The best hotel is undoubtedly The Yeatman. Set on a hillside with spellbinding views over the old city’s terracotta rooftops, it combines outstanding food and wine with a huge spa for maximum romance.
Take a tasting tour of the Sandeman’s Port House, where you’ll learn about the process of making the local tipple. Then hop on one of the wooden trams for a ride along the Douro’s right bank. From exploring local food markets to beach bike rides, there’s plenty to do.
But for us, one of Porto’s great pleasures is that there’s no pressure to complete a huge sightseeing ‘to-do’ list. Which leaves plenty of time for lounging beside the decanter-shaped infinity pool, before a Michelin-starred meal with a glass of something from the hotel’s 25,000-bottle cellar.
“Cross the Dom Luis I bridge at sunset, as the changing colours light up the old city and riverside port lodges.”