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Located in the historic city centre of Porto, by the Douro River
Historic building, recovered by Arch. Souto Moura
Originally called Portucale under the Suedes, Porto became a bishopric under the Goths before being conquered by the Moors in 997 under El Mansur .
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 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.
Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal along the Douro river estuary. The 900 year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is one of the oldest European centres.
Porto is also known as the “city of bridges”. The most famous is the 72 m-high Luis I bridge, completed in 1886. The Infante bridge, with a 280 m span is the world’s largest single span concrete bridge. Further east is the Gustave Eiffel’s Dona Maria Pia bridge, an iron railway bridge, which was used up until 1991 when it was replaced by the adjacent São João bridge with its three concrete arches.
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.. 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.
Additionally, Porto is famous by the Port wine cellars that can be found across the south Douro river shore.
In summary, a wonderful city providing a unique atmosphere and character together with an outstanding perspective of history, food and wine.
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.
Emergency Services | 112
Tourism Police | +351 222 092 006
Tourism Office | +351 935 557 024
Porto Airport | +351 229 432 400
Metro: Line E – Trindade
Bus: Lines 601 e 602 and 3M (01:00 – 05:00)
Car Rental: Cars may be rented at the airport
Train: S. Bento railway station (city center) – trip included in the
cost of an Alfa ticket
Metro: Lines A, B, C and F
Bus: Line 207
Campo 24 de Agosto
Metro: Lines A, B, C and F
Bus: Line 300
Metro | Daily 06:00 – 01:00
The Andante ticket can be purchased from ticket vending machines inside Metro stations, from Andante Shops and from the Tourism Office Centre. For the occasional ticket (Z2 to Z12) depending on your route, one-hour minimum validity, and is rechargeable. Andante Tour tickets for 1 or 3 days (offer unlimited travel on buses, metro, and urban trains between Trofa and Espinho). A journey planner is available in the Metro website.