Porto and Northern Portugal

Porto is well known as Oporto from English, nowadays it is the second-largest city from Portugal, one of the most important ones only bitten by the capital Lisbon and one of the most relevant areas from Southwestern Europe.

It is among the oldest European centres, and its historic heart was heralded a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends into the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back with a rich culture and history when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been known as the origin of the name "Portugal", transliterated and changed with some oral evolution details from Latin.

One of Portugal's internationally famous exports is the port wine commodities, is known by “Porto”, since the metropolitan area specifically the Port Wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, export, and transport of the fortified wine. In 2014, the Best European Destinations Agency chosen Porto giving the recognition of “The Best European Destination” for the first time.

A reference in the gastronomy scenario by famous chefs from all over the world, Porto it’s well known all over the world by its wines and for its hospitality. This region is generous to your taste as it has a vast variety of dishes, starting on fish and seafood, until regional meat and convent-made confectionery pastry delicacies, all of this cooked with local ingredients.

Porto's climate shares several characteristics with all the south cost of Europe: warm, mild, rainy winters and dry summers. Unlike the south, nevertheless, wet and cool North Atlantic interludes disrupt the dry season making it shorter. Long periods with sunny days and moderate temperatures are regular throughout the rainiest months.

From around the Douro river at sunset, romantic Porto looks like a pop-up city. A vibrant dream with medieval relics, extravagant baroque churches soaring bell-bottoms and stately buildings that are beaux-arts stacked on top of one another, illuminated by the sun. Its narrow houses with staircases, some narrow lanes and numerous windows zigzagging to nowhere, the people hospitality, everything combines in this living portrait. And thanks to this brilliant melting pot in Porto, locals have multiple events, from dancing to jazz, or several of the world's top rock and digital artists with “primavera sounds” festival. On warm summer nights, a city plaza feels as one block party.

Porto is an extraordinary old and culturally rich city with a soul that is innovative, lively and young, with a stunning beauty landscape.
Matosinhos is a young neighbour inside this diversity, known by its gastronomy, the best fish and seafood in the world, prepared to be discovered by avid friends and explorers.