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
Protestant Religious Communities Protestant Religious Communities
​Together, the protestant religious communities, whether Lutheran, Zwinglianist, Calvinist or Anglican, make up the reformed church.  The reformation ...
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...
Brazilians Brazilians
The historical connectionThe historical and affective attachment of the Porto inhabitants to Brazil dates back, without exaggeration, to the moment ...
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...
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...
Useful information Useful information
​SignpostingThe Portuguese Way is identified by a yellow arrow painted on a variety of backgrounds: walls, posts and even trees. Another associated ...
Useful links Useful links
 Associations Xacobeo: Caminho de SantiagoVia Lusitana. Associação de Peregrinos. Caminho Português. Santiago de Compostela Associação dos A...
Tradition Tradition
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Porto Porto's São João
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Food Food
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