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.


The Bridge at Porto

The Bridge at Porto - another view !

Porto - Lower entrance to the Bridge

Lower entrance to The Bridge taken from

Did You Know ?

Luís I Bridge
at Avenida de Vímara Peres, Porto

The second of four bridges that cross the Douro. The Ponte Luís I goes between the cities of Porto (to the north) and Vila Nova de Gaia (to the south).
It was planned by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, a disciple of Eiffel. The construction was begun in 1881 and the bridge (upper level) was opened on 31st October 1886 with the lower deck not finished until 1888. Nowadays the upper deck is used by the Metro of Porto Line D. The lower upper deck is used as a walkway and the lower deck, at about 10 metres above the river carries road traffic.
The upper level is composed by two overlapping iron decks. The bridge is 395 metres long and 8 metres wide. The arch measures 172 m in length and 44.6 m in height and is still considered to be the biggest forged iron bridge in the world.
The bridge is often confused with the Maria Pia Bridge, built nine years earlier and located a kilometre to the east.


Porto Câmara!

To give you a flavour of the City of Porto from an administrative angle you might like to go to the website of the Porto Council. Here you will find information on the President of Câmara, the officers and councillors of the Assembleia Municipal, etc .....

Do view the site at Câmara Municipal do Porto.

Unfortunatly clicking on the Union Flag at the top of the screen will only take you to the website indicated in the box above. However Google Chrome does do a reasonable attempt at translating the site! 

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