Start your visit to Porto by soaking up the atmosphere around the city's Ribeira district. Medieval streets lined with picturesque buildings, intriguing shops, street cafés and elegant architecture are the order of the day here. Set close to the banks of the Rio Douro, this part of Porto has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The area's narrow streets open out onto the Praça da Ribeira, where you'll find wonderful townhouses, waterfront cafés and a fantastic selection of eateries. Spend time listening to live music in the square or book a trip on one of the many river cruises that leave from the nearby jetties.
Art lovers should try and make time for the National Museum Soares dos Reis while in Porto. Set within the 18th-century Carrancas Palace, the art museum houses a varied collection that includes paintings by a number of Flemish and Dutch artists, along with jewellery, sculptures, ceramics and glassware. For those with more contemporary tastes, Museu Serralves is home to an excellent collection of modern art.
Take a tour around the historic Palácio da Bolsa with its magnificent ballroom and grand décor, and find time to step inside the impressive Porto Cathedral. The religious building has its origins in the 12th century, although numerous alterations have taken place over the years.
Relaxing in the city many cafés and restaurants is a big part of a visit to Porto, and the Ribeira district is one of the most popular parts of the centre when it comes to eating and drinking. Start your evening off with a cool drink at Ribeira Lounge Restaurant & Cocktail Bar before sampling some beautifully fresh shellfish at the nearby Restaurante Mercearia.
Wine Quay Bar offers fantastic views out across the Douro, along with an excellent selection of quality wines and light bites. Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano is located to the north of the city centre and specialises in a wide variety of healthy and imaginative vegetarian dishes.