Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and Portugal one of the oldest countries in the world. Whoever visits Porto for the first time immediately feels the pulse of a city that is not just the regional capital of northern Portugal, but also the main trading centre in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. Traditionally known for its Port Wine trade, the city is the hub of one of the most industrialized metropolitan areas in Europe. Its commercial activity is facilitated by the cargo terminal at the port of Leixões, which handles 25% of the country’s international trade, and also by Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, consistently elected as one of the best in Europe for the last years.

The UNESCO World Heritage historic centre charm and beauty cast a special spell on the city of Porto. But no less enchanting are the modern buildings designed by acclaimed names in architecture such as Siza Vieira, Souto Moura and Rem Koolhaas. The pleasant atmosphere, excellent cuisine, and range of cultural and leisure activities at competitive prices have earned it worldwide recognition as one of the best European destinations. Among other distinctions, Porto is also considered by Culture Trip as the most interesting city to visit in 2019.

In addition to a preferential tourist destination, Porto has a huge source of talent, graduates and qualified professionals of enormous value for the job market. For this reason, there are several international companies that are selecting Porto to establish themselves as a way of attracting high quality human resources; a few examples are Natixis, Blip, Euronext, Vestas, among others. See here why Porto is attracting investment from the business world.

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