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Things to do in Porto

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The top 265 attractions in Porto

Churches in Porto
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso -San Ildefonso Church
This church is on one side of the central Praça da Batalha, in the highest part of the city. It's visible from several points in the lower area and is on a raised platform accessed by a staircase. Outside the highlights are the 2 towers that flank the main facade and decor made with blue mosaic tiles depicting scenes from the life of San Ildefonso and allegories of the Eucharist (created by Jorge Colaco in 1932). Inside there are several paintings, altarpieces and the walls and ceilings are painted with stucco. Save the relics of San Ildefonso.
Palaces in Porto
Palácio da Bolsa Stock Exchange
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 Oporto you can sit and have a drink in front of the Duero and watch the boats and take some photos. There is an iron bridge of 6 having Oporto it did in the 19th century the same genius that made the Eifel Totto, and especially watch your possessions, and changes everywhere.
Of Touristic Interest in Porto
Funicular Dos Guindais
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 is a bit hidden, just in front of the Puente de Luis I, and rises to the Rua Augusto Rosa (there is also the reverse). At the station there are ticket machines, you have to get the Z-2, and the journey costs € 0.95 (2 minutes). It is a modern cabin with panoramic windows and capacity for 20 people. Interestingly, this funicular has existed since 1891, but was recovered after more than a century of inactivity. It is operated by the Metro do Porto. Another way to get higher up the neighborhood is to take the Elevator da Ribeira for free, leaving us in Calle Mouzinho Silveira.
Churches in Porto
Igreja do Carmo
The Igreja do Carmo is one of the most important churches in Porto and is located directly opposite the Clerigos Tower. It belongs to the Third Order of Our Lady of the Carmen and is attached to the Convent and Hospital of the Carmelites. It was built of granite in the mid-18th century by Jose Figueiredo Seixas. The church has two facades: the main three-story front has beautiful decor, with niches containing images of St Elias, and the other side is covered with blue tiles. Inside there are several rococo altarpieces carved by Francisco Pereira Campanhã in the 18th century.
Theaters in Porto
São João National Theater
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 out by the famous architect Marques da Silva after the building suffered a fire. It brings together the best plays and cultural and social events of the city, and it is the seat of the national theater company. It belongs to the network of the Union of Theatres of Europe (UTE). Besides watching the shows, there are guided tours to see the theater itself, Saturdays at noon. You have to sign up in advance, and the tour costs three euros.
Airports in Porto
Porto Airport
The International Dr. Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport is named after a Portuguese politician who was killed in a plane crash on his way to the airport. It's also called Porto Airport (or Airport Pedras Rubras), has a modern style with plenty of natural light, is about 10 km from the city center and is well connected by the metro.
Bridges in Porto
Maria Pia Bridge
One of the bridges over the Duero, built to link Porto to the other side of the river. It's a National Monument, was designed by Gustave Eiffel, is made of iron and is very similar to Luis I bridge, but differs in that it has no lower footbridge. It took 22 months to build and was opened by King Ludwig I and his wife Maria Pia (hence its name) in 1877. It was the first bridge that allowed a rail connection between the banks of the Duero River. From the cruise ship you get a different perspective from the bottom.
Museums in Porto
São Francisco Museum
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 with a large living room that shows you how to decorate a house with antique style. The underground catacombs of the palace have many corridors and even an altar. In one corner there's a fence to view bones stacked in a pit - creepy. A nice addition to visiting the church, which makes it highly recommended during a visit to Porto.
Train Stations in Porto
Porto Metro
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, contactless tickets. So, the user keeps the card (in their purse or wallet) only having to pass through the scanner to validate the trip. I took the Metro from Porto Airport to the train station and a very nice subway worker helped me buy the ticket and explained how to use it. I found no problems.
City Halls in Porto
Building Paços do Concelho - Municipal Chamber
The City Hall of Porto is a landmark building first designed by António Correia da Silva, it's called Pacos do Concelho and is at the beginning of the central Avenida dos Aliados. It took several years to build (started in 1920, inaugurated in 1957) and has 6 floors, a basement and 2 courtyards. It's built of marble and granite and occupies an entire city block, the main entrance is on Avenida Aliados at the back of Plaza Trindade, opposite Trinity Church. The side facade caught my attention, as it seems that the stairs of the building go out, in front of this facade is a tourist information office. Most notable is the 70 meter high tower, topped by a chiming clock. In front of the main facade is a sculpture dedicated to the poet Almeida Garrett, sculpted by Barata Feyo (1954). There are guided tours of the palace on the first two Sundays of each month, but you must sign up first.
Churches in Porto
Igreja da Trindade - Trinity Church
One of the most impressive churches in the city for its enormous proportions as it's integrated into a hospital of the Holy Order of Terceira Trindade (1755). It occupies an entire city block, was designed by the military engineer Carlos Amarante in the early nineteenth century, but wasn't completed until the twentieth. It's neoclassical with baroque influences and is just in front of the rear facade of the City Hall. The roof is preceded by a portico with 3 arches, on which stands the tower, bells and clock. Inside there are several gold carved baroque altarpieces, a highlight is the Mayor, a work by the architect José Marques da Silva that depicts Christ's baptism.
Wineries in Porto
Porto Calem Caves
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, and offers tours that begin with a didactic and interesting museum. There data on the Region Douro Wine Region, production of Vinho do Porto and the long history of the winery. The tour continues through the cellars, where special conditions, aging delicious house wines. Daily visits May-October: 10-19 hours, November-April: 10-18 hours.
Shopping Malls in Porto
Via Catarina Shopping Centre
This mall is in the centre of ​​the city, near the Café Magestic. It's a modern building that occupies an entire block, it has different accesses to the streets Santa Catarina Fernandes Thomas and Formosa. It has several floors and around 100 shops. There's underground parking which is very useful for this area, because it is all pedestrianized. As in all malls, there are shops of all kinds, and the top floor is dedicated to restaurants. It really was my salvation in that sense, because I do not like Portuguese food and went to Via Catarina to eat a sandwich or something similar. This floor is decorated in a very original way because it simulates the Ribeira. As for the stores, it was like being in any Spanish city.
Gardens in Porto
Jardim da Cordoaria
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 "Cordoaria" (cordonería) because of the Miragaia cobblers here. The park is pretty big with abundant vegetation, benches, a pond with a large ornamental fountain and various sculptures, such as the monument to Ortigão Ramalho that pays homage to martyrs of the homeland. The park occupies the central part of a block and is surrounded by several interesting buildings, such as the Natural History Museum, the Faculty of Science, the Chapel of San José de Taipas, the Clerics Tower and the Carmelite Church (Igreja do Carmo).
Football Fields in Porto
Dragão Stadium
This is one of the most modern football grounds in Europe and it was opened in 2003 and it is home to Porto a team whose emblem is a dragon, hence the name. You can visit the inside every day of the week, and its boutique is opened daily during business hours. Also there are gerat views to enjoy here.
Churches in Porto
Igreja do Corpo Santo de Massarelos
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 the great representation of him in oil to the left of the front door. It has a single nave, the roof is flanked by 2 bell towers and clock and the rear facade is decorated with a mural of tiles, making it distinctive from the banks of the Douro.
Castles in Porto
Forte S. João Batista - Castillo de San Juan Bautista
The visit was strange. I don't know if you can enter freely at any time or if you're getting into where you shouldn't, because there's no one at the door or anywhere else. Some room are being restored and others are completely left. Very rare.
Churches in Porto
Igreja de São Nicolau
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 fire in the year 1758; For that reason it has a mixture of both classical and baroque styles. It was named by the Bishop of Oporto, Nicolau Monteiro, ve had it built. It's small, with a single nave, where the highlight is the main facade decorated with tiles and large windows, with a monumental doorway flanked by columns where the coat of arms of the bishop can be found. Inside the church there is a rococo altarpiece and the San Eloy altarpiece (by Custódio de Sousa Santos, 1762).