Porto makes top-10 list of ‘alternative city breaks in Europe’

Porto has been included in a top-10 list of ‘alternative city breaks in Europe’ published online by The Guardian newspaper.

“Portugal’s second city may not have quite the same party vibe as Lisbon, but it shares the faded charm and buzzing creative scene,” writes the author of the text Will Coldwell.

“There’s much more to do than sip on port,” he writes. “Rua de Miguel Bombarda is the centre of the city’s art district, an area where you’ll find well over a dozen contemporary galleries to check out, while the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art – as well as being a modernist masterpiece (by architect Álvaro Siza) – is one of the country’s most important museums.”

Coldwell even recommends visiting the “run down parts of the town”, thanks to “clever, alternative tours run by a group of young architects”.

The writer advises readers to visit Porto in the summer, when the city hosts the NOS Primavera Sound Festival between June 4-6, and the “traditional summer highlight, St John’s Feast Festival on June 23, which involves street parties, fireworks and hitting each other on the head with plastic hammers”.

Tattva Design Hotel is singled out as the place to stay. Described as “bold and beautiful”, the hotel features “modern and cool dorms” and “private rooms that are on par with boutique hotels”.

The writer says the terrace bar is the “perfect place to get warmed up before making the short walk to the city’s nightlife district”.

The full top-10 is as follows:
• Ghent, Belgium
• Lyon, France
• Leipzig, Germany
• Segovia, Spain
• Porto, Portugal
• Linz, Austria
• Rotterdam, the Netherlands
• Turin, Italy
• Gothenburg, Sweden
• Belgrade, Serbia