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4.5 out of 5
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20,003 people visited Porto
With its baroque and romanesque churches, concert halls and museums Porto, Portugal's second largest city, is both intriguing and charismatic. Located along the D'ouro river estuary on Portugal northern coast, the city has almost perfect year-round weather: great for taking a Port wine tour, golfing at one of the city's picturesque resorts such as Amarante or Miramar; or just strolling around the city admiring such architectural wonders such as: Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge, Nicolau Nasoni's Clerigos Tower, Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Musica, or Siza Vieira's Serralves Museum.
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  • Porto
    Joel Gouveia
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    5 Nov 28, 2013

    Amazing city with lot of cultural spots. Fantastic wine and views. The sunset over the city is to die for. Great architectural landmarks and awesome boat trips. Totally recommend it for everyone that loves to contact with people, since everyone is really friendly.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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  • PortoPro 2014
    ana rita bras
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    4 Sep 15, 2013

    Handpainted tiles are amazing elements throughout the city, in church facades, houses, old train stations!

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory BuffsFoodiesTrendsters
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    Stephen Bugno
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    5 Aug 25, 2013

    A gritty, work-hard city with a lot of character and atmosphere. Also the home of port wine. Fun student-driven nightlife.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodiesLocal CultureStudents
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    Natalie Ashett
    5 Mar 04, 2013

    Second cities win every time for me; there's always a misplaced energy that is lost in every capital.

    I see smatterings of visitors, but a more authentic type of place where locals still outweigh tourists.

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  • Porto
    Hallie
    4 Feb 21, 2013

    Porto is a place of unlimited possibilities In the day you can walk around the city and see the sights, in the nighttime, after a long dinner with new friends, you will definitely drink too much wine. You will let your guard down, and some creepy eighteen year old Brazilian boy will definitely take advantage of you. You will wake up at 2AM beside this total stranger in a bed that is not yours. Your horror will be inexpressible. The following days will be tainted with shame. You will walk the beautiful streets of Porto, poking into the giant old Cathedrals. While others tourists are taking pictures of the many golden Jesuses mounted on the walls, you will find yourself asking for forgiveness. Or guidance. But you know what you have to do.

    You feign confidence as you ask the Portuguese pharmacist for Plan B. You correct her as she begins to give you directions to a night club that, coincidentally, is also called Plan B. Eventually you get the drugs. You take the pills. They're probably not necessary from a medical standpoint but they are symbolic. They are erasers. And you need a blank page.

    Your trip has only just begun. There is much of left write.

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  • PortoPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Feb 05, 2013

    Porto is the place that Gayle mentions most often on trying to figure out a way to come back. The Douro river is gorgeous and with all the Port houses on one side of the river, there's more wine tasting and great food to be enjoyed. The Center City area is also cool and we only scratched the rich surface in the limited amount of time that we enjoyed here.

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    CaitB
    5 Nov 04, 2012

    One of the most beautiful places I have been to in Europe. Great people, tasty food and amazing port wine

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    Helena Beaumont
    5 Sep 13, 2012

    a fabullous destination for crising onthe douro river stunning views of the city and of course you have to visit the port wine lodges very interesting inddee The food is delicious my favourite place was a retuarant that is called the railway converted from an old railway station and yes ladies you have very stylish shopping here opporto is very famous for designer shoes and handbags

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  • Porto
    Nicholas D
    5 Sep 13, 2012

    Porto is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and is wildly underrated as a travel destination. Its rich history manifests through architectural masterpieces (churches, castles etc) and commercial ventures, namely the many port wine houses that dot the southern bank of the Douro. Lose yourself in winding cobblestone streets, and then find yourself again after that first bite of bolinhos bacalhau (codfish balls, a specialty).

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  • Porto
    Tracey Myers
    5 Aug 30, 2012

    Another hilly city in Portugal, Porto seemed like a newer version of Lisbon. Great culture and people here, too. And Porto is more laid out in a grid fashion, which makes it easier to walk without getting lost among the streets.

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