Porto, Portugal's Hidden Treasure
On a recent trip to Europe, we had a quick stop-over in Porto, the colourful UNESCO-listed city showcasing an authentic slice of Portuguese life. As the second largest city in Portugal, it has a distinct European feel and offers a slower pace than its touristy neighbour of Lisbon. The River Douro ('River of Gold') runs through with its tree-lined boulevards on the banks showcasing the grand houses and to the south, Vila de Gaia is where to head for port, proudly produced here for centuries.
With its pretty old-town of winding streets and multi-coloured dwellings with their orange-hued rooftops and tiled facades, Porto was the inspiration for its namesake linen bedding; one of four new additions to our colour palette.
The pleasure of Porto lies in its tradition, leisurely pace and and as a destination for long dinners, slow strolls through the sleepy streets or a laid-back sunset drink at one of the towns excellent wine bars. One to add to the list...