Located on the slopes of the Douro River, Porto is the most important city in the north of Portugal and one of the oldest tourist destinations in Europe. Known as Cidade Invicta or an invincible city, thanks to the remarkable events that link it to the history of Portugal.
As a stage of successive occupations for the Arab conquest, the French invasions and the liberal wars, the city hosts a mixture of cultures, which is not foreign to the presence of Jews, being the current synagogue of Porto the largest in the Iberian Peninsula.
The city and the whole wine region is part of the Great Wine Capital Global Network International Network, made up of the best in the world. This is where the famous Port wine is produced, internationally prized and so appreciated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, where you can enjoy a ride on the Douro River on a Rabelo boat, the wooden boats that used to carry the wine from Alto Douro Vinhateiro to Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto.
From the numerous terraces and corners of the Ribeira, one can see the Ponte D. Luis and the colorful facades of the houses reflected in the mystical luminosity of the river. Rated by Condé Nast Traveler, as a destination of choice for its “friendly” welcome, in the article titled “The 2017 Friendliest Cities in the World”, Porto is referred to as a city with a nostalgic mystique, equating it with the atmosphere of Venice , with the advantage of being less expensive.
In 2017, the city was voted “Best Destination in Europe” by European Best Destinations and the Historic Center of Porto has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1996.