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MAKE IT HAPPEN: Porto

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BA, easyJet, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal fly direct to Porto from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Manchester (Gatwick from £120; flytap.com).

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