Today, you’ll transfer to Oporto, known as the “Unvanquished City” because the Romans or Moors never overtook it. According to 15th-century legend, the people of Oporto donated all their meat to a military fleet departing for battle — leaving themselves with nothing but offal (tripas). Considering the sacrifice an ancestral badge of honor, the people of Oporto still proudly call themselves tripeiros.
On a panoramic drive through Portugal’s second largest city, which includes its UNESCO-listed city center and a visit to a local market, you’ll get a feel for local culture and enjoy lunch. Cultural Connection: One can’t visit Oporto without enjoying its eponymous wine, of course, so you’ll also stop by a picturesque port wine cellar for a taste of the city’s signature beverage. You’ll also visit one of the top bookstores in the world, Livraria Lello (which inspired J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter library), where you can peruse the shelves and admire the décor of this one-of-a-kind gem. Your afternoon is at leisure to delve deeper into Oporto’s charms.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner