Oporto Holidays

Oporto Holidays – Living the high life

When it was voted European City of Culture in 2001, Oporto expected to become a major tourist destination. It didn’t, until the last few years, and is now becoming one of the top tourist destinations in Portugal for the hip and the culture driven.

At the mouth of the Rio Duoro, Portugal’s second city is an intriguing mix of architectural styles, from the 12th century cathedral and Gustave Eiffel’s Dona Maria Bridge to the Casa da Música, Oporto’s striking new concert hall, designed by Rem Koolhaas.

Ribeira is the historic centre of Oporto, a Unesco World Heritage area. Twisting stairways, ancient churches, and venerable houses make as intriguing wander through history, but it’s also where locals and visitors alike take a drink in the evening at one of the many old neighbourhood bars. Clérigos (Clergymen) barrio is the party area, where everyone from college students to energetic oldies fill the bars for an all-night bash.

A holiday in Oporto (or Porto as it is sometimes called), is for those who love culture, food, high energy nightlife – and not to forget the local wine, Port.