Porto Airport, also known as Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is an international airport just 11 kilometres northwest of the Clérigos Tower in the centre of Porto, Portugal. The airport is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, and is currently the second busiest in the country based on aircraft operations and the second busiest in passengers, based on Aeroportos de Portugal traffic statistics, after Lisbon Portela Airport and before Faro Airport. Porto Airport includes an area of between 72 metres in the farthest south and 43 metres in the north. It was built on lands that used to be the site for the cultivation of various cereals.
What to see & do
Porto Airport is in close proximity to the second largest city in Portugal: Porto. This city is one of the major urban areas in Southwestern Europe that is inhabited by over 1.8 million people. Porto extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, and occupies 389 square kilometres. Porto is host to many popular events and is home to several attractions that depicts the city's unique culture.
Ponte de D. Luis - A metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal, offering a great view of the historic centre of Porto, the Port wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, and the river Douro. It was originally used for road traffic on both decks, but now serves as a deck for Line D of the Metro do Porto light rail system. Its total length is 385.25 metres, with a weight of 3045 tonnes.
River Douro - One of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, River Douro lies between Porto and Vila Noca de Gaia. The river flows from Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto. It offers a panoramic view of Porto, Atlantic Ocean on its far right, and Foz do Douro.
Zona Ribeirinha - Features winding streets that are lined up with a mix of buildings, residential homes, and interesting boutiques. It's a lively place ideal for late night walks and souvenir shopping. It is one of the main attractions in the city, which draws a lot of tourists every year.
How to get around within Porto
Getting around Porto can prove to be a difficult stance for some as roads vary in condition. Some are fully paved while others have cobbled lanes that can make even the shortest of distance a challenge to travel. You may choose to ride the Porto Metro, a state of the art light rail/subway system that has six lines that run across the centre of Porto, and out to some suburban areas. You can also opt to go by bus, taxi, or boat.
How to get there
You can fly into Porto through the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. From here, you can ride the Metro line that links the airport to the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city. Trains and buses can also take tourists to the city proper.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport or Porto Airport serves as a base for TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália, and a focus city for easyJet and Ryanair. Porto Airport serves as a hub for major airlines including Germanwings, Lufthansa, and Ryanair, among others. These airlines operate flights to and from different destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid, and others.
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