For one of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto is remarkably forward-looking.
Street art and contemporary architecture typify Porto as much as Gothic-baroque churches and fortified wine, while laidback locals and waterfront bars make for one very welcoming city. Throw in outdoor adventures in Peneda-Gerês National Park, and Portugal’s second city is a fantastic all-round destination.
Food and drink
Porto is a fantastic destination for fans of seafood, so it's a great place to try Portugal's national dish, bacalhau (salt cod). It's by no means all about fish here, though. If you're not counting the calories, looks out for the francesinha, a sandwich stuffed with ham, sausage and steak, then smothered in melted cheese, covered in a beer-based sauce and served with chips. If that's got your arteries quivering with fear, try caldo verde, a kale soup.
Porto is proud of its status as Portugal's culinary capital, and it has a fantastic range of food markets to match. The Mercado do Bolhao is worth a visit just for its grand exterior, but it's also home to a fantastic array of regional dishes and delicacies, from cured meats and local cheeses to dried pigs' heads. If you're keen on pork, you'll find a lot to love here.
No exploration of Porto's food and drink scene would be complete without setting aside some time for its most famous export, port wine. There's no end of opportunities for tasting port and learning about the production process; a good place to start is be the Ferreira Cellars, which have been producing port since 1751.