Porto is the second largest metropolitan area in Portugal, with a population of around 1.8 million people. It's known as the "capital of the north".
Located along the Douro river estuary, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the city was responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine. In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
An emerging destination, combining at the same time a traditional and a cosmopolitan side, Porto sees its role increase day after day in the international picture. A city with history, Porto enchants and delights both residents and tourists, exhibiting proudly its streets, monuments, bridges and people.
But Porto is more than that. Porto is also a beach town, living side by side with the sea. The city combines a traditional and progressive urban center with an immeasurable value Atlantic front, unique in the world.
Food, wine, architecture, culture and the hospitality of its people are some of the best symbols of this historic city, whose name is the very essence of Portugal.