About Porto


The city’s natural beauty, between the sea and the river, its nightlife and the diversity of the experiences it offers, combined with competitive pricing for tourists, resulted in Porto being elected the Best European Destination in 2012. Porto is the city that gave Portugal its name many years ago (approx. 200 BC), when Portugal was called Portus Cale.
It is a city that is world famous for its Port wine, bridges and ancient and contemporary architecture, its historical centre, which is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, and for its football club, FC Porto. The University of Porto is also a key aspect of the city.

A city of great beauty with an impressive balance between history and modernity. The Casa da Música is perhaps the city’s best example of modern architecture. Designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the Casa da Música is currently the principal location of cultural events in the city and attracts big names in the international artistic panorama.

Porto is increasingly famous for its nightlife. Just to mention a few examples, there is the Hard Club, in the renovated Ferreira Borges Market, the galleries of Rua Miguel Bombarda and the bars at Galeria Paris and Rua Cândido dos Reis. The city’s movida was mentioned in the New York Times, which highlighted the new cultural, touristic and leisure opportunities available in the city. The article "36 Hours in Porto Portugal”, by the travel journalist Seth Sherwood, highlights new restaurants and thematic wine hotels, among many other places of interest.

The view of the city from the River Douro is absolutely astonishing. The scenery is breath-taking and unique in the world. The city’s beaches are all worth visiting, from Castelo do Queijo, to the Ourigo beach. All along the coast, there are beaches for all tastes.

Porto has mild climate throughout the year. The average temperature in winter is around 14º, while in summer it is around 25º.

Faculdade de Economia da
Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias,
4200-464 Porto - PORTUGAL tel | +351 225 571 100
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