24 Hours in Bath

Visit this beautiful Portuguese city in Spring or early Autumn when the weather isn’t too warm, and you can enjoy long and comfortably balmy days.

8am: Café Progresso is a great place to start your morning. It is more than 100 years old and serves an inexpensive breakfast menu. For something light, treat yourself to a coffee and fresh lemon muffin (a Portuguese speciality).

10am: Some of the ‘must sees’ – Sao Bento Train station (pictured) with its stunning blue and white panels that depict the history of Portugal, Allies Avenue, with its pretty French-inspired buildings, and Clerigos Tower, Porto’s most iconic monument, where you’ll fi nd unbeatable panoramic views of Porto’s churches and rooftops.

Noon: One of Porto’s newest multipurpose spaces, Armazém is a trendy converted warehouse just off the river, housing a cafebar, gallery and shops selling everything from vintage furniture to colourful clothes and artwork. This quirky space has something for everyone.

1pm: Time for lunch! Visit the Santiago Café and enjoy a francesinha – a classic Portuguese sandwich that originated in Porto, and features cured ham, sausage and steak, all covered with melted cheese and a tomato sauce.

2pm: You may need to burn off some calories, and Porto is a small city you can easily walk around. Keep an eye out for the unique contrast between traditional Portuguese architecture/ colourful tile work and the Art Deco style that caught on in the 1920s. There are plenty of gems to be found, so don’t forget your camera!

4pm: For amazing views of the river and the famous Dom Luis Bridge, jump on the Gaia Cable Car (pictured), which costs 9 euros for a return ticket.

6pm: You can’t visit Porto without tasting some of the city’s most famous drink – port (pictured)! There are many vineyards and cellars in Porto offering tastings and tours for all budgets. Taylors Port in Vila Nova de Gaia has a great restaurant where you can enjoy an amazing post-tour dinner overlooking the Douro River. A great spot as the sun goes down.

9pm: In the evening, head to the Ribeira quarter, which is packed with relaxed old neighbourhood bars serving affordably priced wines and beers. This area is a Unesco World Heritage site and houses some of the city’s best monuments and picturesque cobbled medieval streets.