Porto is One of the “World’s Sexiest Affordable Destinations,” Says Travel & Leisure Magazine

Porto article in Travel & Leisure Magazine

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 café and the Lello & Irmão 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.”

One Response to “Porto is One of the “World’s Sexiest Affordable Destinations,” Says Travel & Leisure Magazine”

  1. Carlos Says:

    Well, I’m a “portuense” and I love this city. It’s not fancy, Porto is honest, hard work, but after a while you discover and feel a charm that’s rough and soft at the same time. If you really want to know Porto, go to a “residencial” or “pensão” or will be under a glass dome in a hotel like Pestana and if you really want to know the Portuguese “cozinha”, forget the fancy restaurants, specially those like Shis (in my opinion the price tag is higher than the quality). Go there were Portuguese people goes, try the “Capa Negra” for a “francesinha” and a “fino” and do not forget to try a meat-“rissol”. If you like excellent fish and wine, try the restaurant “O Aleixo” right opposite from the “Campanhã” railway station. There is a lot to see in Porto, take a tour through the “Ribeira” (and look out for the tiny restaurants there, they are surprising) to see the old fashioned, dark, narrow workshops and the workers there, using some ancient tools and techniques. Visit the Lapa and Carmo-Church and do not forget the “Bolsa” Palace and, and, and…
    Well I could go on, but I guess the best is…take a look yourself.