Your dental trip to Porto
When you choose Helvetic Dental Clinic Portugal, there are many activities and points of interest for you to explore in Porto between sessions. Our local representatives are at your disposal to give advice on things to do in the city.
Porto, a city of arts
Porto is a centre for the arts. Throughout its one thousand year history, it has accumulated a large number of important artworks, which are displayed in the open and in the city’s many museums. The best-known open-air sculpture in Porto is “She Changes” by American artist Janet Echelman. It is 50 metres high with a ground surface of 150m². It is at Matosinhos and faces the ocean.
The national museum (known as Soares dos Reis) is in the old Carrancas palace, which was built in 1795 and has a typical neo-Classic façade. It houses a large collection of 19th and 20th century Portuguese art including paintings, sculptures, furniture, metal and ceramics. The palace itself is an architectural work of art. Another fine museum is the Military Museum of Porto, dedicated to the preservation of Portugal’s military past. Its collection of more than 16,000 figurines illustrates the military evolution of the country through the centuries. It also has a collection of cannons and combat vehicles dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Here you will also learn about the Revolution of January 31, 1891, the first attempt to create a Portuguese republic.
Climate and outdoor activities
Porto is in southern Europe where the climate is generally warm. The proximity of the ocean adds humidity, and Porto has an average annual rainfall of 1,200mm with October to May experiencing the most rain. It is warmest from June until September and maximum temperatures often exceed 35˚C. The rest of the year averages temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees, with highs between 15 and 20 degrees.
When bad weather hits, why not visit a museum or a wine cave. In a wine cave, you can learn about the art of making Porto wine and even do a taste test. If weather permits, take a walk along the port – admire the fishing boats and visit the fish market to buy or taste a dish prepared with freshly-caught cod. The promenades are also good for a relaxing stroll. Historical monuments dot the city, such as the square in front of City Hall.
Getting around in Porto
Porto is served by Francisco Sa Cerneiro International Airport. There is an excellent public transportation network of buses, coaches, tramway and taxis. For those driving, you can also use the European highway network to get to Porto; Highway E1 will take you there directly, though bring a map just in case. The advantage of driving to Porto is that you can admire the lovely landscape on the way, visit small towns and villages nearby as well as natural sites such as Peneda-Geres national park, which is about a hundred kilometres north of Porto.
Tripe in the Porto style will be on most menus, but it is only for those with a strong heart! Once you try it though, you will want more and more. Bacalhau (dried cod) comes with a range of serving options. Porto is great for Mediterranean cuisine with many fish and other seafood options.
Bon voyage to Porto and Bon appétit!
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