Porto Travel Inspiration

Porto Travel information

Located along the north coast of Portugal, Porto, or Oporto as it is traditionally known in Portuguese, is neither the country’s biggest city nor its most famous one, but Porto holds an allure for travelers because of its unique old town district and its proximity to Portugal’s wine country. Porto’s name is derived from the fact that, throughout its history, the city’s main livelihood came from its seaport, which provided both goods and employment for many of its inhabitants. This fact also comes through in the architecture of Porto, which unlike the rest of Portugal, tends to be larger and less decorative. The people of Porto, too, have been shaped by this working class history, with much of their traditional cuisine and culture nodding to a time in history when the city lacked the gentility and resources of other flourishing European cities. Porto people are sometimes referred to as Tripeiros because of the local affinity for eating tripe. And while citizens of other parts of Portugal might refer to Tripeiros as unrefined, the locals have their own brand of culture that is hardy and friendly. Most Porto travel itineraries incorporate a visit to the lovely Ribeira area - a historic city center that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Duoro River dominates Porto’s cityscape and historically provided passage inland; nowadays, though, travelers to Porto opt to take a cruise up the river to enjoy Portugal’s arid wine country. As one might expect, Porto is also the origination and namesake of port wine, which is a local delicacy. Visitors, therefore, usually opt to include port wine tasting into their Porto travel schedule. This can be done at a number of local wine cellars scattered around the city, where knowledgeable vintners can offer insight into the flavors of this delicate dessert wine. And even if you are not a port drinker, spending an evening sipping classic port on one of the terraces overlooking the Duoro River is a compulsory activity when visiting Porto. Porto’s dry, rocky weather is also unlike most of the rest of Portugal, which is mostly hot and Mediterranean. It is cooler here, so Porto visitors should take care to pack layered clothing and expect chilly weather in spring and autumn when blustery winds blow in off of the Atlantic. In the summer, too, Porto is less humid and cooler than other parts of Portugal, making it an attractive stop for the many beaches, golf courses and coastal activities in and around the city.


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