The charms of Porto were recognised by readers of the North American magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which placed the Invicta city in seventh place in the ranking of international metropolises.
Porto is distinguished for being the place where "the modern and tradition" meet, according to the travel magazine, and for that it earned the votes of readers.
In a survey made for the 33rd consecutive year by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler - and in peculiar circumstances, as they are choices made in a year "when travel may have been out of reach", highlights the magazine - the Invicta city earned seventh place in the ranking of Big Cities in the world.
"Chefs, artists and designers are bringing a new spirit to the city's old-world appeal. Sites like the Igreja de São Francisco, an opulent display of Gothic architecture, are woven with displays of public art. Azulejos are everywhere on the city’s walls", emphasizes Condé Nast Traveler, also referring to the views overlooking the Douro and the food available to the city visitor.
This is not the first time that readers of Condé Nast Traveler have placed Porto among their picks. The friendly character of Invicta had already been highlighted in a previous vote, due to the way in which visitors felt welcomed in the city.
This time, in the vote on big cities and their attractions - food, wine, architecture, art - the magazine urged its readers to ponder on classic destinations, visited multiple times, and destinations that are less obvious, but equally worthy of attention.
This resulted in a list of ten "Big Cities" and another list of ten cities ("Small Cities"). Included in the first list, Porto ranked seventh, behind Kyoto (Japan), Lyon (France), Singapore, Sydney (Australia), Vienna (Austria) and Tokyo (Japan). The list is complete with Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Lisbon, which closes the top-10.
The list of "Small Cities" is led by San Miguel de Allende (Mexico).