Cloaked and hiding behind the building in Porto (Oporto). Who is he?

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Porto city, Portugal, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Porto, sometimes called Oporto, is the main city in the Douro valley. It lies at the outlet of the Douro river to the Atlantic. Douro is in practice a twin city with the “port lodge city” Vila Nova de Gaia. It is just a short walk over the Dom Luis I bridge that separates the two. Porto is the evident starting point for any exploration of the wine regions and the port wine houses along the Douro river, but it is also a city with many tourist attractions and points of interest itself.

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city with over 220,000 inhabitants. It lies in the northern part of the country, on the coast, and is obviously an important harbour (port). It is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Together with Vila Nova de Gaia it is the centre of the port wine trade.

Not to be missed are for example: the Porto Cathedral, the Avenida dos Aliados, Palacio da Bolsa, the Ponte Dom Luis I bridge, the City Hall, the churches with the characteristic azulejos blue tiles (e.g. Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Capela das Almas de Santa Catarina, Igreja dos Congregados etc), the Torre dos Clerigos and Sao Francisco churches etc.

In the harbour quarters, Cais da Ribeira, one can find many restaurants and bars, and it is a nice place for an afternoon or evening stroll and for a glass of wine.

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.

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Douro Porto City – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

 

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