The City of Porto
There is something strange about how the English do not seem to understand Portugal!
This is so true when one looks at just one aspect of Porto and that is the name of the city.
In English, both written and spoken, it is probably best known by the name Oporto. However it is our (personal and unofficial) contention that this is wrong. Officially and correctly, the Portuguese call the city 'O Porto', meaning 'The Port'. And this is apparently the origin of the English spelling. However the Portuguese themselves, in conversation and in the newspapers, for example, just call the city Porto.
To the question, "Where are you going on holiday?", the answer would be, "Porto".
To the question, "Is this the train to Porto", the answer would be, "Yes, this is the train to Porto".
This web site will refer to the city as Porto, just that, plain and simple. And in keeping with the Portuguese style.
See the logo, to the right, used by Porto Câmara for confirmation!
Similarly we will do our part elsewhere on this website and use Lisboa when refering to Lisbon and also (try to) correctly spell and accent all other towns and cities listed or written about on this website.