Mini guide to Porto and the Douro, Portugal
Named after one of the founders of Vila Nova de Gaia’s most famous port lodges, Taylor’s, The Yeatman was the first top-end hotel in town. Tucked into the Gaia hillside, it has magnificent views, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant (the-yeatman-hotel.com; Rua do Choupelo; from £170).
When to go
Spring and early summer are great times to visit – the weather is routinely warm, but the river breeze means that it never reaches the baking temperatures of high summer. Porto’s biggest festival is the Festa de São João, held on 23 and 24 June – expect music, medieval folk plays and fireworks all night (visitportugal.com).
How to go
Francisco de Sá Carneiro, just outside of Porto, is the main international airport. Flights from Gatwick are available with easyJet (from £95; easyjet.com) and TAP (from £125; flytap.com), while Ryanair flies there from Stansted (from £140; ryanair.com).