The charismatic city of Porto that lies in northern Portugal is an old European center steeped in tradition and history. This second largest city in Portugal has earned accolades for the breathtaking monuments that include Nicolau Nasoni’s Clerigos Tower, Dona Maria Bridge and Casa da Musica among others.

This renovated World Heritage Center unveils cultural attractions and gorgeous architecture, as visitors find pleasure in soaking up the cordial atmosphere as well as the renowned wined at this city.

Porto and Douro river
Porto and Douro river source: http://assets.fodors.com

The birth place of wine here, Cais de Gaia’s Port Wine Cellars, lures the attention of many visitors and the Serralves Museum is yet another beauty that houses brilliant work of art. This gorgeous building that is surrounded by a beautiful park is a famous tourist attraction.

The city known to boast of the historical past also unveils the Clerigos tower that overlooks the city. When the inquisitive visitor pays a visit to the Sao Francisco Church, the lavish church interiors hold the visitor’s attention in awe, and the ironwork showpiece of Dom Luis Bridge is second to none in attracting the attention of the traveler.

Another attraction that demands a visit is the exuberant Palacio da Bolsa, and the interior of this former stock exchange palace is a wonderful spectacle. The visitor should never fail to take part in the nocturnal fun offered by the Ribeira district, where the many cafes and bars with outdoor seating pave way for exhilarating nocturnal fun.

Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral
Porto Cathedral source: www.localporto.com

Apart from the city of Porto that is hailed as a top tourist destination, the coastal holiday resort of Espinho offers plenty of exploring opportunities, with the renowned beaches here becoming the prime attraction. For the traveler yearning to taste lip smacking varieties of this region, the industrial port of Matosinhos is the ideal place.

Apart from treating the tongues of the visitor, the spectacular monuments here are a virtual feast to the eyes. To taste nightlife and other sorts of amusements, the Povoa de Varzim is the best bet, and the beach lovers will find the sandy beaches of this place an able ally that offers fun during their trip.

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Porto rabelo boats near Dom Luis Bridge


Porto and Douro river

Porto and Douro river, source:images.budgettravel.com

There is yet another jewel that lures the attention of the visitor, as the pretty town of Amarante that unveils 17th century mansions, narrow streets and a beautiful bridge never fails to woo tourists. A visit to Porto is incomplete without exploring the Port wine production centre of Vila Nova de Gaia.

There are many companies that deal with wine production, as some even offer guided tours for the visitors to take a look around and to taste samples of different wines.

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