Porto is a magnificent and charming city with such a lot to offer. As it is the capital of the district and of the Northern Region, when you visit Porto you’ll be able to discover other places that are part of its geographical area, such as Vila Nova de Gaia or Matosinhos.
Vila Nova de Gaia is on the south bank of the river and is renowned for the numerous Port wine lodges dotted along the riverside. However, it is a city with lots of other wonderful things for you to see, such as its beaches, seaside restaurants, and picturesque fishing villages.
In Matosinhos, you can go for a walk by the beach or even sunbathe and savour some of the delicious fresh fish in the restaurants on the sea-front.
Foz, which is also a seaside area, is considered to be the most chic part of Porto. You can go to the beach, have a stroll along the promenade or simply relax in one of the cafés or restaurants in the area.
But in the heart of the city, there's an area that really mustn’t be missed. Ribeira do Porto is so characteristic and charming, with its rows of old, terraced houses running down to the Douro River. Their reflection in the river makes a picture postcard of breath-taking scenery. Have a coffee or sip a glass of Port wine in one of the many café terraces there, whilst admiring the boats that go up and down the Douro throughout the day.