Leixões seaport is one of Portugal’s major seaports. It serves the city of Porto, Portugal’s second largest city and capital in the north, located 4 km to the north of Douro River mouth.
Porto was selected the 2001 European Capital of Culture and is known mainly for its trade in Port wine. Built on the bank of the Douro River, Oporto is a city where the old contrasts with the new. Its winding, hilly, narrow streets are a complement to wide, modern avenues that spread out to the suburbs.
Attractions in Porto include the many famous bridges of D. Luis I and Dona Maria Pia, the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange), the Gothic Sao Francisco Church, the City Hall and the Avenida Dos Aliados where locals go to commemorate important political and sporting events.
Things to See & Do
* Palacio da Bolsa
* Gothic Sao Francisco Church
* Port wine tasting tours
* Ribeira do Porto – area along the waterfront
Cruise Season – Feb – Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – Portuguese
Land Area – 41.3 sq km’s
Population – 267,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code + 351
Port Location – The Lexicoes seaport is located a short distance from Oporto.
Transport Links – Porto is served by Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport which is located some 15km to the north-west of the city centre. Porto’s main railway station is situated in Campanhã, on the main line to Lisbon. From here, both metro and suburban rail services go to the city centre. The city has an extensive bus network run by the STCP which also operates lines in the neighbouring cities of Gaia, Maia and Gondomar.