Portugal's second city, Porto is a gem that is largely free from
the tourist hordes. Spend your luxury holiday wandering around the
cobbled streets before settling in for a drink or three at one of
the port warehouses on the waterfront in Porto, built to house port
barrels brought down the river by barge. The warehouses are kept
cool in the summer months by a breeze coming off the nearby
The Douro Valley is a short drive east from the city and there
have been a couple of hotel openings in the region of late, with
former hacienda homes of famous port producing families now
elegantly converted to boutique hotels with excellent service and
wonderful views along the river.
In summer, the mercury can rise to the mid-30s or even higher in
the Douro Valley itself. While this means that the height of summer
is probably a no-no, the spring and autumn months usually mean
lovely weather that's a good deal warmer than that in the UK, all
an easy two hour flight away.