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Porto: Portugal's Second City
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Oporto // Change Perspective


Porto (Oporto) is Portugal's second city after the capital Lisbon.  It's the most important city in the country's norte region.  It is the city after which port wine is named, and it remains the most important source for that libation.  The city dates to the Antiquity.  Culturally it is at least as significant as Lisbon if not more so, and the entire core city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  In this stunning video, Sprintz gives us a bird's eye view at this city which is located in an estuary of the Duoro River.

Palmeira Lighthouse
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Lighthouse Leça da Palmeira with Mavic Air


The Atlantic coastline of Portugal's Norte region is dominated by Porto and cities which have become part of its metropolitan area.  One of these cities is Leça da Palmeira, a city which is situated just a short ways up the coast from Porto.  It has a long history as an important port city and more recently as an oil refining center.  Contributor Hpascoal created this beautiful drone video of the lighthouse of Leça da Palmeira, with other parts of the coastal city visible in the background.

Douro River: Waterway of Norte
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The Douro River, Porto

Francisco Rodrigues

Contributor and drone pilot Francisco Rodriguez created this beautiful aerial video of the great Portuguese city of Porto.  Once a Roman outpost, this city on the Douro River is steeped in history: it was the shipbuilders of Porto who helped launch Europe on its great Age of Exploration.  Famously, Porto Harbor was the launching point for Prince Henry the Navigator's exploratory trip to Africa in 1415, a voyage which was at least as consequential as that of Chrisopher Columbus later in the century.  

Portugal's Far North
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Video Project - Vila Nova de Cerveira #DJI #Phantom 4


It's not often we see videos like this one which show two countries in the same footage.  Contributor Flybyzion used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to give us a bird's eye look at a spot in the extreme northern part of Portugal.  Vila Nova de Cerveira is a small city in Portugal's Norte region on the Minho River, which serves as the border between Spain and Portugal.  The territory you see on the far (northern) side of the river is actually Spain, specifically its Galicia province.  

Douro River, Porto
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Flying by Douro River in Porto


In this short video by contributor Flyingbydaniel, you'll get a great look at the Portuguese city of Porto, the capital of its Norte region and the second largest city in the country after Lisbon.  The video shows the Douro river as it makes its way through the city to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean.  You'll get a great view of the old city center, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996 by virtue of its importance to the history of the Portuguese nation.  

Póvoa de Varzim: Norte Beach Town
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Mar da Póvoa de Varzim, North of Portugal by Drone


Contributor and drone pilot Jamespvz used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to create this aerial view of Póvoa de Varzim, a beach town in Portugal's Norte region.  Considered part of Greater Porto, the town lies about halfway between the great city and the Spanish border.  It is considered to be the best beach spot in northern Portugal.  Póvoa de Varzim was once a fishing town, with many fish processing plants and the largest fishing fleet of any port in the country.

Portugal's Northernmost City
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Viana do Castelo, Portugal | Aerial View | 4k UHD


In this video, SajidShah gives us a look at the northernmost city of Portugal.  Viana do Castelo is a medium sized port city in Portugal's Norte region, and the administrative center of a district of the same name.  It is situated at the mouth of the Limia River, towards the northern end of the country's Atlantic coastline.  The next river up the coast is the Minho, which serves as the border between Portugal and the Galicia region of northwestern Spain to the north.

Douro River Valley
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Douro Heritage - Foz Côa region I, Portugal


Contributor Psantos created this beautiful drone video of the Douro River Valley in a mountainous region of northern Portugal.  The Douro is arguably Portugal's most important river; if not, it's a close second to the Tagus River which terminates in Lisbon. In this video you'll see the Douro's Côa tributary, which joins it around the town of Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Guarda district, as well as the Pocinho Dam, a gravity dam on the Douro just a bit downstream from the town.  

Guarda District: Foz Côa
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Douro Heritage - Foz Côa region II, Portugal


The Douro River is one of the most important rivers on the Iberian Peninsula.  It rises in northern Spain and flows in a generally westward direction, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at the Portuguese city of Porto.  In this drone video by contributor Psantos02, you'll get a look at the waterway as it begins its journey across Portugal.  The video was shot in the area of Foz Côa, which is part of the Guarda district of northeastern Portugal.  It's part of the country's Norte region.

Dom Luís I Bridge
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The Harbor of Porto (Portugal) and the amazing Luis I Bridge


Contributor guydrory created this stunning aerial view of Porto, the principal city of northern Portugal.  The video shows the beautiful area of the city core along the Douro River, from which Portugal's (and thus Europe's) Age of Discovery began with Henry the Navigator's expedition to North Africa in 1415.  The video also has epic footage of the Dom Luís I Bridge, which spans the great river from Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia and which was the world's longest metal arch bridge when completed in 1881.  

Aveiro District: Espinho
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Espinho |Portugal | Mavic 2 Pro


Espinho is one of the towns along the northern coast of Portugal.  It is situated in the Aveiro District, in the Norte region which covers the northern part of the country.  Once considered a separate city, it's now regarded as part of the Porto metropolitan area and a suburb of the country's second largest city.  Contributor Miguel_40 used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this aerial video of Espinho, which is one of the smallest municipalities in the country by population.

Porto's Marina do Freixo District
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Marina do Freixo - Porto | Mavic 2 Pro | 4K


Contributor Miguel_40 used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this beautiful aerial video of some areas around Porto, Portugal.  Porto is Portugal's second city (after Lisbon) and the largest urban area in the northern part of the country.  It lies at the mouth of the Douro River, which originates in northern Spain and is one of the most important waterways of the Iberian Peninsula.  Porto is one of the great cultural centers of Portugal, and at one time was the country's largest city.  

Norte's Afife Beach
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Afife Beach, Viana do Castelo


Contributor SajidShah created this beautiful aerial video of the northernmost of Portugal's many beaches.  Afife Beach is in the northern part of the country's Norte region, just a few km from the border with Spain.  As you'll see from the video, it's stunning beach is backed by the mountains which cover most of the northern part of this country on the Iberian Peninsula.  For those interested in adding a cultural component to a beach trip, the great city of Porto is just a short drive to the south.  

Porto's Biggest Park
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Parque da Cidade - Porto | Mavic 2 Pro


Check out this beautiful drone video of the main city park of Porto, Portugal, compliments of contributor miguel_40.   Situated in the main city of Portugal's Norte region (and the second largest city in the country), it's actually Portugal's largest park.  The park was designed by noted landscaping artist Sidónio Pardal.  The video, which was shot with the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone, also shows some of the Porto waterfront, which lies along the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean.  

Porto's Foz do Souro Neighborhood
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Porto - Foz do Douro (Mavic Air)


Contributor Hpascoal used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this compelling aerial mini-tour of the Foz do Douro district of Porto, Portugal.  Situated near the mouth of the Douro River, it's one of the most fashionable districts of Porto, capital of the country's Norte region. In addition to being Portugal's second largest city, Porto is in many respects the country's cultural capital.   For example, Foz do Douro is home to a chapel commissioned by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal.  

Miramar's Lord of the Rock Chapel
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Chapel of Senhor da Pedra - Portugal


Here's a beautiful drone video of an iconic spot in northern Portugal, compliments of contributor Aguerra1979.  It's a small lonely chapel atop a rock on the ocean called Lord of the Rock (Senhor da Pedra), which is located in the seaside village of Miramar.  It's part of a district called Vila Nova de Gaia, which sits just south of the River Douro from Porto, the main city of Portugal's Northern (Norte) Region.  The area is home to many other cultural attractions, especially its porto wine cellars.  

Peneda-Gerês National Park
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Waterfalls Gerês Portugal

Wonderful World

Contributor Wonderful World brings us this drone video of a gorgeous waterfall in the northern part of Portugal known as its Porto region.  The Geres waterfall is located in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, which was established in the early 1970's to protect some of the unique wildlife of the mountainous area in the far northern parts of the country.  The park covers a part of the Portuguese side of the border region with Spain, about a 90 minute drive northeast of Porto.

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Drone new Year 2018 Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal


Check out this drone video from a beautiful spot in northern Portugal, compliments of Jamespvz.  It's a town called Póvoa de Varzim, and it's situated about 30 km (aroun d18 mi.) north of the city of Porto, the principal city of Portugal's Norte region.  Originally an independent town, it's become one of the leading outlying cities of Porto, the country's second largest city by population.  The town dates to hundreds of years BC and played an important role in the region when it was Portugal's center of gravity.  


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