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Porto was voted Europe’s Best City Break Destination in 2020, and the best European destination in 2017 for the third time in a row.
In 2001 it was considered European capital of culture and in 2012 elected as Best European Destination by the European Consumer Association.
The city of Porto also has several cultural spaces of reference such as the Serralves Museum, the House of Music, and the inescapable Lello Bookstore.
Since 1996, its historic centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a city known worldwide for its wine and port wine cellars, its centuries-old bridges, its gastronomy, and the magnificent Douro River. The famous gastronomic specialties of the region are: Francesinha, Tripas à Moda do Porto and Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá.
It is the city that gave its name to Portugal –designated by Portus Cale in 200 b.C., it later became the capital of The County of Portucalense, from where Portugal was formed and from which, later, the Portuguese Empire was built, since it was built, mostly, by people from the Northern Region.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, the municipality has 41.42 km2 of area and has a population of 215 945 inhabitants within its administrative limits, being divided into seven parishes.
The metropolitan area currently comprises a geographical area composed of 17 contiguous municipalities, in an area of approximately 2,040 km2 with a resident population of around 1,700,000 inhabitants.
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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Porto Airport was inaugurated in 1945 with the designation of Pedras Rubras Airport and is located 11 km northwest of the city of Porto. In 1990 there’s a new terminal opening, which changed its designation to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. In 2000, under the new Master Plan, the new terminal underwent profound changes, transforming itself into a modern infrastructure that was inaugurated in 2005, prepared to respond with quality to the increase in registered air traffic flow and to the needs of all those who pass here. Since then, he has won several awards.
Regarding Service Quality, in 2017, it was again distinguished by the Airports Council International (ACI), as the 2nd Best European Airport for airports with over 2 million passengers / year, this being the 11th prize in the last twelve years, a distinction it has been maintaining since 2006.
Porto Cruise Terminal
The new terminal of the port of Leixões, located in the municipality of Matosinhos, near the city of Porto, was built specifically for cruise ships. It sits on a 340-meter-long pier and includes a pedestrian access path for the public and passengers. The main building houses the passenger station building, a square, a gallery museum with laboratories connected to the Sea Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, an aquarium, an underground garage, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a large amphitheatre covered with a captivating view of the ocean.
She Changes (The Anemone)
Known as anemone, is a sculpture designed by artist Janet Echelman for the cities of Porto and Matosinhos, northern Portugal. It is beautiful and looks like a huge fishing net that moves with the wind, it is a fluid work of art.
Fort São Francisco Xavier (Cheese Castle)
Fort St. Francis Xavier (Cheese Castle) Built in the seventeenth century to protect the coast of the pirates of North Africa, is located on a rocky hill in the form of cheese, thus getting the name of Cheese Castle.
Fortress São João Baptista
The fortress was built at the end of the 16th century to protect the coast and the entrance to the Douro. Modern fortresses have been added (section XVII) to the original structure of this beautiful example of military architecture and access gate to the fort (18th century).
The Arrábida Bridge, designed by Edgar Cardoso and 270 m long, was, for some time, the largest reinforced concrete bridge in the world. Opened in 1963, it is 70 metres above the average water level. As bronze sculptures are not on top of the four large pillars that sustain or go to the centre, adding to the innovative spirit and modernist style of the bridge.
Opened in 1992, the Electric Car Museum contains a collection of trams and other auxiliary vehicles that circulated through the streets of Porto and left a mark on the history of light urban rail transport in the city. Its properties also include an example of horse-drawn trolleybus that were introduced to Porto in 1872. Housed in the former Massarelos power plant, a listed municipal building, the museum also displays some of the original equipment used previously.
Customs of Porto Congress Centre
A neoclassical building, built in the 19th century, according to a project carried out by the engineer Jean F. G. Colson. It has two facades, one facing the Douro river and one facing the city. Note the structural solutions that resorted to the use of iron in conjunction with other materials - stone, brick or wood - depending on the functionality of the different spaces. In 1987, it was decided to house the future Museum of Transport and Communications.
São Francisco Church
The city's most important Gothic temple, whose construction began in the fourteenth century, It is one of the most important works of the Baroque, by its gilded interior from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was the exuberance of its gild carved wood work that led Count Raczinsky to describe it as the 'Church of Gold'. And, overwhelmed, he adds: 'The gild of this church is so beautiful and rich that goes far beyond everything I have seen in Portugal and in the whole world'. It is worth of notice the Tree of Jesse, as well as the catacombs. It is a National Monument since 1910 and World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 1996.
Stock Exchange Palace
National Monument, the Palácio da Bolsa is the property and the state of the Commercial Association of Porto. It was designed by Joaquim da Costa Lima in neoclassical style in 1842. Situated in the historic centre, it is one of the most visited monuments, with the famous Arab Room as its highlight. A Cultural and Conference Center, the Bolsa Palace is a place with unique conditions for holding events and excellent initiatives.
Suspension bridge pier
Work of the French company Claranges Lucotte and Company. It was inaugurated in 1843 and met the need for a permanent bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It was said, however, that the bridge trembled like "green dicks" and this feeling of insecurity contributed to its short existence. It was decommissioned in 1887 and replaced by Ponte Luis I. Currently, there are only two stone pillars left, in the form of an obelisk.
Luís I Bridge
Planned by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, a disciple of Eiffel, it was inaugurated in 1886 and it is composed by two overlapping iron decks. The bridge has 395 metres long and 8 metres wide, and its arch is still considered to be the world's biggest one in forged iron. Nowadays the upper deck is used by the Metro of Porto, connecting the area of Porto's Cathedral to the Garden of Morro and to the República Avenue in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Infante Dão Henrique Bridge
The bridge was inaugurated on March 30, 2003, after a project by engineer Adão da Fonseca. It was built to replace the upper lane of the D. Luís I bridge, now used by metro line D. With a deck of 371 meters long and 20 meters wide, it is a Maillart-type arch bridge, built at a high-altitude level, featuring an ascent ratio of 11.2, with a span of 280 m - a world record, is considered by world experts as one of the most elegant of its kind.
Maria Pia Bridge
Gustavo Eiffel's first masterpiece, in which he worked with Theóphile Seyrig, was inaugurated in 1877 and remained in use for 114 years. It features a double-hinged arch that supports a single-track rail deck on truss pillars. In 1982, it was classified as a national monument and, in 1999, gained international recognition as being of historical importance to civil engineering due to its innovative construction.
São João Bridge
This railway structure, by Edgar Cardoso, connects the Campanhã station in Porto to all destinations in the South, the first station being General Torres in Vila Nova de Gaia. Its central span of 250m, was a new world record between the bridges of the "portico". The three spans are supported by two large piers founded on the riverbed near each of the riverbanks. The inauguration took place on June 24, 1991, St. John's Day.
São Bento Train Station
São Bento Train Station was built in the early 20th century, in the exact location of the former Convent of São Bento de Avé Maria. The glass and iron structure were designed by architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the evolution of transport and the events of Portuguese history and life.
Liberty Avenue and Square
This wide avenue, bordered by a group of buildings from the 1920s and 1940s, is closed on the south side by the Cardosas building (19th century) and in the North by the city hall. In the center of the Liberty Square is the statue of the king D. Pedro IV, inaugurated in 1866.
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Exact destinations and itineraries may be changed due to weather, road conditions and the guide’s discretion. If cancelled due to poor weather, a different date or a full refund will be offered. Please check our Terms and Conditions.
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Included wineries are subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.
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It is mandatory to present a valid photo ID for drinking alcohol in wineries. Be aware that the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years.
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