Porto

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Porto

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With Lisbon having been all the rage lately, its little sister Porto hasn’t gotten as much credit as it undoubtedly deserves. Beautifully located on the River Douro, the city is home to stunning architecture, scrumptious culinary treats (fancy some Port, anyone?) and a lively cultural scene - no wonder J.K. Rowling decided to live here for a few years! Co[...]

5 Amazing Day Trips from Lisbon

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Can we all agree that Portugal is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe? At least I think so – I love the country dearly and keep coming back. Somehow, though, I’ve never managed to do a full-blown road trip to see the whole country. It's not that Portugal doesn’t provide ample opportunities for long drives through beautiful scenery, hidden places[...]

Introduction to Porto

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To me Porto felt like home from the first moment. There is something about this city - indefinable in the beginning, but clear to the mind at the end of my stay. It has a unique beauty that puts a spell on its visitors and it is no surprise that so many of them end up staying there permanently or at least seriously consider it. I spent a year in this wonderf[...]

Hotels We Love: Palácio do Freixo in Porto

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"When I grow up, I'm going to be a princess and live in a big palace..." a little girl once said to a curious enquirer. Twenty-five years later, in November 2013, that little girl had grown up and her wish was granted in Porto, Portugal, of all places. At least it was granted for three nights. But those three nights were enough thanks to the luxury[...]

Discovering Porto

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Having been seduced by its great street art, funky hostels, liquor and allround mysterious atmosphere, I've been yearning to visit Lisbon for a few years now. So imagine my disappointment when I finally managed to negotiate a week off work and can't afford the flight (€650 for a return with easyJet!!!) nor find a free bed in one of Lisbon's funky award winni[...]