Brief History

This is one of Europe’s ancient tourist destinations. Its artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit Porto.

Porto’s Historical Centre was declared UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1996.

The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces and cobbled streets. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, Porto is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. Examples of these are the city’s architecture, museums, leisure spaces, esplanades and shopping areas, ranging from traditional and historical to modern and trendy.

Its settlement dates back many centuries, and several invasions brought war to the city of Porto, also called “Cidade Invicta” (English: Unvanquished City) after successfully resisting the Miguelist siege. Following the abdication of King Miguel, the liberal constitution was re-established.

The city of Porto is indeed a living heritage, regenerating and reinventing itself, whilst maintaining its core character, built in granite and, thus, unyielding.


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Photography: CC BY-NC-ND Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte, AR