Porto | Portugal
Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, basks in a mellow glow and its glorious geographical position at the mouth of the Douro River flowing out to the Atlantic Ocean. Golden-roofed and historically rich, Porto has mastered modern glamour and its edgy outlook with ease. Take the city's port wine-making culture, still central to Porto's heritage, but where merchant ships once moored along its river banks, today hip bars flank either side. Cool glass structures like the Casa de Musica concert hall contrast with the city's steep cobbled streets, bringing the old and new together in a seamless fashion. Discover traditional markets and indulge in the flaky custard tarts for which Portugal is known.
Fado at Palacio da Bolsa
Porto's Old Town
Cooking Demonstration in Matosinhos
Currency: Euro (EUR)
International Dialling Code: +351
Local Time: GMT +1
Useful phrases: Bom dia (good morning); Boa tarde (good afternoon); Adeus (good bye); Como vai voce? (how are you?)
Fascinating fact: The translation of Porto (officially O Porto in Portuguese) is, you guessed it, the port.
River views: "Take a stroll through the romantic botanical gardens of the Palacio de Cristal - Crystal Palace (Rua Dom Manuel II). Besides the curated landscape it also offers great panoramic views over the river."
Top local cuisine:
- A specialty of Porto is "Octopus filets – or as I call them calamaris 2.0".
(Words by Isabel Janela)
- Francesinha is a signature dish in Porto established after a Portuguese man discovered France's Croque Monsier. It is a toasted sandwich layered with meat, mostly ham and sausage with a special sauce and melted cheese.