City of Porto

City of Porto
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​This is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.

The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces. But setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, the city is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. This can be seen in its streets, its architectures, its museums, its leisure spaces, its esplanades and its shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive.

Porto’s Historical Centre was designated World Cultural Heritage in 1996 and its natural setting and its meandering streets give it a unique charm.

Port wine is present in the city in a multitude of forms and sensations: you can get to know it and try it, but never ignore it or forget it.

Having witnessed a long history of cultural ebbs, flows and eddies caused by successive waves of occupation, and often surrounded and invaded, but always remaining Invicta (unbowed), the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that regenerates and reinvents itself, whilst maintaining its core character, grounded in granite and, thus, unshakeable.

Published 10-09-2013
The German The German
​The first visitorsIn 1147 several boats with German and Flemish crusaders passed by Porto. The crusaders were persuaded by the city’s bishop to hel...
The Spanish The Spanish
OriginsAccording to Pliny at 1st AD, the littoral area located north of the river Douro was the territory of a “tribe” generically known as the Cala...
The French The French
The LegendPortugal did not exist as a free and independent country and Porto already kept close cultural, friendly and commercial relations with Fra...
Port Wine Port Wine
Port WinePort Wine is a sweet fortified wine, exclusively produced in the Douro designated region, aged in the cellars in Gaia and exported from Por...
Geography and location Geography and location
PortoPorto, with an area of 45km2 and population of about 240 thousand, is the second biggest city in the country. It is known as the capital of the...
The Ways The Ways
​There is a vast network of pilgrimage roads and paths to the shrine of the apostle St. James which snake and consolidate themselves throughout almost...
The Douro region and valley The Douro region and valley
The hillsides of the Douro valley, terraced by men for centuries in order to plant vines, have given rise to a unique and unrepeatable landscape. This...
Pilgrim Pilgrim
The staff, bag and hatThe status of pilgrim is something which applies to the one who “vay peregrinar, o que anda fora da sua patria” (1) or, to be ...
Tradition Tradition
The Porto inhabitants love to recreate traditions and customs, recovering old practices and ways of living. The popular festivals, food and wine are a...
Great Wine Capitals Network: A world of excellence! Great Wine Capitals Network: A world of excellence!
The  Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) gathers nine cities with internationally renowned wine regions:Adelaide (Australia)Bilbao (Rioja - Spain)...
Porto Porto's São João
​The São João festivities in Porto already stand as a landmark for life in the city and are experienced by more and more tourists and visitors each ye...
Food Food
Porto’s gastronomy is a mirror of its cultural diversity. There are several stories about it, several legends told from generation to generation, whic...