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About Oporto



Welcome to this City Guide in Porto




Oporto is one of the last undiscovered European metropolises, but that is about to change. There are now direct flights from New York and numerous connections to and from the rest of Europe, including an increasing number of low-cost airlines.

This is the city that originated and named Port Wine, and gave birth to one of world history's legendary figures, Prince Henry the Navigator (you'll also see in new guidebooks that it is also the birthplace of that world-famous fictional character, Harry Potter -- author J. K. Rowling was living in Oporto as an English teacher when she started writing her first book).



The city was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical town was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle.


Porto has a semi-Mediterranean climate, although it's strongly affected by the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it cooler than other cities with this climate. However, temperatures can rise as high as 40ºC in August during occasional heat waves. Winters are mild and humid, with occasional cold nights where temperatures can drop below 0ºC.

Porto has always been a mercantile city, and this is evident in the style of the buildings lining the Avenida dos Aliados, the core of the downtown area. The center of town, unlike other major Portuguese cities, which tend towards the baroque, is granite and monumental. Residents of Porto are known as Tripeiros (tripe eaters) due to the fact that the city went without meat in order to provision the capital and the fleet that departed to Ceuta in 1415, had to subsist on tripe stew, still a speciality of the city.

 

 

he city is quite varied architecturally, with medieval as well as modern living side by side. Porto's geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. But this is not a new city. It is an ancient port steeped in history and tradition.

It is a highly atmospheric place that has become known for its monuments by renowned architects (Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge, Nicolau Nasoni's Clerigos Tower, Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Musica, or Siza Vieira's Serralves Museum), but just when you think you don't know much about this city, think again.

Clerigos Tower  


Casa da Musica

Mix monuments by leading world architects from the past and the present, and some fantastic baroque carvings. Add a world-famous sweet wine and a certain British flavour.

Place it all by a grand river, and you have "O Porto," the port, Porto -- Portugal's second largest metropolis, and one of Europe's most charismatic cities.


The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour. Across the river from Porto proper, in the suburb of Gaia, are located the warehouses of notable companies dealing with Port Wine, such as Cálem, Fonseca, Sandemans, Kopke, and others.

Whilst the local attitude is friendly, to outsiders it is worth noting that locals can respond literally to questions, which may seem slightly off-putting to the uninitiated. An example of this would be to ask in a bar if they have a menu (for food) and to receive a straight 'no' as a response; it's after further questions that one can find out that the establishment doesn't sell food - such a response is not considered rude, it is merely direct and literal.

On a brief visit to Porto, there are some places that cannot be missed. In the words of many visitors, this city has something mystical that are difficult to describe and which varies according to the place, time of day and light.

Whatever it is, it certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the River Douro and its heritage on both banks, with its bridges and monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the shopping streets. The historic centre of Porto and the River Douro on the Gaia side, where the Port Wine lodges are located, are classified as World Heritage.




 



Sao Bento Station Train

 


S. Bento Station, with its atrium lined with tiles, is an ideal starting point. Just ahead is the Cathedral, not to be missed, whose precinct offers the first view of the river, the cascading houses and the opposite bank. From there you descend by steps and mediaeval streets to Ribeira, with its café terraces and picturesque corners.

It's worth staying a little to get a flavour of the atmosphere and take in the river with the D. Luís Bridge and the opposite bank, before going on a cruise under Porto’s six bridges. Once you’ve seen the outline of the cascading houses and church towers, you will want to see the gilt interior of the Church of S. Francisco. Nearby, you can see more tile-fronted churches and monuments, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa (former Stock Exchange palace). The tram leaves from next to the river for a trip that goes to Foz (the mouth of the Douro), where you can take a stroll and fill your lungs with the sea air. Avenida da Boavista starts here, and not far away is Serralves, with its gardens to stroll or rest in and its contemporary art exhibitions. The museum is the work of Álvaro Siza Vieira, one of the foremost architects of the Porto School of Architecture, and winner of the Pritzker Prize.

  • 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

  • Participate in the São João Festival

    Tourism Centre

    • Address: Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25 - 4000-172 Porto

    • GPS: Lat 41.150175 Lon -8.611200

    • Telephone. +351 223393472

    • Timeschedule: Nov-Abr todos os dias 09h00-24h00 (19h00-24h00 - atendimento na Esquadra de Turismo do Porto - porta ao lado)

      -Out todos os dias 09h00-24h00 (20h00-24h00 - atendimento na Esquadra de Turismo do Porto - porta ao lado)
    • Website: visitporto.travel



    Tourism Centre - Sé (Casa da Câmara)

    • Address: Terreiro da Sé - 4050-573 Porto

    • GPS: Lat 41.143047 Lon -8.611185

    • Telephone. +351 223393472

    • Timeschedule: Nov-Abr todos os dias 09h00-19h00
      Mai-Out todos os dias 09h00-20h00


   
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