Lay of the Land
Porto, a hilly city along the river, looks very similar to Lisbon but the feel is entirely its own. This part of the country used to rely on a manufacturing industry that is almost completely gone. Recent international interest and local creatives have revived some factories, giving Porto an energetic design scene you won’t find anywhere else in Portugal. Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the Yeatman Hotel and port wine warehouses is technically a town across the river but feels more like Brooklyn to Porto’s Manhattan, and is connected by multiple bridges. There are few restaurants or shops in Gaia and Porto proper is a five- to ten-minute drive away, but the trade off is that it offers beautiful views of Porto.