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Romantic Design Tour through Porto, Portugal

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Photo: Chad Ehlers/Getty Images

World-renowned architects are adding 21st-century design to the medieval landscape of Portugal’s second-largest city—the Casa da Música theater by Rem Koolhaas and the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum by Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.

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Destinations: Porto

Hotels (2)

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    Guest House Douro

    The intimate hotel features eight light-filled rooms with large French windows and marble baths.

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    Pestana Porto Hotel

    If you want to stay in the old part of town this boutique property has balconies overlooking the Douro River.

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    Café Majestic, Porto

    Stop by this 88-year-old spot for traditional rabanadas (mini French toast).

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    Praia Da Luz

    At this casual steak house the water laps right up to your table.

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    ShiS

    At this beachside restaurant you’ll find Asian-inflected Portuguese dishes such as crab risotto with avocado ice cream.

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    Livraria Lello

    The elaborate neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and a

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