When visiting Porto, as a city dating back to the 8th century BC, you will be surprised by everything that this granite labyrinth has to show you: endless and winding stairs that will take you to places you never imagined; a walk through its back alleys that will allow you to experience new feelings; a small talk with the Porto (inhabitants of Porto) that will give you know centuries of history and tradition, as well as unbelievable legends about this city.
Even today, the center of Porto maintains a very faithful image of what it was, and in fact, describing this city only as granite and gray is somehow reducing, and obfuscates its true essence. When seen on the other side of the Douro River, the Port is a magnificent vibrant mosaic, exploding in a colorful array and transforming with light throughout the day. Porto is a combination of different people, ideas, tastes, aromas and images, a retail work of majestic granite buildings and flowered squares.
Although this city has an age-old heritage, calling it “old” is also a misnomer. Porto is like an old friend, but it is energetic, capturing the energy and the liveliness of the people who pass through it, and despite the face marked by the slowness of time, this city has a young and wild heart with new challenges every day and new stories or faces.
The city of Porto is charming, mystical, and it is so easy to fall in love with it. Not surprisingly, in 2017 it was chosen as the best European destination after having won in 2012 and 2014. Situated on the seafront but resting between mountain tops and valleys, the Port has an impressive urban landscape: its historic center, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, is like an open-air museum dedicated to people and traditions.
Simply enter a bar, a restaurant or a wine cellar and you will be bombarded with the Portuguese way of life: warm, witty, generous, with a sea of smiles and lively guffaws, all seasoned with excellent gastronomy and a wine list. With the arrival of the night you will surely feel a sense of familiarity and authenticity in the people and in the places, you left behind, which will remain forever engraved in your mind and heart.
But do not be put off by our words, come see, taste and feel this city for yourself. We genuinely believe that Porto will surprise you.