Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe: Porto

Why go?
Portugal’s second city may not have quite the same party vibe as Lisbon, but it shares the faded charm and buzzing creative scene. There’s much more to do than sip on port. Rua de Miguel Bombarda is the centre of the city’s art district, an area where you’ll find well over a dozen contemporary galleries to check out, while theSerralves Museum of Contemporary Art – as well as being a modernist masterpiece (by architect Álvaro Siza) – is one of the country’s most important museums. And even run down parts of Porto are worth exploring, thanks to clever, alternative tours run by a group of young architects.

When to go?
Porto’s traditional summer highlight is the St John’s Feast festival on 23 June, which involves street parties, fireworks and hitting each other on the head with plastic hammers. Those up for some more contemporary fun will want to check in for the NOS Primavera Sound Festival, 4-6 June, an offshoot of the Barcelona music festival first run in Porto in 2012.


Via The Guardian | Photo: A gallery in Rua de Miguel Bombarda, Porto Portugal. Photograph: Alamy


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