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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Porto Neighborhoods


This ancient quarter leads uphill from the Douro River, where flat-bottomed boats loll on the water; expect a warren of twisty alleyways, laundry-laden balconies, and historic townhouses in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vila Nova de Gaia

Hop over to this suburb on the south bank of the Douro for an afternoon of port-tasting in one of the 50 traditional wine lodges.


Check out the Art Deco architecture, bustling markets and chic boutiques of Porto’s downtown, laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados.


Wander around this hillside quarter that spreads below the cathedral and gawk at the weathered buildings and steep, narrow alleys that have hardly changed from medieval times.


Home to stately mansions, well-manicured gardens and fashionable restaurants, this seaside neighborhood is worth a jaunt out of the city center.

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