What is the crown jewel of Portugal? Many will answer this question with: Lisbon. But Portugal’s second largest city is quickly gaining popularity. And deservedly so because Porto is stunning. Port houses, restaurants, winding shopping streets and ancient monuments are stacked against the hills on both sides of the Douro river. Let's have a closer look at the 3 most beautiful attractions in lovely Porto.
Porto is actually one large open-air museum: the entire historic city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, including the picturesque waterfront neighbourhood Ribeira and the port houses in Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river. 2 monuments deserve a special mention: the striking Luís I double-decked bridge that spans the Douro, and the 16th-century Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, the monastery with the round church. Porto attracts around 3 million visitors a year who find plenty to see and do.