If Lisbon shades it, Porto, the little-known northern city, nevertheless deserves a stay. This magnificent city built overlooking the mouth of the Douro is famous for its imposing bridges, one of which is signed by Gustave Eiffel, its historical monuments and its port production. On the banks of the river, the old fort centre of the medieval Ribeira district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We walk through the cobbled streets crossing shops, cafés, churches and monasteries. Stop at the Baroque church of São Francisco and the fortified cathedral (Sé), the sumptuous Palácio da Bolsa (19th century), a former stock market. We stroll around the market admiring the stalls and eating specialities in the street. It is already time to switch to port, the famous local aperitif wine. You can stock up on bottles at the source and enjoy enlightened tastings. And above all, don't forget your pleasure, after port, try the delicious local cuisine, generous and strong in flavours, which puts fish and especially cod in the spotlight and all the vegetables and fresh herbs of the sun. Not to mention garlic! For night owls, the cafés remain open until the middle of the night and the discotheques take over until the early morning. But you still have so much to do! A cruise on the Douro, shopping in the shops of Santa Catarina Street with a stopover at the Majestic, the centenary café, listening to fado, visiting the most beautiful bookstore in the world (Lello)... Consult your tour guide to make sure you don't miss anything!

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When to go to Porto?

As in France, the high tourist season is summer, in July and August, the mid-season from May to June, and from September to October, the low season the rest of the year. With regard to temperatures, Porto remains a pleasant destination all year round, with the exception of the cool and rainy winter. The summer season is the sunniest and most pleasant. To avoid the crowd, opt for a departure in September as the weather conditions are essentially the same with a few days of rain as a bonus. There is no Indian summer because the ocean climate presupposes maximum rainfall between October and March. Despite the mild temperatures, the omnipresence of rain in winter prevents Porto from being fully appreciated. From April onwards, you can go there. Spring is ideal for enjoying Porto without the summer crowds

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It is not the most popular tourist destination, but travel companies do offer it. You have the choice between a weekend, a week or even a stopover in an organised tour from Lisbon, with flight + accommodation packages or a more complete package including a guide and a programme of visits. The formula is not so financially advantageous.

It has become really easy to prepare a short stay in the country's second largest city for a very reasonable budget. There is nothing exorbitant about accommodation, as there is everywhere in Portugal: a small friendly 3-star hotel or a pension in the centre of Porto, remain affordable even for tight budgets...

Travel is easy with public transport and walking will sometimes be enough to get from one point to another. With 5 metro lines, the whole city is served, from east to west, to the port of Matosinhos, the airport, Povoa, the artisanal and commercial areas north of Porto. In addition, there are many buses and 850 taxis. You can rent bicycles, Segways, motorcycles and scooters. Picturesque: the historic tramway No. 1 takes you along the river from the centre to the beach.

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    When to travel?

    As in France, the high tourist season is summer, in July and August, the mid-season from May to June, and from Septem...
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    Weather forecast

    Temperatures are fairly mild throughout the year and overall rainfall is low. Overall, winters are never too cold (15...
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    Budget

    Portugal has adopted the euro. Food prices in supermarkets, with VAT at 23%, will be similar to those in France. The...
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    Formalities

    For nationals of the European Union and Switzerland, an identity card or passport is sufficient. For unaccompanied mi...
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    Health

    There is no particular health risk in Portugal, still less in Porto, which like Lisbon is a modern city. No vaccine i...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    It has become really easy to prepare a short stay in the country's second largest city for a very reasonable budget....
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    How to get organized?

    It is not the most popular tourist destination, but travel companies do offer it. You have the choice between a weeke...
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    Getting around

    Travel is easy with public transport and walking will sometimes be enough to get from one point to another. With 5 me...
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