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Portugal was born in the region of Porto and North, where the Portuguese became a people and a nation, in the twelfth century.
Porto is dramatically hilly location on the Atlantic coast, Portugal's second city – best known as the historic home of port wine – has plenty it could shout about, not least an unrelentingly pretty old town with characterful winding streets, tiled churches and World Heritage-protected status.
The Ribeira neighborhood, with its down-at-heel quayside and authentic street-life vibe, acts as the city's main magnet. While there are no major, must-see landmarks, Porto is still a great place to burn shoe leather: the mighty Douro river offers long, peaceful walks to miles of sandy beaches, while its steep banks, dotted with shady parks and panoramic viewing posts, will appeal to the urban rambler.
Porto is rich with well-preserved treasures, including monuments in the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classical style. See the major sights such as Cathedral, Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars, Clerigos, Foz and Boavista.
With around 267,000 inhabitants, Porto has carefully preserved its architectonic treasures, including monuments in the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classical style.
With close walkable distance you could rich Porto’s churches and most emblematic monuments of Invicta: Clérigos Tower, famous São Bento train station and the imposing Cathedral of Porto.
You could also visit Casa de Serralves is a villa and museum located inside the park of Serralves or just head for the beaches in Foz and Matosinhos on foot along the sun-drenched esplanade, or hitch a ride on the rickety historic tram from outside the Museu do Carro Eléctrico, which terminates at the start of the praias.