The Ribeira Square is a historical square in Porto

Hotel da Bolsa Rua Ferreira Borges 101 T222 026 768, A modernized, wellplaced three-star hotel with a classical facade – it’s just a 5min walk downhill to the river. Rooms are on the fussy side, with chintzy fabrics and repro furniture, but the staff are friendly and there’s underground parking 200m away. Also airport pick-ups

Pestana Porto Pr da Ribeira 1 T223 402 300, Enjoying the city’s best location, atop the medieval wall next to the river, there’s been little expense spared on the restoration of this cluster of sixteenth- to eighteenthcentury buildings into a boutique-style four-star hotel. Most rooms face the Douro, and corner rooms also overlook the bridge. Also a nice contemporary restaurant, Vintage (expensive), which occupies a raised terrace above the river, where a few outdoor tables are lit by candles on the walls. Breakfast not usually included.