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Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. The city was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical center is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.

In parallel, 40 per cent of the region possesses nature protection status, which provides an important opportunity for the supply of environmental, nature and adventure tourism in the future. The tourist routes now include Peneda-Gerês Nature Reserve and other nature reserves such as Montesinho, Alvão and Douro Internacional as fundamental visits.

The organizational and promotional effort employed in relation to the region’s heritage-based tourism supply continues, and at very significant levels. The Roman Route of Vale do Sousa is a recent and successful example of this effort. The route, which crosses six municipalities, includes more than twenty Roman monuments of great historical value.

The Vinho Verde Wine Route

The breath-taking beauty of the Minho region is the scenery for the Vinho Verde Route. Travel these lanes and discover the origins and flavors of the time-honoured wine-making traditions and immerse yourself in the History of Portugal. We propose three different routes.

The first invites you to visit "Three Enchanting Cities": Guimarães, court of the condado portucalense, Braga, the city of archbishops, and Amarante, with its beautiful bridge over the River Tâmega.

On the second route, "From the Cávado to the Lima", we visit Barcelos, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez, on the banks of the River Lima.

"From Coast to Mountain" takes us on a journey along the border with Spanish Galicia, to discover the charming towns of Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Valença and Monção, "capital" of the highly appreciated Alvarinho wine.

The doors are open and the routes are signposted so you can enjoy a trip through the most beautiful landscapes in the region, and an experience of high quality wines.

The route is supported by more than 60 members associated with vine and wine growing, amongst them cooperatives, producers, bottlers, wholesalers, restaurants and wine growers, who are organised as a signposted network. The members are rigorously selected and categorised, and there is a Vinho Verde Route office where you can get information in Portuguese, French and English.

There is also a web site, at: http://rota.vinhoverde.pt

The routes are littered with farms, manor houses and cooperative wine cellars with many years of tradition under the sign of the grape.

Visiting these houses is a true journey through the riches of the past. Many of these Manor Houses are of unequalled beauty, and today offer a mark of quality for Rural Tourism in Portugal.

Every moment spent in the region is distinguished by the pervasive flavor and outstanding relationship with Nature.

Plan your own wine touring route with useful online resources and an interactive route planner at rota.vinhoverde.pt

Contact:

Mrs. Sofia Lobo
Rua da Restauração, 318
4002-805 Porto
Portugal
Tel: 351 226 077 341
Fax: 351 226 077 320
Email: rota@vinhoverde.pt

The Port Wine Route

The Douro is a natural landscape, moulded by human toil. Serenity, peacefulness, security, health, and well-being, Wines, namely Port, the River, the Human Heritage, all may be found and enjoyed here.

The Port Wine Route is an organisation for tourism in the Douro.

Its objectives, besides providing information on the Douro Demarcated Region and its wines, are to widen the scope of tourism in the area and create activities which complement traditional winemaking as an additional source of income for its associates.

To find out more about the Port Wine Route please visit http://www.rvp.pt/

Contact:

Port Wine Route
Largo da Estação – Apartado 1135050 – 237 Peso da Régua - Portugal
Tlf. 351 254 324 774
Fax. 351 254 321 746
E-mail:  geral@rvp.pt / reservas@rvp.pt

Port Wine Cellars

For more information please visit:

http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Descobrir/ListaVisit.aspx?AreaType=3&Area=7

http://www.portotours.com/

Accommodation

As far as tourism accommodation offer is concerned, the region includes Hotels, Rural Tourism, Agricultural Tourism, Country Houses, Tourism in Villages, Rural Hotels, Farms and Tourism in Manor Houses, many of which are more than one hundred years old; the Alto Minho area is the most significant part of the region in this aspect. Despite being a consolidated market, significant growth in demand for this type of high quality tourism is expected.

For more information please visit:

www.visitporto.travel

www.pousadas.pt

www.turihab.pt

www.center.pt

www.solaresdeportugal.pt

www.visitportugal.com

Restaurants

Vinho Verde is a wine with a unique aromatic flavor, and ideal to accompany salads, shellfish, fish, white meat and oriental cuisine.

The flavors of Porto are fully brought to life in the restaurants known as the Ambassadors of Port Wine, where wine is carefully chosen to accompany their culinary offerings.

For more information please visit:

http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Descobrir/ListaVisit.aspx?AreaType=5&Area=11

www.visitportugal.com

Events

Porto maintains a regular agenda of entertainment and events that have become widely popular. Large concerts, street music and entertainment, theatre, art, alternative and street markets, major exhibitions and exciting sports events are some of this city’s many attractions. These activities - which combine tradition and modernity with a creative touch - make day-to-day life an intense and vivid feast to which everyone is invited.

From January to December there is always something going on for everybody.

Latest news at:

http://visitporto.travel/Agenda/Paginas/default.aspx

www.portolazer.pt

www.visitportugal.com

Transportation

The city of Porto, with an area of 42km2, is the second largest city in Portugal.  It is located in the north of the country, on the North-western part of the Iberian Peninsula and lies to the right hand side of the river Douro in close proximity to its mouth.

Covered by an ever progressing, accomplished transport network, getting to Porto could never be easier whether it be by plane, bus, car, boat, train or metro.  Travelling within the city is made simple should you go by public transport, your own car or a hired one.

Air Travel

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located 11km from Porto, is an award winning, contemporary structure, well equipped to meet the increasing demands of today's air traffic, operating regularly with 12 different airlines to 61 destinations.

For more information please visit:

http://www.ana.pt/portal/page/portal/ANA

http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Viagem/Voos.aspx?SubAreaType=32&SubArea=68

To get to the city center from the airport:

Metro

With a direct connection to the metro’s E line (Violet line) the airport is easily linked to the city center, trains (Campanhã train station) and the Estádio do Dragão metro station and, by transhipping, to other surrounding urban centers: Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde (B line, Verdes station); Maia (C line, Fonte do Cuco station); Matosinhos (A line, Senhora da Hora station); Vila Nova de Gaia (D line, Trindade station) and Fânzeres (Gondomar) (F line, Senhora da Hora station).

Bus

The 601 and 602 lines, passing by every 30 minutes, connect the airport to Cordoaria (city center) and the 604 line to the S. João Hospital. During the night, there is the 3M line, with departures between 00:30 and 4:30 am to the city center, every 30 minutes.

Taxi

Taxis can be found outside the terminal, next to the Arrivals gate, and are all equipped with taximeters. Approximate cost of trip – 25,00€ (reference value)

Car Rental

Cars may be rented at the airport.

Railway Transportation

Porto is served by international trains, Alfa Pendular (high-speed train), intercity, inter-regional, regional and urban trains, connecting the city to several destinations inside and outside the country.

The Campanhã train station is the busiest in the city and the S. Bento railway station is the most central one. From Campanhã, you can travel to the city center by train to S. Bento (this journey is included in the Alfa ticket), or by metro. CP´s urban trains allow you to travel to nearby towns, such as Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho, Guimarães, Braga, Viana do Castelo and Aveiro. Train tickets must be purchased before your journey, from sales points or automatic ticket machines.

Train tickets must be purchased before your journey, from sales points or the automatic vending machines.

For more information please visit www.cp.pt

Roadway

You can travel to or from Porto with ease from any point in Portugal or Europe.  In doing so, you have a number of road transport services which offer regular city links. From the international transport terminals you are provided with the following options when travelling to the city center:

How to get to the city center from the international bus stations:

- Campo 24 de Agosto
Metro: Lines A, B, C, E and F
Bus: Line 300
Taxi: 8€ (reference value)
On foot: 1Km (approximate distance) - 15 minutes

- Interface Casa da Música
Metro: Lines A, B, C, E and F
Taxi: 8€ (reference value)
On foot: 3 Kms (approximate distance) - 45 minutes

Maritime Transportation

LEIXÕES PORT

The Leixões Port is located a few kilometres from Porto and receives cruise vessels from various parts of the world. To get to the city center, you have an excellent metro connection through Line A (Blue line) - Senhor de Matosinhos- Estádio do Dragão.

The Andante ticket needed for this journey, occasional ticket (Z3), can be purchased at any of the automatic ticket machines in the Metro stations. To get to the city center by bus, you can use line 507. A taxi journey costs approximately 16,00€.

For more information please visit www.portoleixoes.pt

Metro

Running daily between 06:00 - 01:00, the Porto metro service has 6 lines that connect the outskirts of the city to the center:

  • Line A (Blue) - Estádio do Dragão - Senhor de Matosinhos
  • Line B (Red) - Estádio do Dragão - Póvoa de Varzim
  • Line C (Green) - Estádio do Dragão - ISMAI
  • Line D (Yellow) - Hospital São João – Santo Ovídio
  • Line E (Violet) - Estádio do Dragão - Aeroporto
  • Line F (Orange) – Senhora da Hora - Fânzeres

For more information please visit www.metrodoporto.pt

Tram

The hundred year old trams run through Porto’s historical center on a tourist route that allows visitors to admire monuments, differently styled churches, museums, theatres and picturesque historical cafés, weaving a rich tapestry combining the wealth of sights along the way with the opportunity to travel in such a traditional vehicle.

There are 3 lines operating:

  • Line 1 - Infante - Passeio Alegre – 10:15 – 18:15
  • Line 18 - Carmo - Museu do Carro Eléctrico (Tram Museum) - 08:15 – 19:15
  • Line 22 - Carmo - Batalha – 09:15 – 19:15

Tickets can be purchased on departure

For more information please visit http://www.portotramcitytour.pt/

GUINDAIS FUNICULAR

Batalha - Ribeira

Jun to Sep: 08:00-22:00 (Sun to Wed) and 08:00-24:00 (Thu to Sat)

Oct to May: 08:00-20:00 (Sun to Thu) and 08:00-24:00 (Fri and Sat)

For more information please visit www.metrodoporto.pt

Bus

STCP buses operate:

Daytime service: 05:00 - 00:30 (Some lines only run until 21:00)

Night service (Lines 1M to 13M): 00:00 - 05:00

Some buses are already equipped with access platforms for people with reduced mobility.

STCP tickets (to be validated upon entering the bus) can be purchased from Payshop offices, train station ticket offices, post offices, Andante shops, automatic ticket machines and at the STCP or Andante service points. The Andante tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in the metro stations, the Andante shops, Andante sale points, STCP service points, train station ticket offices with Andante sale points and in the Mobility Center (S. Bento railway station).

For more information please visit www.stcp.pt

Car Rental

You can rent a car at the airport or at various places throughout the city.

Typical rental requirements:  Aged over 21 or 25, driving for at least 1-3 years, full driver's licence, Identification card/Passport and credit card.

For more information please visit:

http://www.visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Viagem/Visitar.aspx?AreaType=3&Area=29

Car

Porto has a privileged geographic location, complemented by a modern communications network.  It's easy for anyone coming from Galicia, the Algarve, Lisbon, Coimbra or from any other point in the country to arrive comfortably to the city and equally as easy to travel to any of these destinations. By car, you can get to Porto from Galicia in around to 2 hours and travel to the Algarve in approximately 5 hours.

Throughout Porto there are various public and private car parks at your disposal. Parking charges apply on most streets, especially in the city center (1.00€/hour), as well as in car-parks.

Besides national roads (EN, IC, IP), free, the city has access to various highways, subject to toll:  A1 Lisbon, linking to the Algarve; A3 Valença (Minho), linking to Galicia; A4 Amarante (Trás-os-Montes), linking to Bragança; A28 (Porto - Cerveira) and A29 (Porto - Aveiro/Cantanhede).

Bicycle

Cycle lanes run in the city: one of them along the river bank and seashore, from the Luís I Bridge to Matosinhos, and a second one, not so close to the river/sea, linking the Fluvial area to the sea, through the Pasteleira Park and the City Park. http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Viagem/SistemaTransportes.aspx?AreaType=2&Area=4

Bikes can be rented at various points throughout the city.

Bicycle hire at www.portotours.com

Taxi

Available 24 hours a day from clearly signposted taxi ranks throughout the city or by phone.

Most taxis have a capacity of 4 passengers; however there are also 8 passenger taxis available.  Every taxi has a meter indicating the cost of your journey which is to be paid at the end of the trip. The receipt is compulsory.

Tariff charges are posted on the window of the rear door, on the left side of the taxi.

Can be called by phone or via the radio taxi exchange (Tel +351 225 073 900).

PORTO CARD

With the Porto Card, when using the modalities 1 day, 2 or 3 days, you are allowed unlimited access to public transport (metro, bus, urban trains​) and private bus operators during  the card's validity period. You can purchase your Porto Card at the Tourism Offices, at several railway stations, at the arrivals terminal of the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and associate entities.

Boating

Seen from the river, the city of Porto rises in all its architectural glory. It is a glittering backdrop, unique in the world; one that a Bridges cruise effortlessly unveils. However, Douro cruises are not just confined to the city limits, the river is there to be explored on various types of boats, on voyages that last from half a day to eight days. Luxury sail and motor yachts are another way to discover the secrets of this city and its river.

For those who like to do something new, a trip up the Douro on a semi-inflatable offers a different kind of experience, linking the Mouth of the Douro with the Freixo Palace and allowing you to stop and enjoy the most fascinating spots along the way. There is also jet boating, offering not just the tourist experience but adventure as well, with its spectacular emotions and moments for you to both live and record.

Porto also has a few marinas for those who enjoy sailing: the Freixo Marina, in the Freixo area, Douro Marina, in the Afurada area, and the Porto Atlântico Marina, in Leixões, outside the city

For more information please visit:

http://www.portotours.com/

http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Viagem/SistemaTransportes.aspx?SubAreaType=32&SubArea=65

http://douromarina.com/pt/

BOAT FLOR DO GÁS (Rio Douro Crossing – Lordelo do Ouro/Afurada)

Crossing the river Douro between Cais do Ouro (near the Arrábida bridge), in Porto, and Afurada, in Vila Nova de Gaia. Cais do Ouro, Porto - Afurada, Vila Nova de Gaia.

From 06:00 - 22:00, every 15 min. Tickets purchased on board - 1€

Sightseeing

You can also trundle through a good part of the historical center and the city center on a mini-train, comfortably taking in many of the more emblematic sights in these important city areas. A trip on the open-top buses allows you to get to know all the loveliest spots in the city of Porto. You can hop off and visit something and then hop back on again to enjoy the panorama of monuments, viewpoints, parks, beaches and the riverside.

For more information please visit http://www.portotours.com/

Heliocopter

Finally, surrender to the beauty of the ‘unvanquished’ city and enjoy Porto from the air on an unforgettable helicopter trip.

For more information please visit http://www.portotours.com/

Meetings and Conferences

The region holds a high number of International corporate events and trade fairs every year.
For more information please visit http://www.portocvb.com/

Monuments and Museums

Discover the traditions, culture and events that have shaped the country and its inhabitants. Visit museums ranging from historical, to fine arts.

For more information please visit:

http://visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Descobrir/ListaVisit.aspx?AreaType=3&Area=29

www.visitportugal.com

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