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World's Top Waterfront Cities

Porto, Portugal

Jennifer Lamb

Porto, Portugal

What PPS Says: Much of the public, set in an historic district, has been redesigned with contemporary materials and amenities. The new design features are very attractive, functional, and in no way ostentatious, serving as a sort of flexible platform for activities and supporting a range of gathering options for groups.

What We Like: The old city, a bright patchwork of centuries-old buildings and narrow streets, tumbles downhill to meet the Douro River. On the opposite bank rise the roofs of the port wine houses of Vila Nova de Gaia. Local flavor is strong, in spite of the throngs of tourists. Sip a coffee or glass of Vinho Verde and people-watch on the Praça, or walk across the spectacular Dom Luís Bridge for the best view of the busy waterfront.

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