A town with deep contrasts, feelings and a hidden energy that comes from the streets, the Douro river and the Ocean.
The second largest city in Portugal is an important metropolitan city that is known for its major export, the Port wine (which gave name to the country as well), and the city's previous name was Portucale. It is a city rich in culture, history and monuments. It's historical perishes are classified as World Heritage by Unesco. Many know the city as "invicta" (invincible), stemming from the Portuguese civil wars and the courage of its inhabitants. Despite its age, Porto is a very modern city. Its airport is considered one of the best in the world, its light rail metro system is the biggest project under construction in whole Europe at the moment and buildings such as Casa da Música (House of Music), the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, and the FCPorto football club "Dragão" Stadium are amongst the best in the world - and worth visiting. Many of the most important Portuguese personalities were born here: Francisco Sá Carneiro, Agustina Bessa Luis, Almeida Garrett, Manoel De Oliveira (oldest movie director in the world still making movies) among many others. If you decide to come to Porto, do not expect a city full of color. Porto is known to be very grey, but that is also what makes it very special and magical.
If you're here for the fun, don't worry as you'll have plenty of it. Porto has many bars and its nightlife is just great. From the 'round the corner cafe to the big clubs at the industrial zone or even the more traditional bars at the Ribeira (where you can even have a great meal in one of its restaurants) or Galerias de Paris.
Porto's biggest night is the 23rd of June when the biggest outdoor party takes place - St. John's.
Feel free to feel and to taste what Porto is all about, and you ll be sure that you'll spend a great time.