(Pousada de Guimarães)
Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. We visited Porto during our recent factory trip and found out a little more information about where our clothing is made and the culture behind this beautiful city. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. (Douro River at night) We stayed in the area of Foz do Douro, known for being one of the more swanky areas of the city, at the Hotel Boavista. Located on the western side of Porto where the Douro River finally meets the Atlantic Ocean, Foz boasts wonderful landscapes as well as cosmopolitan esplanades, lively bars and tranquil gardens. During our trip we managed to escape the proverbial office to do a spot of sightseeing. We took a boat trip up the Douro River (which runs alongside Porto) to visit the famous Vineyard for Ferreira Port wines. Ferreira was the first producer of port; it was founded by Portuguese wine producers in 1751, when foreign merchants from the north of Europe were already selling wines from Porto. We also visited the Pousada de Guimarães. Set on a hill overlooking the city of Santa Marinha, the restored former Augustinian convent (which now homes a luxury resort), has foundations dating from the 12th century, and is one of the most impressive in Portugal.