Standing at the mouth of the great River Douro, Oporto is synonymous with the fortified wine that originated here. The cellars of all the great names of Port – Grahams, Taylor, Warr – can be found here and many can be visited. This is an unexpectedly beautiful city, full of contrasts and not yet overrun by tourism; it therefore offers the visitor a reminder of the legacies of Portugal’s past, from dazzling Baroque churches to spectacular walls of azulejos (hand-painted tiles) or mansions tucked away in huge parks. At its heart, Portugal’s second city is a hilly labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets which meander down to the river’s edge. Traditional architecture combines with excellent restaurants, a thriving arts scene and sandy beaches which are easily reached by tram.

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