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Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, and one of the largest urban areas in southwestern Europe. The city is one of the oldest centers in Europe, and the Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Today the city is probably most famous for its major export, port wine, however, Porto came from humble beginnings in the fifth century when the area was a commercial port under Roman control. Porto features grand buildings and spacious squares, yet look beyond its historic exterior and you will find a city brimming with modern appeal. When there are thousands of hotels to choose from, finding your ideal hotel in Porto can be difficult. With Venere, booking the hotel right for your budget and expectations is simple thanks to a little help from thousands of user submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries, and our helpful Google maps applet.

What's Porto Like?

Porto is a city with a rich culture and history, as well as a lively modern face. The Ribeira, or Old Town, is the city's historic heart, and it rests upon the River Douro with its colorful buildings and narrow winding streets; the ideal place for exploring. Take a tour through the Palacio da Bolsa (Bolsa Palace) and discover its heritage, as well as have a gander at its intricate artwork and neo-Classical design. If you are looking to spend some money, shopping streets such as the Rua de Santa Caterina has everything from restaurants to popular fashion brands and specialty stores. If you are a soccer fan, be sure to check out Museu do Futebol Clube Porto (Porto Football Club Museum), or even the Estadio do Dragao (Dragon Stadium) for a match.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Porto

The city has a Mediterranean climate, which results in warm and dry summers, with mild and rainy winters. A typical afternoon during the summer months of June to August has a temperature of around 77 Fahrenheit, however during a rare and unexpected heatwave it can rise as high as 104 Fahrenheit, so be sure to take the appropriate precautions if you travel during summer. Over the past few years, the city has been enjoying an increase in tourism, but try not to expect too many of the locals to speak English; you should always be sure to carry a Portuguese reference book. The main transport hub in the city is São Bento railway station, and offers regular services across the region. Venere can help you book the best hotels whether you decide to stay in Porto if you explore more of Portugal.