This gracious capital of the north is Portugal's second largest city and a thriving industrial hub, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm.
Rich from centuries of trade, modern Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past.
Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, this granite city is best known for its striking bridges and the much-celebrated Port wine, the lodges of which are an attraction for wine lovers from all over the world.
Wining and dining
Various recipes of dried cod and other fish dishes are found around Porto, most notably the oven-baked bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, along with the city's signature dish, tripas à moda do Porto, a richly-flavoured concoction of tripe, ham, beans and rice.
Look out for the tasty francesinha, another local speciality, which consists of bread topped with steak, cheese, tomato and smoked sausage.
Accessible by metro train, the satellite towns of Matosinhos and Leça da Palmeira to the north of the city have a conglomeration of fish restaurants where the day's main catch – very often espadarte (swordfish), linguado (sole), pescada (hake), robalo (sea bass) or tamboril (monkfish) – is served straight off the boat.
And because you're in Porto the wine list will be as long as your arm, featuring fine wines from all over Portugal, with the emphasis on the nearby Douro region.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1996, Porto's ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches.
The inner city boasts several important attractions, including the 12th century Sé Cathedral and the magnificent São Francisco church with its striking gold-encrusted interior.
Crossing the spectacular two-tiered Dom Luís l bridge brings you to Vila Nova de Gaia, the true home of Port wine, where visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the lodges and drink a glass or two.
Dom Luís l bridge
Port wine lodges, Vila Nova de Gaia
Serralves modern art centre
São Francisco church
Palácio da Bolsa
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