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Visiting Porto, whether on a long vacation or just on a city-break, you’ll be surprised by everything this old, grey labyrinth has to show you: endless and winding staircases will lead you to places you’ve never imagined; a walk through its alleyways will uncover feelings you’ve never had before; and a small chat with the portuenses (as we are called) will grant you access to centuries of history, unbelievable legends and tradition.

Actually, describing our city as grey it’s somehow false, and overshadows its true essence for sure. 
When it’s seen from the other side of the river Douro, Porto’s like a magnificent vibrant mosaic, exploding with colour and light. A mosaic of different people, ideas, tastes, aromas, and images. A patchwork of majestic granite buildings and flowery plazas.

Although our city has a millennial heritage, calling it “old” is a misconception too. Porto’s like an energetic old friend of ours, with a face marked by the slow course of time, but with a young and wild heart.

Porto is charming, mystique and so easy to fall in love with, so it’s no surprise that it was chosen as the Best European Destination twice in the last 3 years. Situated by the sea, but resting on the shoulders of mountains and valleys, Porto has an impressive urban landscape: its historic centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996, is like an open-air museum – not one of monuments and art, but one especially dedicated to people and traditions.

Just enter a bar, a restaurant or a bodega and you’ll experience the portuense way of life: a warm, spirited, generous, plenty of smiles and loud laughter way of living, all seasoned with the best food and wines one can experience. At the end of the night, we’re sure you will feel a sense of familiarity and authenticity in the people and places you left behind.

But don’t take our word for it, come and see, taste and feel this city for yourself.
It will surprise you… we’re really sure of that.

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World Heritage by UNESCO

Porto is like an open-air museum – not one of monuments and art, but one especially dedicated to people and traditions.

A magnificent vibrant mosaic

Exploding with colour and light. A mosaic of different people, ideas, tastes, aromas and images.

A tasteful way of life

A warm, spirited, generous, plenty of smiles and loud laughter way of living, all seasoned with the best food and wines one can experience.


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10 Things To Do In Porto

20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Watch the sunset in a bar by the beach in Foz;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Discover the story of the flag in the old Miragaia neighbourhood;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Walk along the many historic fountains in Nova Sintra garden;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Cross the river Douro on board of the boat “Flor do Gás”;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Have a coffee or a cocktail on the bar in the last floor of the Hotel Dom Henrique;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Gather a group of friends and visit the top of the Clérigos tower by night;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Try the spicy bifanas in the restaurant Conga;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Visit Camilo Castelo Branco’s jail cell in the Instituto Português de Fotografia;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Discover the Teatro Baquet memorial in Agramonte cemetery;
20x20/calendar Created with Sketch. Visit the Municipal Library and see the tilework inside the cloister.

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