The city under bridges

Porto - situated at the influx of the Douro river and approx. a 3 hour car ride north of Lisbon - is a relatively unknown pearl at the Atlantic coast. From one of the many boats trafficking the river, you can see and get dazzled by the city climbing up its river banks. On one side of the River you have what officially is the city of Porto which with bridges is connected to the nearby city of “Vila Nova de Gaia” on the other side. Porto is mainly famous for its lively seafaring, its manufacturing industries and obviously and foremost for its local and world known Port Wine. A visit to one of the numerous centrally located Port Wine houses, totally visible along the banks, is a must. Those are also excellent venues for the arrangement of spectacular events, celebrations and gala dinners.

Porto offers great hotels in different price ranges and sizes throughout the city centre. If you´re looking for sun and bath it´s only about 15 minutes by car to the coast, sea and beaches. As a city, Porto has a well-developed gastronomy offering many great and affordable restaurants which offers everything from more simple traditional menus to a cuisine that is worthy of a real gourmet. Highly recommended is also to just lose yourself down at the docks of the Douro river letting several hours pass in the glaze of the sun - to simply let impressions and the buzz sink in on one of the many relaxed but lively terraces that here competes for the space.

Away from Porto you´ll also find picturesque smaller and historical relevant cities and sites that are perfectly suited for a one day excursion. To mention a few: Braga, Guimarães, Minho or Vila Real. If you have plenty of time, an unforgettable experience is to visit the fantastic, beautiful and post card alike vineyards situated further into the country on the hills of the Douro river.

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Facts:

  • Approx. 250 000 inhabitants
  • Distance to Lisbon 320 km
  • Porto was founded year 1123 A.D
  • Portugal is named after Porto
  • Porto was year 1996 named a World Heritage by UNESCO
  • As many as 6 bridegs connects Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia
  • The Bridge D. Luis is designed by Gustave Eiffel
  • The Douro river measures 897 km
  • Most popular beer is Super Bock with a 70 % market share

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