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Welcome to Porto/Oporto

Porto is Portugal's second largest city, and a very busy industrial and commercial center. The city itself isn't very populous, about 240,000 inhabitants, but the Porto metropolitan area ranks some 1,800,000 inhabitants in a 50 km radius,with cities like Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia, Espinho, Vila do Conde, Povoa de Varzim.
The city was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle.
Porto has a semi-Mediterranean climate, although it's strongly affected by the Atlantic ocean, which makes it cooler than other Mediterranean cities. However, temperatures can rise as high as 40�C in August during occasional heat waves. Winters are mild and humid, with occasional cold nights where temperatures can drop below 0�C.
The city is quite variegated architecturally, with medieval as well as modern living side by side. Porto's geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Stairs cut into the stone run up and down the cliff face and offer a laborious but rewarding walking tour. Across the river from Porto proper, in the suburb of Gaia, are located the warehouses of notable companies dealing with Port Wine, such as C�lem, Fonseca, Sandemans, Kopke, and others.

Driving in Porto

The city is served by five major highways: A1, which connects Porto to Lisbon, A29 which connects Porto to Aveiro, A3 connects Porto to Braga, A28 connects Porto to Viana do Castelo and the northern Portuguese border, and A4, which goes eastwards from the city towards Vila Real. The IC29 connects Porto to the neighboring city of Gondomar. The city is also served by 2 ring highways, the A41 which is the outer ring, and VCI/IC23 or A20 which connects all the main places inside the city. The A20/VCI, A28, A29 and A41 are all free highways at the moment, but there are plans to install tolls in the the latter three, sometime in the future. Generally speaking, the traffic is usually chaotic and very intense, especially during rush hours.

Porto Airport

Sa Carneiro Airport, (IATA: OPO), Pedras Rubras, Maia. Also known as Aeroporto do Porto or Aeroporto de Pedras Rubras this is the third busiest airport in the country and is about 15 km from the city centre, and there are regular flights from and to almost all major worldwide cities. Just outside of the airport is the AeroBus which for 4 Euro - 2005 - takes you to Pra�a da Liberdade or will drop you off at the Pousada da Juventude. A similar taxi trip will cost 20 Euro. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city, for 1,35 Euro. Ryanair run the cheapest flights from London Stanstead and Liverpool as well as other European hubs such as Marseille or Girona.
TAP flies from most European airports but tends to be more expensive.

What to see in Porto

The first place to begin with is the Ribeira, the part of the city near the river, which is also a good place to start visiting the World Heritage area; to the other side of the river you will see the Ribeira de Gaia, a similar area from the city of Vila Nova de Gaia and where you could find the Port Wine Cellars. Next go up to the S�o Francisco church and the Stock Exchange palace nearby, where you can visit the most impressive Arab room in the country. The world known Modern Art museum at Serralves and the Casa da M�sica (House of Music) concert hall live in the area known as Boavista. From there you can reach the amazing ocean front drive, known as "Foz". Go back to the center of the city and visit Mercado do Bolh�o, a traditional market of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. Next the Aliados and the City Hall and finally the 6 bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro river, many of them providing an excellent view to the river.

Pavilhao Rosa Mota, A multi purpose pavilion with nice gardens to rest which is calledalso known as "Pal�cio de Cristal".
Nearby there is the Museu Romantico, a house where the king of Italy stayed while on exile. Also don't forget to see the views to the sea.

Livraria Lello, near Pra�a dos Le�es. It's an old Bookshop, with an amazing interior, where you can also have a coffee.

Soares dos Reis for Art.

Photography Museum.

Fundacao de Serralves. A contemporary Art Gallery, with a huge garden.

Foz do Douro, at the mouth of the river Douro, along the Atlantic Ocean.