I going to Porto this weekend. I have one day for the city and one day I am very keen on visiting a winery/cellar for wine tasting. Any recommendations for a good one, how to reach there from Porto, how much for the train etc? I hear that I can go to Douro Valley and there is beautiful landscape on the way but it seems very far and will take 2.5 hours by train from Porto? Any idea about train ticket? And one day in the city what should I do?
Thanks a lot.
Hi, actually you can combine winetasting and seeing the city by staying in the city itself. Walking around the old part of the city and having lunch along the Douro is just a great day. Walking distances are small and everyting is within a half hour reach. Also nice is crossing the bridge to the other site. you can cross on on the upperdeck (train and walking) and lower deck (cars and walking). After crossing the lower deck from the city centre, go to the right and there are several good port/wine tasting tours. I took the one with Sandeman (famous port), and they also had wine to taste. It was nice and if you buy a bottle, the entrance is free.
Thank you for your reply. Maybe I will be in the city.
Holidays in Northern Portugal:
I am one of the lucky ones, an Englishman married to a Portuguese lady and living in the North of Portugal since 1992.
Also living in the City of Porto, I can provide first hand Local knowledge to anybody wanting to come here for their holiday.
We have many Wine lodges available to us, for a tour and a tasting of Port wines, and open throughout the year.
For a real Romantic evening you can even dine in a Lodge overlooking the river Douro.
Personal tours of wine plantations (red, white, and port wines, and Vinho Verde) are also available.
We have great scenery, fine restaurants and hotels, and many places to see.
If you have the chance go on a cruise up the Douro river, or you could take a drive up through the Douro Valley.
The City and the Region here in the North is full of history and culture and really is the unspoilt part of Portugal.
If you would like some help -snip- and I will try to help you. Its a delight to live here.
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