Perched dramatically on a looming hillside facing the Atlantic, with its grandiose bridges, lavish baroque churches and art nouveau houses, Porto is a low-key metropolis with a small town feel. Gracefully blending modern life with enduring old ways, this cultural capital has a spectacular glow about it, especially during autumn.
The Luis I Bridge was named after a king who never bothered to show up to see it.
Traipse through the winding alleys of the medieval Ribeira district, sit awhile in the exquisite gardens of the Crystal Palace or check out the wacky design of the Casa da Música. And climb to the top of the Clérigos bell tower for an overwhelming view. Delight in the shouting frenzy of the iconic Bolhão market – or step back in time to the Belle Epoque with tea at Café Majestic, followed by a visit to the extraordinary Lello bookshop. As the cherry on top, enjoy a Francesinha and a glass of syrupy crimson port.