Discover boutique bed and breakfasts in Porto, Portugal

Portugal’s second-largest city is home to the Unesco-favoured Ribeira district, a picturesque patch of winding streets and steep staircases, and tiled buildings abound: blue azulejos are the Porto ceramic of choice. Look closely and you’ll see the Roman ruins under the foundations, a reminder of the empire’s fourth-century occupation. Along the river, tree-lined boulevards shadow grand houses, and, to the south, Vila de Gaia is where to head with a hearty appetite for port, the city’s namesake drink, proudly produced here for centuries. Porto has spread past its original confines, and with it some of the population, setting up seaside suburbs, such as Foz do Douro. Porto is enticing them back, though, with exciting new projects: architecture fans will gawp in admiration at the Casa da Música and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, two striking visions in white.

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