Visiting Porto

  • Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Elected Best European Destination 2017 by the travellers from 174 countries, Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries.
  • Located along the Douro River, Porto is one of the oldest European city, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro (river of gold) in the Ribeira, discover Porto’s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest of time a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.

There are many options for “city tours” with hop on/hop off system, making Porto sightseeing both easy and fun (between 11,70€, for a single day and 13,50€ for two days)

You can make a river cruise (c. 50 minutes) beneath Porto’s famous six bridges during a “rabelo” boat ride (the “rabelo” boat is a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat that was used for centuries to transport people and goods, specially the Porto Wine, along the Douro River.

Walk in Ribeira (Riverside) district - Ribeira is the oldest district of the city which is filled with ancient houses, narrow cobbled streets and numerous family owned restaurants, cafes and bars. Offers a magnificent view to Vila Nova de Gaia, in the left side of the river, were the wine cellar are located;

Taste Porto wine and visit ancient wine cellars.

Visit Porto Cathedral (Sé Cathedral) - A visit to Porto Cathedral is essential to understand the history of Porto.

Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos - One of the symbols of Porto. Considered Porto’s ex-libris and designed by Nicolau Nasoni in the 17th century. More iconic than the church however, is its bell tower. Standing at 75 m (245 ft) high, the tower, with more than 225 steps, offers an amazing, panoramic view of the city, the Douro River and the Atlantic coast.

Inumerous churches with magnificent gilded wood (talha dourada) decoration, and typical tiled facades (azulejos).

 

Museums

Casa Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio – jewellery colletion

Saint Francis Convent Church and Museum – talha dourada (gilded wood), sculpture, silverware.

Museu de la Ordem Terceira do Carmo –  silverware

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis – painting, sculpture, silverware

Museu e Igreja da Misericórdia do Porto – painting sculpture, silverware, “Fons Vitae”

Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro – decorative arts  

Museu de Serralves – contemporary art

 

Also don’t miss:

Livraria Lello, recognized as “one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world” by the Time and The Guardian magazines, and the travel guide Lonely Planet.

Café Majestic, located in the Santa Catarina comercial área, is a Belle Epoque-era cafe with ornate interior featuring carved wood, mirrors and chandeliers.

Estação de são Bento, considered one of the most beautifull railway stations of the world;

Rua das Flores, was one of Porto’s most important streets, with a line of palatial manor houses for the city’s elite.

Palácio da Bolsaa Neo-Classical building that’s home to Porto’s Chamber of Commerce.

Casa da Música.

 

 

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