An ancient port city
Porto is built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary and dates back to the 4th Century. The Riberia district was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996.
There is a fascinating and diverse mix of architecture, modern building and twisting lanes to see and explore as well as the famous attractions such as the Praca da Liberdade, churches, cathedrals, the Museum of Contemporary Art and much more. There are plenty of bars and cafes where you can sample everything from rustic local cuisine to refined fine-dining dishes.
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Situated on the northwest coast of Portugal, Porto offers pleasantly warm summers and mild but rainy winters. From June to September temperatures can reach almost 30 degrees Celsius, but on a rare occasion, 38 degrees is possible. In winter, from December to February, expect temperatures of 13 or 14 degrees. Short periods of rain, sometimes heavy, are to be anticipated.
Palacio Da Bolsa
This stunning building, built between 1842 and 1910, recognises Porto’s past and present money merchants and was the former stock exchange. The inside of the building is reminiscent of a royal palace and the “Arab Room” is now a grand reception room used to receive heads of state and other VIP’s to the city.
The Porto area has many beautiful beaches including Molhe Beach which is 168m long. Other options are Matosinhos and Senhor Da Pedra beaches.
City Tram Tour
A ride on one of the cities’ trams is a unique way to discover the sights and sounds of Porto. The trip is relatively short and the trams travel at a leisurely pace giving you time to soak up the atmosphere.
Porto and Guimaraes, Portugal
by Caroline Bailey