Another landmark of Porto is the bridge, Dom Luis, one of 6 elegant and unique bridges crossing the Douro. It is a double decker with trams on the top and cars beneath. This iron bridge may remind you a bit of the Eiffel tower and for good reason. It was designed and built by an engineer partner of Gustav Eiffel , who incidentally designed a railway bridge here, the Ponte D.Maria, currently not in use.
Sites to see in this town include its historical center, Cais de Gaia, where you will find little shops and cafes right along the river side, most with outdoor seating to enjoy the sunshine and river views. This is the area for which Porto has achieved its UNESCO World Heritage status. Sip port wine here with tapas or visit one of the port wine storehouses. By now you will realize that this is where this sweet wine received its name. Perhaps you will see one of the traditional and distinctively shaped boats used to ferry the wine down the river from the Douro wineries to the port warehouses.
Traditional port wine boats (Photo: Bigstock)