Like any ancient city, Porto has plenty of variety and is constantly evolving. Traditional grocery stores with drawers of nuts and spices that are weighed at the counter lie within spitting distance of gourmet and concept stores and designer urban outfitters.
I am a British writer and travel addict who moved to central Portugal in 2007 and swiftly fell in love with the country. I help independent travellers discover the beauty and culture of Portugal and plan their own trips by providing information, inspiration and tips for travelling in Portugal through my popular blog, Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal. I offer Portugal itinerary design and consultancy services to individual clients, ready-made, bookable itineraries and self-guided walking tours. As a freelance writer, I have written the 'Where to Stay' and 'Where to Eat' sections of the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides for Portugal, Lisbon and Europe (Portugal section). My articles have been published by The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, Destinations of the World Magazine, CNN, The Huffington Post, the Portuguese American Journal and the British Council, among others.
The mild weather, tropical vegetation and warm waters of Madeira make it a deservedly popular holiday destination. The island itself is varied and well worth exploring but don't neglect the charms of its capital city, Funchal. Since most visitors use it as a base, here are five delightful ways of making the most of your time in Funchal.
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If you're travelling to Porto, the chances are you'll be trying some of Portugal's delicious port wine during your stay. I've been to many port wine establishments in the city over the years, most of them fairly similar in their approach and all enjoyable.
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