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Porto Local History

The city of Porto provided Portogul with its name and provided the world with the fabulous fortified wine known as Port. Founded by the Romans in the 15th century and given the name Portcale.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is known as the "unvanquished" cirty because its residents have always provided fierce opposition to invaders. The city is beautifully located on the mouth of the Douro River and its historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site 1996.

Porto Attractions

Top Attractions

Igreja de Soa Francisco - a beautiful Gothic church with Renaissance and Beroque decoration. Thousands of human bones have been stored under the floor in preperation for jugement day.

Castleo do Queijo - this is a 17th century triangular fort surrounded by a moat and watch towers in the corners.

Torre do Clerigos - the tower of clerics is Porto's most prominent landmark with its gleaming granite bell tower. Climb the 200 seps to get an amazing view of Porto and the Rio Douro Valley. Open daily 10:30am-noon and 2pm-5pm.

Casa-Museu Guerra Junquero - the museum housed in a lovely 18th century building displays the private collection of Portoguese writer Guerra Junquero. Closed Mondays, guided tour available.

Museu de Arte Moderna - admire the 44 acres of sculptured gardens and fountains around the museum that houses a contemporary collection.

Ryan's Irish Bar Rua do Infante Dom Henrique 18. In the heart of the old town. Huge selection of beers and whiskies from around the world. Ryan's Irish Pub, Porto
submitted by Richard Bowden, 05/08/06

Abadia do Porto I do travel a fair bit, but rarely have I had such fantastic food, atmosphere and service than in the Abadia do Porto. A great place to eat and special thanks go out to Fernando Leite Moreira who served our little group for the two nights we stayed in Porto. He all but adopted us. We will certainly return and ask the reader to sit at Fernando's table. You will never forget his warmth and friendliness. Oh, and if he likes you, he might give you a bottle of special firewater, that will clean your throat ... guaranteed !!!!!! Thank you again!
submitted by Roger Eckoldt, 04/05/05

Porto Activities

Porto Planetarium - opened in 1998 the Planetarium is a fun and educational place to visit. Presentations for the general public are 40 minutes long and the speaker is available afterwards for question.

Indiana Bill - Located at Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo. this is a fun childrens amusement park.

Porto Parks & Gardens

Jardim do Palacio de Cristal - a peacful park with a domed pavillion serving as a sports centre and a funfair in summer.

Parque do Fundacao de Serralves - located in the heart of Porto, the 18 hectare park includes a rose garden, sundail garden, camellia garden and the Serralves Museum of Art.

Porto Beaches

Praia da Luz - this is a great beach for surfing, water tempreatures range from 14-16°C. A restaurant and coffee-house are located at the beach.

Pria da Gondarem - a great beach for tanning or for the more active a game of volleyball or football. Life guards are present.

Porto Restaurants and Bars

First and foremost the city of Porto is world famous for its Port, which is actually wine grapes from the Douro Valley, mixed with 170 proof brandy and aged in barrels to yield Port. No trip to Porto would be complete without sampling the famous drink.

Seafood is fresh and abundant in Porto. If you are brave, try the rather tasty dish, Tripas a moda do Porto, which is made of cattle entrails.

Porto Restaurants

Restaurante Abadia - Rua do Ateneu Comercila do Porto 22-24. Enjoy panoramic view and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Specialities are codfish and Tripas a moda do Porto.

Cafe Majestic - Rue do Santa Catarina 112. One of Porto's favoutrite cafes, the cafe is exquisitely decorated with Indian Marble floors. Breakfast and teas are fantastic.

Regaleria - Rue do Bonjardim 87. This is one of the best place to eat fantastic seafood.

Restaurante Capa Negra - Rua do Campo Alegre 191. Serving great Portuguese cuisine. Specialities include Tripas, roasted goat and crepes with ice-cream.

Adega do Olho - Rua Alfonso Martins Alho 6. This is a cheap and cheerful local diner. Closed Sundays

Porto Bars & Clubs

Bar da Praia do Ourigo - Esplanada do Castelo. A great tapas bar with a trendy student clientel.

Hard Club - Cais de Gaia, Villa Nova de Gaia. Porto's main dance club that hosts international and local DJ's as well as live music.

Bar Pixote - Rua do Campo Alegre 564. A lively kareoke bar for all ages. Open 11pm-4am.

River Cafe - Concado Joao do Carmo 31. Chilled, jazzy tunes and atmosphere. They have a strict dress code. Open Wednesday-Saturday.

Bar Trinataeum - Rua do Passeio Alegre 564. This bar/club features a massive dance floor and hosts international DJ's. closed Monday and Sunday.

Porto children's activities

Porto Planetarium - opened in 1998 the Planetarium is a fun and educational place to visit. Presentations for the general public are 40 minutes long and the speaker is available afterwards for question.

Indiana Bill - Located at Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo. this is a fun childrens amusement park.

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