Walk along the historic centre! Through the eyes of a Porto native, explore the the Aliados, where lies Oporto’s Town Hall and the Bookstore Lello, a 19th century bookshop which influenced J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. See a Baroque 76-meter tower and much more. This is a walking tour tailor-made if you want to visit a specific monument, have lunch with a native or simply have an enjoyable day around the city.
Porto was always under social and cultural changes, assisted by the River Douro in its evolution and transformation. Known as the Merchant City, Porto started in the middle-ages as a small and religious city around the Cathedral. It was later forced by its geography to turn its attentions to outside the medieval walls, towards the river. In the 15th century, the first caravel set sail to Ceut, making official the Portuguese Discoveries expeditions. Yet, in the 18th century, the city witnessed a golden era of income and commerce with the development of the Port Wine trade, putting Porto in the competition race with other European cities, such as London, Flanders and Hamburg.
Porto experienced political events, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, like the French Invasions, civil wars among kings and social and republican revolutions who nicknamed the city as the Invicta and shaped its population.