Today we travel southwards as we head to the city of Porto, home of the port wine trade and filled with narrow alleys, winding streets and historic buildings. On arrival we will have a short orientation tour of what is said to be Portugal’s most romantic city taking in its most important landmarks.
You’ll see the architecture of the Clerigos Tower, the imposing City Hall, the elaborate Sao Bento railway station with its 20,000 magnificent tiles telling the story of Portugal and, of course, Porto Cathedral built on the highest point of the city.
With free time for lunch and maybe a spot of retail therapy later we head down to the River Douro for a short cruise on a typical ‘barco rabelo’. For centuries barcos were used to transport port wines up and down the rivers of the Douro Valley. Today you can simply enjoy the city from a different angle on the water and see stunning views of the hillside port wine producers.
To round off the day we make a visit to Grahams Port Wine Lodge for a guided tour and to enjoy a glass or two of this famous nectar.