The port city of Porto lies on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, just 150 miles from the border with Spain. The city is known for its rolling hills, bright buildings and world-renowned port wine, but just as much enchantment lies outside the city limits. Here are a few suggestions for some of the best daytrips from Porto.
The stunning tiered hills are home to more than 200 port wineries where the city’s signature libation is produced. Rent a car or take one of the oft-departing trains from the city into the lush green landscapes, and top off the day with a visit to a wine cellar for a tour and tasting.
Nestled in the Douro Valley is a tiny town known for its blue tile-adorned train station. The tiles combine and depict scenes of the region’s history, when local growers use to sail produced beverages down the Douro River to the bustling port city of Porto.
Hop on a train from São Bento station to travel slightly more than one hour to the medieval town of Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal, according to legend. Cobblestoned streets lead to quaint open squares and a hilltop castle that offers views of the surrounding hills.
Often combined with a daytrip to Guimarães, Braga is just an hour northwest of the sister town and an hour north of Porto. Visit the city’s gems like Braga Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Bom Jesus do Monte, a hilltop castle with pristine gardens.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
As one of the more traveled islands in the South Pacific with an increasingly gay-friendly community and culture of its own, Tahiti is an easy option for your next getaway. You may already know all about the island’s beauty and attractions, but there are a couple specific destinations worth a visit.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.