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City Breaks to Porto

Bridges and port wine are what characterises Oporto, Portugal's gracious northern capital and second largest city after Lisbon. Oporto sits astride a great gorge at the point where the River Douro enters the Atlantic, and although it is mainly industrial, the city centre has plenty of charm with some art treasures, medieval cathedrals and museums, along narrow streets sporting wrought-iron balconies and bright splashes of potted geraniums.

The main reason tourists visit Oporto is to sample its legendary port wine, processed, blended and aged in the various lodges of the Vila Nova da Gaia district across the river from the city, via the spectacular two-tiered Dom Luis bridge. Visitors can tour the lodges and finish up with a tasting session. The city also has an historic riverside district called Ribeira, which is undergoing restoration and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within easy reach of Oporto there are numerous coastal resorts and fishing villages on the Atlantic coastline, well known for their seafood restaurants. It is possible to cruise down the River Douro to take in the scenic splendour of the area.

Information & Facts

Climate

Oporto has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summer weather and mild, wet winters. The average summer temperature is 68°F (20°C) but can rise as high as 104°F (40°C). Winter temperatures typically average at about 50°F (10°C) but occasionally drop below 32°F (0°C) at night. Weather-wise, best time to travel to Oporto is probably between June and September, when temperatures are comfortable and rainfall is low.

Getting Around

Oporto has a comprehensive bus network, and a limited underground Metro which serves mostly the outer suburbs. Taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Language

Portuguese is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Money

Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques.

Time

Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).