There’s an indescribable honour in being “from Porto.” They are friendly people and the city excels at welcoming new residents, visitors, students and investors with all its heart and soul.
A MAGICAL CITY
Porto is the gateway to the North and is superbly located next to Foz do Douro, where its intangible interpersonal heritage co-exists with an extraordinary historical, architectural and gastronomical heritage. The city has managed to retain its authenticity, while also adapting and projecting itself as a city of the future. Porto has changed significantly in the last decade, and definitely for the best. Today, Porto is a city of the world, and from the outside it is viewed as much more than a point of transit. It is now seen as a real (and interesting) alternative for the relocation of people, assets and services within Portugal. New hotels, new shops, new offices, new houses, entertainment and culture for all tastes.
Today, Porto provides a cultural and leisure programme that’s suitable for everyone. This is reflected by the different spaces on offer. From public gardens, the Casa de Música, the Serralves Foundation, Rivoli or the Coliseum. There is so much choice. Then there’s Rua Miguel Bombarda, an entire block dedicated to art.
RECENT BUSINESS ARRIVALS
At the same time, more doors are opening for entrepreneurs and companies who wish to set up in the region. It offers an invaluable ecosystem of universities, human resources and a standard of living for employees that’s difficult to beat. Companies that have recently set up in Porto include Natixis, Voltalia, Vestas, Fasrfec, BNP Paribas and Prozis.
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