Porto — where the hordes are smaller and the delights are huge

The stunningly pretty pint-sized city is cheaper and quieter than Lisbon but — with its abundance of delicious food, wine and culture — is just as magical .

The Douro river, Porto.

Tourist hordes are increasingly inundating Lisbon — and for good reason. It is rich in food, culture, history and selfie backdrops and is far cheaper than many of its European peers. But for those yearning for a saner, quieter and just-as-beautiful Portuguese city break, there’s thankfully an ideal alternative a two-hour train ride away: hello, Porto.

Confeitaria Tupi.
Fish being grilled outside Taberna do São Pedro.