"Full Day Tour to Porto & The Famous Cellars of Porto Wine"


 

After breakfast, at 8:00 am, you will begin your journey on the road to reach Porto and enjoy some superb food and wine in one of the near by restaurants.

A Roman settlement originally occupied the south bank of the wide mouth of the Douro River.  The north bank served as its port, around which, gradually, another town grew.  The two were respectively called Cale and Portus by the Romans.  The present city of Porto occupies the site of the Roman town of Portus, sprawling down the long, steep north bank of the Douro, 6km from the sea. 

Portugal in general, but Porto in particular, also has a long history of close ties with England.  In the 17th century, France closed its borders to imports of English clothing, and in response Charles II forbade the importation of French wines and so the English began sending their cloth to Portugal, trading for wine from Porto. 

Porto today presents the face of a 19th century commercial port - full of granite-trimmed buildings, few more than three stories high.  The heart of the city is the wide, grass-lined, Av dos Aliados, which runs five blocks inland from the river.  All of the sights lie south of this landmark. 

The cathedral, with a fine altar, stands two blocks directly south; the church of San Francisco; southeast a block from the river beside the Palacio da Bolsa.  The Torre dos Clerigos on Rua dos Clerigos is the highest tower in Portugal.  Its 200 plus steps lead to the best panoramic views of the city.  The formidable Se Cathedral, dominating central Porto is worth a visit and a must to visit is the Cais de Ribeira, the oldest and most picturesque quarter.  At the end of the day back to Lisbon and  your hotel.

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MAIA LEGENDS, Agência de Viagens e Turismo - RNAVT 4284

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2835-756 Santo António da Charneca – Portugal
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