Flights to Porto
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and it’s located on the northern coast of the country. Also known as Oporto, Porto is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do.
Flights to Porto come to the Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport (airport code: OPO), located 15 kilometres away from Porto. It’s one of the busiest airports in the country, and you can get either 1 or 2 stop flights to Porto from South Africa on major airlines. South African Airways and Lufthansa both connect in Frankfurt, and a flight to Porto with Iberia will take you through Madrid. British Airways makes its transfers in London and then in Lisbon. Most flights to Porto are between 12 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Porto:
Porto is a wonderful city to spend some time in. Characterised by its historic centre which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, and famous for Port Wine, Porto will appeal to many different tastes. Of the city’s landmarks you should try to visit the following:
One of the oldest remaining buildings in the historic centre of Porto is Porto Cathedral. The imposing façade is actually quite plain compared to many of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals but it’s one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Portugal. The cathedral was started around 1100 and completed in the 1300s with numerous additions and alterations through the centuries since.
The Church of Cedofeita
In contrast to the large size of Porto Cathedral is the small Church of Cedofeita. It is also one of the oldest buildings in Porto and was built between the 12th and 13th centuries in the Romanesque style. Two earlier buildings on this site were even older, dating back to the 10th century.
The Church of Sao Francisco
Slightly more striking from the outside is the Church of Sao Francisco, but this church is best noted for its amazing Baroque interior decoration, which makes a visit to this church highly recommended.
Episcopal Palace of Porto
Also in the historic centre is the Episcopal Palace of Porto. This was once the home of the bishops of Porto and it was built in either the 12th or the 13th century.
Palacio da Bolsa
While Porto’s Episcopal Palace has historic value, a guided tour of the Palacio da Bolsa is the more popular tourist attraction. Meaning Stock Exchange Palace this grand building was constructed in the 19th century and features some beautiful interior rooms. The Moorish Revival decoration of the Arab Room makes this the most famous and popular room of the palace tour.
When Should You Visit?:
Porto enjoys mild to warm weather throughout the year but is a fairly wet city in terms of rainfall. July is by far the least rainy month and long with August it’s also the hottest month with an average high of 25C. June to August are the driest months while November to January are the wettest. January remains mild though, with an average high of 13.5C.