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THE VACATION REPORT A WEEKEND IN PORTO

Avid traveller and co-founder of Staud Sarah Staudinger shares her first experience of Porto in this exploration of the culture-rich city.

Photographs by Theresa Marx.
Words by Shona Wallace.

BREAKFAST BY THE BEACH

‘The cliffs and the bay by the Boa Nova chapel (Leça da Palmera, Portugal) are just outside the main city – we spent a few hours walking along them, enjoying the view. I loved this beach and this look: I teamed the plaid bucket bag with my favourite trousers from the AW19 collection.’

AN URBAN OASIS

‘The Casa De Serralves is this beautiful 1930s Art Deco mansion that sits within the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (serralves.pt). It is an excellent place to go when in need of inspiration – people hang here in the garden after checking out the exhibition.’

A SWEET PITSTOP

‘The Mo & Mo Craft Ice Cream (Campo dos Mártires da Pátria 171, 4050-368 Porto) is a must-visit. The gelato is unreal and such a nice way to take a break from all the walking in the summer heat. This dress also has a detachable necktie that I’d wear to dress it up for evening.’

LUNCH ALFRESCO

A SCENIC STROLL

‘The best way to experience the city is on foot. Porto’s historical roots are incredibly inspiring, and there are endless sights to see. The Chapel of Souls (Rua de Santa Catarina 428, 4000-124 Porto) is stunning and an incredible place to people watch and spend an afternoon. When packing for a trip I tend to bring a lot of two-piece sets. They are an easy way to create a full look but also mix and match with other pieces.’

GOLDEN HOUR

‘Porto is known for its port wine, so I spent most evenings trying different wines with friends. I like to get a little more dressed up for dinner, especially while on vacation, and this is the perfect cocktail dress.’

DINNER WITH A VIEW

‘Porto is just as beautiful in the evening as it is in the daytime. I stayed at The Yeatman (the-yeatman-hotel.com) – a gorgeous hotel with a terrace overlooking the city and the Douro river. This 1960s-style poplin dress is a really easy piece, and it features one of my favourite prints of the season, the frogs.’

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