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Porto, Portugal
 May 2020


 Considered the most romantic city in Europe, Porto is a gem of old and modern buildings, beaches and mountains. Plenty of history, friendly people, sunshine and things to do. 

Oporto Retreat - May 2020

Welcome to Porto, Portugal

A gem in the Atlantic, this ancient city has a lot to offer. Culture, architecture, wine and gastro, vineyards, nightlife, and wine cellars, beaches mountains, cruises, shopping and more. 

Join us in this mini-retreat suggested by your teacher Marcio.


29 May to 31 May/1st October


The beautiful city of Porto, sits in the Atlantic and is the second biggest city in Portugal. 

This city has everything to offer from beaches to beautiful architecture to beautiful surroundings full of vineyards.

Enjoy the morning sun in Matosinhos beach, just outside your hotel, walk towards Porto on the promenade. Have a nice mocktail on one of his beachfront bars and then catch the tram to the centre. Visit many shops full of amazing designers' products, listen to street music and enjoy a pastel de nata by the cathedral. Take a cruise to see the seven bridges, a feature of engineering in this high slope city.

In the evening, visit the Galleries, old warehouses now converted to bars. Go for a concert or if you like, just enjoy a meal in the many restaurants and relax by the beach.

About the area


The town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon. Sometimes called Oporto, it's an age-old city that has one foot firmly in the industrial present. The old town, centered at Ribeira, was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 14th-century São Francisco church is a main attraction, as are the local port wine cellars, mostly located across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia.


Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest Europeancentres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as "Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar". The historic area is also a National Monument of Portugal.[16] The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale,[17] has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese, the name of the city includes a definite article: o Porto ("the port") which is where its former English name "Oporto" comes from.[18]

Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of fortified wine.[19] In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.[20] Porto is on the Portuguese Way path of the Camino de Santiago.

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