Porto information and major characteristics


The city of Porto

This gracious capital of the north is the second-largest city of Portugal and a thriving industrial hub, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm. Originally called Portucale under the Suedes, Porto became a bishopric under the Goths before being conquered by the Moors in 997 under El Mansur. Rich from centuries of trade, modern Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past.


Marked indelibly by the River Douro, the Historical Centre of Porto constitutes a unique urban landscape, characterized by the wealth and diversity of its architecture and its panoramic beauty. Its urban development dates back to Roman times, and the aesthetic value of different epochs can be found all over the city, incorporating Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassic and Modern styles. However there is a unifying vision in Porto, exemplified by the harmonious communion between its streets and the river, between the urban and the natural. In 1996, this wealth was recognized by UNESCO and the Historical Centre of Porto was made a World Heritage of Humanity Site ( enabling the renewal of old zones and the restructuring of commuting routes. The Historic Centre of Porto, is one of the most attractive entertainment venues for visitors, providing a rich variety of monuments and ordinary dwelling, from different periods stretching back as far as the 14th century.


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Port wine

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Getting to Porto and moving around

The city of Porto is easily accessible from abroad. Several airlines offer service to the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport. It is strategically located 11 km from Porto, in an important commercial and industrial area. It is served by most of the major European companies and some low-cost ones, providing fast connections to Europe, and intercontinental routes.


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List of Scheduled and non scheduled flights from Porto Airport:


The airport is connected to the city via a regular airport bus service that makes the 40-minute trip roughly every 30 minutes. The journey to the City Centre costs about €1. Taxis are plentiful and cheap, and available just outside the airport terminal. Taxi fares to the City Centre costs near €15.


Taxis, buses and Aerobus are not the only way to reach the city centre The city's transport network has been recently upgraded with the implementation of a new light subway system, the “Metro do Porto“ ( 


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