PORTO MODERN BAROQUE
Initially one feels the scent of the river, as time goes by then it is replaced by the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean alongside the beaches at Foz ; In a word, refreshing!
Porto is a most amazing city and can be a surprise for the traveller. It is a rich, multidimensional city, the second-largest metropolis of Portugal, and has much more to offer than the sweet wines for which it´s known.
The historic Centre of Oporto is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This prize was a reward for the superb trove of Baroque churches and palaces and stately 18th and 19th century granite commercial buildings. Handsome mansions, romantic gardens and parks, and the stunning Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, by Portugal´s leading architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira is also part of Porto landscape. The avant-garde Dutch Rem Koolhaas designed Casa da Música, a stunning concert space which is both Porto’s architectural masterpiece and music mecca.
The waterfront neighborhood of Ribeira, with narrow and cobbled streets, restored granite walls, arches, stairways and brightly colored houses, dates back to the Middle Ages.
The superb gastronomy, the tourist friendly attitude of locals, the world class wine cellars, the jam-packed new night-life district taking shape, a blossoming creative scene and an overall atmosphere turned Porto "one of the best kept secrets in Europe".
The Douro winemaking region offers breathtaking views, cities that invite exploring and the delight of discovering it all for you.
The Douro River Valley is also UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s great news for oenophiles as well. With the Douro region’s emergence as a hotbed of prize-winning red wines — not just port — Porto (also known as Oporto) can now intoxicate you with myriad vintages, new ambitious restaurants and even wine-themed hotels.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel´s sake. The great affair is to move."
--- Robert Louis Stevenson ---