About Porto, Portugal
Located along the Douro river estuary, Porto enjoys a lively and commercial waterfront with scenic views and waterfront cafes. The city of Porto carries an immense architectural patrimony.
Located along the Douro river estuary, Porto enjoys a lively and commercial waterfront with scenic views and waterfront cafes. The city of Porto carries an immense architectural patrimony. The historic center in the Ribeira, a Unesco World Heritage site, is a mix of Gothic and Baroque buildings along winding, hilly, narrow streets. In contrast, the rest of the city is quite modern and spacious with large avenues and vast squares. Porto has several museums, concert halls, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, libraries and book shops. Shopping enthusiasts will rejoice for designer fashion, footwear and jewellery. The culinary scene has been revitalized and some of the best restaurants in Europe call Porto home. And of course you must sample a glass of port wine.
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Porto (also known as Oporto in English), is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.4 million (2011) in an area of 389 km2 (150 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and 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. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine. In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.