Porto, located at the mouth of the Douro river, is the second largest city in Portugal and is populated by more than 320,000 residents. Its history dates back to the Romans, who gave it the name “Portocale”. There are dozens of historic religious buildings to visit in Porto, starting with the Cathedral of Porto (Sé), which was started in the 12th century. Another interesting stop is the Church of Saint Francis (Igreja de São Francisco), the only Gothic church in Porto and one of the few remaining examples of medieval architecture left in the city. Museums abound in Porto, from the modern at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves) to the traditional at the Soares des Reis National Museum (Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis). Don’t forget to visit Vila Nova de Gaia to taste and buy Port wine to remember the time spent in historic Porto!
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