Condé Nast Traveller recently released the top ten of the most interesting, safe and inviting cities for female travellers who have themselves as their only companion. Porto ranks second on the list and is the only Portuguese city represented.
The renowned travel magazine says that the city of Porto “seduces solo visitors”, mainly thanks to the “charisma of the locals”. In fact, she stresses that this characteristic makes Invicta “stand apart from other Mediterranean cities of a similar size and commercial clout".
The journalist Anna Hart presents the list based on her personal experience, as a female traveller who strikes out on her own to discover new places alone, and from that repository of memories she concludes that, in fact, some destinations stand out for being “hospitable” to this kind of tourists.
About Porto, she says that “lone travellers with the right attitude, will rapidly feel welcome at any terrace bar, port lodge or open-air food market”. A subtle touch to say that "love is repaid by love".
And the maxim pays ... in Porto-style, of course. It is not uncommon for the people of Porto to offer themselves as hosts of a city that “is best explored on foot”, she says. And, even if in two or three days the map can be explored by stopping at the most tourist relevant sites, there are also those who decide to stay "for weeks", points out the reporter.
Porto’s “charms”- “the dramatic Douro river, the enticing port lodges, the narrow lanes of the historic centre” - are immediately highlighted to begin the description of the runner-up in the ranking, which, for these travellers, may come wrapped by an additional advantage. The fact that the city is a haven for “digital nomads” means that women who travel alone do not feel, in any way, a rarity.
First on the list comes Ibiza, in Spain. The silver medal is awarded to Porto and the bronze medal goes to Luang Prabang, in Laos. Osaka, in Japan, Palm Springs, in California, Perth, in Australia, and Bavaria, in Germany, make up the next places in the top, which is completed by Dominica, in the Caribbean, West Cork, in Ireland, and Singapore, in Asia.