Porto

Named as the best European destination twice in the last five years, Porto is famed not only for its dramatic landscape overlooking the Douro River but also for its eclectic mix of historic and contemporary architecture. The fantastic Casa da Música is just as impressive and photogenic as the tile panels of São Bento Station.

Porto has an interesting history which goes all the way back to the Ancient Romans. Around the year 450, Cale was a small Celtic village where the Romans built a port, called "Portus Cale", being occupied later on by the Visigoths, the Arabs and the Spanish, resulting in one of the most diverse cities in Europe. Despite being the second biggest city in Portugal, Porto was the city who gave rise to the name of the country.

Ribeira in Baixa offers some of the best views in the city. From here one can see the imposing Luis I Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Check out the gastronomic thrills of the city with a stroll through the Ribeira alley taverns. Sample Vitor Matos’s famed food at the Antiqvvm, a star restaurant in the Michelin Guide 2019. Hipster bars and art-nouveau cafes are a constant reminder of all the stories this vibrant city has to tell. Amongst them is the Livraria Lello, the oldest bookshop in the world and famed for its unique neo-gothic interior.

As well as enjoying an excellent lifestyle, thise who invest in Porto can also benefit from the acclaimed Portuguese Golden Visa programme.

The experts say

Aside from the value in this market and the lifestyle it offers, there are two other factors fuelling interest in the city. Firstly, the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) programme is a tax-friendly programme which enables buyers to potentially pay no tax on things like dividends, income and pensions for a period of 10 years. Secondly, there is the widely acclaimed Portuguese Golden Visa programme which can grant anyone who invests more than €500,000 in property, the right to live in Portugal. After five years, investors can apply for Portuguese citizenship.

How to Get There

By Train

Porto is very well-connected and you can get the train from Lisbon to Porto. You can expect the train to take between 2 hours 40 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes. It is also easy to reach Porto from Spain. The best option is to take the regional train leaving from Vigo in Galicia. This journey takes around 2 hours 20 minutes.

By Air

Just 13 kilometres north of the city is the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) which receives direct flights from major cities in Europe and North America. Porto city centre is about a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport.

Weather

Spring / Summer

Porto has a moderate climate with the average maximum temperature ranging from 23ºC in June and September and 26ºC in August. On some rare days in July and August, the temperature can reach 35ºC.

Fall / Winter

From September the days begin to get more rainy but are still interspersed with sunny days. In early autumn the temperature is still mild at 20ºC. However, as of November, the minimum temperatures oscillate between 14ºC and 16ºC. With a low temperature of 4ºC, December is the wettest and chillest month. However, negative temperatures are rare in Porto.

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