The Belver Beta Porto Hotel is located in Porto, a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges, lavish churches and Port wine production. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centers, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon. The urban area of Porto has a population of 1.4 million, making it the second largest urban area in Portugal. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine.
The Belver Beta Porto Hotel is situated just north of the city center and is 12 kilometers from the OPO-Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. The Exponor - International Exhibition Porto and the Alfandega do Porto - Congress Center are both 9 kilometers away. Matosinhos Beach and Foz do Douro Beach are only 3 kilometers from the hotel. The hotel is located: 50 kilometers south of Braga; 55 kilometers south of Guimarães; 34 kilometers south of Casino da Povoa do Varzim; and 21 kilometers from Casino Espinho. Viana Castelo is 70 kilometers from the hotel and Aveiro is 90 kilometers away.
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Fundaçao de Serralves
Fundaçao de Serralves is a cultural must-see in Porto. The estate includes a Contemporary Art Museum, a park and a villa, each one an example of contemporary architecture, Modernism and Art Deco architecture. The Museum, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, is one of the most relevant in the contemporary art circuit in Europe. Serralves Park extends beyond Casa de Serralves and features lily ponds, rose gardens, fountains and a romantic lake providing an ideal refuge for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. The estate and museum are 6 kilometers west of the city center.
Praça da Ribeira
Praça da Ribeira is Porto’s colorful, World Heritage medieval district located on the riverfront. Narrow streets open out onto a plaza framed by austerely grand, tiled townhouses overlooking a picturesque stretch of the Rio Douro. From here, there are great views of the Port Wine Cellars across the river, as well as the monumental, double-decker Ponte de Dom Luís I Bridge.
Sé Porto Cathedral
From Praça da Ribeira rises a tangle of medieval alleys and stairways that eventually reach the hulking, hilltop fortress of the Sé Porto Cathedral. Founded in the 12th century, the Cathedral was largely rebuilt a century later and then extensively altered during the 18th century. The church’s Romanesque contours are still evident. Inside, a rose window and a 14th century Gothic cloister remain from its early days. Prince Henry the Navigator was baptized at the Cathedral.
Port Wine Cellars
Porto's Port Wine Cellars opened their doors to visitors in the 1960s and have since become the city's most sought-after attraction. There are over 50 cellars, however not all of them are open to visitors. The majority stand on the Gaia hillside with their world-famous names in giant neon signs (names such as Sandeman, Graham, Taylor's, and Cockburn). Many offer free guided tours and tastings, explaining the winemaking and storage process, as well as the origin and characteristics of the wine.
Palácio da Bolsa
The palatial 19th century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors. This splendid Neoclassical monument honors Porto’s past and present money merchants. Just past the entrance is the glass-domed Pátio das Nações (Hall of Nations), where the exchange once operated. Inside, there are many rooms not to be missed. The highlight is a stupendous ballroom called the Salão Árabe (Arabian Hall), with stucco walls that have been teased into complex Moorish designs, then gilded with 18kg of gold.
Ponte de Dom Luís I Bridge
Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge’s top deck is now reserved for pedestrians, as well as one of the city’s metro lines. The lower deck bears regular traffic, with narrow pedestrian walkways lining the road. The views of the river and Old Town are simply stunning, as are the daredevils who leap from the top.
Casa da Música
Grand and minimalist, sophisticated yet populist, Porto's music mecca is the Casa da Música, with a shoebox-style concert hall at its heart, meticulously engineered to accommodate everything from jazz duets to Beethoven's Ninth. The hall holds concerts most nights of the year, from classical and jazz to fado and electronica, with occasional summer concerts staged outdoors in the adjoining plaza.
Church of São Francisco
The Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto, known for its extravagant Baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. It is one of Europe's most extraordinarily lavish church interiors, completely covered in gold. It is located in the historic center of the city and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Igreja do Carmo
Dating to the late 18th century, this captivating azulejo-covered church is one of Porto’s best examples of Rococo architecture. The tiled panel on the facade pays tribute to Nossa Senhora (Our Lady).
The Clérigos Church "Church of the Clergymen" is an Iconic landmark overlooking the city of Porto. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols. The church was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an expanse of work in the north of Portugal during the 18th century. Construction of the church began in 1732 and was finished around 1750, while the monumental divided stairway in front of the church was completed in the 1750s.