Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, covering an area of 42 square kilometres. It is located in the north of the country, on the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula, developing to the right-hand side of the river Douro, near the river’s mouth.
The city’s accomplished transport network makes it easy to reach Porto by plane, bus, car, boat, train or metro. Getting around Porto is as simple as well, whether you’re travelling on public transport or by car.
Porto is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations, celebrated not only for its ancient artistic heritage and famous Port wine, but also for its open-air leisure spaces and unique gastronomy.
Porto has a privileged location in the Iberian Peninsula bordering Spain, and the city’s modern communications network make it the perfect destination to move around and to visit neighbouring regions and cities, namely Galicia, the Algarve, Lisbon, or Coimbra, to name just a few.
The city unfolds along the river bank to the sea shore, revealing charming vistas, inviting esplanades and green spaces. But setting out to discover Porto also means that plenty of surprises await visitors, as the Invicta – Porto’s nickname which means ‘the undefeated city’ as it has never surrendered to foreign invaders – is a welcoming city, offering both traditional and contemporary urban landscapes.
The historic centre of Porto was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996. Porto is also a city of science, knowledge, innovation and of entrepreneurial spirit. It’s culturally vibrant, dynamic and cosmopolitan.
Porto is a city that welcomes and embraces visitors with open arms.