Porto, or Oporto, is Portugal's second largest city and capital of Portugal's beguiling north. Porto was selected the 2001 European Capital of Culture which bestows upon the city money for lots of cultual improvements. Expect to see construction projects if you go. The numerous restaurants, cafés, pastelarias, bars and cervejarias provide excellent freshly prepared food for all budgets. Try the traditional pastry of the region, the Viriato, for sale in good pastelarias. Portugal, by virtue of its position on Europe's Western edge, gets fewer travelers than other Mediterranean places. But visitors are rewarded with uncrowded cities and moderate tarifs for food and hotels. This is a place where you can splurge on a stay at a fine manor house and live in luxury for around 100 Euros a night. For the year 2001 Porto shared the title of the "European Capital of Culture" with Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Porto is a fascinating city with lots of unknown treasures to discover by just strolling around. Here, at the delta of the Douro River, the second heart of Port wine beats. The wines, that are produced in several "quintas" up the river on step hills, are here bottled and shipped to all over the world. Vila Nova de Gaia, the city opposite of Porto on the left bank of the River, is the home to all the famous Port wine companies like Taylors, Dows, Offleys, Calem etc. Porto, or Oporto, is Portugal's second largest city and capital of Portugal's beguiling north. Porto was selected the 2001 European Capital of Culture which bestows upon the city money for lots of cultual improvements. Expect to see construction The city is officially styled "a muito nobre, sempre leal e invicta cidade do Porto" (the very noble, always faithful, and invincible city of Porto). This is usually shortened to "a Cidade Invicta" (the invincible city) a title won because of Porto's unparalleled resistance against Napoleonic troops during the Peninsular war. The city is quite variegated architecturally, with medieval as well as modern living side by side. Porto's geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour. Across the river from Porto proper, in the suburb of Gaia, are located the warehouses of notable companies dealing with Port Wine, such as Cálem, Fonseca, Sandemans, Kopke, and others.
|Temperature||:||Temperatures in Porto range from 4.75 to 27.9 (Celcius).|
|Area||:||41.3 km2 (15.9 sq mi)|
Climate and Geography
Porto lies just to the north of a coastal Mediterranean climate zone that encompasses most of central and southern Portugal. Summers are typically sunny with average temperatures between 15°C and 25°C but can rise to as high as 40°C during occasional heat waves. Winter temperatures typically range between 5°C during morning and 14°C during afternoon, but can rarely drop below 0°C at night. The weather is often rainy for long stretches, although prolonged sunny periods do occur.
Shopping and Entertainment
Oporto is famous for it very much indoors but excited nightlife. You may start by going to samo glamorous bars at the Ribeira or in the old-center of the city. If you're into the gay scene, notice first that Oporto is considerable more homofobic than Lisbon,