Check in at the Torel 1884, then follow your friendly guide to the apartments on the Rua das Flores. In another beautifully restored building with high ceilings, all is plush, hushed and soothing.
Inspired by the 15th-century seafarers, when Portugal ruled the world, Torel’s designers have given new life to silk, tapestry and porcelain, and introduced spicy colours: clove, paprika, saffron, cardamom. Rustle up a meal in an open-plan kitchen, soak in a stylish bath, fall sleep on a Swedish mattress.
On Rua das Flores are shops and cafés a go-go. Wander further and you enter that maze of medieval alleys known as Ribeira, a World Heritage Site. Across the river the 18th-century English port houses sit astride the Douro: Cockburn’s, Graham’s, Croft. Dine here, or beyond. The city is packed with places to eat, and don’t miss Hotel Torel’s very own Bartolomeu, with its delightful tapas and wines.