For the past few months news articles about Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, have been written all over the world. From the newspaper Los Angeles Times, the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar to the Australian newspaper Herald Sun, Porto has been highlighted for its natural beauty, magnificent monuments and great food.
The LA Times emphasizes that Porto is full of art, history and architecture and everyone must see at least 4 places:
São Bento Railway Station
“Visitors who travel to Porto by rail are rewarded with murals of 20,000 hand-painted tiles depicting naval battles and other historic scenes.”
Church of Saint Francis
“Every tour book highlights the 15th century Church of St. Francis and its altars, statues and other religious icons supposedly gilded with more than 400 pounds of gold.”
“This bookstore, rated third best in the world by Lonely Planet a few years ago, has a stunning stained-glass ceiling, a red-carpeted wooden staircase and a banister crafted in the Gothic style.”
“This 45-acre site, about a 15-minute taxi ride outside Porto’s historic district, attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually.”
Harper’s Bazaar talks about Porto in an article about the “10 underrated European destinations”, uncrowded cities that make a perfect European vacation.
“It’s hard not to fall in love with Portugal’s romantic second city, Porto. Located on the coast of the Rio Douro, the portside town is a melting pot of colors and architectural styles; from the pastel townhouses to the medieval bell towers, the extravagant baroque churches to the classical beaux-arts state buildings. Wine aficionados come here for the growing number of wine caves and cellars open for tastings, while music-lovers travel for the Primavera Sound festival every June.”
Herald Sun advises travellers to Porto not to pack tight clothes because it’s hard to walk in them after eating so much great food “pack plenty of elastic-waisted clothing because the food and wine are irresistible”. The Australian newspaper describes the city as “(…) an elegantly tarnished city with a rich history that dates back to the Romans. Its chipped wall tiles, peeling paint and rusty ironwork are part of its charm, and it is extremely charming. Its colorful Ribeira (meaning riverside) district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site”.