Things to see in Porto
Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Porto.
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A Ponte Luiz I (Portuguese) is one of the six bridges which are most emblematic of the city of Porto and that crosses the borders of the city and Gaia where you can find the famous wine cellars of Porto. Its construction is based on...
Lello & Irmao is a library of movies, and has been since its appearance in the famous wizard saga, it is always full of tourists wanting to see if it's real. The central staircase is interesting and draws attention upon entering the...
The dock of the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of the most touristy places, with the famous Bridge of Luis I that was designed by the engineer Teofilo Seyrig. On the right bank is the old town that's been declared a heritage...
The Bolhao Market, which is found near Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of Porto, in a landmark building opened in 1914. We were surprised at the condition it is in, a shame since the site must have seen better times. With grumblin...
Personally I think of this church, together with the Tower of the Clerics as one of the monuments that best represents the city of Oporto, along with the Luis I Bridge. Both are some of the most emblematic places in the city. This i...
I took the funicular on the tourist office's advice. It is the fastest way to climb from bank of the Duero (Dock Ribeirato) the upper area of the city in order to visit the Cathedral (in the neighborhood of Batalha). The station i...
The tram (or the electric) is actually more than just a means of transportation, it's also a tourist attraction, due to the growing popularity of the metro and other high-speed, modern transportation. Only about a half dozen trams o...
Located in the "fregusia de São Nicolau" next to the banks of the Douro River, it's part of the historic district of Porto and considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The "Cais da Ribeira" is one of the oldest squares in the cit...
Ribeira in Oporto is one of the best places to sit and have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the charm and transfer of this area the old city. In the center you will see a mysterious cube made of brass "hub da Ribeira" I have not fo...
The Crystal Palace is a round building built in 1860. The truth is that it is ugly, it looks like a flying saucer, but it is surrounded by spectacular gardens with gazebos, fountains, flower beds with strolling peacocks.
We arrived to this building by chance, and although there was no concert, we could enter to see it and discover the inside. It has 7 floors where there are concert halls, a cafe, and a restaurant. If you pass through Oporto, don´t ...
It is one of the places you cannot miss if you are in Oporto. Also worth a visit is the Cathedral, the Romantic Museum and the most beautiful Lello bookstore in the world, where they filmed scenes for the Harry Potter movies. In Opo...
I thought that the shore of Vila Nova de Gaia will have beautiful views of the old part of Oporto (Porto). This is true at any time of day and at any time of year. However, during the evening it's a special color, perhaps due to the...
The neglect in this square was incredible, like almost everything in Porto to be honest. The surrounding buildings were really old and rundown and ambience of the place was not very good. The São João National Theatre and the Church...
Porto, in addition to the Ribeira, is remarkable for its number of churches. San Francisco Memorial Church seen from the outside seems like the others, but hidden inside is one of the finest baroque treasures of Portugal - every inc...
The Chapel of Souls in Santa Caterina is a cavalcade of the most beautiful chapels decorated with typical Oporto flair, with blue Portugese tiles. The corner of this street is the most famous of all Oporto as it is full of shops.
It´s worth it to go up to the part of the Crystal Palace to have a walk through its distinctive gardens and also to contemplate the spectacular views that one can see from the lookouts. From this environment you can see the whole c...
A place to enjoy the views and spend a relaxing time watching the boats go by on the Douro River between you and the old town of Porto. It's best to visit to the wineries of Gaia, partake in a port wine tasting and later enjoy the v...
We visited the Croft Caves and assume that the other wineries are similar. It was an interesting visit, as well as the visit itself, the whole process of making wine, barrels, vats, etc. was explained and to end the visit we were of...
The cathedral can be found in the center of Oporto. It is perfectly accessible from the exit of the metro of S. Benito. It´s a cathedral whose floor is of the romantic style but was restored many times. The most interested to vis...
This theater is one of the landmarks of Porto, and is located in the heart of the upper zone of the city, more specifically, in the Praça da Batalha. The current appearance of the building is the result of the reconstruction carried...
The train station of San Bento was built in the early 9th century on the ruins of the former convent of San Bento's Ave Maria. Although the entrance of its facade is stately and old, the true gem can be found on its inside: A hall d...
The greand avenue Dos Aliados reminds one of the big avenues of Paris and Barcelona. The big central walkway is full of trees and seats to rest on during your visit to Oporto, where there are also small stands and various sculpture...
The church of Sao Francisco is one of the most beautiful in Porto, and although you have to pay 3 € to enter it also gives you access to the church museum which displays various religious elements within a very nice, small palace wi...
One of the most important and significant churches of the religious architecture of Porto is the Iglesia del Carmen. It is located directly opposite the Tower of Clerics and Garden Cordonería. It belongs to the Third Order of Our La...
Over the years this park has had many names: Olival do Campo (1613), Alameda do Olival (1661), Jardim da Cordoaria (1662) and since 1835 João Chagas Garden (or Campo dos Martires da Patria). This area of the city is known as "Cord...
Oporto has has a metro since 2003 and currently there are 5 lines with 2 more are under construction. It uses the Andante card with an embedded computer chip, thus Porto is the first city to use public transport with low cost, conta...
This church is located opposite the station of San Bento. It was built in 1694 on the ruins of an earlier chapel, according to Father da Rocha Magalhães Pantalião project, being opened in 1703. The cover is surmounted by a pediment ...
This church is located directly across from the Church of San Francisco and basically right next door to the iconic Stock Exchange Palace, in the Infante Don Enrique Square. It's an old medieval church that had to be rebuilt after a...
There is a boat ride on the river Douro that is very interesting yet very touristy. It takes about three hours and you can visit the river bridges. The best is to see all the facades facing the river, both the buildings of Porto an...
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