Picture the scene – you and your partner are sipping something sweet and red while sitting at a pavement café surrounded by Medieval buildings, the sun gently setting on the river across from you.
The city? Porto in Portugal.
The sweet, red drink in your hand? Port, of course – because where better to enjoy it than the very city where it was invented?
If Porto sounds like your idea of an atmospheric European city break, then why not snap up today’s Big Deal on a four night stay with return flights from Edinburgh?
Porto is a fascinating coastal city with a Medieval past, thriving art scene and delicious cuisine.
This Big Deal is for a four night stay with return flights from Edinburgh International included. Prices are based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room in the three-star Guest House Porto Clerigus.
You will have a choice of the following travel dates:
7th, 21st May
You will depart from Edinburgh at 17:40, arriving in Porto at 20:25. You will leave Porto at 17:00, arriving in Edinburgh at 19:45.
Comfy three-star hotel
You will be staying in Porto’s central Old Town area in the Guest House Porto Clerigus, around a five-minute walk from Sao Bento train station and also handy for the metro.
TripAdvisor reviewers have praised Guest House Porto Clerigus for its great location and friendly staff. Here is a comment from a previous guest:
‘Good budget hotel. This hotel is in a good central location, very clean, helpful staff and a reasonable breakfast. This is a budget hotel, the rooms are quite small, it’s quite noisy at night but for the money it’s a good option to stay in the historic quarter.’
Charming and fascinating city
You will find plenty to do over your four nights in Porto. The Ribeira (riverside) area is a labyrinth of cobbled streets and Medieval charms, while the city’s main bar area, the Galerias de Paris, is a lively spot to head to in the evening.
Porto is also known for being a city of bridges, so you can enjoy a romantic moment strolling across one with your travel companion.
Other visitor highlights include the baroque São Francisco Church, the ornate 19th century Bolsa Palace and the Museum of Contemporary art. But beyond galleries, Porto is also street art central, so be ready to take plenty of Instagram-friendly snapshots.
There are Portuguese-style tapas spots a plenty in the city, so you certainly won’t go hungry. Porto is also the home of the francesinha, a decadent open sandwich with smoked pork sausage, ham, roast meat and ham, cheese, fried egg and rich beer sauce (our jaws are dropping at the very thought).
Your next Porto of call?
Snapshot-friendly streets? Tick. Romantic riverside strolls? Tick. Chance to sample Portuguese tapas plus a rather epic sounding local sandwich? Tick, tick, tick.
If you fancy three days of wining, dining and getting lost in a fascinating city hand-in-hand with your amour, then this Porto escape would make a fab choice.