Porto, the colorful state of the Iberian Peninsula
Built on the banks of the Douro River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Porto is one of the oldest European centers and the most authentic city in Portugal. Colorful houses with red roofs and flowered balconies are reflected in the waters of the river creating a setting of unique picturesqueness and beauty. With a view to the ocean, Porto is a lively and dynamic city, as befits any city open to the sea with its long naval history and its tradition. Labyrinthine alleys create the most imaginative labyrinth of Mediterranean tradition and European culture. Through monuments of every historical period, which emerge in every corner of the city, Porto is transformed into an open-air museum of history and art, which excites and charms every visitor. Beautiful, sensual and completely atmospheric, Porto lives and is constantly renewed through the uniqueness of its character and leaves its own mark, indelibly engraved, in the heart of every visitor.
The small size of Porto and the close distances of the monuments to each other invite everyone to get to know the history and the character of the city by walking it. As the name of the city suggests, everything revolves around its port. Trademark of the city or imposing bridge Dom Luis I that connects Porto with the opposite area Vila nova de Gaia, where the famous wineries of the city are located. Discover the beauties of the Ribeira area, the city’s most touristy spot with Praca da Ribeira, a small square in the city center, from where the Cais da Ribeira begins, offering an idyllic route along the Tagus River and in front of the picturesque colorful houses on the riverside front of the city. The imposing medieval cathedral of St. Francis on a hill greets large boulevards such as the Avenue of the Allies with the most beautiful buildings in the city, while large parks such as the Parque da cidade, complement the very friendly character of Porto, as an ideal relaxation and recreation area.
Local cuisine and food
The local cuisine is characterized by rich flavors that make it extremely attractive and delicious. Dominated by broths, soups, fish and seafood, as well as an excellent variety of meat dishes.
Francesihna stands out as a gastronomic delight. (These are sandwiches with cold cuts, steak, cheese and egg). Also try the pataniscas de bacalhau (cod croquettes in a mixture of egg, flour, parsley and pepper) served with rice and beans. Arroz de pato, (rice with duck meat and grated cheese) dish of exceptional taste, caldo verde soup with vegetables, cozido and creamy cod. The local sweets are also exceptional.
Try the pastel de nata And tarte de amendoa, (almond pie) that will drive you crazy. Of course, do not forget to taste the excellent varieties of the homonymous Porto wine, which with its flavors and aromas conquered the whole world.
The best season to visit Porto
The ideal period to visit Porto is the period from late April to late September. During the summer months there are many festivals, such as the festa de Sao Joao, the feast of St. John the Baptist, which turns into a pole of attraction for many visitors and offers a unique experience of leisure and fun.
How to move around Porto
Transfer from/to Porto
Francisco sa Carneiro International Airport is located 15 km from the city center and connects Porto with many airports in Western and Central European cities. From Greece there are flights from both Athens and Thessaloniki through intermediate stations. The transfer from the airport to the city is comfortable and relaxing a) by taxi, metro or local buses.
Choose to move quickly and safely in the city with its new, state-of-the-art metro. Alternatively you can use the extensive public transport network, with bus lines running numerous routes within the city and its suburbs. You can also use the bike, although you need to be careful because of the uphill terrain in some parts of the city. Due to the small size of the city and the small distance that separates the important monuments of Porto from each other, you can move around on foot.