Porto as Your Luxury Destination of 2021
Long regarded as Lisbon’s quieter sibling, Portugal’s second city - Porto - is always a wonderful and luxurious choice, in addition, is also a great choice for those who are interested in arts, culinary culture, or history.
Centuries ago, British merchant ships would cluster in Porto’s medieval harbor to ferry the region’s eponymous port wines back home, which helped to put Porto city on the map. Nowadays this vibrant city is renowned for its riverbanks, “hilly layout”, narrow cobbled streets, and the azulejos at the Capela das Almas, the authentic transformation that has helped the resurgent the cultural scene, from world-class concerts at Casa de Musica to exciting art exhibitions along Rua de Miguel Bombarda. But this ancient metropolis is not like other popular European destinations, after all, the Portuenses love their old-world ways too much to give them up, since it is offered the best of both worlds.
This city also embraces both river and ocean, in fact, the Douro River banks and the Ribeira neighborhood are testimonies of the city’s Age of Discovery heritage. Nearby, there is also the Palácio da Bolsa, the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, which brings the undeniable allure that only majestic buildings can. Moreover, in the Ribeira area stands the Casa do Infante, named after Henry the Navigator as he was the precursor of Portuguese expeditions overseas and the place is considered to be his place of birth. The place is also a museum that accommodates the 15th century of Portuguese history throughout Asia, Africa, and South America.
More recently, there is another incredible reason to visit this fantastic city, as the World of Wine, located in the neighboring riverside city of Vila Nova de Gaia “brings the whole wine story together”. The WOW (World of Wine) is not only a museum, but six separate museums that offer not only the city history and wine, but also chocolate, fashion, cork, and drinking vessels, it is simply a delightful way to understand better what this historic city has to offer.
Recently, Porto has been awarded as a European City of 2020 due to its natural beauty, gastronomy, rich culture and history, and magnificent sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Further, the Portuguese region, Porto, and the North of Portugal boasts impressive scenic beauty and a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to discover. This destination has been awarded in recent years in which translates as one of the best regions that can offer some of the best luxury tours in Portugal. After all, you will find incredible luxury hotels in the area that will allow you to experience the best that the region has to offer in style. Whether you enjoy watersports and outdoor activities such as walking, bird-watching, mountain-biking or golf, culture, and the arts, horticulture and botanical gardens, contrasting architecture, history, or gastronomy, you can find it all here in this fantastic city, the luxury tours of Porto are simply memorable.
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