Intro: Porto is an adventurous city of hills, rivers, bridges, old town pavements, many churches some with decorated with magnificent exterior blue and white tiles; it’s a city that makes port wine, of course. There is a medieval Ribeira (riverside) district with narrow cobbled streets that wind past old merchants’ houses and plenty of cafes.  The city is the second largest in Portugal and is home to a fine university founded in 1911 that focuses on science & medicine.

 

Porto port sign
Porto port sign
Portugal, Porto City is built on hills around which the river
Portugal, Porto City is built on hills around which the river Rio Douro flows
Portugal, Porto City: old world charm in old city houses
Portugal, Porto City: old world charm in old city houses
Portugal, Porto City: old city meets new city
Portugal, Porto City: old city meets new city
Portugal, Porto City: colorful traditional tiles  decorate many buildings
Portugal, Porto City: colorful traditional tiles decorate many buildings
Portugal, Porto City: modern apartments and offices
Portugal, Porto City: modern apartments and offices
Portugal, Porto City: high rise condo towers
Portugal, Porto City: high rise condo towers
Portugal, Porto City: park monument with symbolic (good) lion in
Portugal, Porto City: park monument with symbolic (good) lion in conquest over a (bad) giant eagle
Portugal, Porto City: workers and students waiting for public transportation
Portugal, Porto City: workers and students waiting for public transportation
Portugal, Porto City: modern museum
Portugal, Porto City: modern museum
Portugal, Porto City: colorful superstructure
Portugal, Porto City: colorful superstructure
Portugal, Porto City: a view of the city hills;  the
Portugal, Porto City: a view of the city hills; the Rio Douro flows under the Dom Luis I bridge
Portugal, Porto City: neo-classic house
Portugal, Porto City: neo-classic house
Portugal, Porto City: modern sculpture  in front of an office
Portugal, Porto City: modern sculpture in front of an office building
Portugal, Porto City: Moorish style house
Portugal, Porto City: Moorish style house
Portugal, Porto City: art deco house
Portugal, Porto City: art deco house
Portugal, Porto City: Bauhaus style house
Portugal, Porto City: Bauhaus style house
Portugal, Porto City: modernist house
Portugal, Porto City: modernist house
Portugal, Porto City: row houses of varying styles,  most decorated
Portugal, Porto City: row houses of varying styles, most decorated with tiles
Portugal, Porto City: residential street leads  down to the Atlantic
Portugal, Porto City: residential street leads down to the Atlantic Ocean
Portugal, Porto City: condo buildings  along the oceanfront boulevard
Portugal, Porto City: condo buildings along the oceanfront boulevard
Portugal, Porto City: ocean front park
Portugal, Porto City: ocean front park
Portugal, Porto City: oceanfront view
Portugal, Porto City: oceanfront view
Portugal, Porto City: ancient St John's fort on the ocean
Portugal, Porto City: ancient St John's fort on the ocean
Portugal, Porto City: promenade walk
Portugal, Porto City: promenade walk
Portugal, Porto City: fishing boats
Portugal, Porto City: fishing boats
Portugal, Porto City: I'm guessing this is statue of  either
Portugal, Porto City: I'm guessing this is statue of either Saint Peter or Andrew (both disciples of Jesus), both known as patrons of fishermen. They were brothers, and were professional fishermen at the time Jesus called them to follow him.
Portugal, Porto City: park along the river Rio Douro
Portugal, Porto City: park along the river Rio Douro
Portugal, Porto City: antique trolleys run through the city
Portugal, Porto City: antique trolleys run through the city
Portugal, Porto City: docks along the river  with Dom Luis
Portugal, Porto City: docks along the river with Dom Luis I bridge
Portugal, Porto City: art deco office building
Portugal, Porto City: art deco office building
Portugal, Porto City: riverfront apartment houses
Portugal, Porto City: riverfront apartment houses
Portugal, Porto City: antique churches everywhere
Portugal, Porto City: antique churches everywhere
Portugal, Porto City: trolley tracks run everywhere
Portugal, Porto City: trolley tracks run everywhere
Portugal, Porto City: abstract building facade
Portugal, Porto City: abstract building facade
Portugal, Porto City: train station (red) and war memorial
Portugal, Porto City: train station (red) and war memorial
Portugal, Porto City: odd colors and angles
Portugal, Porto City: odd colors and angles
Portugal, Porto City: Dom Luis I bridge from below; the bridge
Portugal, Porto City: Dom Luis I bridge from below; the bridge opened in 1886 and held the record for the longest iron arch in the world; today trains and trolleys cross the upper level while the lower level is used by cars and pedestrians
Portugal, Porto City: more hills and boats
Portugal, Porto City: more hills and boats
Portugal, Porto City: port wine barrels on old ships
Portugal, Porto City: port wine barrels on old ships
Portugal, Porto City: port wine barrels on old ships
Portugal, Porto City: port wine barrels on old ships
Portugal, Porto City: imaginative ad
Portugal, Porto City: imaginative ad
Portugal, Porto City: city metro system
Portugal, Porto City: city metro system
Portugal, Porto City: Victorian house
Portugal, Porto City: Victorian house
Portugal, Porto City: view of the bridge and river from
Portugal, Porto City: view of the bridge and river from above
Portugal, Porto City: ancient stone ruins  and modern structures
Portugal, Porto City: ancient stone ruins and modern structures
Portugal, Porto City: colorful school
Portugal, Porto City: colorful school
Portugal, Porto City: mix of building styles
Portugal, Porto City: mix of building styles
Portugal, Porto City: famous Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: famous Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: close-up of Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: close-up of Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: pedestrian street
Portugal, Porto City: pedestrian street
Portugal, Porto City: art Deco detail
Portugal, Porto City: art Deco detail
Portugal, Porto City: various styles of structures
Portugal, Porto City: various styles of structures
Portugal, Porto City: modern equestrian statue
Portugal, Porto City: modern equestrian statue
Portugal, Porto City: more art Deco details
Portugal, Porto City: more art Deco details
Portugal, Porto City: morning cafe
Portugal, Porto City: morning cafe
Portugal, Porto City: central city
Portugal, Porto City: central city
Portugal, Porto City: close-up of Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: close-up of Capela da Almas
Portugal, Porto City: bridge and boats
Portugal, Porto City: bridge and boats
Portugal, Porto City: University of Porto
Portugal, Porto City: University of Porto
Portugal, Porto City: University of Porto
Portugal, Porto City: University of Porto
Portugal, Porto City: museum of photography
Portugal, Porto City: museum of photography
Portugal, Porto City: park statue Leda and the Swan
Portugal, Porto City: park statue Leda and the Swan
Portugal, Porto City: clock tower
Portugal, Porto City: clock tower
Portugal, Porto City: another scenic view of the city
Portugal, Porto City: another scenic view of the city
Portugal, Porto City: trolley with guy using his cell phone
Portugal, Porto City: trolley with guy using his cell phone
Portugal, Porto City: close-up cell phone guy
Portugal, Porto City: close-up cell phone guy
Portugal, Porto City: school kids on an outing
Portugal, Porto City: school kids on an outing
Portugal, Porto City: pensive pensioners
Portugal, Porto City: pensive pensioners
Portugal, Porto City: modern sculpture of a cleric
Portugal, Porto City: modern sculpture of a cleric
Portugal, Porto City: ornate building details
Portugal, Porto City: ornate building details
Portugal, Porto City: more ornate details
Portugal, Porto City: more ornate details
Portugal, Porto City: more and more ornate details (Victorian?)
Portugal, Porto City: more and more ornate details (Victorian?)
Portugal, Porto City: shadows
Portugal, Porto City: shadows
Portugal, Porto City: young guys with phones
Portugal, Porto City: young guys with phones
Portugal, Porto City: city hall
Portugal, Porto City: city hall
Portugal, Porto City: city hall plaza
Portugal, Porto City: city hall plaza
Portugal, Porto City: equestrian city square (rider?)
Portugal, Porto City: equestrian city square (rider?)
Portugal, Porto City: decorative superstructure
Portugal, Porto City: decorative superstructure
Portugal, Porto City: another cafe
Portugal, Porto City: another cafe
Portugal, Porto City: public art program
Portugal, Porto City: public art program
Portugal, Porto City: interesting shapes and colors
Portugal, Porto City: interesting shapes and colors
Portugal, Porto City: ancient church
Portugal, Porto City: ancient church
Portugal, Porto City: river view
Portugal, Porto City: river view
Portugal, Porto City: house under restoration
Portugal, Porto City: house under restoration
Portugal, Porto City: springtime
Portugal, Porto City: springtime
Portugal, Porto City: tram station
Portugal, Porto City: tram station
Portugal, Porto City: metro station
Portugal, Porto City: metro station
Portugal, Porto City: street folks
Portugal, Porto City: street folks