Portugal's Porto District is synonymous with wine, and travellers
looking to take a deep dive into the region's oenological traditions and
products might want to put WOW, a new cultural district on their radar.
Located in the heart of Vila Nova de Guia's historic port warehouse
district in Porto, WOW features a collection of seven immersive museums,
12 restaurants from fine dining to casual, bars and cafes, retail
outlets and a wine school.
But despite being built from restored wine cellars, WOW offers more
to visitors than the obligatory wine tastings — although, of course,
that is abundantly available as well.
Barbies and bonbons
Porto visitors can jump on the Barbie trend at the 11-room Pink Palace, where they can pose for selfies in the hotel’s pink Cadillac or jump in a magenta ball pit. Photo Credit: WOW, The New Cultural Distric
For example, travellers can jump on the Barbie trend at the 11-room
Pink Palace, where they can pose for selfies in the hotel's pink
Cadillac, jump into a magenta ball pit and sample a variety of rose
wines, including Quinta do Vale do Bragao Rose and Croft Pink Rose Port.
Got kids? How about timing your visit to coincide with the second
annual Chocolate Festival Portugal, set to take place 19 to 22 October?
Taste chocolates from different countries, take in shows on the Cacao
Stage and talks at the Cacao Forum and engage in interactive
exhibitions and culinary demonstrations.
Work off that sugar energy at the Escape Room "Mission: Save The Museum," part of the Bridge Collection.
Participants navigate a web of puzzles, cryptic clues and mysterious
artifacts while racing against the clock to find a missing artifact.
Eye for art
For a dose of culture, take in the Tate Collection at WOW through
Sept. 30 at the Atkinson Museum in collaboration with London's Tate
The "The Dynamic Eye" exhibition will showcase more than 100 rarely exhibited artworks from 63 international artists.
Comprising paintings, sculptures, works on paper, films and
installations, the immersive exhibition features the largest number of
works to travel from the Tate to Portugal.
The Atkinson Museum, in collaboration with London's Tate Museum, will feature 100 rarely exhibited artworks in the "Dynamic Eye" exhibition.
Going to wine school
For travellers for whom the region's wine culture is top of mind, the
Wine School at WOW offers Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses for
Designed for a range of oenophiles, from those looking for a career
in the industry to lay enthusiasts, the courses focus on international
as well as Portuguese wines.
Finally, Mira Mira, a fine dining restaurant under the direction of
two-Michelin-starred chef Ricardo Costa, features Portuguese gastronomy
using organic produce, along with a robust wine selection from major
wine producers and port wine houses as well as smaller wine producers.
Source: Travel Weekly