Oporto city at the riverbank,Portugal.(aUNESCOWorldHeritageCity)more...
"Porto, located on the banks of the river Douro, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. With a population of about 300.000, it is the country's second most important city in terms of economic output and cultural influence. Porto made its name over two centuries ago because of the Porto wine industry. It was elected as "Porto 2001: European Capital of Culture" and recently designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage City. Two of the city's symbols are the "Rabelo" boat, which can still be found docked on the banks of the river and the century-old iron bridges, one of them designed by Gustave Eiffel.
The inhabitants of Oporto are known as tripeiros (literally, "tripe eaters"), due to their sacrifice in order to help the army that conquered Ceuta in 1415. It is said that they offered all the good meat to the expeditionary forces and only kept the tripe for themselves. That is why one of the city's most traditional dishes is "tripas à moda do Porto"."
"The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics. At night, the Ribeira acquires liveliness and animation, being one of the most sought after spaces, due to the numerous and pleasant restaurants, esplanades and nightclubs."
Source Portugal Virtual