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2.The city of Porto is nicknamed “Invicta”

In Portuguese, the word Invicta stands for “que nunca for vencido” or “that was never conquered.” It gets its nickname from the fact that (you guessed it) during the 19th century civil war, Porto was never conquered and even survived a siege that lasted over a year! Speaking of nicknames…

3.Citizens of Porto are informally known as “Tripeiros” which literally translates to “animal gutters”

This odd name actually has great historical meaning. According to a well-known legend of the 15th century Henry the Navigator needed a lot of supplies for his Conquest of Ceuta. As a result, the city and its citizens gave up all the supplies they had, including all their food up to the last gram of meat. All they had left were the animal “guts” or “tripas” and they did their best to make that work. As a result, a now-famous dish came along called “Tripas à Moda do Porto.” Because of this dish, the citizens of Porto got the nickname of “Tripeiros.” Speaking of typical dishes…

4. Meet the Francesinha (“Frenchy”), the most typical dish in Porto (served all over the rest of the country now due to its popularity)

This five layer sandwich is not for those of you who have weak stomachs. The Frency is a very special and intense type of sandwich (that in my opinion serves two). It is composed of different kinds of meat and sausages, cheese, a delicious beer-tomato sauce, and is usually accompanied by a huge side dish of fries and multiple cups of beer. If you don’t like very spicy stuff, make sure to request yours not too spicy, and don’t have a lot of plans for that afternoon; you’ll need to rest from the meal alone. And speaking of rest…

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5. Relax next to the Douro and enjoy a nice cup of Port Wine in its city of origin

That’s right! The famous Port Wine is produced next to the beautiful Douro river. It is stored and left to age in cellars located in Vila Nova de Gaia, right across the river. You can visit this cellar to see the whole process, or to just participate in a wine-tasting session. And now that I mentioned the Douro river…

6.Did you know that Gustav Eiffel participated in the constructions of two of Porto’s bridges?

Before his project with the Eiffel tower in France, Gustav Eiffel constructed the Maria Pia Bridge in Porto. Soon after, he started working on the D.Luis Bridge (one of the most famous ones in Porto) but it was his apprentice, Theophile Seyrig, that completed thaat project.

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7. No one really notices this unless they speak the language, but people in Porto do not pronounce the “v” in words

This makes them sound a lot more like their Spanish neighbours. For example, if they were speaking English, they would pronounce the word “vacuum” as “bacuum.” No one really knows why, but it is pretty interesting.

8. Porto is the home to one of the three biggest football teams in Portugal, Futebol Clube do Porto (FCP)

The blue and white striped uniforms are the pride of most of the locals, who take football very seriously. The teams mascot is a mystical dragon. Internationally, they have won 7 trophies, including: UEFA Champions League twice (in 1987 and 2004), and the UEFA Europa League twice (in 2003 and 2011). The other two of the three biggest clubs are located in Lisbon because…

9. Porto is Portugal’s second biggest city right after Lisbon

Porto is a pretty big city both area and population wise (which you probably can already tell by the fact that it was once the country’s capital). Currently, it is Portugal’s biggest city, located a 4 hour car ride, 2 hour train ride, or 1 hour plane ride away from Lisbon. Due to the high demand, TAP Portugal now has 14 daily flights between Lisbon and Porto at quite accessible prices if bought ahead of time.

10. Last but not least, Porto is the home to one of Europe’s largest street festivals: St John’s Festival (Porto)

The São João Festival in Porto takes place between the 23rd and the 24th of June each year, at night. On this night, everyone from babies to 80s comes out on the streets to partake in the festivities, and it is possibly one of the most important events in Portugal. Some silly traditions that happen while you’re out on the streets include hitting others on the head with huge (not painful) loud plastic hammers, releasing hot air balloons up into the sky, and waving garlic in front of people’s faces. Might not sound appealing, but it’s a lot of fun. The most symbolic item however is a round potted basil plant that smells amazing and usually comes with a little poem stuck on it.

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We hope these fun facts inspire you to go check out the beautiful city of Porto, and if you would like to find out more about the top attractions in Porto check out the article here.

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1.Portugal actually got its name for the city of Porto (originally "Portus Cale")

Before Lisbon was the capital of Portugal it was Porto who held this title. At the time the Latin name for Porto was Portus Cale, and that region was known as “Condado Portucalense” (in English, County of Portucale). It is not very hard to see the differences between that name, and Portugal. In English, Porto is more commonly known as Oporto, however this is only the case due to the fact that foreigners misinterpreted locals saying “o Porto” which means “the Porto” and this eventually led to it being called Oporto. Speaking of names…

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2.The city of Porto is nicknamed “Invicta”

In Portuguese, the word Invicta stands for “que nunca for vencido” or “that was never conquered.” It gets its nickname from the fact that (you guessed it) during the 19th century civil war, Porto was never conquered and even survived a siege that lasted over a year! Speaking of nicknames…

3.Citizens of Porto are informally known as “Tripeiros” which literally translates to “animal gutters”

This odd name actually has great historical meaning. According to a well-known legend of the 15th century Henry the Navigator needed a lot of supplies for his Conquest of Ceuta. As a result, the city and its citizens gave up all the supplies they had, including all their food up to the last gram of meat. All they had left were the animal “guts” or “tripas” and they did their best to make that work. As a result, a now-famous dish came along called “Tripas à Moda do Porto.” Because of this dish, the citizens of Porto got the nickname of “Tripeiros.” Speaking of typical dishes…

4. Meet the Francesinha (“Frenchy”), the most typical dish in Porto (served all over the rest of the country now due to its popularity)

This five layer sandwich is not for those of you who have weak stomachs. The Frency is a very special and intense type of sandwich (that in my opinion serves two). It is composed of different kinds of meat and sausages, cheese, a delicious beer-tomato sauce, and is usually accompanied by a huge side dish of fries and multiple cups of beer. If you don’t like very spicy stuff, make sure to request yours not too spicy, and don’t have a lot of plans for that afternoon; you’ll need to rest from the meal alone. And speaking of rest…

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5. Relax next to the Douro and enjoy a nice cup of Port Wine in its city of origin

That’s right! The famous Port Wine is produced next to the beautiful Douro river. It is stored and left to age in cellars located in Vila Nova de Gaia, right across the river. You can visit this cellar to see the whole process, or to just participate in a wine-tasting session. And now that I mentioned the Douro river…

6.Did you know that Gustav Eiffel participated in the constructions of two of Porto’s bridges?

Before his project with the Eiffel tower in France, Gustav Eiffel constructed the Maria Pia Bridge in Porto. Soon after, he started working on the D.Luis Bridge (one of the most famous ones in Porto) but it was his apprentice, Theophile Seyrig, that completed thaat project.

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7. No one really notices this unless they speak the language, but people in Porto do not pronounce the “v” in words

This makes them sound a lot more like their Spanish neighbours. For example, if they were speaking English, they would pronounce the word “vacuum” as “bacuum.” No one really knows why, but it is pretty interesting.

8. Porto is the home to one of the three biggest football teams in Portugal, Futebol Clube do Porto (FCP)

The blue and white striped uniforms are the pride of most of the locals, who take football very seriously. The teams mascot is a mystical dragon. Internationally, they have won 7 trophies, including: UEFA Champions League twice (in 1987 and 2004), and the UEFA Europa League twice (in 2003 and 2011). The other two of the three biggest clubs are located in Lisbon because…

9. Porto is Portugal’s second biggest city right after Lisbon

Porto is a pretty big city both area and population wise (which you probably can already tell by the fact that it was once the country’s capital). Currently, it is Portugal’s biggest city, located a 4 hour car ride, 2 hour train ride, or 1 hour plane ride away from Lisbon. Due to the high demand, TAP Portugal now has 14 daily flights between Lisbon and Porto at quite accessible prices if bought ahead of time.

10. Last but not least, Porto is the home to one of Europe’s largest street festivals: St John’s Festival (Porto)

The São João Festival in Porto takes place between the 23rd and the 24th of June each year, at night. On this night, everyone from babies to 80s comes out on the streets to partake in the festivities, and it is possibly one of the most important events in Portugal. Some silly traditions that happen while you’re out on the streets include hitting others on the head with huge (not painful) loud plastic hammers, releasing hot air balloons up into the sky, and waving garlic in front of people’s faces. Might not sound appealing, but it’s a lot of fun. The most symbolic item however is a round potted basil plant that smells amazing and usually comes with a little poem stuck on it.

We hope these fun facts inspire you to go check out the beautiful city of Porto, and if you would like to find out more about the top attractions in Porto check out the article here.

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What is unique about Porto? ›

Port is home to numerous stunning bridges, making it the only European destination to have six bridges that all cross the Douro River. The bridges showcase Portuguese's impressive architectural expertise. The bridges run between the cities of Sao Joao, Dom Luis I, Maria Pia, Freixo Bridge, Infante D.

What are 10 interesting facts about Portugal? ›

So let's get straight to it, here are 17 fun facts about Portugal that will blow your mind!
  • Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. ...
  • The oldest operating bookstore in the world is located in Lisbon. ...
  • Portugal is one of the most peaceful countries. ...
  • There are over 250 million Portuguese speakers around the globe.
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How did Porto get its name? ›

#1: The name Porto comes from the expression “Portus Cale”

Truth is: “Portus Cale” evolved to “Portucale”, which eventually became Portugal, our beloved home.

What is Porto nickname? ›

Dragões

Why is Porto so popular? ›

Porto is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe right now – and for very good reason. Its stunning Old Town on the picturesque Douro River, complete with six bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll find amazing Beaux Arts and Baroque churches, palaces and other buildings scattered around the city.

Is Porto an ancient city? ›

Porto, a historical city located on the very steep valley of the River Douro and dating to 275 BC, is tackling a particularly challenging goal: barriers-free mobility.

Is Portugal the oldest country? ›

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe

And the award for oldest nation-state in Europe goes to… Portugal. In 1139, Portugal appointed King Afonso Henriques as its king. Lisbon is said to be four centuries older than Rome.

Is Porto the oldest city in Europe? ›

Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as "Historic Centre of Porto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar".
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Is Porto a big city? ›

Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southwestern Europe.

Does Porto have a beach? ›

Porto even boasts beaches within the city limits, with a sandy coastline extending from the mouth of the Douro River northwards to Matosinhos.

When was Porto founded? ›

What is Porto English? ›

[ˈpɔrto ] masculine noun. port ⧫ harbour (British) ⧫ harbor (US)

Is Porto an expensive city? ›

Porto is one of the least expensive cities in western Europe, and when compared to other city break destinations, Porto provides exceptional value for money.

Why do people love Porto? ›

However, perhaps the most alluring aspect of Porto to locals and visitors is its unique position, threaded along the deep crease of the Douro River. There is something undeniably romantic about its steep cobbled streets and medley of crumbling houses and ornate buildings.

What is Porto like to visit? ›

Porto has a delightful historic centre and is famed for its Port wine, but it is also a young and energetic city, with social nightlife, liberal attitudes and a flourishing artisan scene. There is a lot to love about Porto, and the diversity of the city will appeal to a wide range of visitors.

Why is Porto called the undefeated city? ›

Porto was originally named 'Cidade Invicta' which means the unbeaten city! This came from the city never being able to be defeated by other invaders unlike some of their neighbours.

What is the old part of Porto called? ›

Porto is Portugal's second-largest city, a modern metropolis home to 210,000 people, but the city's heart still lies in its medieval old city – Porto Ribeira. This historic district begins along the banks of the River Douro and spreads into the hills behind.

How big is Porto Portugal? ›

What is Portugal famous for? ›

Portugal is famous for its typical seafood dishes, popular beach destinations, and 16th to 19th-century architecture, from when this country was a powerful maritime empire. It's also known for its soccer legends, fado music, historical cities, and port wine.

What is the oldest place in Portugal? ›

With over 2000 years of history, Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and one of the world's oldest catholic cities. Founded by the Romans in the year 16 b.C. and named “Bracara Augusta” in honor to the emperor Cesar Augusto.

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What's the youngest country? ›

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after years of civil war, but violence continues to ravage the world's newest country.

Is Portugal or Spain older? ›

Portugal is the oldest continuously existing nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times.

What are the 7 oldest countries in the world? ›

7 oldest countries in the world
  • Japan – 660 BCE. Although often disputed, 660 BCE is said to be the year when Japan came into existence. ...
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  • Greece – 3000 BC.

Is Portugal a beautiful country? ›

Portugal is home to a variety of landscapes and nestled in them are some of the world's most gorgeous places. Bordered by the sea under a warm sun, this Southern European country is laid-back and welcoming. It has affordable wine, delicious food, a Mediterranean feel, and a strong cultural identity.

What is on the Portuguese flag? ›

The national flag of Portugal (Portuguese: Bandeira de Portugal) is a rectangular bicolour with a field divided into green on the hoist, and red on the fly.
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What is the 2nd oldest city in Europe? ›

Athens, Greece - 3000 BCE

Athens is the second oldest city in Europe, dating back to about 3000 BC.

How old is Porto Old Town? ›

The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history.

What is the oldest city in world? ›

Jericho, Palestine

A small city with a population of 20,000 people, Jericho, which is located in Palestine, is believed to be the oldest city in the world.

Can you drink tap water in Porto? ›

Drinking tap water in Porto city, Portugal

The tap water in Porto is safe to drink and of course can be used for cooking, bathing, etc and meets all EU regulations. Porto's water supply is very heavy in minerals and as chlorine is added at the treatment plant it can have a strong taste.

Is Porto flat or hilly? ›

Porto's city center is very compact (meaning that the distance between monuments is rather short), but the city is known for being very hilly.

Do they speak English in Porto? ›

The language spoken in Porto is Portuguese but English is widely spoken by all individual who work within the tourist industry. There will be no language barrier for travellers who are visiting Porto or the north of Portugal.

Is Porto good for kids? ›

Porto is an interesting family friendly city, featuring a rich history, UNESCO World Heritage buildings, amazing Portuguese food and a lively atmosphere.

Can you swim at Porto? ›

All the beaches of Vila Nova, Porto and Matosinhos are blue flag, so they are all swimming beaches, the only cons is the the temperature of the water which can a bit chilly.

Is Porto hot in July? ›

July, like June, in Porto, Portugal, is a moderately hot summer month, with an average temperature varying between 25.3°C (77.5°F) and 15.9°C (60.6°F).

What is Lisbon Portugal known for? ›

Lisbon is probably best known for its colonialist history, ornate architecture and tradition of Fado music. But some of its best features are in the everyday – spectacular hilltop vistas in Alfama or at St. George's Castle, pleasant year-round weather and friendly locals.

Is there a Porto in Italy? ›

Porto (Italian: "port") is one of the thirty quarters ("quartieri") of the city of Naples. It covers 1.14 square kilometres (0.44 sq mi), and as of 2009, had 5738 inhabitants.

Where in Portugal is Porto? ›

280 km north of Lisbon, the beautiful city of Porto lies along the Douro river. Home to Port wine, street art, and “francesinhas”, Porto is one of the world's top 100 cities with the most international visitors.

What is the oldest city in Portugal? ›

With over 2000 years of history, Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and one of the world's oldest catholic cities. Founded by the Romans in the year 16 b.C. and named “Bracara Augusta” in honor to the emperor Cesar Augusto.

Which is better Porto or Lisbon? ›

Lisbon has more tourist attractions, sights, and museums

While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges.

Is Porto a walkable city? ›

Getting to and around Porto

Once there, Porto is an easily walkable city, so long as you don't mind all the hills. If the hills are an issue, there's also a good public transport system that includes old wooden trams, a metro and buses.

What is Porto English? ›

[ˈpɔrto ] masculine noun. port ⧫ harbour (British) ⧫ harbor (US)

When was Porto founded? ›

Is Porto an expensive city? ›

Porto is one of the least expensive cities in western Europe, and when compared to other city break destinations, Porto provides exceptional value for money.

Is Porto the oldest city in Europe? ›

Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as "Historic Centre of Porto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar".
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Is Porto a big city? ›

Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southwestern Europe.

What are people from Porto called? ›

If you're familiar with Portugal you may have heard the nicknames given to the people in the main cities: the people of Lisboa are called Alfacinhas (little lettuces) and the people of Porto are called Tripeiros (tripe-eaters).

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