Porto

We fell in love with Porto and Porto will fall in love with us. A new star has been born in the city of Porto, designed to fulfil the desires and meet the needs of all those who like to spend their time doing what’s really important.

We offer you the magic of the city of Porto with its bridges and cultural dynamic, its fast-paced trade, unique architecture, legendary cuisine, excellent wines and lively night-life.

 

Visit Porto


Visit Porto and feel yourself growing inside. Savour the ancient and the modern, accompanied by a glass of one of the world’s most renowned wines. This ancient city actually gave its name to Port wine and to Portugal itself. Its history as a commercial port has formed much of the city’s heritage, its bourgeois and passionate hustle and bustle, which leaves its mark on everything. Porto, which is also classified as a world heritage site, is nestled along the banks of the river, which lovingly winds it way through the city... Maybe this is why it captures the heart of everyone who can see it around every corner. The city of Porto is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations.

Porto combines the charm of the past (a cliché which is nevertheless true) with the freshness of the present. From the contemporary Casa da Música to the 12th Century Cathedral, the different eras come together in harmony on the streets of Porto. The city is bursting with colourful streets and historical sites. Porto is increasingly becoming a shopping mecca.
Just across the river are the Port wine cellars.

Whenever we plan a trip to a city, we try to find out what the locals do, as it’s harder to experience everything a city has to offer unless we have a friend to show us the best places, to share the city’s secrets, to introduce us to the most authentic urban environment and to enable us to savour the sounds and smells, all from the perspective of someone for whom it is home.

Contact the Hotel Tryp Porto Centro team so that we can help you plan your trip to Porto.

History


Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cities. It sprang up and grew during the Middle Ages, along the banks of the river. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is the way it lies within the surrounding landscape, with its harmonious lines and urban structure combining to make a city of rare beauty. The city was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996 and elected as the "Best European Destination" 2014 for the "European Consumers Choice".

Discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Alongside the welcoming and conservative environment, is a contemporary and creative city. The characteristics of this "knowing how to be" can be felt on the streets, in the architecture and monuments, in the museums, the leisure sites, café esplanades and shopping areas.

Porto is a Portuguese city located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, the seat of the municipality of the same name with an area of 41.66 km², and a population of 237,584 inhabitants (2011). The city is considered a gamma global city, as the capital of the District of Porto, the Metropolitan Area of Porto and the Northern statistical region, a sub-region of Greater Porto. The city metropolis, comprising the neighbouring municipalities which together form a single urban centre, has about 1,286,276 inhabitants, making it the largest in the north-western peninsula and the second largest in Portugal, after Greater Lisbon.

Porto is known as A Cidade Invicta, the Unconquered City. It is the city that gave its name to Portugal - very early on (c. 200 BC), when it was called Portus Cale, later to become the capital of the Condado Portucalense region. Porto is also known around the world for its wine, its bridges and its contemporary and ancient architecture, its historical centre which was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO, and for its football team, Futebol Clube do Porto.