About the City



Located along the Douro river estuary, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its settlement dates back to the time when it served as an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its ancient Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as being the origin of the name of the country “Portugal”.
The special atmosphere certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the location by the River Douro with its bridges, the monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the narrow climbing streets. Ribeira – the historic centre of Porto was classified as World Heritage in 1996 and the opposite side of the river, the Gaia side, is where the Port Wine lodges are located.
This famous fortified wine – Port wine, one of the most significant export goods of Portugal, is named after the city as the packaging, transport and export business is based here.
In 2012 and 2014 as well as in 2017 Porto was distinguished with the prestigious title of Best European Destination.

Don’t miss:

  • visit Casa do Infante, by Ribeira
  • admire the old houses of Miragaia, very close to the Ribeira quay
  • by day or by night, stroll through the Galeria de Paris and the adjacent streets, close to the Torre dos Clérigos
  • pop up to Rua Miguel Bombarda for a taste of contemporary art and design
  • stroll through the Parque da Cidade, down to the sea front
  • enjoy the great beaches and café terraces at the mouth of the river Douro
  • try a francesinha (a sandwich with cured ham, sausage, and steak covered in molten cheese and a hot tomato and beer sauce), one of Porto’s specialities
  • try some fresh fish or seafood, or some cod fishcakes
  • get to know a little of the coast to the north or south of Porto
  • explore Porto by night