Porto is located in the north of Portugal about 300km away from Lisbon (South). It is served by the Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport where all major companies flight to. There are also excellent road connections both to Lisbon as well to the north of Spain, Galicia.
Porto is Porto is not a big city. It has an area of 41,66 km2, which makes it almost walkable from end to end. It is limited by the river Douro to the South. To the East and North is limited by the road known as Estrada da Circunvalação (N12), which means orbital or beltway road. To the West is limited by the sea, so it is quite easy and quick to move around.
Living in Porto is fairly easy, as you hardly ever need more than an hour to get anywhere, and in this case it happens if you live outside of Porto, in Maia, Leça da Palmeira or Oliveira do Douro for example.
The centre of Porto, Downtown is around Avenida dos Aliados, which is served by countless buses and the metro stations Trindade, Aliados and São Bento. It is not easy to park here. So you either go to a paying parking garage or leave the car near a metro station outside of the centre (Francos, Ramalde, for example) and take the metro to the centre. it’s here that you find many of the interesting monuments of Porto like the Clerigos tower, the bridges, the beautiful church of Saint Francis or the Stockexchange Palace.
To the west you have Boavista and then Foz. It’s the finest area in Porto. Boavista is served by buses and metro, Casa da Música, Carolina Michaelis or Francos and here you can visit the Cristal palace gardens, the romanic little church of Cedofeita or Casa da Música, the modern concerto hall.
Fiz is all about the sea. The urban beaches of Porto are smallish, sandy and rocky beaches bathed by the Atlantic waves, and therefore it can be a bit cold throughout the year.
Towards the East of the centre of porto you’ll find a poorer area but rich in tradition.
The northern side of Porto it’s where you find the hospital fo Saint john and several faculties of the University of Porto.
Find out about the different areas of Porto, Portugal where we have our flats.
- Boavista Area
- Foz area
- Historical Centre
- Porto’s Centre
- Porto’s North
- V. N. Gaia (South of Porto)