Porto and North
Porto is often affectionately known as ‘O porto’ in deference to its relationship with port wine. Leading into the city, port vineyards curl elegantly across the countryside, with white manor houses dotted throughout.
Porto itself has fairly humble beginnings – in 1120 it was little more than a walled collection of houses. When Queen Dona Teresa bequeathed it to Bishop Dom Hugo, it grew to prominence as a safe and strategic port for cargo ships.
Further inland, there are a collection of idyllic towns and villages for the traveller to explore, or you can just soak up the exquisite beauty of the Douro Valley.