The Cidade Invicta, or Invincible City, has around a quarter of a million inhabitants and is the second city of Portugal. It has always displayed a spirit of great independence and entrepreneurialism. Focussing on trade and business, it also has a great deal of culture to offer, as well as being a city with its own distinctive character.
Locals are known as "tripeiros" (“tripe-eaters”) because during the time of the military expedition to Ceuta, they sent all the meat they had to the King’s soldiers and left only the offal for themselves, displaying the same spirit of sacrifice that the locals maintain to this day.
The River Douro flows through the city, its powerful waters forging deep banks. As these are often sloped, the historic area of the city is an intricate medieval arrangement of houses and lanes. The city is most famous for its wine, which is produced much further inland, upstream on the banks of the river. Port wine is its spiritual legacy.
Its football club is often top of the league in Portugal and is a tough and fierce opponent in international competitions. The club stadium is called the “Dragon’s”.
Porto is made up of many boroughs. Porto - Greater Porto comprises the larger , urban area of the city. In Porto - Central Porto you will find the hustle and bustle of the city. On the banks of river Douro Porto - Ribeira is one of the most picturesque boroughs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you feel like visiting the famous Port wine cellars and taste a glass of Port all you have to do is cross D. Luís Bridge, from Ribeira, and go to Porto - the left bank: Vila Nova de Gaia. Porto - the Foz district comprises the seaside area around the mouth of river Douro.