Porto (occasionally also known as Oporto) is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe.

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire.

The city prides itself of being known as the 'Cidade Invicta', (the unconquered city) and the country’s name has its origin from Porto. It was also the birthplace of Infante D. Henrique, o Navegador (Henry the Navigator), and the house in which he was born has been conserved and converted into what is today the municipal archive (Casa do Infante – Arquivo Histórico Municipal).

One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto; the Porto region is also a major producer of cork.

Because Porto is known for its human dimension – its capacity to welcome, integrate and make anyone feel at home – all visitors can easily find the right route for their specific needs in the city.

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National emergency number: 112


São João Hospital: (+351) 22 551 21 00; Santo António Hospital: (+351) 22 207 75 00

Pharmacies: open on weekdays from 09.00h to 19.00h (some may be closed between 13.00h and 15.00h) and on weekends from 09.00h to 13.00h. An illuminated green cross indicates that that pharmacy is opened after hours. For further information regarding the after hours pharmacies please consult www.farmaciasdeservico.net/localidade/porto/porto