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
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