Did you know Porto is one of the top city trips for gift hunters?
Winter injects Porto with a whole new air of charm. Spindly trees set against weathered buildings give a decidedly Harry Potter-esque feel, while luminous ice-skating rinks pop up in Praça de Dom João I and Rotunda da Boavista. The city’s crowning glory is the giant Christmas tree in Avenida dos Aliados, which flicks its lights on 1 December.
For gifts, head along to the Artesanatus market in Largo Amor de Perdição, held in a transparent dome encircled with artisan stalls. For something extra special, visit a local jeweller and pick up a traditional filigree pendant or earrings.
Treat yourself: Post-shop, grab yourself a cone of street-roasted chestnuts (just follow the smoke) and head uptown for a warming tawny port at a cosy bar like ARCA, or if feeling peckish, scoot downtown to sink your teeth into a hearty Argentinian steak at Belos Aires.
Emily McAuliffe is an Australian travel writer and copywriter based in Portugal. Follow her on Instagram @mcauliffeemily
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