My friends and I decided to explore Porto for a birthday weekend and stayed at the Tiara Park Atlantic for 3 nights. We had a warm welcome from the staff and on reaching my room was greeted by a lovely birthday cake and complimentary bottle of fizz! What a lovely start to the trip. The room was spacious and very comfortable with all the amenities you'd expect of a 5 star hotel. My only slight qualm was that the lighting was a bit too low although the weather was quite gloomy outside which probably made it seem darker. Great bathroom/ shower (I must have a decent shower!) The staff were friendly and efficient and our concierge, Mr Gomez, was particularly helpful when we needed to change local restaurant dinner reservation times, etc. Nothing was too much trouble and he even made sure we were looked after once we reached the restaurants. He also gave some great suggestions of other places to visit, including the Churchill port house over the river in Gaia, where we had a complimentary tour and tasting. I'm not really a port drinker but was very pleasantly surprised by the flavours. Unfortunately I'd left my iPod behind on leaving the hotel, but again, this was dealt with very efficiently and sent on to me in London. Seamless service. Porto itself is great, a UNESCO heritage site with stacks of history. I can recommend the red bus hop on/off tour of the City, a good way to get around and ticket lasts for a couple of days. We also bought a ticket for the Metro system from the Tourist Office at the airport - quite good value at about £15 for 3 days and we made good use of it on the easy/efficient tube system. Fantastic restaurants, this place is a foodie heaven - can highly recommend the 7 course tasting menu (with wines to match each course) at Palco at the Hotel Teatro, the flavours were stunning. We had a beautiful meal and were well looked after by the staff at Terra (near the sea in Foz area). On my actual birthday we dined at the Ode Wine House in Ribeira, down on the banks of the Duoro, whose speciality is "slow food" - very good it was too, dishes individually prepared to perfection. Lovely ambience with a traditional stone & wood interior and an interested owner who was very chatty on arrival! If you're an Art Deco fan, a visit to the Serra.Ves Villa in the nearby contemporary art park is a must. This is one of the largest complete houses I've seen, set in beautiful grounds where you feel transported back to another era. Stunning. The Contemporary Art gallery is adjacent and hosts different exhibitions, very much worth a visit. All in all, a perfect birthday trip!
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