Porto is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the second-largest city in Portugal, situated in the north of the country.
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of wine.
Porto also offers a wide range of options for tourism and should not be looked at a single destination but as a gateway to Portugal. Some of the many wonders of the city can be found by foot as the core city is relatively small when compared with the Porto metropolitan city. Porto is well known for its numerous beaches, historic monuments and its gastronomy.
6 Bridges Cruise
One of the most is the six bridges cruise, where you can travel along the Douro river the Arrábida bridge, the longest in the city at the mouth of the river, to the Freixo bridge, found at the far east of Porto. Along the way you will also see the Don Luis I bridge (constructed in the 19th century), the Infante Dom Henrique bridge (built in 2003), the María Pía bridge (designed by one of Gustave Eiffel's associates), and the São João railway bridge.
You will also enjoy the best views of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Usually the cruise takes place on a traditional Rabelo boat, with which the barrels were transported from the vineyards of the valley to the Gaia wineries.
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The architectural complex of Clerics is considered a National Monument since 1910 and composed by its Tower, Museum and Church.
The church and the Tower are part of a baroque-inspired building from the 18th century, and a must-see location for all those who visit the city of Porto.
From the top of the Torre dos Clérigos (Clerics Tower) you can get a 360° view of the city below.
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