North of Lisbon and south of the Spanish border, Porto is Portugal’s second city in the green north. Porto is a city of cobbled squares and vertiginous hillsides clinging to the step hillside of the Douro Valley.
Port wine, where the grapes’ fermentation is halted by the addition of brandy after 3 to 5 days, is at the heart of the city’s heritage. For centuries, port wine has brought fame and wealth to the city. Until 1965, rabelo boats, laden with barrels, ferried port to the north banks of the river for storage at Porto’s numerous port houses.
Now the port arrives by road and the rabelo boats have a new career carrying tourists along the Douro.
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