Porto, Portugal, has been voted the Best European Destination in 2017 by the European Best Destinations organization. Porto wins the recognition for the 3rd time with a record number of 138,116 votes. Porto also won the title in 2012 and 2014.
Porto the capital of northern Portugal - set near the Atlantic on the Douro River. Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is known worldwide for its production of Port wine, which comes from the vineyards lining the Douro River Valley, a World Heritage Site.
In fact, Porto is where Portugal gets its name. Today the city is thriving, with a reborn Ribeira (riverfront) district, historic cobblestone squares with eateries and cafes. Gaia, across the Douro, is the home to Port wine - and boasts dozens of Port wine estates. TAP and SATA both offer flights from the US to Porto.