Porto is Portugal’s second-biggest city, but it packs in a lot of capital-worthy sights. In fact, it’s dubbed the Capital of the North, so there’s plenty to see, including a UNESCO-rated quarter. You’ll start with a drive along the waterfront, towards the historic Ribeira district. Here, crumbling townhouses sit in narrow alleyways and squares. Everywhere you look, you’ll see Baroque, belle époque and neoclassical architecture. Next, the tour will take you into the heart of the city. You’ll tick off Porto Cathedral – the huge Romanesque building has a few stories to tell. In 1809, when Napoleon’s army raided the city, a clever resident decided to plaster over the grand silver altar, so the troops wouldn’t steal it. And, it worked – it’s still standing today. Nearby, is Porto’s answer to Grand Central – São Bento Station. Inside, it’s decorated with 20,000 tiles depicting landscapes and historical events. Finally, you’ll stop to admire the Clerics Tower, which was once Portugal’s tallest building.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.