PORTO BY António Moutinho Cardoso

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Livraria Lello

. My favourite location is… I don’t have a favourite location, I have many… I love the area in Massarelos where I live, as it’s very central, I love the park at Palácio de Cristal, that cliff above Douro River. And, of course, I love the historic area. The cliff from Pena Ventosa to Sé, São Bento da Vitória. And I really love the sea shore, from Foz and Douro River itself, all the path from Freixo to Foz. I can’t say I prefer one over the other, and the best location we have in Porto is the view from Serra do Pilar, as the view of Porto is probably one of the most beautiful in the city.

. What I like the most in Porto is… The people.

People from Porto are… I feel that people is what make this city. And it’s one of the things that is being lost with globalization and tourism. The character of Porto may be lost.

. A defining story… I remember going with my dad to a rally, at the time for PPD. I am must have been 12 or 13 years old, and we were surrounded in Palácio de Cristal, and, after a couple of hours, we started running through Júlio Dinis Street. We were in the car of one of my dad’s friends, a Renault 16, and people started throwing rocks from the top of a factory. I remember getting out of the car, running towards Torrinha Street, in Cedofeita. And I still remember that today, I was probably 14 at the time, in 1975.

. Culture in Porto is… Culture in Porto is imbued in the city itself. From writers, names such as Camilo Castelo Branco, Júlio Dinis and Agustina Bessa Luís, António Nobre. There’s been an evolution… An average European city, with fantastic spaces for its dimension; for musical shows, there’s Coliseu, Rivoli, São João Theatre, Casa da Música; for arts, there’s Serralves. Then there’s a culture that is part of the city, popular culture. The popular celebrations, São João, all that is part of culture. There are private institutions, Lello, for example, that are important. Because we are at risk that too many spaces belong to the Government, or to the City Hall itself, and it’s important that culture is also in the corporate hand. The private initiative has always been important in Porto, and, in that regard, Livraria Lello is an example and is at the top of visits in the city.