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 found the details, as I have not found information on the figure, as a puppet, which is on the front, get close to see both.
Silva Torres Conselheiro Square is in the heart of Caminha, and it is the ideal place to have a coffee in one of its terraces, from where you can see: The Church of Mercy, the Clock Tower The Casa das Pitas, and Chafariz front row, directly in the center of the square.
This beautiful plaza is an extension of S. Alameda Damaso and is at the boundary of the historic and the modern city, so it's now regarded as the heart of the city, although once it was extramural. It's a rectangular square with a central fountain that commemorates the founding of the city, surrounded by neat gardens of colorful flowerbeds and small hedges in geometric patterns. Facing this plaza is the eighteenth century Church of San Pedro and there are also fragments of walls.
One of the most elegant squares of the city in a town which is a bit decadent. The square is located in the center of the old area and almost beside the Tower of Homage that are worth visiting like strolling through the gardens. In this vast expanse that forms Camoes Square, is the mother church known as St. Mary's church, the city hall facade is from the noble classical age front of the camera, a statue of D. Afonso first Duke of Bragança. In the Torre del Homenaje you can visit the Military Museum and from there see the beautiful views it offers of the city.
This square is surrounded by beautiful trees and is adorned with hedges and colorful flowers which makes it more than a beautiful garden to walk in. It's a large square in the center of the city, along the river and overlooks the Monastery of Santa Clara in all its glory. There are some quaint restaurants and cafes which I recommend, such as the restaurant Le Villageois. Its cobbled streets and brightly painted houses are another attraction - a beautiful space to relax in.
The Reública Square is the heart of the city. The chafariz fountain is the main sight in the square and around it are some of the most important buildings of the city such as: the old town hall, Paços do Concelho with its Gothic arches, Mercy Hospital and the church of the same name. This square is the pulse of the city, with all the oldest shops: Libraries, haberdashery and who are displaying their lovely goods in exquisite windows, and of course the busy terrace cafes- what better place to watch the afternoon company of pigeons. The holidays is the best time to see first hand the parades of giants and big-headed carnival characters, and regional costumes.
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 of San Ildefonso are located here.
In this square is Braga Municipal House, the Public Library and the District Archive of Braga, behind is the Wall, Bracarense Episcopal Palace and a lane to the Cathedral. This square was formerly used as a bullring and was modified in a project by André Soares, it has a fountain in the middle (known as the Fountain of the Pelican) by the sculptor Marceliano de Araújo.
This square is in the historic center of the city, in the parish of S. Joseph de S. Lazarus. It contains 2 important buildings: the Hospital de São Marcos and the imposing Igreja de Santa Cruz. In the center of the square is a flower-shaped granite fountain, surrounded by a small garden and stone benches.
This square is named after the monument in the middle, dedicated to Prince Henry (the navigator Prince). It consists of a granite pedestal on which there are several sculptural groups (a victor driving 2 horses and 2 newts, an allegory to the triumph of the Portuguese voyages, and a female figure symbolizing Faith of the Discoveries) and bas reliefs of the conquest of Ceuta and the Infante in the Sagres Point. It's crowned by a bronze statue of the infant next to a globe that was made by Thomas Costa (1894). The square is surrounded by interesting buildings such as the Mercado Ferreira Borges, St. Nicholas Church and especially the iconic Palais de la Bourse, a must-see.
This small square is named after the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. It faces the Póvoa Hospital, in the historic centre, just within a block of all the shopping and pedestrian streets, and town hall. It has a small park, which has not been cared for, seems old judging by the size of its trees. It has a triangular shape, and at the top of this imaginary triangle is a small decorative fountain with a bronze sculpture.
The Largo da Porta Nova is in the very center of Barcelos and acts as the hub of the main pedestrian and shopping streets of the city. In the north, taking the Avenue Of Liberty takes you through the Campo da Feira, and to the House of Beça. In the south, down Antonio Barroso, takes you to the oldest area where the cluster of historic buildings are such as the Mother Church, the Pillory, the Palace of the Counts of Barcelos, the City. It's a large area and a good place to have a drink on a terrace. It has a source (or chafariz) center, and is surrounded by buildings with facades made of Portuguese tiles and iron balconies. The Church of Bom Jesus is also here with a lovely Baroque garden in front, and the New Gate Tower which is the only preserved gate from the medieval wall.
The Republic Square is the most central in the city, at the end of Avenida da Liberdade. Is a giant rectangular pedestrian square, always bustling. Out of it come the main pedestrian and shopping streets of the old town, the Rua do Souto (shops), the cavalcade two Capelistas and Gardens Central Avenue (where there are several sculptures and monuments). On the corner of Avenida da Liberdade is the tourist information office. It has three large ornamental fountains with multiple water jets and waterfalls, the round font is in the center of the square and at night is illuminated by colored lighting. Opposite, in the Arcade building, there are several restaurants and cafes with terraces where there are locals and tourists, like the traditional Cafe Vianna and the Church of Our Lady of Lapa. Just behind stands the Keep of the old castle, which is accessed by the back street. Also here is the beautiful building of the Bank of Portugal, and the shopping center "Braga Shopping". Under the square there is an underground car park.
The Square D. Duarte is named after the statue that is found here of the King of Portugal (1391-1438) and is located in the historic center of the city. Of all the buildings my personal favourite was the residence of the painter Almeida e Silva which had a frieze of paintings by artists portraying al kinds of different illustrious countrymen. On the right hand side is a sinister silhouette of the old tower of the Alcazaba and the magnificent Balcony of the Canons of the Cathedral (at the back), and climbing just a few meters away is the beautiful square of Mercy with the Cathedral of unparalleled nobility, the Basque Grau Museum and the inspiring Church of Mercy. Http :/ / www.Minube.Com/rincon/62455 Following Mercy's Square and through the stunning Fountain of the Three Bocas is the Plaza Pintor Gata and chapel of Our Lady of the Remedies.
This place is at the end of the gardens of Central Avenue and was formerly known as "Campo de Santana." It's an irregularly shaped plaza that has a stairway to its center due to the slope of the street, a stone cross that;s a National Monument stands at the center. It has beautiful manicured gardens, the rose gardens have some trees and stone benches to sit and rest. On one side of the square stands Palácio Senhora-A-Branca and Nossa Senhora-Branca-A Church. There are also a few sculptures, one dedicated to Pius XII and another to the surgeon Alberto Cruz.
Ribeira Square (Praça da Ribeira) is a large open area on the banks of the River Avenue, it's a very busy place as it's one of the walking areas of the city par excellence. Moreover, there are several interesting elements: The old "alfandega" (or custom, where the museum of shipbuilding is), the Casa do Barco (where you can see several traditional fishing boats), a replica of a sixteenth century Portuguese ship and two commemorative milestones (Stone brand and pillory, or roll of justice).
On my trip to the Portuguese city of Viseu I was able to see one of the most lovely squares in the country and the Atrium of the Cathedral, with 4 amazing buildings, the balcony of the Canons and the Tower of Household, the Cathedral, the current Basque Grau Museum of Mercy Church. In the middle is a granite cruise. The foundation of the cathedral dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries, built in a Romanesque-Gothic style and although its outside does not draw a lot of attention, the opposite is true once inside of it. At the entrance on the right side, there is the Renaissance cloister with many portals and mounds, tile panels illustrating periods of the life of St. Cathedral Teutonio pattern. Next to to the cathedral is a granite building, now the Museo Vasco Grau. In the case of the Church of Mercy, calling attention to its pretty 18th century facade made in the "rocaille" style. Inside the middle of the altar a picture of Our Lady of Mercy protecting a poor couple at her feet.