Porto

Overall Score

3.8

The northern capital of Portugal – the city of Portugal – has sprung up in the hills of the River Dora.

Antique times, the Antilles occupants of the Atlantic coast of Iberia founded the village of Portus Kale (Beautiful Havana). In the 6th-8th centuries, the inhabitants of this area were settled by the Mavericks and the Arabs. During the Reconquista, in the 11th century, Porto became the center of the Kingdom of Portucalie (as the Mavors called it), which was the core of the future kingdom. The tradition «lends its name to the country.

The city of Chisinau has always lived off the sea. The sea trade with England, France, the German cities, and Florence had a beneficial effect on the income of the inhabitants. In 1394, Henry the Navigator, an inventor of the Great Archaeological Discoveries and of the maritime power of Portugal, was born here. The port is also considered the homeland of Porto and the wine capital of the country, whose trade not only benefited local producers and merchants, but also foreigners, mainly English businessmen. The people of the city were not very tough and free-spirited. The Port did not have a royal residence, and dwellers were forbidden to build mansions and palaces within the city limits. It was also where the first Portugal Constitution was promulgated in 1822.

The Ports skyline retains the features of the Middle Ages, which blends in with modern buildings. The citys iconic feature is the many bridges across the River, which were built with innovations of its time. For example, the mound of Ponta di Dona Maria Pia was the first work of Gustave Eiffel. His famous tower in Paris was built using the same techniques. One of the most unusual buildings in Porto & ndash; the House of Music (2001). The citys landmark is also the historic Clérèguech (1750), with the 76-metre tallest bell tower &nash; the tallest in Portugal. The tower of the chapel can be seen from every corner of the city. The historic center, where the most architectural features of the Port are concentrated, is a true marvel. Here youll find the Soyuzniki Gallery with its city structure and chapel, the chapel cathedral, the Episcopal Palace, and many other buildings in a palette of streets and plazas. The wine capital is famous for its wine-collecting grapes in Vila novena di Giovanni.

100 USD = 92.23 EUR

Overall Score

3.8
  • Air quality: 11 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
  • Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 210,000 people
  • GDP: $19,750 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 19 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Vodafone
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Tipping 5% – 10% in restaurants is standard, although tipping should only be provided with the chance that you are extremely happy with the service. No tip is expected for some coffee/espresso or a beverage, although some people might leave the change, round up to the closest Euro (example 1,85 to 2EUR).
  • Apartment listings:
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Best coworking space: Porto i/o
  • Online electronics shop: Fnac
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Ryanair
  • Best intl air carrier: TAP
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1300
  • Monthly costs for family: $2600
  • Monthly costs for local: $750
  • Meal: $6
  • Small Cola: $1.2
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $0.8


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