If you’re keen to soak up a sense of ancient culture whilst on holiday, a visit to the northern Portuguese city of Porto may prove to be an ideal destination for a European break.
There is perhaps nowhere better then the Ribeira district for you to visit. Full of bustling shops, restaurants and bars and picturesque streets, this part of Porto will offer an illuminating glimpse into the city’s past.
You’ll be able to get an insight into Porto’s history just by doing a spot of people-watching.
Residents of Porto are known as tripeiros and as they do their day-to-day chores and keep ancient traditions alive, such as mingling outside of shopfronts and meeting one another in plazas, you can get a sense of their rich cultural past.
Ribeira is a designated Unesco World Heritage site, so you can be certain your Portugal holiday experience will be an authentic one.
And with the area full of captivating churches and beautiful buildings – the majority of which are lined with distinctive red roof tiles – you should be sure to take your camera with you to capture this ancient part of Porto on film.
If soaking up local heritage is something you enjoy doing during the course of your vacation then you should be sure to seek some port wine while on a break in Porto.
Located in the middle of the Douro valley, the region is renowned the world over for producing the fortified wine.
Widely on offer in Porto’s numerous bars, bistros and restaurants, visitors could find the alcoholic beverage makes for an authentic accompaniment to their meal. Although port wine is traditionally made with red grapes, it can also be produced with white and is available in both dry and semi-dry varieties, so finding a bottle that suits your palette should prove no problem.
And if you’re keen to get a closer insight into how port is produced, going on a guided tour of the region’s numerous vineyards and wine estates is sure to satisfy any questions you may have. portland or wine tours