissable Porto wineries to visit:
- Porto Calem – Whites, reds, tawnies and rosés await from this winery founded in 1859. Located on the south bank of the Douro, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
- Solar do Vinho do Porto – Ideally situated in the Crystal Palace Gardens, Solar do Vinho do Porto offers guests an eclectic selection of Port wine with Portuguese treats.
- Ferreira – one of the most respected wineries in Portugal and still a family business, based at 70, Avenida Diogo Leite.
- Taylor’s Port – One of the oldest wineries in Portugal was founded in 1692 and is still owned and run by the original family. Located in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Portuguese cuisine is on the ascendant, as witnessed by the Michelin Guide who awarded local celebrity chef Ricardo Costa one star. Savour his innovative take on traditional Portuguese cuisine at the Michelin Guide restaurant inside The Yeatman hotel. It’s located near the Gaia pier. Another unmissable star is chef Rui Paula, whose restaurant DOP is near the Palácia da Bolsa. Heavily influenced by the cooking of his maternal grandmother, Paula’s dishes pay homage to his country’s classics such as bacalhau com broa and polvo à lagareiro.
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