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 da Costa (Coastal Portuguese Way) Caminho Português da Costa (Coastal Portuguese Way)
​Route through Vila Nova de Cerveira and Valença - 258 KmThe Coastal Way is characterised by the mixture of a sea and overland component. The use of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“Estado Novo” (New State) architecture up to now “Estado Novo” (New State) architecture up to now
Economic, social, political and cultural changes were responsible for the new aesthetical movements and tendencies that would originate the Porto mode...
The Dutch The Dutch
Former partnersIn the late Middle Ages there was a regular commercial contact between Porto and the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Towards these...
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...