Oporto Inside Tours, Porto

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O Porto é uma cidade portuguesa situada no noroeste da Península Ibérica, cuja história milenar se funde nas brumas de tempos remotos. Habitada desde pelo menos o Paleolítico superior, tal como demonstram os achados arqueológicos como citânias e castros, é uma cidade com um património inestimável.

Inicialmente denominada Cale pelo povo Castro, a constituição das suas origens como cidade remontam ao ano de 417, e antes de ser rebaptizada pelos romanos em cerca de 200 a.C. tornando-se Portus Cale, foi habitada por suevos, visigodos e árabes, períodos ao longo dos quais a cidade foi confirmando a sua posição geográfica e comercial, como ponto obrigatório de passagem da bacia do Mediterrâneo.

Em 868 é resgatada do domínio mouro e repovoada por Vímara Peres no seguimento da Reconquista Cristã, sendo ponto estratégico na evolução da reconquista dos territórios vizinhos. A partir de 1123, a cidade inicia a sua expansão sob a alçada de D. Teresa e D. Henrique de Borgonha, pais do primeiro rei de Portugal D. Afonso Henriques, com a orientação do prestigiado Arcediago de Compostela D. Hugo, primeiro Bispo do Porto.

Ao longo do tempo, a cidade que deu nome a Portugal, foi recebendo vários epítetos em reconhecimento da sua importância em momentos fulcrais da História do país e do mundo. Com uma atmosfera única, o Porto respira energia e podemos sentir a sua alma na hospitalidade e simplicidade dos “Tripeiros”, que tão bem caracterizam a cidade espelhando a sua imagem de honestidade e espontaneidade. Aqui, na cidade berço do Príncipe D. Henrique O Navegador, se construíram as naus e os barcos que levaram Portugal a dar novos mundos ao mundo” na grande epopeia dos Descobrimentos.

Palco de épicas batalhas pela liberdade e pensamento intelectual, as gentes do Porto resistiram heroicamente a um penoso cerco no século XIX, que lhe valeu uma distinção pela Rainha D. Maria II única entre as cidades de Portugal, a de, Antiga, Mui Nobre, Sempre Leal e Invicta Cidade do Porto”, sendo por isso conhecida como “Invicta”, ou cidade “Invicta”.

O Porto é a segunda maior cidade de Portugal, com cerca de 263.131 habitantes e com uma área metropolitana de 1.574 km². Cidade simultaneamente tradicional e cosmopolita, agrega no seu centro histórico um património que se condensa nos edifícios de elevada beleza e riqueza artística, mesclando vários estilos arquitectónicos desde o Barroco ao Clássico e Neoclássico, à Arte Nova e ao Moderno, até edifícios vanguardistas como a Casa da Música.

Estas são apenas algumas das inúmeras curiosidades desta cidade empoleirada sobre o Rio Douro, das suas belas pontes e onde se produz o vinho do Porto, único no mundo, naquela que é a região vinícola demarcada mais antiga da história. Assim, num crescendo de reconhecimento internacional pela riqueza histórica, cultural, arquitectónica, gastronómica, vínica e paisagística do Porto, a UNESCO distingue a cidade em 1996 com o estatuto de” cidade Património Mundial”. Em 2001 é Capital Europeia da Cultura, e o Alto Douro Vinhateiro classificado pela UNESCO como Património da Humanidade.

Oporto is a Portuguese city located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, whose long history merges in the mists of ancient times. Inhabited since at least the Upper Paleolithic, as shown by the archaeological findings as citânias and forts, it is a city with a priceless heritage.

Initially called Cale by the Castro people, the constitution of its origins as a town date back to the year 417, and before being renamed by the Romans in 200 BC becoming Portus Cale, was inhabited by the Suevi, Visigoths and Arabs, over periods of which the city was confirming both its geographical and commercial position, as a point of passage of the Mediterranean basin.

In 868 rescued from the Moors and repopulated by Vímara Peres, following the Christian Reconquest, Oporto was a strategic point in the evolution of the reconquest of the neighboring territories. From 1123, the city begins its expansion under the purview of D.Teresa and D. Henry of Burgundy, parents of the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques, with guidance from the prestigious Archdeacon D. de Compostela Hugo, the first Bishop of Oporto.

Over time, the city that gave its name to Portugal, was receiving several epithets in recognition of its importance in key moments in the history of the country and the world. With a unique atmosphere, Oporto breaths energy and we can feel its soul in the simplicity and hospitality of "Tripeiros", which so well characterizes the city mirroring his image of honesty and spontaneity. Here in the birthplace of Prince D. Henry the Navigator, were build the ships and boats that led Portugal to “give new worlds to the world "in the Age of Discoveries.

Stage of epic battles for freedom and intellectual thought, the people of Oporto heroically withstood a painful siege in the nineteenth century, that way the city was given a distinction by Queen Maria II, unique between the cities of Portugal, “Ancient, Most Noble, Invicta and Ever Loyal City of Porto "and is therefore known as" Invicta "or city Invicta ".

Oporto is the second largest city of Portugal, with about 263 131 inhabitants and a metropolitan area of 1,574 km ². Both traditional and cosmopolitan city, adds in its historic center, a heritage which condenses buildings of great beauty and artistic wealth, melding various architectural styles from Baroque to Classical and Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and the Modern, to avant-garde buildings like the Casa da Música.

These are just some of the many curiosities of this city perched on the River Douro, its beautiful bridges and which produces port wine, unique in the world, in what is the oldest demarcated wine region of history. Thus, a growing worldwide recognition by rich historical, cultural, architectural, gastronomic and vinous landscape of Porto, UNESCO distinguishes the Oporto in 1996 as "World Heritage City". In 2001 it is European Capital of Culture, and the Alto Douro Wine Region UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • This was a wonderful tour, lasting about 3 hours and touching all the highlights of Porto, the tour guide was well informed and full of interesting facts. She was also very helpful for general informa...  more »
  • I booked 2 tours with "inside tour" on the internet. The meeting place was in front of the hard rock cafe at the beginning of avenida Liberdade, close to Restaudores. Occurred several guides with different machines and each had a list of who was to go with them. Were very punctual.! You cannot be more than 8 in the machine so I am pretty private tours ... Ask for a guide in Italian even though it is not written..! They accommodated for two turns. (SINTRA and ARRABIDA, Park). Beautiful days spent in the company of Martinho..! This kind of tour is highly recommended ... for those who do not have a car or does not want to affitarla ... opportunity to see the surroundings of Lisbon by car and with a guide who will explain everything ...
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