I’ve lived in Porto for 23 years
I speak English, Portuguese and some Spanish
I am Interpreter / english teacher
What I love about Porto is that it is a city where the new meets the old/traditions. You will find great traditional cuisines in known places like Ribeira, and Mercado do Bom Sucesso, however, you will find the best places that are more traditional and grounded such as Taberna Santo Antonio, a very little restaurant in the city of Porto, which offer the best-fried sardine at a very affordable price. So while strolling around the large plazas of Cordoaria and nearby the Sao Bento station you will find places like that one with good prices and the best traditional food, local breweries, great cafés, and plenty of shops for souvenirs or popular brands as well. Surrounding Porto, you will find new upcoming bars, coffee shops, and even more local hearty places. I would also recommend Vila do Conde as a great up-and-coming county that is growing and has wonderful beaches and street markets. You will see forts like Sao Joao while walking at the beach walk while being offered many options to eat and enjoy the nightlife. If you are more of a wine person you can either enjoy wine tours right from the Ribeira Caves. While in the countryside I would recommend getting to see at least one of the traditional "Aldeias" or traditional villages. They are breathtaking! Overall Porto is a beautiful city with lots of offerings for families and friends, young couples and older couples. It is a retirement country full of culture, architectural buildings, parks, beaches, and restaurants.