Porto is the capital of the north of the country and although not as popular or famous as Lisbon, it is just as compelling, and recently had its historic centre listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The whole district near the Douro River has remained very distinctive. In the old town, Sao Francisco's church, a 19th century Franciscan convent, is the perfect illustration of the very flamboyant Gothic and Baroque styles, with 440 pounds of gold covering the finely carved columns and walls. Clerigos' church is a wonder with its 250 ft high granite tower in the shape of candelabra. The port, the markets - in particular the fish market, and the Soares dos Reis museum with 19th century art are worth visiting.
Port, the drink after which the city takes its name, ages in an area opposite the city, on the opposite bank of the River Douro, in Vila Nova de Gaia. Here the streets are lined with wine storehouses belonging to about fifty port producers - some of which open their doors to visitors.
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The Sé Cathedral has important historical importance and is one of the oldest churches in Portugal© Javier Larrea / age fotostock
The historical centre of Porto is recognised by UNESCO as a wolrd heritage site© Alexander Wurditsch / age fotostock
Porto and its surrounding are famous for their production of port - don't miss out on the opportunity to test some in one of the many wine cellars in town© Easyvoyage.com
Loose yourself in the labyrinthe of narrow streets in the historical centre of Porto© Javier Larrea / age fotostock
The Douro River runs inbetween Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia© Frank Fell TIPS RF / age fotostock