Historical Porto, Portugal

   Porto, or Oporto in British, is the old medieval town that lines the River Douro, up the hill. Porto is a marvelous and sunny place to Portugal vacation and romantic getaways in Portugal. This town is one of the oldest European centers.

The first Roman settlement on the Douro was known as Portus Cale, and it is from this name that both Porto and Portugal derive. But this was not the first capital. That honor went to Guimaraes, Portugal's oldest city exactly halfway between Porto and the vineyards, about half an hour's drive away. What this town has that Porto lacks is “pousada”. These characteristic Portugal hotels (pousar means "to rest") are housed in old coun­try homes and castles. Of course they come equipped with all modern comforts. But at the same time the creaking doors and floorboards ooze history.

The Pousada Santa Marinha in Guimaraes is a former convent from the 14th century. Guests now sleep in the cells where monks once prayed.These hotels are a part of Portugal heritage Portuguese are enormously proud of our history especially a colonial past. The first pousada in Portugal was opened in 1942 by the Portuguese government; now there are about 40, and they have been privatized. Authentic design try to remained unchanged. The original authentic design is kept as intact as possible, and authentic portugese kitchen dishes are served in porto restaurants. But the most impor­tant aspect is their small scale. Each authentic Porto hotel pousada can have more than 50 rooms; and the smallest Porto hotels has just eight. It is great idea for Portugal honeymoon vacation.

 

Driving back to Porto from Guimaraes Portugal today, it is not the red tiles and brown streets that grab your atten­tion. Between the high, narrow houses rises a rough diamond, an angular building opened to the public in 2005. This concert hall, the Casa da Musica, is surely a must-see in Porto. It is prob­ably the only building in Porto made from steel instead of wood and brick. The stunning design by world-famous Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhas shows off Porto's new view. Casa da Musica is a hone to not only the music from classical to dance floor, but to architecture conferences.

 

The Museu Serralves, the first large-scale contemporary art museum in Portugal, and the most notable museum in the city of Porto. Built by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira in 1999, it lies in a leafy park, creating a contrast with the narrow streets of old Porto.  With the Casa da Musica, the Fundacao Serralves Museum make a new modern Porto.

 

    When your visit to the concert hall is over, stroll around the old centre and you feel that Porto is a city of soul in the narrow streets. Anywhere you go, you’ll go to the Douro River. Sip the oldest of Porto wine, but always keep in mind that, as good as it tastes, it would have been even better tomorrow. It is easy to fall in love with Porto.

The first Roman settlement on the Douro was known as Portus Cale, and it is from this name that both Porto and Portugal derive. But this was not the first capital. That honor went to Guimaraes, Portugal's oldest city exactly halfway between Porto and the vineyards, about half an hour's drive away. What this town has that Porto lacks is “pousada”. These characteristic Portugal hotels (pousar means "to rest") are housed in old coun­try homes and castles. Of course they come equipped with all modern comforts. But at the same time the creaking doors and floorboards ooze history.

 

    The Pousada Santa Marinha in Guimaraes is a former convent from the 14th century. Guests now sleep in the cells where monks once prayed.These hotels are a part of Portugal heritage Portuguese are enormously proud of our history especially a colonial past. The first pousada in Portugal was opened in 1942 by the Portuguese government; now there are about 40, and they have been privatized. Authentic design try to remained unchanged. The original authentic design is kept as intact as possible, and authentic portugese kitchen dishes are served in porto restaurants. But the most impor­tant aspect is their small scale. Each authentic Porto hotel pousada can have more than 50 rooms; and the smallest Porto hotels has just eight. It is great idea for Portugal honeymoon vacation.

 

Driving back to Porto from Guimaraes Portugal today, it is not the red tiles and brown streets that grab your atten­tion. Between the high, narrow houses rises a rough diamond, an angular building opened to the public in 2005. This concert hall, the Casa da Musica, is surely a must-see in Porto. It is prob­ably the only building in Porto made from steel instead of wood and brick. The stunning design by world-famous Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhas shows off Porto's new view. Casa da Musica is a hone to not only the music from classical to dance floor, but to architecture conferences.

 

The Museu Serralves, the first large-scale contemporary art museum in Portugal, and the most notable museum in the city of Porto. Built by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira in 1999, it lies in a leafy park, creating a contrast with the narrow streets of old Porto.  With the Casa da Musica, the Fundacao Serralves Museum make a new modern Porto.

 

    When your visit to the concert hall is over, stroll around the old centre and you feel that Porto is a city of soul in the narrow streets. Anywhere you go, you’ll go to the Douro River. Sip the oldest of Porto wine, but always keep in mind that, as good as it tastes, it would have been even better tomorrow. It is easy to fall in love with Porto.
It is very easy to visit Porto, because flight Porto is one of low cost routes, you will easily find a cheap flight to Porto that suit you. And there are in Porto wide choice of Porto hotels for each budget, from luxurious Porto hotels, to cheap Porto hotels, and even Porto hostels.