Porto the Place to Be, says New York Times

According to the New York Times (NYT), one of the world's most prestigious newspapers, the ancient city of Porto in northern Portugal is one of the 46 places to go in 2013, whether you 'travel to eat or shop, surf or ski', says the newspaper.
Porto ranks 28th on the NYT’s list of the top-46 destinations of 2013, chosen for its pleasing price/quality ratio, unique architecture and world-renowned port wine.
“Portugal’s economic pain is your gain in Porto, one of Western Europe’s great bargains. New boutique hotels, like the Yeatman dramatically perched above the Douro River featuring Porto’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, have brought a fresh burnish to this Unesco-protected city where labyrinthine narrow streets, ancient buildings and black-cloaked students inspired a young English tutor who lived here in the early 1990s named J. K. Rowling”, wrote the newspaper.
Wedged between Chang-baishan (China) at 27th and Puerto Rico in 29th position, Porto is highly praised by the NYT for its most famous export. 'The financial downturn doesn’t detract from the city’s most prominent industry — port wine — which can be sampled in the cellars of Sandeman, Graham’s or Taylor-Fladgate with a terraced restaurant, on the Douro’s south bank.”
Topping the publication’s list of 46 destinations to see this year is Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, 'because the whole world will be there in 2014'. The Mediterranean port town of Marseille (France) comes in second, and rounding off the top-three places to visit this year is Nicaragua, central America, for its new high-end lodges and up-and-coming food scene.

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