Porto and the Charm
of the North

Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities.
The historical center, which presents a frame of rare beauty, boasts a rare variety of periods and styles from Medieval, to Baroque, Art Deco and Contemporary, that makes the city so unique. Another element not to be missed is the ever-present English influence still palpable in the streets and buildings of Porto, as well as in the city’s way of life. From examples of Palladian architecture to the uncommon way in which buildings are numbered, English inspiration is definitely in the air!
But what’s really special about this northern city is that it also has a vibrant contemporary side. With art galleries, designer stores, top restaurants and some of the finest examples of contemporary architecture popping up all throughout the city, expect the unexpected!

Porto and the Charm of the North - D. Luis bridge at Porto

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We start our visit to Porto at the heart of the city: the old city, or Baixa, is where it all began and was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. In the morning we will have the opportunity to admire famous examples of Porto’s Baroque architecture

Porto and the Charm of the North - the thea house at Porto

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Whilst discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming yet rather conservative atmosphere and look, Porto is also a very much contemporary and even artistic city. This is visible a bit everywhere, in the streets, architecture …

Porto and the Charm of the North - Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary

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Porto is the perfect starting point for a day trip to the fabulous Douro Valley to explore the first demarcated wine region of the world, and the uniqueness of human and natural landscape. As an alternative, you might want to take a trip …