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Exploring Porto


Porto is the second city and the fourth most popular of Portugal, located in the Northwest of the country. The city is considered a global city range. It is the city that gave the name to Portugal, before called Portus Cale, from where Portugal was formed. It is also known worldwide for its wine, bridges, contemporary architecture and it’s historic center, classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO, for the quality of its restaurants and its gastronomy. Porto is a unique city in Europe, filled with character, art, music, and plenty of new things to see, feel and try.

 

Things To do in Porto

Dom Luis I Bridge

Dom Luis I Bridge

In 1879, Gustave Eifel presented a unique project to construct a new bridge over the Douro river, a metal arch bridge, spans The River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, with 172 metres, is the longest of this type in the world. One of the notable features of the Ponte Dom Luís I is it two levels, upper deck to light rail line and pedestrians, and lower deck for general traffic and pedestrians. Is worth making the crossing on the upper level, above the waters of the Douro it might be the most beautiful views of Cais da Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia. 

 
Lello Bookstore

Lello Bookstore

The world's most beautiful bookshop, Lello Bookstore has been a bookshop of the present since 1906, with more than a century of heritage with the architecture and the bookselling knowledge part of the visitor experience. The building was built in 1906, by the engineer Xavier Esteves, he had a particular taste for literature, and that affinity with letters was marked by the construction of one of the most emblematic bookshops in the world.This sumptuous bookshop “inspired” the Harry Potter's library in Hogwarts, just because J.K. Rowling lived and taught English in Porto from 1991 to 1993 and she was a loyal customer of Lelo Bookstore at the time, related to the bookstore always seen by people in the place writing your books.

 
Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in the historical centre of the city of Porto, is one of the city's oldest monuments.Started being built in 1110 and was completed in 1737, the cathedral has been declared a National Monument, visited for various tourists and architecture lovers,The Church express alliance between Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque style, definitely worth taking some time to visit the historic part of Porto.

 
Soul’s of Chapel

Soul’s of Chapel

Built in the early eighteenth century, the Soul’s Chapel is one of the most beautiful churches of Porto. Its exterior works are one of a kind. It was covered in 1929 with tiles representing moments in the life of Saint Francis of Assisis and Saint Catherine. The Church is located close to the “Bolhão” Market and a metro station, and was restored in 1982. Although simple, the interior is very interesting and in 'hiding' the image of Nossa Senhora das Almas, (Our Lady of the Souls), which dates back to when the chapel was first built. The Soul’s Chapel is in the middle of the Rua de Santa Catarina, one of the best known shopping streets in the city. Rua de Santa Catarina is the most commercial artery of the Port of Baixa, and much of it is now closed to traffic by car and reserved only for pedestrians. Rua de Santa Catarina 312 A 350 4000-443 PORTO.Viacatarina, https://www.viacatarina.pt/en/home/

 
São Bento Railway Station

São Bento Railway Station

One of the most beautiful Portugal's train stations, and one of the most beautiful in the world Sao Bento Railway in OPorto was built in 1916 beside the 16th century Benedictine monastery. The station was designated by a local architect called José Marques da Silva with have your influence in a french Beaux-Arts style. One of the most interesting facts about your inside is made with more than  20000 tiles who address the Portuguese life and history of transport, the jober Jorge Colaço spent over 10 years painting the epic scenes that are included in the Battle of Valdevez (1140), the meeting of the king Egas Moniz and Afonso VII of Leon (12th century, also the arrival of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster in Porto (1387), and the conquest of Ceuta (1415), take a few minutes to enjoy the history painted in the walls of the station.

 
Clerigos Church

Clerigos Church

The Church of Clérigos is a genuine Baroque masterpiece, designed by Nicolau Nasoni an Italian architect, dated from the middle of the 18th century, the construction of the church began in 1732 and was finished in 1750, being fully completed in 1763. The baroque decoration here also shows influence from the Roman Baroque, Nasoni was also responsible for the construction of the Misericórida Church, the Archbishop's Palace and the lateral loggia of Porto Cathedral, he entered the Clérigos Brotherhood and was buried, at his request, in the crypt of the Clérigos Church, with the exact place remaining unknown. Is worth up to 240 steps to see the best panoramic view overall of Porto! 

 
Cais da Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira is one of the most important areas when getting to know Porto it's one of the liveliest districts in Porto’s historical centre.Located on the riverbank of the Douro, Its colourful and wonderfully decorated façades are notable and you’ll find that both the particular terraced houses on the waterfront that reflect on the Douro River. Seen from Vila Nova de Gaia you will see its charms by night, this part of town becomes alive at night time and is the perfect place to spend your evenings.You will also find typical restaurants with lively terraces where you can savour some of Portugal’s delicious typical dishes and Port Wine, while you enjoy views over Dom Luís I Bridge and Vila Nova de Gaia. 

 
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Porto Events Calendar

21
Jul
Festival MEO Mares Vivas 2019

Festival MEO Mares Vivas 2019

Festival MEO Mares Vivas 2019

The Festival MEO Marés Vivas is an annual music festival that is held in Vila Nova de Gaia in July. It was first held in 1999.Formerly called the Festival Marés Vivas, the event counts on the participation of renowned singers from the world of music.  
30
Jul
The City of Porto’s International Folklore Festival

The City of Porto’s International Folklore Festival

The City of Porto’s International Folklore Festival

This festival brings together musicians from Portugal and abroad to play for an enthusiastic audience. This year the Festival of Folklore will include the locals participation to attend the event called Granja do Tedo and Chavães. You can enjoy the Festival until late at night with a lot of  music, regional popular songs and variety of dancers representing the traditional culture, to all the countries involved in the festival.
22
Sep
Porto Half Marathon

Porto Half Marathon

Porto Half Marathon

Half Marathon of Porto host of national and international runners taking part, a total of 42 km (26 miles). Always realized along the River D´Ouro in a flat and fast course, passing by the neighboring cities, Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. During the marathon you also will have an amazing view along the traject like Ribeira do Porto, Dom Luis Bridge and the famous Cellars of Porto.

Local Information for Porto

Transportation Transportation

There are many ways to get around with transportation in OPorto: If you are going to leave the airport towards the center of the city the most suitable transportation is the metro, the operating hours of the subway from Porto is from 6:00 am to 1:00 am, with a frequency ranging from 4 to 15 minutes. A simple subway ticket costs € 1.20. If have you  purchased the Porto Card or Andante Tour, simple way to discover OPorto.To the maximum convenience the transport system local you can get the rechargeable card(Andante Card)(www.linhandante.com), allowing movement between,Tram, Metro, Funicular and Buses.The basic transportation very efficient and you can make multiple journeys, the best way to invest is the pass for 24 hours. Just be aware the same ticket is not valid to the trams. For timetables see www.stcp.pt and (www.metrodoporto.pt).There's another way to discover OPort the Funicular dos Guindais transport up and down in a steep incline with a tremendous river view, from avenida Gustavo Eiffel opposite side Ponte Dom Luís I to Rua Augusto Rosa, being part of andante card. (www.linhandante.com).

 

 

Weather Weather

O Porto offers average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh the brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 17 to August 21, the brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 7.9 kWh.In summer, the weather is usually good, but some Atlantic fronts bringing clouds and rain cannot be excluded, especially in June, which to tell the truth often resembles a spring month. Summers in Porto are generally pleasant and mild. It normally never gets very hot, with maximum temperatures reaching between 73ºF and 77ºF (23ºC - 25 ºC) in June, July and August. It is just warm enough to go to the beach and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. From mid-September to November, is mild, and over the weeks becomes gradually wetter, although good weather often continues until mid-October. From December to February, is mild, daytime temperatures hover around 13/14 °C (55/57 °F). The rains occur in periods of bad weather, which last a few days, and may be abundant.

 

Restaurants Restaurants

O Porto is famous when we talk about local gastronomy, rich in a regional delicacies, the most famous and delicious as we known Francesinha, Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Gomes de Sá Cod)Tripas à Moda do Porto (Porto Style Tripe) and Caldo Verde. Wine is also known worldwide for being full-bodied sweet and with high alcohol content. For lovers of good wine worth a try. To know more about the history of typical Oporto dishes, the date of the story was born when the Infante D. Henrique, who needed to supply the ships to take Ceuta, in 1415, asked the Portugueses for all kinds of food. The population was left with meat offal, including guts. This would give birth to the guts in the fashion of Oporto. Francesinha is more recent, born in the 1950s and consists of a sandwich with meat and cheese, all covered with a spicy sauce whose recipe varies from restaurant to restaurant.Here follow a few of our recommendations for a few fantastic dining and bar experiences in OPorto.Casa Nanda, Adegas Sao Nicolau, Taberna Santo Antonio, and also not least, forgetting if you are a lover of places where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Porto some restaurants that you can have a pleasant typical meals,Casa D ´Oro, Essência, Casa de Pasto da Palmeira , Adega São Nicolau, O Fado, Adega Tipica de São João, and Cafe Majestic.

 

 

Airport Airport

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, also called Porto Airport, was inaugurated in 1945  in the confluence zone between the Matosinhos and Vila do Conde counties, is  located 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest of the Clérigos Tower in the centre of Porto, his first international flight took place in 1956 and four years later it was begun the service of scheduled flights to London.The airport is currently the second-busiest in the country, based on aircraft operations and the second-busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics, after Lisbon Airport and before Faro Airport.Currently is the second-busiest in the country based on aircraft operations and the second-busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics. To cope with increased traffic, the airport has been expanded have been  the extension started in 2018 with end estimate for 2020 will bring to the Port of Porto the capacity to receive 20 million passengers per year.

 

Beaches Beaches

Most people that visiting OPorto  probably won't have a trip to the beach, OPorto is on the coast, the Costa Verde to be precise, stretch of Atlantic coastline, many visitors new to the region are surprised that a city break to Porto can also be combined with a beach trip, the beaches are easily accessible from central Porto, and are connected by the city’s inexpensive public transport network. The best beaches near to that you can visit with a simple train ride.Praia de Carneiros, Carneiro Beach has the Blue Flag and Golden Beach award. Bordering to the south by the Mount of Felgueiras, this beach has an extensive beach.Praia do Ourigobeach by the mouth of the Douro River and the São João Baptista fort. This coarse sand beach is the favourite of many young people who like to visit the Ourigo’s esplanade, bar and restaurant. The nights are also lively at this place.Praia dos Ingleses beach is a largely sandy beach with rocky outcrops around the shore line. Located in the upmarket Foz do Douro district of Porto this is cafe and promenading central. The cafes here stay open until late.Praia da Luz Praia da Luz Beach is another of the Blue-flagged beaches in Porto with s a small golden-sand beach located near Monte de la Luz, where you will find a lighthouse and a fortress.Praia de Gondarém beach is 115 metres long. It is a fine-and-golden sandy beach that grants the Blue Flag distinction.Praia de Matosinhos beach is the largest beach with an easy access from central Porto. The beach offers a wide expanse of golden sands and waves that are suitable for surfing, while only being a 15 minute metro journey away from the centre of Porto. Pack a picnic or if you want a bit more action, take surfing lessons.

 

Shopping Shopping

The northern capital is a true paradise for shopaholics, combining the presence of large multinational brands, the innovation of young Portuguese creators in the most diverse areas. Visiting the city of Porto means to know a cosmopolitan destination, with history, heritage and friendly and hospitable people, but also synonymous with good business, street shops usually work from 10am to 7pm, unlike shopping centers, which run from 10am at midnight.For those in love with shopping, the experiences of visiting Rua Santa Catarina and Rua de Cedofeita, full of shopping malls, Rua da Fábrica, famous for its bookstores,  Rua Galeria da Paris, where visitors can explore the art galleries and shops, in the case of a work of art as an ideal souvenir to take home after your stay in Porto. Miguel Bombarda Street and Rua do Almada are also known for the shops and boutiques that sell fashion products and design items.

 

Properties for sale in Porto

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Porto Eligible for Golden Visa
€550,000
  • Property TypeVilla
  • Bed 5 Bed
  • Area390 sqm
  • REF: PW424

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Latest Porto News

20
Mar
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