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24 hours in Porto

How to spend 24 hours in this Portuguese city

With us set to debut on the Doruo in 2017 with our new Secrets of the Douro river cruise, we've put together a little plan of how you could spoend 24 hours in one of the destinations we visit, the stunning city of Porto.

How to spend your free time in the stunning Portuguese city

10:00 am: With a population of 250,000 Porto is a small city you can easily walk around. Of course, as the pictures suggests it's also very hilly, meaning a lot of exertion - but it's worth it for those incredible views. Head uphill towards the Porto Cathedral, a staggering Romanesque monument built in 1737. A little higher is the iconic Clerigos Church which offers an incredible vantage point over the city. Its 75m high bell tower is one of the city's most recognisable points and can be seen from all around.

12:00pm: Mercado do Bolhao, the 19th century, wrought-iron encased market, sells a fantastic selection of fresh produce, such as cheeses, olives and smokes meats. Open 7am - 5pm Monday-Friday and until 1pm on Saturday, it's a must during any visit to porto.

2:30pm: Wander past the University of Porto and the 17th century Church of the Carmelites before arriving in the pretty Crystal Palace gardens. Opened in 1860, it offers stunning panoramic views of the city and is a great place to relax, particularly on a warm day. Just south of here is The Museum of Port, which explores Porto and the Douro Valley's winemaking history.

5:30pm A stroll along the river will give you chance to take in, and head over, the spectacular Dom Luis I Bridge, which connects the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It was the longest bridge in the world when it opened in 1886 and Porto, with its steep banks, is an incredible sight from the other side of the river. It's even better from the Gaia Cable Car, which costs €5 per person. It's only a short journey but gives you the chance to see the terracotta-roofed port lodges from the air.

8pm: Back on the Porto side, the Belle Epoque-era Majestic Cafe boasts a quite incredible art nouveau interior. It's open until 11:30pm and serves Portuguese and international fare. It's one of the city's most famous eateries and is hugely popular: booking is a must.

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