This gracious capital of the north is Portugal's second largest city and a thriving industrial hub, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm.
Rich from centuries of trade, modern Oporto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past.
Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, which spills into the Atlantic after its scenic 927 km journey from Spain, the 'granite city' is best known for its striking bridges and the much celebrated Port wine, which is stored and savoured by wine lovers all over the world.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1996, the ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches. The ongoing restoration of this lively quarter is attracting a growing number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Justifying its selection as the 2001 European Capital of Culture, Oporto boasts several important attractions, including the 12th century Sé Cathedral and the magnificent São Francisco Church with its striking gold encrusted interior.
Crossing the spectacular two tiered Dom Luís bridge brings you to Vila Nova da Gaia, the true home of Port wine. Here, visitors can tour the world famous lodges, which bear such familiar household names as Taylor's, Grahams, Cockburns and Sandeman. The highlight of the tour is the mandatory wine tasting session at the end.
The fishing towns of Matosinhos and Leça da Palmeira to the north of Oporto boast some of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Portugal. Travelling south and within easy reach of the city, visitors to Espinho are promised a relaxed beach side resort setting with hotels, discotheques and a first class casino
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jurgen (2074) 2004-03-18 16:07
A lente que foi aqui usada faz com que tudo seja visto como 'comprimido', o que lhe dá um efeito muito bom à foto. A rua à direita parece estreita, e os carros daí fazem um contraste com os edifícios mais clássicos no centro da imagem, de variadas cores. Muito bonito.
Spoony (3539) 2004-03-18 16:13
O que realça nesta foto (dependa da sensibilidade de cada um...) é a arquitectura dos prédios. Fantástica. Gostei bastante. Bom trabalho.
AdrianW (2274) 2004-03-18 16:59
Excellent shot! I think your choice of a relatively tight composition has worked well, and the amount of detail appears to be amazing. The reflections are the added extra dimension that make the shot for me though! The only thing I would like to see different is the size - I want it on a poster on my wall :-D
francis (697) 2004-03-18 18:31
This photo is so sharp it seems to jump off the page. The busy street to the right, and the colorful buildings to the right give this a human element. The splash of color in the river is wonderful. Good work!
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-03-18 23:40
Absolutely beauitiful, this makes me want to got there, very nice capture and first class note too.
pamastro (7290) 2004-03-19 1:56
This scene looks like a model. There is such great depth to it. And the reflection is amazing. Such smooth water. The scale, too, adds to that model feel. The cars are so tiny. The road is what really gives the depth. I think the way I am looking at it the buildings are so packed and stacked it looks like several layers of a set. And the road really enters that nicely. And then like I said the cars look like toys. The boats in the water add another layer and sense of scale. It looks so perfect. Very nice colors. Very nicely photographed.
lost (694) 2004-03-19 4:14
Mais uma foto excelente do Porto, parabéns.Gosto mt dos reflexos dos barcos..e do colorido das casas.Parabéns.
claudiaf (4438) 2004-03-19 9:18
A Ribeira é mesmo um espanto. Parabéns pela foto!
luis_paulino (904) 2004-03-19 17:06
O PORTO. tirei montes de fotos no PORTO, algumas bem parecidas com esta mas +e sempre bom rever o PORTO. boa foto e cores. gosto muito do reflexo doa rabelos no Douro.
joaopejapes (587) 2004-03-21 10:40
GOSTO MUITO DESTA FOTO.
EXCELENTES CORES,GRANDE DEFENIÇÃO E SOBRETUDO MUITO AGLOMERADO A FAZER LEMBRAR ALGO COMO "ONDE ESTÁ O WALLY?"
BASTANTE BOA, PARABENS
zto (292) 2004-04-01 6:35
That yelow house must be one of the most photographed buildings on TE. :) Very nice shot Jorge, a busy city life shot. Good natrual light and a great refelction in the river.
Mrg (825) 2004-04-24 9:08
Como já disse o Porto e em especial esta zona é extremamente fotogénica, e proporciona optimas imagens. Optimos detalhes e cores nos edificios á beira rio. Os dois barcos reflectidos dão o toque final. Gostei muito
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-05-28 4:22
Belíssima composição sobre a cidade do Porto... Seus coloridos casarios, o Dour, os barcos...
Muito boa foto Jorge !
Vagabond (5848) 2004-06-08 7:08
Excelente fotografia com bela composição e cores. Uma das minhas favoritas ..
CoolDan (2516) 2004-07-11 17:40
Magnifique prise. La ville semble vivante à souhait. C'est magnifique ces maisons étroites collées les unes sur les autres. Nice shot.
phd94 (305) 2004-08-03 1:25
Ce cliché me rappelle votre pays que j'adore, je ne connais pas porto mais cette image me donne envie d'y aller.Belle composition avec une utilisation parfaite de l'espace.
Emazevedo (209) 2004-08-12 21:22
Very beautiful photo of my dearest town. I love this place with it's narrow, colorful, old houses. Your photo is excellent and shows all its beauty.Your notes couln't be more complete and useful.
- Copyright: Jorge Jacinto (JorgeJacinto) (1033)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-03-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5, 70-200mm f/2.8, Kodak E100VS
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Ribeira of Oporto, World Heritage Sites Part VI, Granite jewels - gentle giants, world cathedral [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-18 15:53
- Favorites: 2 [view]