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PORTO, the port wine capital

Douro and Trás-os-Montes Region

A great way to see the Port Wine area in Vila Nova de Gaia is to take the cable car. By LML

By Ingrid Coifman

Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon, Porto is vibrant, full of culture, nightlife, and great places to explore. One of its landmarks, Torre dos Clerigos, is a genuine baroque masterpiece dating from the mid-18th century. The Foz de Douro neighbourhood is the place to dine and watch the sunset, while Vila Nova de Gaia has wine cellars to taste port wine.

A Reflex of the city of Porto near the sunset

Aerial view of Ribeira Square and the surrounding district. By Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Ribeira Square is a historical square in Porto, Portugal. It is included in the historical centre of the city, designated World Heritage by UNESCO. The funicular affords a panoramic view over the river, connecting the Ribeira canal to the Batalha square in the city centre. There’s a bohemian vibe to Porto, which encourages visitors to keep walking and exploring the hilly city for countless hours.

São Bento Railway Station holds 20,000 “azulejo” tin-glazed ceramic tiles depicting Portugal’s history. By LML

São Bento Railway Station, with its atrium lined with tiles, the Crystal Palace gardens, and the Soares dos Reis Museum are great tourist spots.

This UNESCO Heritage Site is also known for its modern architecture seen at Casa da Musica, Serralves Museum and School of Architecture.

Don’t miss

  • -“Francesinha” , Porto’s national dish (a sandwich with cured ham, sausage, and steak covered in cheese, fries, egg, hot tomato and beer sauce).                                                                                                                                               -Go to Matosinhos’s beaches. A saltwater pool, designed by renowned architect Álvaro Siza Vieira in the 60’s, hangs on the rocks in front of the ocean;
  • -Walk in Parque da Cidade;-Explore Mercado do Bolhao and try their cheeses, pastries and olives;

Ingrid Coifman

Ingrid is a journalist who specializes in tecnhology, economics, and tourism; her portfolio incluides Culture TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.

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