There is no doubt that Lisbon is enjoying its moment in the sun. Literally. Close to 300 days of sunshine a year goes a long way to attracting record visitor numbers year after year. Of course they aren’t just attracted by the great weather; world class restaurants, bustling cafés and bars, independent boutiques and designer shops combined with an exceptional cultural heritage, make this one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world.

It is also a city attracting new investment and business opportunity, epitomised by the relocation of the Web Summit to Lisbon in 2016 - a real coup and won in the face of stiff opposition. Transport links are excellent; the metro is clean modern and efficient and Lisbon airport is only a 15 minute taxi ride from the city centre. The beaches of Cascais and Estoril are a half an hour train ride away as is the historic town of Sintra. Porto lies roughly 3 hours to the North and the Algarve 3 hours to the South.

Porto lies on the Northern side of the river Douro, downstream from the wine estates from which it takes its name. As a destination it has grown in popularity in recent years and it is not hard to see why. This is a picturesque city with a medieval heart; cobbled streets, baroque churches, azulejos clad houses spilling down the steep hillside. Food and drink is hugely important here and in recent years some of the best Portuguese chefs have moved in - there is everything from Michelin starred restaurants to retro cafés to the best of family run taverns serving fresh seafood for a pittance. Continuing this trend, the Time Out Group plc recently announced that they will open a new food market next year in the historic Sao Bento station in the heart of Porto. This follows the success of their first market in Lisbon and is a good indicator of the buzz surrounding the city at the moment.

Across the river where The Rebello will be based, visitors flock to Gaia to see the grand old port cellars and enjoy some serious wine tasting. A short tram ride from the city centre takes you to the beautiful beaches of Foz, or visitors can book a day trip (or longer) down the Douro. Porto airport is just 7 miles from the city centre and can be reached via the Metro or a short cab ride.

PORTO

THE REBELLO
 Rua do Cais de Gaia I 4400-161 Vila Nova de Gaia
41º08’20.44’’N 8º37’16.52’’W