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Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is Portugal’s second-biggest city and one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin.
Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular, the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of fortified wine. In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
Boasting medieval castles, cobblestone villages, breath-taking cities and golden beaches, Portugal is located in south west Europe and is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula. There’s a lot to experience and explore here and is also an ideal place to call home. Investing in Portugal real estate offers you the chance to live a life of luxury in a location that provides some of the best sights in the world. With the sun shining and the number of things to do here, you’re sure to fall in love with everything that Portugal has to offer. No matter where in Portugal you’d be looking to relocate to, Portugal Homes can help you find the abode of your dreams. From stunning villas on the coast to homely apartments in the city centre, we have a wide range of properties available for sale and for rent. We also offer an array of commercial properties, covering all aspects of Portugal real estate.
Portugal's Silver Coast, or "Costa de Prata" is a spectacular stretch of coastal ancient towns, breathtaking beaches, and rugged coastline, hugging the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's western side. By many expats, this is one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal, together with Lisbon and Algarve. The region remains largely unknown and therefore untouched by tourism, which means that visitors can bask in the extraordinary sand of "silver." Clean beaches, water sports activities and world-class golf courses make this a popular destination to be explored by holidaymakers.The silver coast is wilder and untouched, with far less development than the crowded southern Algarve. It is also a popular destination for surfers, and beaches such as Peniche and Nazaré are always busy with tourists from northern Europe.Living by the beach is good and even better in São Martinho do Porto. Just one hour north of Lisbon and close by some of Portugal’s best waves, beaches and golf courses, Bay Shore is the luxury oceanfront development that is capturing the attention of those who seek a nice place to live by the sea, those who dream of a second home at the beach and also investors looking forward to a great opportunity!
Oeiras is a municipality in the western part of the Lisbon metropolitan area, a sub-region of Greater Lisbon in continental Portugal. Oeiras is part of the urban agglomeration and it is also 16km from the capital. This region is an important economic hub, being one of the most highly developed municipalities in both Portugal and Europe!
Sintra is a magnificent town filled with breathtaking historic palaces and castles, all set around the lush tall hills of the Sintra mountains. Once the royal town of the country, Sintra has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and recognised for its incredible history and cultural importance. In the 19th century, Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture by Ferdinand II but has an architecture which dates all the way back to the Moorish empire.
Located on the coast, about 36 kilometres west of Faro, Albufeira is synonymous with tourism and features some of southern Portugal's best beaches. The region was once a fishing village, and it still holds something of its classic character. A labyrinth of steep, narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and fishermen's cottages leading down to the astonishing beaches is what the town of Albufeira looks like. The city's original Arabic name, Al-Buhera means "castle on the sea" and there are some beautiful Moorish arches in the towers. Modern Albufeira is, nonetheless, the Algarve's tourism capital, a thriving centre with hotels, restaurants and stores.
The Marquês of Pombal Square is the heart of modern Lisbon and is known for its huge roundabout and a majestic statue in the middle. This area marks the start of Lisbon’s downtown. It is located between Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park in the parish of Coração de Jesus, being the radiating point for many important avenues: Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Duque de Loulé. In the centre, you’ll see an imposing statue by the name of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as Marquês de Pombal, who lead the reconstruction of the city after it suffered a catastrophic earthquake in 1755. Marquês de Pombal is surrounded by a plethora of corporate headquarters of important companies, including the largest Portuguese banks and several of the world’s famous 5-star hotels.
Vila Real is a quiet yet vibrant city in north-eastern Portugal, located at the foothills of the majestic slopes of Serra do Marão. Vila Real was established in 1289 by King Dinis and played a significant role in Portuguese history and has long had a strong association with the Portuguese royal family. It was the birthplace of Diogo Cão, the first European to cross the Congo River, and António da Silveira Pinto da Fonseca (also known as the Count of Amarante), a powerful member of the Portuguese military who led several protests against the Liberal constitution. During the 16th and 17th centuries, many aristocrats constructed grand palaces in Vila Real, giving the city's literal name, "royal villa".
Located within 400 and 700 meters above sea level, Viseu, in the centre of Portugal, is a must-visit Portuguese city. It is surrounded by mountains and crossed by the rivers of Vouga and Dão, where the acclaimed wines of the region get their unique character. With a vast historical heritage, the city was populated by different cultures through times, including the Romans, Subs, Visigoths and Moors. Viriathus, the rebel leader of the Lusitanians who resisted the Roman expansion, is believed to have lived and fought in Viseu. Viseu is also home to landmarks of sacred art and religious architecture. The numerous churches that adorn the historic centre, such as Viseu’s Cathedral and the Misericórdia Church, are magnificent. Although known to be built in grey stone, the city conveys a fresh and harmonious feel, due to its large green spaces. Viseu baths are also one of the city’s main attractions, drawing holidaymakers every year to spend some refreshing days. The city is also a cultural centre, home to the nationally acclaimed Grão Vasco Museum and a pole of national universities, including the Catholic University of Portugal.
The Dom Luís I Bridge is a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans over the Douro River, between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. In 1879, Gustave Eiffel presented a project to construct a new bridge over the Douro, with a single deck in order to facilitate navigation. This project was rejected to the present double-decker project due to the dramatic growth of the urban population, which required a re-thinking of the limits of a single-deck platform. It's worth making the crossing on the upper level, above the waters of the Douro to enjoy what might be the most beautiful views of Cais da Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia.
It is probably no coincidence that the bridge passes more than a fleeting resemblance of its neighboring bridge, the Dona Maria Pia bridge. Both bridges consist of vast and complex ironwork frameworks with a great arch supporting the transitway. This should come as no surprise as the D. Maria Pia bridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel of Paris tower fame!
The Lello Bookstore is located in the northern part of Porto and considered by many to be the World’s most beautiful bookshop. Along with Bertrand bookstore in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal, built in 1906, and frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world (placing third in lists by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet and The Guardian). The bookstore was frequented by English writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series when she was visiting Porto and this library was an inspiration for her writing.
Livraria Lello is a living access door to its history: for preserving the building, for maintaining its original function as a bookshop, for the role of ambassadress of culture and for expanding the cultural dynamics of the city. For more than a century, Livraria Lello has been a main showcase for Portuguese literature, both nationally and internationally, helping export Portuguese literature to the rest of the world. In the last decade, Livraria Lello has been officially recognized as “one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world” by the magazine Time, The Guardian, and the travel guide Lonely Planet.
The Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto in Portuguese) is the most important religious edifice in the city and has been declared a National Monument. It is situated in the upper part of Porto. The construction of the Cathedral began during the twelfth century, but it was rebuilt and renovated numerous times throughout the centuries. This explains why the Cathedral is a mix of architectural styles.
The temple is predominantly Baroque in style, although its façade and the nave are Romanesque and its cloister and one of the chapels is Gothic in style. Of note is the fortress-church aspect with a façade flanked by two towers and the beautiful rosette over the main façade. It underwent modifications in the Mannerist and Baroque periods.
Declared a National Monument, it is visited by tourists, students, and architecture lovers, due to its architectural blending between, the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.
The Porto Cathedral and its cloister are two of the best attractions in Porto and a definite must-see when visiting the city.
Almas Chapel or Santa Catarina Chapel has its origin in an old wooden chapel erected in praise of Santa Catarina. The construction of the building that exists today dates back to the late 18th century when the Brotherhood of Souls and Wounds of San Francisco passed from the Santa Clara Monastery to the Santa Catarina Chapel. Its exterior is one of a kind. Built in the early eighteenth century, the Soul’s Chapel is one of the most beautiful churches in Porto. Its exterior works are one of a kind. In 1929 the church’s exterior facade was decorated with tiles representing moments in the life of Saint Francis of Assis and Saint Catherine.
On Rua de Santa Catarina stands the strikingly ornate, azulejo-clad Capela das Almas. Magnificent blue-and-white panels here depict scenes from the lives of various saints, including the death of St Francis and the martyrdom of St Catherine. Interestingly, Eduardo Leite painted the tiles in a classic 18th-century style, though they actually date back to the early 20th century.
This railway station is considered by many visitors to be not only one of the most beautiful train stations in Portugal but one of the most beautiful in the world as well! Built in 1916, beside the 16th-century Benedictine monastery. The station was designed by a local architect called José Marques da Silva, with heavy influence from french Beaux-Arts style.
The walls of the São Bento Railway Station in the historical city of Porto, Portugal have a story to tell. Although the train station is striking from outside, the real beauty lies inside. The main hall is breathtaking with over 20,000 tiles that reflect the history of Portugal.
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). São Bento Railway Station is in the city center, so you’ll probably walk past it several times during your stay. Don’t miss discovering its main hall.
Clérigos Tower (Torre dos Clérigos in Portuguese) is the tallest campanile in Portugal. It stands 249 ft (76 meters) tall and climbing its 200 steps will give you a privileged view over the city and the river.
When you climb up you’ll come across 49 bells which form a large carillon and that can give you quite a fright if you’re in the bell tower when they ring. You’ll see that the effort of climbing all those steps will have been worthwhile once you reach the top and look out from the tower’s observation deck over Porto. This is also a great place to take photos.
This eighteenth-century complex was commissioned by the Brotherhood of the Clérigos in the old town, on the “hill of the hanged men”, where the executed prisoners were buried.
We recommend climbing the steep steps to get a breathtaking view over the old town and the Douro River. The architectural complex of Clerics, considered a National Monument since 1910, is one of the main points of interest for its Tower, Museum, and Church, and a must-see location for all those who visit the Porto.
Cais da Ribeira is one of the must-see areas when you’re thinking of visiting Porto. Pictures of this part of town are in postcards spread all over the world, and even more now with social media. It's one of the liveliest districts in Porto’s historical center and by night you can have dinner and a drink facing the Douro river. Here, you’ll find typical restaurants, some with terraces, where you can savor delicious typical Portuguese dishes and a sip of Port Wine. All of this while you enjoy the view over Dom Luís I Bridge and Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river.
A little chaotic and great fun to explore, Porto’s riverside area is a very picturesque piazza where tourists and locals mingle.
You’ll have a perfect shot of the iconic Luís I Bridge from here, and if you duck through the arcades there’s a confusing maze of steep streets and stairways between pastel-painted houses in varying states of repair.
If you visit one church in Porto, make it this, one of its few remaining medieval buildings with an astonishing Baroque interior. Founded in the late 1300s as part of a Franciscan monastery, it took centuries to complete, despite its relatively simple architectonic structure. The west facade has a lovely Gothic rose window, but its main portal was given Baroque touches in the 17th century. From about the same time, over several decades, the interior was done out by expert local craftsmen in carved and gilded wood, like the inside of a jewel box.
Your ticket also gives you access to thea well-kept, brightly lit underground space that looks much like a wine cellar, drawers contain human remains dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Note how your steps echo on the worn wooden floor: underneath is a chamber where unidentified monks are buried. In one of the last crypts, a grille on the floor (now covered with a glass-panel) reveals the bones packed just below visitors' feet.
See the world through the eyes of Portugal’s great explorers in World of Discoveries Interactive Museum and Theme Park that reconstructs the fantastic odyssey of Portuguese navigators, who crossed oceans to discover an unknown world.
The Discoveries launched humanity into an era of globalization and forever changed our relationship with the planet. Portugal has played a leading role in this process for centuries, creating new ocean lanes and bringing people, animals, and plants into circulation around the world.
This space is therefore about meeting cultures and reaching the ambitions, ideas, efforts, and innovations that made them possible. Take on the adventure that has changed the world through our twenty great permanent theme areas.
"Such a great empire! So many crossed seas, so many dangers vanquished, so many discoveries experienced!" in Caravelas, The Golden Century of Portuguese Navigators, Olivier Ikor.
Paiva Walkways are located on the left bank of the Paiva River, in Arouca municipality, Aveiro, Portugal. They are 8 km that provide a walk the untouched nature, surrounded by the unique beauty of landscapes, in an authentic natural sanctuary along the brave waters downhills, quartz crystals and endangered species in Europe. The route extends from the river beaches of Areinho and Espiunca, lying between them, the Vau beach. A journey that will remain, of course, in heart, soul and in mind of any nature lover.
The Paiva River is one of the cleanest rivers in the world and was considered in the 1990s the least polluted river in Europe. Although much has happened since then, the Paiva River continues to have a very clean flow, with pure water in this section and is considered by many of the nature lovers, the most beautiful river in Portugal. This year Arouca will also have the Largest Suspension Pedestrian Bridge in the World. 516 meters long suspension bridge hanging 175 meters over Paiva river, inspired by the Inca bridges that cross the deepest valleys of the Andes, but build with glass floor.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
If you are going to leave the airport towards the center of the city the most suitable transportation is the surface Metro. The operating hours are from 6am to 1am, with a frequency of trains ranging from 4 to 15 minutes. A simple ticket costs € 1,20. If you wish to use public transportation often during your visit, it is advised to acquire the Porto Card or Andante Tour, which is a special ticket valid for several trips in public transportation for a definite time-period, a simpler way to discover the city.
Just be aware the same ticket is not valid to the trams’ network. For timetables see www.stcp.pt and www.metrodoporto.pt. The Andante card also allows you to ride the Funicular dos Guindais, which transports you up and down of a steep incline, with a tremendous river view from avenida Gustavo Eiffel, on the opposite side of Ponte Dom Luís I.
The northern capital is a true paradise for shopaholics, combining the presence of large multinational brands and the innovation of young Portuguese creators in the most diverse areas. Visiting the city of Porto means visiting a cosmopolitan destination, with history, heritage and friendly and hospitable people, but also synonymous with good business, street shops are usually open from 10am to 7pm, unlike shopping centers, which run from 10am to midnight.
For those in love with shopping, the experience of visiting Rua Santa Catarina and Rua de Cedofeita, full of shopping malls and Rua da Fábrica, famous for its bookstores, Rua Galeria de Paris, where visitors can explore the art galleries and shops. Miguel Bombarda Street and Rua do Almada are also known for the shops and boutiques that sell fashion products and design items.
The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport was inaugurated in 1945 in the confluence zone between the Matosinhos and Vila do Conde. It’s located 11 km northwest of the Clérigos Tower in the centre of Porto. Its first international flight took place in 1956 and four years later began the service of scheduled flights to and from London. The airport is currently the second-busiest in the country, after the Lisbon Airport and before Faro Airport. To cope with increased traffic, the airport is under expansion works until 2020. This will increase the overall capacity of the infrastructure to receive 20 million passengers per year.
During the summer, the weather is usually good. But one cannot exclude that some Atlantic fronts may bring clouds and rain, especially in June, which often resembles a spring month.
Summer in Porto is generally pleasant, with average high temperatures reaching between 23ºC - 25ºC from June to September, and maximum temperatures going as up as 40ºC in July and August. It is the perfect weather to go swim in a pool or 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, the average maximum temperatures hover around 13/14°C. The period with more rain is between December and January, and in April, the precipitation levels rise again.
Restaurants & Bars
Porto is famous for its local gastronomy, rich in regional delicacies. The most famous and delicious known are: the Francesinha, the Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá and Tripas à Moda do Porto.
Port Wine is also known worldwide for being a full-bodied Portuguese fortified wine produced with distilled grape spirits exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine, though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. Lovers of good wine must book one of the many wine tasting experiences that the city offers.
For fantastic dining and bar experiences, we suggest visiting Casa Nanda, Adegas Sao Nicolau, Taberna Santo Antonio. And if you are a lover of places where you can have pleasant typical meals, then look out for Casa D ?Oro, Essencia, Casa de Pasto da Palmeira, Adega São Nicolau, O Fado, Adega Tipica de São João, and Cafe Majestic.
Most people don’t associate Porto with a coastline. However, the city is on the Costa Verde (Green Coastline). Many visitors are surprised that a city break to Porto can also be combined with a beach trip. And the beaches are easily accessible from central Porto, connected by the city’s inexpensive public transportation network.
We suggest the best beaches that you can visit with a simple train ride:
Praia do Carneiro - has the Blue Flag (which means it is a clean waters beach) and Golden Beach award.
Praia do Ourigo - this coarse sand beach is the favourite of many young people who like to visit the Ourigo’s terrace, bar and restaurant. The nights are also lively at this place.
Praia dos Ingleses - is a largely sandy beach with rocky outcrops around the shoreline. Located in the upmarket Foz do Douro district, this is preferred promenading destination. The cafes here stay open until late.
Praia da Luz - is another one of the Blue-flagged beaches in Porto. It’s a small golden-sand beach where you will find a lighthouse and a fortress.
Praia de Gondarém - is 115 metres long. It is a fine-and-golden sandy beach also with the Blue Flag distinction.
Praia de Matosinhos - is the largest beach with an easy access from central Porto. The beach offers waves that are suitable for surfing and is only a 15-minute metro journey from the centre of Porto.