Porto

21 August 2014

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A registered UNESCO World Heritage site, Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cites.  Dating back to Roman times, it’s latin root, Portus Cale, is said to have been the origin for the name of Portugal. Nestled in the northern part of the country on the Atlantic coast, Porto is dominated by the Douro River, which runs through the city, almost cutting it in two and separating the famous port cellars with the ice-cream coloured buildings of its centre.

Words & Photos: Marissa Cox

11 thoughts on “Porto

  1. Porto is a magical city. Its full of history, beautiful architecture and the most wonderful details. I am Portuguese and I was born in Porto. I had the best days of my life there and I will return someday.

  2. There’s some great architectural shots in your pictures which really capture the heart and soul of this beautiful area.

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  4. Vivi no Porto 3 anos. Até hoje não encontrei melhor cidade para viver nem melhor amizade para ter. O bom humor é constante e ha sempre vida na cidade, seja calma ou exuberante.

  5. I really love Porto. I have been to many european cities, I have lived in London but Porto still makes me incredibly happy. I love living here. It’s the 2nd biggest city in Portugal but it’s small enough to walk around and find most things on foot. It has all the good things of a big city but somehow it feels like we’re in a large village. I love living in the centre of the city, where I can find everything I need, I love the busy-bee that the city acquired with all the tourism, I love the way Porto is growing without loosing it’s character. I love having quality time because my commuting is short. I love almost everything about Porto (I seriously dislike the random and pointless graffitis – but I love a good graffitied wall – and I think people still need some education about not throwing garbage on the pavement).

  6. By some wonderful coincidence I too have been writing about (and dreaming about returning to) Porto! What a magical place, and best of all was the townhouse rosa et al where we stayed. The energy there is relaxed but vibrant. I can’t wait to read more about your Porto experience.

  7. Porto is simply magical!
    It was suffering from a unprecedented economical crisis and the city was getting a run-down in the early 2000’s but it’s now booming with life and little places mostly owned by young people with an eye for careful design, where you can sip on amazing wine, eat fabulous food and probably meet the warmest people in Europe.
    As a subscriber I was surprised that it’s missing in guided by cereal… is this a preview? Haven’t been back there for 2 years so need to update my Porto address book before returning in November

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