It sums up what this city is all about: the pleasures of the good life, never too far away from the water. More laidback than Lisbon, the charms of Portugal’s second city are subtle but countless, from the medieval Ribeira district to the serene, 19th-century Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.
Even if you’ve been here before, it’s easy to find something new to see – and something delicious to eat – in sun-soaked Porto. Last time I visited, I tried a cheesy steak and ham francesinha sandwich with beer sauce for the first time (and I can wholeheartedly recommend it). To get you started in this historic yet flourishing coastal city, here are a few of my top picks.