Geography and location

Porto
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Porto

Porto, 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 North and its Historic Centre of has been classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Temperate maritime climate, with a mild summer and temperatures from 15 ºC to 25 ºC, occasionally reaching 35 ºC between July and September. Autumn and winter are typically windy, rainy and cool, with temperatures from 5 ºC to 14 ºC.

Porto´s geographic location is superb and is complemented by a modern communication network, which enables those coming from Galicia, the Algarve, Lisbon, Coimbra or other places to easily reach the city and move on to the destinations listed. You can travel to Porto from Galicia in about 2 hours by car and arrive at Lisbon in 3 hours, and at the Algarve in approximately 5 hours.

Published 13-09-2013
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...
Caminho Português Central ou Principal (Central or Main Portuguese Way) Caminho Português Central ou Principal (Central or Main Portuguese Way)
​242 kmFollows what was the Roman Via XIX connecting Braga to Lugo, passing through Ponte de Lima, Tui and Pontevedra, and along the old Porto-Barce...
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 ...
Caminho Português por Braga (Portuguese Way via Braga) Caminho Português por Braga (Portuguese Way via Braga)
255 kmThis was one of the most commonly used routes by pilgrims in Portugal. It followed the old Roman Via XVI connecting Lisbon, Santarém, Coimbra,...
City of Porto City of Porto
​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 s...
UNESCO UNESCO's classification
​Considering the unique features of Porto’s historical centre, it was classified by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritage” in December 1996. The clas...
The English The English
First contactsIn 16 June 1147, the English crusaders heading to the Holy Land had to wait eleven days in Porto for the forces led by the Count of Ar...
History History
The conquest of Portucale in 868 by Vímara Peres, a warrior of Alfonso III of Leon, is considered a turning point in the history of Porto. Since the s...
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...