One of the oldest cities in the country, Porto has a real tumble-down charm. Taking a tram or wandering through the cobbled streets, you get a sense of the historical richness that saturates this city. Since the arrival of budget airlines, Porto has recently seen a boom in tourism. Along the river, cafes and port cellars vie for competition, enticing visitors in with port tastings or live music. The historic centre of Porto is home to some wonderful baroque churches, medieval monuments and 17th century frescos which are juxtaposed by pieces of modern architecture. Take some time to wander through the maze of narrow alleys and get a real sense of the capital of the North. Give your legs a break at Café Majectic, the building is a beautiful example of Art Nouveau and was made famous for its literary meetings in the past.
Your flight to Porto takes you to one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, with a central area that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plentiful direct flights available. An efficient and modern airport with direct connections to the city centre makes arrivals easy.
Porto Airport, also known as Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, serves the city. It's a busy and modern airport with plentiful facilities, located about 10 miles from the city centre. There are easy connections using Porto's efficient Metro system or on the Aerobus which is available outside the terminal buildings.
There are plentiful direct flights to Porto from London. Wizz Air UK, easyJet, TAP, Ryanair and British Airways all offer direct journeys to Porto. Among those offering indirect flights are Lufthansa, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines, Vueling, KLM, Air France and Air Europa.
Direct flights to Porto make visiting this beautiful city a pleasure. The airport is relatively close to the city centre making transfers a simple and easy matter with direct connections on the city's Metro system and by bus. For Uk travellers, the alternative travel routes would include driving or catching bus or train across the channel and then pursuing a lengthy onward journey on land across the continent, which would require plenty of time and planning.
Porto's spectacular setting on the Douro River make this city a perfect destination for a city break. Bring your walking shoes because there are some steep hills if you're to explore the stunning historical centre, now a designated World Heritage Site. That said, the city is justly proud of its ultra-modern Metro system, with stations designed by prominent architects. There's also a funicular railway to whisk you up the steepest hills. In the city centre, you really shouldn't miss the bustling Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional market that's central to life in Porto. You'll even find a few small restaurants to enjoy the produce. Contrast is at the heart of Porto's appeal, so the design of the contemporary Fundação de Serralves, the Modern Art Museum, by the visionary architect Rem Koolhaas is as much of an artwork as the pieces within.