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Porto: The Essence of Portugal

Porto is one of the oldest cities of the country, and, as such, its path is sinuous and picturesque. It is a unique experience to stroll through its streets and feel the pulse of the city. Take the tram to the mouth of the river Douro and get to know the excellent beaches and the outdoor cafés, visit admiring churches and monuments and encounter the non-conformist modernism of the new contemporary buildings of architects like Siza Vieira, Souto Moura or Rem Koolhaas.

Architectural and historical Heritage a unique legacy

Board on a medieval journey and pound the historical centre, passing by the Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower. By tram or on foot, go down to the peer and experience the feeling of making a cruise on a Rabelo boat, which sail on the river Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the six bridges of the city, visit the Port Wine cellars and taste this characteristic wine in a cosy and refined atmosphere. Visit the Casa do Infante Museum, The São Francisco Church, the Palácio da Bolsa, the pleasant riverfront and the well preserved Ribeira and Miragaia streets. But same wise, admire the well present modernity in the Casa da Música and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

Urban Entertainment. Sensations with the ocean and the river as background

Besides history and culture, Porto is also leisure, fun and night life. The famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the cafés and its terraces, the Miguel Bombarda area or the commercial Sta Catarina Street are reference points in arts, in culture, but also in leisure and shopping.

Find out what Porto has best to offer and enjoy the numerous outdoor cafés by the sea and the excellent City Park with seafront.

A Destination of congresses and events

In Porto and in the North of Portugal one finds the ideal conditions to host business and scientific events in emblematic and well-equipped buildings. To host international congresses and conferences you can choose congress centres of various competencies and different types of hotels: chain, charm, design or trendy. These units are complemented by a vast support services, always with the guarantee of a skilled experience and a rigorous professionalism. For a social event of more creative matter, it is also the ideal destination due to the huge variety of available gala venues: castles, manor houses, palaces, restaurants, beach bars, casinos, museums and a lot more!

In Porto and in the North of Portugal, it is always possible to transform a simple transfer into an event and make it unforgettable, on board of a boat, tram or train.

Dont miss!

The Casa da Musica, the Historical Centre and the Ribeira Square, the Lello Bookshop, the Café Majestic, the Port Wine Cellars and the Monastery of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, the Guindais Funicular, Miguel Bombarda Street, Galeria de Paris Street, Cândido dos Reis Street, Serralves House, and Museum of Modern Art, the São Bento Train station , the Cathedral, the Clérigos Tower. And, of course, the contagious joy of the popular festivities, the excellent gastronomy and the wine.



The Porto Wine Institute (IVDP) runs a wine shop that offers one of the best selections of Port and Douro wines in the city, at very reasonable prices. Wine tasting is also available (27 Rua Ferreira Borges).

Portugal is famed for its filigree jewellery. Rua das Flores has a variety of jewellery shops, one of which is Ferreiras. In the jewellery business since 1898, it offers a fine line of filigree and other distinctive pieces (171 Rua das Flores).


The Marés Vivas music festival will take place at Cabedelo beach, Gaia, on 18-20 July. Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Jamie Cullum and the Script will be performing. maresvivas.pt

During the entire month of April, Serralves gallery will be showing exhibitions featuring the work of Oskar Hansen, Monika Sosnowska and Salomé Lamas as well as other exhibits (210 Rua Dom João de Castro, serralves.pt/en).

The National Museum, Soares dos Reis, is the oldest of its kind in Portugal. Housed in the former royal residence, the palace was used by both French occupation forces and the Duke of Wellington as headquarters during the Peninsular War. The museum hosts a wide range of art and artifacts (Rua D Manuel II, museusoaresdosreis.pt).

Key Areas

For an interesting walk, start beside the river at the Dom Luís Bridge then head west, keeping the river on your left. Follow Rua Nova da Alfândega past the old customs building and take the tram back. Along the way, there are cafes and museums to visit.

Foz is the most upscale section of Porto. The Jardim do Passeio Alegre park on Avenida Dom Carlos I is a good place for a relaxing walk near the ocean.

Solar do Vinho Porto is the place to go for port tasting. Popular and lesser-known wines are available for sale, as well as glassware and literature. Enjoy the beautiful view over the river while sampling (220 Rua Entre Quintas, porto-tourism.com).

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