Portugal’s second largest city is located on the banks of the River Douro, and is famous for the fortified wine that bears its name. Many visit the town to learn more about this type of wine and to sample it at the many port wine cellars that dot the banks of the Douro River, just across from the historic city center.
But Portugal’s second largest city has much more to offer than just its eponymous wine. The city has a special old world charm and enchantment that you can feel as you stroll along its riverfront, visit its monuments, or walk down its ancient narrow streets and alleyways. Author JK Rowling lived in Porto from 1991-1993 and began writing the first installment of her Harry Potter series here. It is said that she spent mornings writing at the Café Majestic before going off to her job teaching English in evenings. Once you visit Porto it is easy to imagine the inspiration she must have drawn from the city when creating the world of Harry Potter.
Porto is also home to the country’s second largest university, so there is a contemporary and a lively vibe to the city. Visitors can experience the vibrant new nightlife ambiance in the Clérigos neighborhood, explore the creative design scene, and enjoy the food and wine (and not just Port wine) that will delight foodies and wine enthusiasts alike.
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