The October issue of the American “Travel & Leisure” magazine lists what it calls “the world’s sexiest affordable destinations” for this year, and one of the nineteen choices is Porto. Portugal’s second-largest city stands out at the moment for the “21st century design” in its “medieval landscape” by world-renowned architects, such as Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Musica and Alvaro Siza Vieira’s Serralves Contemporary Art Museum. The magazine suggests a stay at the Pestana Porto Hotel which overlooks the Douro River, and recommends the seaside Shis restaurant for an Asian-Portuguese meal. A couple of other suggestions are the classic and historical landmarks that are the Majestic cafÃ© and the Lello & IrmÃ£o bookshop.
If you want to find out more about these attractions, be sure to check out the Go Oporto website, which has just been completely updated, listing more restaurants, hotels, hostels, shops, and all that’s hot in Portugal’s increasingly-cool city.
Another Portugal-related article in the October issue of Travel & Leisure is one entitled “Exploring Goa’s Glamour,” which highlights some of the best of the former Portuguese colony in India, saying that “on India’s west coast, travelers can find rugged beaches, Portuguese-inspired architecture, and a handful of impeccable hideaways.”