Photographer's Note

Porto- charming city split by the Douro River.
The Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: its river, the Douro, an evermore popular choice for river cruises, and its port. But the historic hillside city itself should not be overlooked. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its maze of steep and narrow cobbled streets is home to beautiful plazas, churches and houses with colourfully tiled façades. Outside the historic heart, the city has witnessed a renaissance, its seaside suburbs increasingly home to world-class contemporary architecture and cuisine. Despite its World Heritage status, the old town, Ribeira, feels strangely abandoned. As Porto’s youth migrate to the more cosmopolitan suburbs, Ribeira has been left to its own devices. Yet I found much of its charm lies in its dilapidation. It feels unchanged and – best of all – undiscovered. As I passed residents gossiping in front of antiquated little shops selling sewing machines and nighties, I felt I’d stepped back in time.

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