Historical, Very Noble, Always Loyal and Unvanquished City of Porto
Antiga, Mui Nobre, Sempre Leal e Invicta Cidade do Porto
What better way to describe beautiful Porto than its motto?
Porto's famous motto tells a lot about its history: Antiga (Ancient), Mui Nobre (Very Noble), Sempre Leal (Always Loyal) e Invicta (and Undefeated) Cidade do Porto.
In fact, Portuguese people usually refer to Porto as "a Invicta".
Invicta, meaning that the city was never defeated!
It all goes back to the 19th century. Porto was ground zero to the 1st Portuguese Civil War, in 1832, between two king brothers: D. Pedro IV, Emperor of Brasil, and D. Miguel I. Liberals versus monarchists.
After one year of long battles, the city successfully resisted the Miguelist siege and the liberal constitution was re-established!
In his will, D. Pedro IV literally left his heart to the city, as a way of thanking the people of Porto (Portuenses) for their loyalty and bravery. It was also when he added the title of “Invicta” to the city motto!As further proof of Porto's importance, it was here and in the North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.
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Founded in 1123 and located in the North of Portugal, it's the country's second-largest metropolis after the capital, Lisboa.
Porto is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing cities in the world. Its cultural heritage, breathtaking views, friendly people, flavourful food (and incredible wine) make it one of the best cities in the world to live in.
It's been considered one of the best european cities on multiple levels, over and over for the past decade. According to the World Travel Awards, Portugal has also been Best European Destination for the 4th year running, with 39 prizes won in 2019 and 27 in 2020. Let's wait for 2022!
You can check some of Porto's & Portugal's recent awards at the end of this page!
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Below you can find a super helpful article compilation that will tell you everything you need to know about Porto (what to visit, where to eat,
what to enjoy!)
– 25 best things to do in Porto
– Main monuments & tourist attractions
– The most beautiful buildings in Porto
– The 31 best things to do in Porto
– The best of Porto’s street art
– Eight pieces of art you must see in Porto
– The best parks and gardens in Porto
BREAKFAST & SWEETS
– Best places for brunch in Porto