An array of historical monuments and cultural treasures, holidays to Porto surrounding area will introduce you to an explosion of Portugal’s finest points, whether you find yourself gorging on fine wines, perusing picture-perfect buildings of divine creation or exploring the hidden suburbs among the wilderness of Portuguese industry.
There aren’t many who head to Portugal without wanting to discover Porto, a bustling port and shipyard, this scintillating segment captures Portugal’s fineries in an amalgamation of man-made and natural beauty. The Douro River is perhaps the highlight of visual vibrancy as you make your way through the city, an ideal stretch of water which acts as a gateway to the illustrious location.
Scintillating City and Beyond
Many of the structures date back to Roman times, so history buffs looking for historical exploration will have an ample number of buildings and hotspots to peruse during their Porto surrounding area holidays, whereas culture vultures can soar through the tightly knit streets to find Espaco Mira, a museum of fine art in a forgotten part of town, fabulous restaurants and ever-friendly locals in the numerous bars and wineries that scatter the area. Away from the city centre you’ll find rolling hills and vineyards that stretch for miles, a pleasant addition to the quaint combination of natural splendour and architectural magnificence.
Further afield, the city of Braga will give you a slightly different slice of the opulent cake that is Portugal, your Porto surrounding area holidays not being complete without a visit to the bustling Braga. Braga is renowned for its religious icons such as Se, a cathedral of captivating grandeur, while the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro provides solace away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Wherever you decide to head, make sure you visit Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte, by far Braga’s most popular attraction, and it’s easy to see why the enveloping staircases have attracted so many tourists to this phenomenal city.