Porto, `the Invincible City,` is one of the oldest European cities, having been conquered by the Celts, the Romans and the Moors, all before the 11th century. Porto was long valued as a trading outpost adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean; its location on the River Douro is just three miles from the wide open sea. The city`s long history is evident when you stroll the winding back streets of the city center, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, is also a hub for shopping, music, art, entertainment, and culture for the north of the country.
Enjoy a Francesinha (a Porto delicacy!) and a chá (tea) at the numerous cafés around town; see some of the breathtaking architecture and history at sights like the Porto Cathedral, Porto City Hall, and the Muralha Fernandina; shop for hours at the shops in Baixa and Cedofeita; and sample a glass or two of delicious port wine (the area around Porto is world-renowned for its port!). Once you're there, you will see why this city was named Best European Destination for 2017 in a worldwide poll of travelers (the only city that has earned such a distinction three times!).