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Porto: old world charm

Porto Sunset

A reputed trade and commerce destination ever since Roman times, Porto is now one of Europe’s hottest destinations. The combination of booming development and the authentic feel of its buildings and people make it uniquely appealing. 

Porto – or Oporto, as it annoyingly called in some languages – has a bustling historic centre, which was the 2001 European Capital of Culture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its central Avenida dos Aliados – which is the city’s preferred venue for municipal festivities – is sided by its most famed commercial street and by one of its better recognized landmarks, the ever-photogenic Clérigos Church and Tower! 

Further down towards the river, the Douro-front Ribeira is home to many bars, restaurants and taverns serving Port Wine and other traditional delicacies. From here, it’s easy to spot the Eiffel-inspired Dom Luís I Bridge. Its bottom platform has a pedestrian access to the other side of the river, where you can find the famed Port Wine Cellars. This is the spot to take in a tour or just relax on an outdoor terrace, sipping a glass of wine while admiring the beautifully multi-coloured Porto landscape. 

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the food. Seeing that it’s home to a rich gastronomy, it’s very rare for any tourist to leave Porto without having their food cravings fulfilled. Among its more renowned specialities are Tripas à Moda do Porto (Porto-Style Tripe), Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá and the ever-popular Francesinha, which is an epic multi-layer meat sandwich, complete with a rich and spicy golden sauce, served with french fries! Take our hint: act like a true local and ask for the fries on the side. That way you can dip them and not have them get soggy before you finish! 

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