Many major operators and some budget airlines offer flights to the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, Portugal's second largest city. TAP, Portugal's flag-carrying airline, has routes to Lisbon, Funchal and London Gatwick. British Airways has flights from London Gatwick and Easyjet flies from London, Bristol, Manchester, Paris and Lyon. Ryanair has the most flights into the airport, with routes from Dublin, Barcelona, London Stanstead and Rome, as well as seasonal flights to Liverpool, Bologna and Tenerife. Vueling and Air Nostrum (Iberia) link Porto to Barcelona and Madrid. Porto Airport lies just 11 km North-West of the city centre and is directly linked by Metro and STCP buses which continue throughout the night. Taxis and car rentals are available at the airport.
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Porto, the birthplace of port wine, is a charming and hilly old town that winds down to the River Douro through narrow cobbled streets and stepped alleys. The city spreads along both sides of the river which are joined by a stunning two-tier bridge that takes trains, traffic and pedestrians. Visitors can also take ferries across the river or enjoy boat trips into the stunning Douro Valley going past vineyards and port caves, or cellars. Many of the buildings in the Old Town are clinging on from the Middle Ages, decorated with the beautiful blue azulejos, or tiles, typical to the region. Climbing the 200 plus steps to the top of the Torre dos Clérigos or bell tower, helps visitors get their bearings when they first arrive.