Lonely Planet (UK) - - Taste Tour Of Porto -

ES­SEN­TIALS Get­ting there BA, easyJet, Ryanair and TAP Air Por­tu­gal fly direct to Porto from Birm­ing­ham, Bris­tol, Ed­in­burgh, Liver­pool, Lon­don and Manch­ester (Gatwick from £120; fly­tap.com).

Get­ting around Many of Porto’s main sights are walk­a­ble, but it also has an in­ex­pen­sive and ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port sys­tem. A 24 -hour pass (£6.50; stcp.pt) gets you un­lim­ited use of the en­tire net­work ex­cept trams, but these vin­tage ve­hi­cles are the more at­mo­spheric way to get around. There are three lines, and a sin­gle ticket costs £2.70. The Uber taxi app also op­er­ates in the city and is ex­cep­tion­ally cheap.

Who can help? Taste Porto of­fers in­sight­ful and en­joy­able walk­ing tours of the down­town food scene. Friendly guide An­dré, or one of his team, will lead you be­tween restau­rants, grocer y stores and cafés, chat­ting with lo­cals and sam­pling ever ything from slow-roast­pork sand­wiches to eclairs (from £58 for a 3½-hour tour; tasteporto.com).

Fur­ther info Check out Lonely Planet’s Pocket Porto guide­book (£7.99, or £5.59 for the eBook; shop. lone­ly­planet.com) for in­spi­ra­tion and plan­ning tips. The re­gion’s tourist board site also con­tains lots of use­ful info (vis­it­porto and­north.travel).

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