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About Porto

Oporto (as it is usually called by English speakers) is the welcoming and historic city which gave its name to Portugal. In its ancient riverside heart, narrow lanes run steeply down to the River Douro, which rises in the north of Spain and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Foz do Douro.

Whoever visits Oporto for the first time immediately feels the characteristic pulse of a city that is not just the regional capital of northern Portugal, but also the main trading centre of the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula.

Traditionally known for the Port Wine trade, the region currently hosts a large part of Portuguese industry, notably the sectors of timber, furniture-making, textiles, garment manufacturing, footwear, metal-working and various engineering industries. Its commercial aspect is favoured by such structures as the seaport of Leixões, which carries 25% of the country’s international trade, and the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, recognized as one of the best in the world in the traffic category of up to 5 million passengers; its numerous low cost connections to European destinations have brought growing dynamism to the city.

The beauty of its historic centre, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in combination with the modern buildings designed by acclaimed names in architecture like Siza Vieira, Souto Moura and Rem Koolhaas, confers special enchantment on the city of Oporto. The agreeable atmosphere, excellent cuisine, and range of culture and leisure activities at competitive prices, make it one of Europe’s preferred destinations and recipient of praise from such international publications as the Lonely Planet guide and the New York Times.


Attractions


Porto and the many non-historical attractions the city boasts, offer tourists some excellent sightseeing opportunities.
Some touristic places of interest are:

•    Serralves: Museum of Contemporary Art and Park, designed by Siza Vieira, is the most visited in Portugal
•    National Museum Soares dos Reis, the country’s first public art museum
•    Casa da Música, the "House of Music" is a concert hall designed by the famous architect Rem Koolhaas
•    Old Cathedral, built in the hill where the city was born and one of its oldest monuments
•    Clérigos Tower, this tall bell tower of the clergymen's church is a baroque masterpiece of Nicolau Nasoni
•    Monument Church of St.Francis, noted for its outstanding Baroque inner decoration
•    Prince's House, the old customs house where "Henry the Navigator" was born
•    Palácio da Bolsa, the former stock exchange building features the Nations' Courtyard and the Arab Room
•    Dom Luis Bridge, a double deck metal arch bridge built by Seyrig, a partner of Eiffel
•    São Bento Train Station, has magnificent tile panels inside depicting landscapes, ethnography and history
•    Lello Bookstore, one of the most beautiful in the world, has a neo-gothic interior
•    Estádio do Dragão: the Dragon Stadium, home of FC Porto and stage of the opening match of Euro 2004

•    Cruises in the Douro River: to see Porto World Heritage or the Douro Valley
•    Port Wine cellars, to deepen knowledge about the Port wine and the Douro region
•    Oporto Art District, the alternative shopping quarter
•    City Park, the largest urban park in the country has an area exceeding 80 hectares and a view over the ocean

•    Porto Tourism, oportonity to discover
•    Local Porto, Porto city guide and local travel tips
•    O Porto Cool, insider's cool guide to Porto