Walk around in Porto, Portugal's second largest city built along the hills of the Rio Douro, early in the morning, seeing the traditional wooden rabelos boats floating on the water, medieval buildings and churches stacking up on either side of the river, and you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived here a few hundred years earlier.
A visit to the city is best started in the Ribeira, from where you can take in the riverside scenery and stroll through numerous small alleys and streets to most of the other historic sights that the UNESCO listed city has to offer. The neoclassical stock exchange, as well as the City Hall and São Francisco church are prime examples.
And of course Porto's biggest claim to fame may just be port wine. For enjoying some of that you will have to cross the river via the Ponte Luis I Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia, where most port producers are located. [Review by travelindicator]
- Porto is a city in Portugal. It has a population of 237,584, is situated at an altitude of 289ft and the best airport to fly into is OPO (Francisco Sa Carneiro, Porto)
- The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR)
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We try to be as helpful as we can with our short articles on a destination, but we know that we don't cover them quite as thoroughly as some other sources. Just the nature of the beast... So who did a better job than us on coming up with travel ideas to Porto? Well, you could start off with Go Oporto, though their top 10 lists are quite short as well. Better sources are this long article on Wikitravel, Lonely Planet and The Guardian. Visit Porto and the North is more graphics than substance, but still looks quite appealing. Here are 25 things to do in Porto, and this blog as well as this article were pretty helpful.