Travel guide - Porto

From one of the many bridges that cross the Douro, you can admire the whole of Porto, a city in flux that boasts an important heritage that’s brought to life by the city's cultural activities. Riding on the wave of the spice trade, Porto was once one of the most important ports in Europe.

To experience the city in a festive mood, visit Porto and its historic centre during Holy Week.| Classed as a Unesco world heritage site: it is in the architecture of the old town centre that you can read the stories of the city's glorious history. Begin with the Casa do Infante (the house in which Prince Henry was born) and the Cathedral which will give you an idea of the fine architectural heritage of Porto.

If you are visiting Porto with friends, enjoy some youthful fun at the Mares Viva Festival which brings major international musicians here to perform live on stage.
If you are visiting Porto with the family, the children will love the Tram Parade in the streets of Porto. The streets are the scene of many celebrations, from the processions of Holy Week until the Festival of São João de Porto. Sporty types will be preparing for the Porto Marathon which offer stunning courses through the wine-producing region of Portugal!

Make a stop off at the Casa Ramos Pinto to taste a fine glass of port, or head for the Vintage Car Expo in Porto (AutoClássico).

And finally, a stay in Porto would not be complete without a visit to the Dragon Stadium to watch the brilliant players of FC Porto at work.

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