Historical and Affordable Portugal – Porto

View of Porto, Portugal

Porto, an ancient city named by the Romans, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a city not to be overlooked.

Porto Portugal

Historically significant for its role in launching Portugal’s Age of Discovery (it’s here that Henry the Navigator was born), Porto is a welcoming city with hospitable people, delicious food, and even better wine.

Barco Rabelo

The Douro River, which flows into Portugal from Spain, brings with it a climate that’s perfect for growing grapes. From these grapes, with the help of a centuries-old alliance with England, the people of Porto have created the sweet wine that brought wealth to this beautiful region. Fittingly, they named their wine ‘port’. We recommend a visit to any of the numerous ‘port wine lodges’ and adegas (wine cellars) in the area.

Ferreira

We enjoyed the history and port of the one remaining Portuguese family-owned lodge, Ferreira, across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Sandeman

Other notable port lodges include Croft, Kopke, Sandeman, and Taylor.

Ponte Luis I Barco Rabelo Ferreira Porto, Portugal

Porto is referred to as the ‘city of bridges’ and two of the most spectacular structures are Ponte Dona Maria, a rail bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel who also designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Ponte Luís I, the bridge designed by Téophile Seyrig, that connects Porto and the city of Gaia. Like Eiffel’s tower in Paris, these bridges mark the landscape and create impressive city views.

Mike in Porto, Portugal

When in Porto, take in the view from the funicular, enjoy a stroll through Cais da Ribeira on the waterfront, enjoy the bustle in the city center, and venture across the bridge to wind through the streets of ‘Gaia’ for a taste of old world Portugal.

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