WINING AWAY THE HOURS: PORTO
Stay in neoclassical opulence at Hotel Infante Sagres. Suggested stay: 2 nights. From here it’s just a five-minute stroll to the Mercado de Porto Belo, open every Saturday. Walk a little further to reach the Mercado do Bom Sucesso. Almost futuristic in style, it’s packed with trendy and traditional restaurants, and gourmet food shops.
You can’t go to Porto without learning about Port Wine. Near to Mercado Beira Rio, the Port Wine lodges offer tours and tastings. The Port houses further from the riverside tend to provide a more intimate experience. Chocoholics should hotfoot it to Croft in Gaia, where you’re given chocolate to taste alongside your wine. It’s a little quieter as it’s slightly less accessible, but worth it for the smaller crowds – and the chocolate.
For the perfect end to your Portuguese adventure, head to Wine Quay Bar for exquisite food pairings and riverside views. Garrafeira do Carmo in Porto has a wide selection of wines to fill up your suitcase – and as it’s just five minutes on foot from your hotel, it’d be rude not to…