About for Porto
Porto, also known as Oporto in some languages, is the second-largest city in Portugal, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major urban areas. It is recognised as a gamma-level global city by the Globalisation and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, the only Portuguese city besides Lisbon to be recognised as a global city.
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, it is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as “Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar“. The historic area is also a National Monument of Portugal.
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. In Portuguese, the name of the city includes a definite article: o Porto (“the port“), which is where its former English name Oporto comes from.
Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions, and a buzzing nightlife, and outstanding hotels for all budgets to stay in. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city will appeal to a wide range of visitors.
Let’s explore 15 things to do in Porto.
- Potro tuk tuk ride and Douro cruise
- Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its magical gardens
- See a concert at the Casa da Música
- Bike at Old town and Riverside
- Visit church of São Francisco & Clérigos Church
- Visit Church of Santa Clara
- See Soares dos Reis National Museum
- Visit FC Porto Museum
- Visit Palácio da Bolsa
- Coimbra and Fátima Full Day Private Tour
- Porto’s Bites and Sites
- Visit the free photo exhibitions at the Centre Português de Fotografia
- Relax with a walk through the gardens of the Palacio de Cristal
- Climb the 240 steps of the Torre dos Clérigo
Stay in a loft style apartment hotel in the centre of Porto