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Porto (also known as Oporto in English) is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula.
Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centre.
It as an historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 for the quality of its restaurants and gastronomy, its main university (which is in the top 200 best worldwide and 100 best european) and for its amazing landscapes.
Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name “Portugal”, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin.
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Must-see landmarks in Porto
Porto is a city that’s very easy to get around. Your tour begins in the Ribeira district, the old town of Porto, which is located on the northern side of the river. The area is made up of narrow, cobbled streets set on thigh-challenging hill slopes – make sure you have a bottle of water handy for tackling them.
To see the city in its entirety, there’s no better vantage point than the Clerigos Tower observation deck, which is accessed through a steep, spiral staircase inside the building.
Then, you’ll want to visit the city’s Sé cathedral, a Roman-Catholic cathedral complete with 12th century Gothic rose windows. From here, you must carry on to famous book shop Livraria Lello Porto, which is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
The book shop is famed for playing host to JK Rowling, who once taught English in Porto.
Such celebrity status has, however, forced the location to charge a small entrance fee to visitors, and there is a small queue outside.
If you are feeling ambitious, you might want to journey to the nearby city of Braga – an hour’s train journey away – to visit the famous Bom Jesus de Monte, where you have to climb a 600-stair high Baroque staircase to reach the top.
Where to eat in Porto
Try Restaurante Verso Em Pedra, which is located along the riverfront. This particular Portuguese special will probably require a few walks up and down the river to burn it off, but it’s definitely worth it. Finish off with a coffee and a pastry at Cafe Majestic, where – Harry Potter fans will be glad to hear – JK Rowling also spent a lot of time.
What (else) to do in Porto
Satisfy your creative side at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de serralves, a gallery famous for its minimalist space built by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and its world-leading exhibitions.
Wander out afterwards into the Foundation Serralves gardens, which contain a giant trowel sculpture which looks poised to fall on top of you. And if you’re looking for a place to shop, Rua Santa Caterina is the place.
It’s a gorgeous retail destination which has international brands interspersed with patisseries where you can get your hands on a traditional Pastéis de Nata (custard tart), to refuel after all that shopping. Strolling round the dreamy streets is sheer bliss in itself.
On a sunny day, there’s nothing more idyllic than a trip down the Douro river on traditional Rabelos boats – head to Estiva Quay near Ribeira to enquire about a rental.
Porto at night is a beautiful sight – the view from Cais de Gaia is best, where you can see the whole city lit up. If this inspires you to hit the Porto nightlife, begin with a laid-back drink at cafe-bookshop Candelabro.
Gin-lovers – and I definitely count myself as one – will also enjoy The Gin House, which offers knowledgeable bartenders and more than 150 brands of gin.
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Leo Europa Pre Forum – 25 to 27 JANUARY 2019
Leo Europa Pre Forum
Leo Europa Pre Forum is now over and the Orgateam hope you had an incredible weekend, full of great memories.
We can’t wait to receive you in Portugal again for Leo Europa Forum and to stop the time with you to thank for the opportunities we have in life and for the privilege of being a Leo.
For now, stay with Leo Europa Pre Forum Final Report, where you can check everything that happened.
LEF – 3 to 10, August of 2019
Leo Europa Forum
During the year of 2019, a great adventure started in Portugal.
You will be able to find the registration link on this website and on our social networks (Facebook & Instagram). After you register, we will send you more information about payment details and other important topics.
This way, we hope to meet you all in Portugal for a great and memorable weekend! “Sea” you soon!
We are part of a talented team that wil be organizing the event of the year in 2019. We chose the best of the best to do what they know. The outcome can only be amazing. Among all the portuguese leos, the people responsible for making the movement reborn from the aches 4/5 years ago are now reuniting forces to organize LEF.
It’s the right moment, with the right people in the right place.