Winter is a great time to visit Portugal’s cool and vibrant second city.
Why go now
City breaks that do not require layers of wrapping up at this time of year are a welcome thought. While Porto is in Portugal’s cooler north, it should still feel relatively balmy compared with the UK and – even better – free of summer crowds.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the first circumnavigation of the world by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who was born not far from Porto – so now is an apt time to visit the interactive World of Discoveries museum, which reveals the fascinating history of the early explorers (worldofdiscoveries.com; €14/£12.60; €8/£7).
In fact, overall, there…