Perched on the two steep sides of the River Douro, Portugal’s second city is a beautiful collection of old baroque churches, precipitating roofs, hanging gardens and beautiful buildings. All can be majestically enjoyed by some spectacular miradouros (lookouts). Porto has a reputation for being an art lovers’ paradise, expressed by the endless availability of street art, as well as by the intriguing Museu de Arte Contemporânea and Rem Koolhaas’ architecture of the Casa da Música. Of course Porto is also a city which boasts some amazing food – and wines too! Visitors can’t leave without having tried some the Douro Valley’s iconic Port wines!
After decades of repression during the Salazar dictatorship, today Portugal is a very gay-friendly country and has one of the most advanced legislations in protecting LGBT rights, which are even fully encompassed in the country’s constitution. Same sex marriage is legal since 2010.