Similar to Sintra, Guimarães, Evora, and some other cities in Portugal; Oporto has also been appointed as World Heritage Site in 1996 by UNESCO. It is also one of the most ancient European centers. The name Oporto is actually the misinterpretation of ‘Porto’. Oporto is used as English name for Porto and many speakers tend to use it in modern world literature.
History of Oporto
Porto was firstly an important city in 4th century, when Roman occupied Proto Celtic, Celtic, and Iberian Peninsula. This city was also been ruled by Moors in the 7th century. It was then re-conquered by Portuguese from Moors in the next century; and Porto once again became an initial city for Portugal. In 19th nearly 20th century, after being occupied by French, Porto got its independence.
The culture appears in Oporto is various; but mostly, the society live harmoniously in rich culture. There are a lot of musicians, architects, and other professions related to art. As the result, Porto grows as architectural and beautiful city.
What to See in Oporto
In Oporto, you must not skip Ribeira, the best spot to begin your journey on this World Heritage area. Next recommended destinations are House of Music in Boavista, Port Wine Cellars, Baixa downtown, Photography Museum, and many more.
Nearby cities you can also visit are Maia, Algarve, Beja, Evora, or Sesimbra.
To experience comfortable holiday in Oporto, it is advised that you plan your journey in late April-September; since the weather is warm and sunny.
Oporto in Transportation
Oporto is served by Fransisco Sa Carneiro Airport. In Portugal, this airport is considered as the busiest number three, which is located 15 kilometers from the center of the city. To get the city, you can take bus, car, or train. Meanwhile, for city transportation, you can choose taxi, bus, metro, boat, or even helicopter.