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Visit the colorful city of Porto

By Ethan Hews

Enjoy a mixture of medieval and modern architecture as you leave Lisbon and head towards Porto on a fabulous day trip.

This picturesque city is built up on the hills overlooking the Douro River estuary. You will be enchanted by the perilously balanced houses with their bright fun colours.

Start off in Ribeira near the river and then head off to Ribeira de Gaia where you will find the heart of the world famous Port wine. Take a port wine tour and visit the fascinating wine caves. Learn how Port is made and taste some of the iconic brands that come from this region.

Music lovers must spend time at the Casa da Música. Then take a drive down the amazing ocean front drive, known as Foz. For some fun, bargain for fresh fruits at the Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional bustling market.

Sports lovers cannot miss the Dragão Stadium, home of FC Porto. The architecture is stunning and you may even see a game!

Book lovers will be enthralled at the Livraria Lello, known as one of the most beautiful bookshops in Europe. This exquisite 1906 neo-Gothic building offers lavishly carved plaster resembling wood and an awe-inspiring stained-glass skylight. The intricately wrought, twisted staircase was the inspiration for a Harry Potter book.

Settle down for a late lunch at the famous ODE Porto Wine House. Located in a small rustic side street, it offers an impressive wine list and is decorated with wine barrels and wooden crates dotted around the restaurant. End your day with a tile painting course given by local artisans. Tile painting is a culture in Porto and you need a souvenir to take home.

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