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Port World Heritage - UNESCO

Historical Center of Oporto


The City of Porto, or Oporto gave name not only to the wine but also to the country, Portugal.

The origin comes from the seaport town, located in what is now Ribeira, Portus Cale. Word that derives from Latin  and appears in the middle of the fifth century. Later, in the seventh century to simplify, the city starts to be named Portus, and the Country Portuscale. The Douro River name, derives from Rio do Ouro ( River of Gold ) and has always been vital to the development of the whole region, over time. The city of Oporto, is nestled in the rocky slopes of the Douro River estuary, spanning up the seafront by the Atlantic Ocean, it is the capital of the North and the second largest city in Portugal.

Nowadays Porto is an authentic, intense and attractive city to live and to visit, with an architectural heritage of exceptional quality, the historical center of Porto was declared  World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Add to this fact, the citys character and its inhabitants spirit, and you will quickly be impressed by the city and its life. If you wish to get to know Porto better, we recommend a stroll through the streets, admiring the houses and typical granite monuments and enjoying a tram ride along the bank or even a river cruise across its six bridges, where you can get an admirable view. Curiously, it?s on the opposite bank, in Gaia, where the Houses of Port Wine, which you will have chance to meet bearing their names at the top of their cellars and museums, are located.

Courses by Porto City

Several well-defined paths give you the opportunity to discover one of the richest and most genuine cities in Portugal. Come and discover Porto.

Ribeira - Historical Heritage of Humanity
Discover Portos charm and character by boat on the Douro River or on a morning walk, Ribeira is a distinctive and interesting zone to visit in Porto. The multiple houses squeezed between the streets and alleys, keeping the moth and customs of bygone days, with a glimpse to the Douro river at every corner and every moment.

Casa do Infante - National Monument
Historical building, located in the heart of Ribeira, initially it was D. Afonso IV who decided to promote the building of a warehouse for the Customs Services. Later, it was Mint House, House of Accounting and Finance, House of Seal and Public Barn House. A tradition that relates the birth of Prince Henrique ( Infante D. Henrique ) with this site, led to the unveiling of a tombstone over the main entrance, in the year 1894.

Casa do Infante was classified as a national monument in 1924.??Until the first half of the nineteenth century there were no maintenance works of great significance, having been in the 50s of the XXth century when it was deeply restored. Recent archaeological research led to the discovery of an important Roman palace and to the best knowledge of ancient buildings of the Crown, since the fourteenth century to the present. The importance of the findings led to the creation of a Museum  that works alongside the Archive.

Stock Exchange Palace - National Monument
The Stock Exchange Palace, was built in neoclassical style in the second half of the  XIXth century. Located in the historical center of Porto. Initially designed to house Porto?s stock exchange market and to transmit by its grandeur, an image of credibility, that would attract investors from other European countries. It is now the headquarters of the Porto Commercial Association. Here you can visit the old rooms of the Stock Exchange, the General Assembly, the Hall of Portraits and famous Arab Hall. However, be sure to peek at the garden at the back. It is one of the most visited monuments.