This is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.
The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces. But setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, the city is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. This can be seen in its streets, its architectures, its museums, its leisure spaces, its esplanades and its shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive.
Porto’s Historical Centre was designated World Cultural Heritage in 1996 and its natural setting and its meandering streets give it a unique charm.
Port wine is present in the city in a multitude of forms and sensations: you can get to know it and try it, but never ignore it or forget it.
Having witnessed a long history of cultural ebbs, flows and eddies caused by successive waves of occupation, and often surrounded and invaded, but always remaining Invicta (unbowed), the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that regenerates and reinvents itself, whilst maintaining its core character, grounded in granite and, thus, unshakeable.
In the course of the second half of the eighteenth century Porto underwent great urban and architectural changes. Under the guidance of João de Almada e Melo, a plan was laid out which foresaw the renovation of the old city and the structuring of zones that had developed outside the city walls. The co-ordination of the building work was a responsibility of the “Junta das Obras Públicas” and was financed by a tax on the wine trade.
The reconstruction of the Ribeira Square, the opening of new roads and the creation of riverbank esplanades are signs of a new spirit and a taste for more open, lit spaces for both function and leisure.
The construction of the Santo António Hospital, one of many buildings given to the city by the Almadas, introduced the neopalladian style to the city, which at the time was the dominating architecture in England. This is clearly shown by the influence of the English community, especially through the Consul, John Whitehead, creator of one of the structures that mark the era: the English Factory. These buildings already show solutions that would be used in the civil and religious buildings that followed: mezzanines, smooth-surfaced façades, classic colonnades and pediments, guillotine windows.
The neo-classical civil buildings in Porto are the following:
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Torel Avantgarde is a brand-new, five-star boutique hotel in Porto - we just opened in early September 2017. The concept of Avantgarde for our hotel is based on the building, which originates from the Estado-Novo period, i.e. the 1940s. Like avant-garde artists, we wanted to create something completely new. Our vision was to establish a place where art is not only an add-on, but takes centre stage in every way.
The result is Torel Avantgarde, where you can fully immerse yourself into art, absorbing it in all its expressions. It is a space to live art, to touch art, and to feel the heart and passion of the artist.
Torel Avantgarde is located in the heart of Porto, in the area of Restauraçao – just beside the Instituto de Vinho Verde and close to important parts of the city: 200m from the Palacio de Cristal, 500m from the Clerigos Tower, 750m to the Rua das Flores, 800m to the Avenida Aliados.
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With a strong connection to the sea and nature, the AZOR Hotel is the starting point to discover the Azores. It opened in May 2016.
Inspired by the surrounding sea and the volcanic nature of the Portuguese Azores Island of São Miguel, Azor Hotel abounds with natural materials that serve to remind guests of the property’s remote location, while remaining starkly cosmopolitan and contemporary in design.
In addition to organizing a range of excursions and experiences that immerse guests in the local lifestyle, the 123-room hotel plays host to a lobby market that offers up cheeses, tapas dishes, and a number of products to take home, as well as a rooftop pool and bar that doubles as a whale-watching spot.
At À Terra restaurant, one can also enjoy delicious homemade dishes fit for sharing. Azor Hotel’s ideal location next to the marina in Ponta Delgada ensures that the treasures of the Azores’ administrative capital are an enticing hop away.
Visit the Website: www.azorhotel.com