Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical centre was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
Opening up like a pop-up book from the banks of the Douro river, edgy-yet-opulent Porto entices with its historic centre, sumptuous food and wines, and charismatic locals.
One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, the port wine, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, are responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the famous fortified wine, produced in the Douro region.
Porto is of extreme historical importance and despite the present cosmopolitan and modern lifestyle, the city maintains the cool aristocratic atmosphere of the old days.
In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.