If you haven’t managed to line up your summer break yet maybe a weekend break is in order. Lots of us have heard of Lisbon and its port life, and hipster bars, but many of us haven't thought about exploring Porto. Porto might not have quite as many party spots as Lisbon but it does share the faded charm and buzzing creative scene of the capital city.
There is plenty to do along the Rua de Miguel Bombarda at the centre of the city’s art district, an area where you’ll find well over a dozen contemporary, and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art – as well as being a modernist masterpiece (by architect Álvaro Siza) – is one of Portugal’s most important museums.
One of Porto’s traditional summer highlights is the St John’s Feast festival on 23 June, which involves street parties, fireworks and hitting each other on the head with plastic hammers. There are also more contemporary events like the NOS Primavera Sound Festival, 9th -11th June 2016 http://www.nosprimaverasound.com/?lang=en its an offshoot of the Barcelona music festival which was first run in Porto in 2012.
Porto, also offers beaches and rich rewards for the urban rambler if you just fancy strolling around somewhere different. Best known maybe for being the historic home of port wine its dramatically hilly location on the Atlantic coast, has plenty it could shout about, not least an unrelentingly pretty old town with characterful winding streets, tiled churches and World Heritage-protected status.
Sources: The Telegraph