RTC’s Guide to Porto!

The town that gave the country (and wine) its very name, Porto, is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon. This vintage city, famed as the historic home of Port wine, is now rapidly transforming into a highly regarded holiday destination. The city has an extensive history and this is reflected by its World Heritage protected old town, baroque churches, characterful winding streets and abundance of tourist attractions.

The contemporary character is evident in its thriving modern arts scene and an alarmingly futuristic music venue. Crossing the sweeping bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia is a sightseeing highlight, as is a guided tour around one of the port lodges. A cruise along the Douro should be considered, and for a truly memorable city panorama take a ride on the cable car that glides from one end of the quayside to the other.

Below are two different experiences  enjoyed by Wesley and Silvia while in Porto for the site inspections, that we would like to share with you:

Within a short walk from Porto’s town centre there is one of the most magnificent and ornate bookstores in the world –  the Livraria Lello & Irmão. The store has an excellent neo-gothic façade where you can see two figures painted by José Bielman representing Science and Art. This facade is only surpassed by its stunning interior, and the astonishing collection of books that reside within.

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If you like meat, cheese, bread and beer then you must try a Francesinha. The Francesinha is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce. Trust us it’s worth trying (and you’re doctor will thank us for the extra fees he will be able to charge you!).

Francesinha
CC BY-NC-ND – Rui Borges

Don’t just take our word for it, visit http://visitportoandnorth.travel/ for more information on what to see and do while you are in Porto.

 

 

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