Porto is one of those destinations that successfully combines the medieval and modern - to stunning effect. You can spend as much time as you like relaxing, or if you’d rather get out and explore then this Portuguese city has plenty to see and do. Due to its position on the coast, Porto makes a great destination for beach-based or city breaks, and is popular with culture fans, wine lovers, foodies and beach devotees alike.
Porto hotels vary in terms of location, size, price and of course the amenities they offer. Cheap hotels in Porto provide a comfortable base for a stay in this beautiful city, while beach hotels in and around Porto are the ideal place for those in search of sun and time to unwind. If you want to treat yourself to a stay somewhere special, 5-star hotels in Porto supply optimum levels of service, style and luxury, with many having their own spa offering pampering treatments designed to restore and refresh.
For beach fans, golden sands can be found at Foz do Douro, or you can take a short train ride to the resort of Espinho, which even offers visitors the chance to hire a surfboard and try to catch some waves. You can also hire bikes to cycle around the area, or take it easy with a spot of sunbathing on the beach. You could also enjoy a meal or drink as you take in the views from the seaside cafes and bars.
Porto is of course the home of port, so the city offers fabulous opportunities for wine tasting. You can cross the Dom Luis I bridge to reach the port wine caves, where you can take a guided tour and sip a few samples. Many of the major players in the world of port are based here, and most offer visitors the chance to sample the wares following a great value tour of their cellars.
Food-wise, it’s worth sampling a Francesinha sandwich - something of a local speciality with a meaty filling smothered in cheese sauce. There are plenty of locally influenced fish and seafood dishes on Porto’s menus too, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you might even wish to try the local tripe stew, which is packed with vegetables and beans and usually eaten with rice.
If a holiday to wine-loving Porto sounds like something you would savour, why not check out our range of hotels in and around the Portuguese city?