Q Now that the vaccine seems to be on the way and we can start recalibrating our travel plans, I wondered what your top recommendation would be for a weekend city break in the early summer of 2021?
A When I read your question, the location that immediately came to mind was Porto. I first visited Portugal’s second city since 1991 and was won over instantly by its profound three-dimensional beauty and faded grandeur. In the ensuing three decades I have made many subsequent trips to the city teetering over the north bank of the Douro River. I have watched Porto blossom with 21st-century facets such as a hyper-efficient transport system and the startling Casa da Musica concert hall, designed by Rem Koolhaas. Yet the character, charm and aroma – from the port houses across the river – remain as compelling as ever. And if the Atlantic isn’t too brisk for you, Porto has a fine city beach west of town.
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