Porto, being the second-largest city in Portugal (after Lisbon), is also one of the oldest European centres registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Being an outpost of the Roman Empire once, Its settlement dates back many centuries. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named after Porto. In the last few years there have been lots of refurbishment works in Por
to: many of its buildings, streets and squares have now been renovated and have acquired a special luster.
Discos and restaurants are interspersed along the narrow streets and broad avenues with cathedrals, churches and museums. The entire urban landscape dotted with a variety of eateries, where you can rest and relax after a walk on the many hills of the city. The city area is very compact, but has something for everyone!
Perhaps the most striking landmark of Porto is a beautiful Cathedral dating back to the 12th century. Religious site is located in the city center and has a very interesting history. More than eight centuries ago it used
to be a fortress that repeatedly saved the city during the war. Later the building was converted into a beautiful cathedral with exquisite stained glass windows and frescoes. The main decoration is a massive silver altar.
The Church of San Francisco
As well as the Cathedral, the Franciscan Church of San Francisco shows the striking blend of different architectural styles. It was originally built as a Gothic church, but eventually adapted the Baroque style. The church was built in the XIV-XV centuries and is known for its wooden carvings of saints, flowers and animals in the Baroque style.
Climb the tower
The symbol of the city is the Clerigos tower, on top of which a spacious observation deck is situated. All visitors can climb to the top of
the tower to have the aerial view of the city.
Take a boat trip
Porto is famous for hosting airplane, car races and rock concerts. If that is too fast and noisy for your taste, take a relaxing boat trip down the river Douro. You will pass the six bridges, including the country`s most beautiful bridge. Its delicate arch, the length of which is 172 meters, was designed by the world-famous engineer Eiffel.
Portuguese cuisine, which incorporates the traditions of many nations, is one of the attractions of Portugal. Visiting Porto, you will notice numerous cafes and restaurants offering magnificent national dishes. Of course, the most famous dish in the city is considered to be Bacalhau (salted cod), which is cooked in various ways.
In addition to the restaurants offering ethnic cuisine, in Porto, there are many establishments where you can order Asian, European, Indian cuisine, and many others.
In addition to institutions offering main courses, the city has a number of restaurants and cafes, where you taste magnificent famous Portuguese desserts, as well as vegetarian dishes and seafood. Do not forget to taste the famous Portuguese port wine produced in this great city. Since Portuguese people are used to dine late, many restaurants are open until morning, so you will easily find a place to eat at any time of the day and night!
For lovers of the nightlife, Porto offers a wide range of different activities. The city has a lot of discos and night clubs, which are usually open all night, and where you can have a great time, relax and have fun. Most of the bars and clubs are located on the waterfront, where the streets are full of young people.
The city is regularly visited by popular DJs from all over the country playing various music styles keeping everyone happy! For sure, the nightlife of the city will not leave you indifferent and will make your stay enjoyable and memorable.
Porto is famous for luxury shopping, offering goods from leading fashion designers, which can easily be found in abundance in the major shopping centers in Porto.
Like most cities in Portugal, Porto is a great place to buy such traditional things as handicrafts, embroidered fabrics, delicate lace, hand-painted ceramic tiles, ceramics, gold and silver jewelry, and, of course, a huge selection of different souvenirs of the city that can be bought almost anywhere, including the market Bolhau.
Hiring a car with Atlas Choice allows you to have a freedom of movement, comfort and access to the nearest towns as well as exploring Porto itself, which is full of
stunning contrasts: an impressive, strong architecture and picturesque landscapes. Driving in Porto is easy and you can easily reach the places of historic interest.