Ok, how do you fancy 3 nights in a vibrant, beautiful old city, just 2 hours away by plane, with no children? If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do but have never had an opportunity, this is for you.
Come with us for a quick city break in November, to Portugal’s second city, Porto. Flights from Dublin on November 18th are just €77 return, and if you bring one hand-held piece of luggage you don’t have to pay for checked-in baggage, which will save you even more. Flights are also timed to leave Dublin on the morning of Friday November 18th at 7.45am, returning Monday 13.05 (1.05pm) so you could even collect the kids from school the day you return!
This is really a hidden gem of a city, with pretty cobbled streets you’re immediately immersed in the boutiques and galleries that are in abundance. Head down to the banks of the mighty Douro river, and visit the brilliant Armazém a huge, new arts space in a converted warehouse in Ribeira do Porto.
Part of the movement to revitalize the old town, Armazém offers a rather impressive exhibition space, interesting boutiques and a bar with a great outdoor space luring you to sit and enjoy a drink in the sun.
There is plenty to see and do in this gorgeous old city, including investigating their love of Port, as this is the town that gave the city and country its name. Explore the cellars and storage, go on a tasting tour and fall in love with everything about this place.
We have found a 4**** Hotel in this much-overlooked Portuguese city on the west coast, and invite you to actually get away from it all and go abroad for a well-earned break.
You can choose to stay in your own room, or share with a friend (no couples) to make it very inexpensive, but either one you decide on this hotel is really the lap of luxury and you’ll completely switch off for a lovely long weekend in the sun.
Weather in Porto in November averages 12-16 degrees, so it’s not scorching hot but still much nicer than one ofour grand soft days in Ireland. There is a swimming pool onsite, although it may be a little chilly, and the hotel is located right next to the beach, and the best shopping and leisure areas, so you can easily find a few ways to spend your afternoons.
Your bedroom with either have a queen-size bed or two large twin beds, and you can upgrade to a pool-view room for a small supplement. There is also the option to add breakfast or half-board (breakfast and dinner) daily for a price, which is very reasonable considering what you might spend eating out daily.
Bedroom facilities include a 32” LCD TV, air conditioning/heating, desk, safe, minibar, full bathroom with supplies and hairdryer, with smoking and non-smoking rooms available.
The hotel has free Wifi throughout, all the rooms are spacious and outward facing making them bright and airy, and the pool is surrounded by sunbeds and set in the gardens, plenty of places to lounge with a good book.
So join us for a quick weekend away before the Christmas Season hits and everything gets even busier, departing Dublin on Friday November 18th returning Monday November 21st, FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED but airport transfers in Porto are, prices as follows:
1 adult – €225
2 adults (not couples) – €140 per person sharing
Choose to add any of the following:
- Upgrade to Pool View Room – €30 per room
- Upgrade to B&B daily – €30 per person
- Upgrade to Half Board (breakfast & dinner daily) – €90 per person