World's Top Waterfront Cities
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.