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Why Visit Porto, Portugal

Without a doubt, Porto is one of the most romantic cities on Earth, set along the Douro River estuary in the northern part of Portugal. This city proudly houses one of the oldest European town centers, called Ribeira, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and among the oldest cities in Europe which has managed to preserve numerous historic buildings and outstanding monuments. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th century when the Romans referred to it as "Portus Calle".

The city developed as an important trade hub, renown worldwide for its main export, Port Wine, which is in fact considered to be the main reason why both the magnificent city and country got their names. For centuries Port Wine has been produced in the nearby Douro Valley, scattered with breathtaking vineyards. Thus it's no surprise that the city boasts many wine cellars, especially across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia, inviting visitors for tastings.

The coastal beauty's waters are still trafficked with old cargo boats, that used to transfer wine and now carry passengers along Porto's picturesque riverside. Consider taking a ride on one of the traditional boats to brighten up your Porto travel experience.

The colorful sunlit hilly city has much to show as it's quite varied architecturally: medieval relics, exquisite bell towers, unique baroque churches, and fancy beaux-arts buildings. Among the main architectural attractions is the 14th-century São Francisco church which is an absolute "must" to put on your Porto itinerary.

One more location not to miss while exploring the city is the famous Lello Bookshop; the winding adorned stairs of this historic and atmospheric bookstore inspired numerous authors, including J. K. Rowling.

There are also six incredible bridges connecting Porto, the most emblematic of them is the Dom Luis I Bridge recognized by its massive arch, actually, this architectural marvel and city-symbol boasts being one of the top observation sports for catching views of the city during Porto sightseeing. Among others are the Arrábida Bridge, which was once the longest reinforced concrete bridge span in the world, and the Maria Pia Bridge, which was Gustavo Eiffel's first masterpiece.

Best Things to Do During Porto Tours

  • Enjoy the exceptional atmosphere of the historic center of lovely Porto
  • Have a stroll around colorful narrow streets of the medieval Ribeira District
  • Savor outstanding local cuisine accompanied by a glass of Porto wine
  • Set off on a day trip from Porto to the stunning Douro Valley
 

What's for local culture, Porto is among the top locations to enjoy gorgeous traditional blue Portuguese azulejo tiles. Being one of the cities where this craft developed over centuries, it has preserved numerous interiors, adorned with blue tiles; as such, those in the city's old Sao Bento Rail Station are an inspiring example to definitely check out.

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