The ancient Ribeira with its little colorful houses composes the city’s postcard along with the famous D. Luís bridge. This is the main Porto’s landscape that comes to mind when imagining the precious city: the boats down in the Douro river with the bridges setting the scenario.
Porto is the “northern capital” and the second largest city in the country, of extreme importance in the national panorama.
Being one of the oldest and ancient European cities, Porto combines the charm of the old town in the riverfront area with the most modern infrastructures in areas like Foz.
Its main gem, the Douro river, it’s even considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, along with its countryside green areas.
A hint you probably aren’t aware of is that Porto has some amazing beaches as well, perfect for surfing! Along with the incredible food (you have to try all the types of “francesinhas” you can find in the city), the famous Port wine maturing in the many caves and cellars nearby the river and the exciting nightlife, you have to see all this by yourself.
We recommend you to take one of the river tours and numerous experiences you can enjoy around the Douro river that separates the busiest Porto city center from Vila Nova de Gaia, a more residential area. When strolling through the cobbled little streets, use the opportunity to talk to Porto’s vivid and charismatic people, the ones the give the city its soul.
Discover this vibrant city in the pictures that we leave you, don’t miss out on our suggestions of places to go in Porto and read our Knowing Oporto in 10 steps article.
Porto in pictures
What’s not to miss:
- Casa da Música
- Bolhão Market
- Serralves Museum and Foundation
- Port Caves
- Lello Bookshop
- D. Luís I Bridge
- Palácio da Bolsa
- São Bento station
- Sé do Porto
- Aliados Avenue
- Palácio de Cristal
- Igreja do Carmo
- Vila Nova de Gaia