The Most Romantic Spots in Porto
Porto is an ideal city for a romantic getaway. With dimly lit streets and dark corners that invite stolen kisses, the charming Douro River, and a nostalgic atmosphere typical of Portugal, Porto welcomes romantic souls looking for a memorable visit.
Narrow and winding, Porto’s streets are often mysterious. One stands out among the rest, however, for quite a different reason. Rua das Flores (Flower Street), is beautifully decorated, bright and cheerful with lots of cozy cafes and restaurants, perfect for snuggling with a coffee or steaming mug of tea, with that special someone.
Oporto © Gabriel González / Flickr
Since Porto sits upon hills, there are no shortage of beautiful lookout points from which to enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Terraced gardens, historical landmarks, and elegant bridges are a few locations where couples can lose themselves in the scenery, such as the Crystal Palace Gardens or the Clérigos Tower. These spots may provide rousing settings for declarations of love!
Clérigos Church and Tower © Josep Renalias / Wikipedia
River Douro and Porto at Night | © www.david baxendale.com / Flickr
Nearly every picturesque photo of Porto seems to contain an angle of the Douro River. Lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, the river is a good place to meet someone new. Or if traveling with your partner, why not look into one of the many enchanting hotels in the area? The Ribeira Porto Hotel is one excellent option that also offers romantic packages.
This is no joke! Porto’s McDonalds may actually be the most beautiful branch in the world. Surrounded by stained glass windows all around and chandeliers from above, the setting is enough to make anyone overlook the fast food menu. To increase the romantic vibe, skip a burger and go straight for dessert. The venue, as with other McDonalds stores around Portugal, offers the world renowned pasteis de nata, a delicious creamy custard tart which pairs wonderfully alongside a coffee.
Taylor's wine cellars | © Jairo / Wikimedia Commons
Skip the bubbly and go for sweet instead. In Porto, Port wine is ubiquitous, and one of the top locations for a romantic experience is Taylor’s Port Wine Lodge. Dating back over 300 years, it is one of the most historic cellars. Tours, as well as tastings are offered.
(Nossa Senhora da Pedra) | © Pedro / Wikimedia Commons
Is there anything more romantic than a stroll along the beach, hand-in-hand, with someone special? Many Portuguese cities are coastal, and Porto’s seafront is as magical as any other (perhaps more so). Praia do Molhe is the most iconic beach, showing up in picture after picture. Near Porto, roughly 10 km or 6 miles away, is the much quieter Miramar Beach, complete with a 17th-century chapel on the sand.