- Porto Region
Since the Middle Ages, Porto established important commercial relations with England and soon there was an English community in the city. Found within the coastal region of Minho, Porto is the main city of northern Portugal with an international airport and at the same time the feeling of a riverside community. The North’s most important city also lent its name to the famous wine and to Portugal. Don’t miss the the area on the waterside, the ‘zona ribeirinha’and its bustling downtown.
Along the coastline north of Porto runs a coastal road linking Vila do Conde to Valença where visitors can reach beautiful beaches, summer resorts and enchanting villages, such as Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira.
Inland, one must visit the huge national park area covering the mountains of Peneda, Soajo and Gerês. For golf enthusiasts, the central and northern region also holds about 28 courses, with the majority concentrated around Lisbon.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights to Porto (Oporto) can be found from over 20 UK airports including all major airports. International airports are found in Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira), Ponta Delgada (São Miguel, Açores), and Lajes (Ilha Terceira, Açores).
The national airline is TAP–Air Portugal. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located 11 km from the city of Porto and shuttle buses are available to the city centre.
Every day, international trains run between Lisbon and Paris, Madrid and Porto-Vigo. Express trains run between Lisbon and Porto stopping in Coimbra (Alfa trains), while regional trains (Intercidades and Inter-regional) connect the different parts of Portugal.