The city of Porto is a cluster of historical and landscape riches and has been voted Best European Tourist Destination on many occasions. It is the second-largest Portuguese city, having been the city that gave the name to Portugal when it was called Portus Cale and later became the capital of Condado Portucalense, which gave origin to Portugal. It is also known as Invicta city as it was the only city that resisted Napoleon Bonaparte’s Imperial Army.
This is a fashionable city whose tourist numbers have been increasing exponentially in recent years. It is known worldwide for its wine, its bridges and the mix of contemporary and historical architecture. Its historic centre is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also famous for its gastronomy and the hospitality of its residents. The typical dish of this area are the Tripas à Moda do Porto, whose history behind it is known by all citizens also known as tripeiros.
What to visit?
When it comes to Porto there is no shortage of options of what to visit or do during your stay. Here you will find some suggestions for getting the most out of the city and taking advantage of all its splendour.
Avenida dos Aliados – is the heart of the city of Porto, and at the top of this is the emblematic building of Porto City Hall.
Rua de Santa Catarina – is the most commercial street in Porto. Is also where Café Majestic is located and also where several street artists perform.
Clerigos Tower – is the ex-libris of the city. You can visit this monument and climb the tower where you have a panoramic view of the cities of Porto and Gaia.
Lello Bookstore – This is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Was also a source of inspiration for author J.K Rowling to write the famous Harry Potter saga.
Ribeira – is the most emblematic neighbourhood of Porto and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
Serralves Museum, House and Park – one of the most important cultural spaces in the country.
S.João – It is the city’s party, celebrated from June 23rd to 24th. Animation and tradition go out all night.
Apart from these spaces and monuments, you will find many more options such as the Port Wine Cellars, Casa da Música, Palácio de Cristal or even the city park.
For more information on what to visit you can contact the tourist office of Porto City Hall.