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...
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...
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...
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.
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
This is one of the newer bridges in Oporto, built in 2003 over the Douro and designed by Adão da Fonseca, who achieved a world record for the constructive approach he adopted (the arc is 285 meters). The bridge is 371 meters long an...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This church (between Rua da Restauração and Largo do Adro) was founded by a fishing guild (Brotherhood of Souls do Corpo Santo Massarelos) in the seventeenth century. It's also known as the church of San Pedro Gonçalves Telmo, by th...
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.
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 ...
A small museum inside one of the towers that are part of the Casa do Infante that has been declared a National Monument. Inside we were surprised by the breadth of the room, from the outside it looks much smaller. Remains found in 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...
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...
This is a modern shopping and entertainment center of recent construction (November 2007), located within the popular Market of Bolhao. It is huge, with five floors and over 75 commercial establishments with clothes, accessories, el...
Porto Cálem is one of the most famous wine cellars of Oporto, it has produced wines of extraordinary quality since 1859, the visit is a pleasant and instructive experience. The winery is in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the bridge,...
A beautiful fountain just next to the Cathedral, where the Vendoma Arch is (one of the gateways of the city with primitive integral walls). It was built in the eighteenth century by Nasoni and funded by the City Council The fountain...
This tower of Porto is the highest tower in Portugal (76 meters high/200 steps) so you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the climb to this particular tower with 49 bells you may hear a large carillon concert that ...
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...
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