About Porto

ABOUT PORTO

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula.

Elected Best European Destination 2017 by the travellers from 174 countries, Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries.

Located along the Douro River, Porto is one of the oldest European cities, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.

Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro in the Ribeira, discover Porto’s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest of times a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.

Discover the best things to do and see in Porto: https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/travel-guide/porto

 

 

MUSEUMS

→ Serralves Museum – contemporary art museum
→ Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira - centre of excellence for the cinema and the moving image
→ Soares dos Reis National Museum– painting, sculpture: mainly focused on Portuguese art of the 19th and 20th centuries
→ Porto Municipal Gallery - Porto contemporary art scene

 

Also don’t miss:

→ Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world
→ Café Majestic, a Belle Epoque-era cafe with ornate interiors
→ Estação de São Bento, considered one of the most beautiful railway stations of the world
→ Rua das Flores, was one of Porto’s most important streets, with a line of palatial manor houses for the city’s elite
→ Bairro da Bouça, Porto School of Architecture, Casa de Chá da Boa Nova: some of the best works of the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Álvaro Siza Vieira
→ Casa da Música, a concert hall designed by Rem Koolhaas

 

PRATICAL INFORMATION

There are bus stops right in front of the Universidade Católica, as well as taxis and city tours.

English is widely spoken by those who work within the tourist industry. Tourists with only English language skills will not experience any language barriers. All transport hubs, including railway stations, metro and airports also have full English translations and signposting. When dining out, most restaurants and cafes in Porto have English menus and, if not, waiters are always happy to translate.