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If you could paint Porto, what colours would you use?

When people think about Porto they think of a grey city, but there's so much more colors to it. Discover them with me!

Sara Riobom

October 24, 2015

Half day tour in Porto

When I was deciding the colours of Portoalities I closed my eyes and I immediately knew what are my colours for Porto, the ones that capture the essence of the city. And what a better way to portray my colours of Porto than by showing you the reasons behind my choice? 🙂

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Grey is my top choice, as granite is the king stone in Porto, used in almost all our beautiful monuments. Also, Porto is quite a rainy, foggy city during the Winter months, as you can see by the colour of the sky…
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Dark blue also pops in my mind due to the amazing iron work you can find in D. Luís bridge, but also on balconies, doors and windows pretty much all over the city.
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And, even though I am not a particular found of turquoise blue, it is on my list as it is the colour of the waved glass you see in Casa da Música, our most important concert hall. Also, look at the colour of the sky, when the sun gifts us with its presence! 🙂
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I couldn’t miss yellow, as for me it portrays all the fun and originality on the fantastic graffitis we have all around town! – By the way, you can get to know more about the street art in Porto on my walk with GODMESS, one of the most famous street artists of Porto.Last but lot least, Porto has the most wonderful sunset orange light I have ever seen – as you can see on this picture taken inside the gorgeous S. Bento train station.What would be your colours for Porto?

All photos by Nuno Cruz Street

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4 responses to “If you could paint Porto, what colours would you use?”

  1. Nuno Reis says:

    I agree, Porto is very grey and blue.
    When I remember the most beautiful views of the city, they are mostly of the river. But in fact, when you look from Porto to the river and become amazed, you almost can’t see Porto, only Douro and Gaia. Porto is that tiny bit in the bottom on the frame, usually the top of trees. Dark Green.
    That is also the colour of all the gratings in public parks I remember from my childhood. The exceptions in the middle of grey buildings that meant freedom and games. The sky is the same everywhere, the river watered several cities before in beautiful colours, but those borders in dark green are what made it my Porto. Even today the first thing I see from my window is a garden with old and majestic trees.

    • Portoalities says:

      Olá Nuno,
      I never thought about green but your comment immediately made me think about Parque de Serralves during Spring, or Palácio de Cristal, Parque da cidade, Praça de S. Lázaro… places of rest and freedom, as you pointed out. One day I will write a post about these peaceful places amidst the noise of the city 🙂

  2. pauloaguia says:

    For me Porto is the white and blue of the “azulejos”, the orange of the rooftop tiles that surround the countless skylights over the old houses and the grey that results of the tiny bits of black and white in the granite that covers most of the city.
    But Porto is far from being mostly grey and blue – all it takes is a trip to see the buildings in Ribeira and will see that the grey and blue are actually outshined by all the other colors!

    • Portoalities says:

      Olá Paulo,
      I think it depends on how you look at the city. If you have an eye for detail I think you are absolutely right – Porto has so many different colours and patterns to offer besides just blue and grey!
      I picked grey however because it is an elegant, sober color, that goes well with Porto’s personality 🙂 Orange, I picked it for the sunshine but the rooftop tiles add up to this colour as well! 🙂