YES Meeting takes place in the city of Porto, elected Best European Destination of 2014 and 2017! With an Historic centre listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, this city is characterized by its medieval Dom Luis I Bridge (designed by Gustave Eiffel and Teófilo Seyrig), wine and views among so many innumerable others.
The Douro River is an intrinsic part of its scenery, separating it from Vila Nova de Gaia. Port Wine, one of Portugal's internationally famous exports, is named after this city and stored in the cellars across the river. All this wealth of monumental and artistic heritage, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life give this city its known vivacity and joy.
In Porto you can try the best of the country's traditional cuisine. There is a clear emphasis on the seafood and fish specialties and locals have developed a genuine cult of tripe stew, which gave them the justified nickname of "tripe eaters".
- Francesinha (meaning Little Frenchie) is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries.
It is a very popular dish in Porto and is associated with the city, although it can be found elsewhere in Portugal. Downtown you can try Francesinha at Café Santiago, Cervejaria Brasão, Bufete Fase, Al Forno, Lado B and Yuko.Académico Café and Tappas Caffé are close to FMUP (and Hospital S.João).
However, if you'd rather eat near Ribeira, there are nice restaurants such as Ar d'Rio.
- Tripas is an icon of the local cuisine. It consists of a stew or soup made of tripe and sundry other ingredients (vegetables - beans in particular - sausages, spices). Briefly put, is a must-try for anyone wanting to know the local flavors of Porto in their most intimate expression.
- Cod fish is ever-present on locals' tables. Bacalhau is a specialty consisting basically of dried salted cod fish, and the authenticity of the dish is guaranteed by the centuries-old traditional recipes.
Timed tested, aged in wood, full in colour, rich in body and tempting in flavour, Port wine indulges the senses and delights every soul. It is one of the greatest classic European wines with a history as long as fascinating and a quality as good as gold.
Carefully produced in the mountainous reaches of the Douro Valley, it astonishes in every style - from the intense berry fruit flavours of a Ruby or a Late Bottled Vintage to the rich mellowness of an Aged Tawny or the complexity of a Vintage Port, these are always recommended for toasting to life.
You can enjoy many of this typical dishes by the Douro River, one of the major rivers flowing through the Iberian Peninsula, crossing from central-northern Spain into Portugal to its outlet at Porto. A Unesco World Heritage site since 2001, the Douro is a majestic wilderness, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, also known for its sweeping beauty and serenety.
Vila Nova de Gaia is just across the river from Porto, and is geared up for guests, offering plenty of touring and tasting opportunities! So don't miss yours, go for a walk there and enjoy the food and wonderful views the Douro has to offer!