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Rua Dom Manuel II
In the centre of Porto, the Palácio de Cristal gardens are the ideal spot to get away from the town’s tumult. The original Palácio de Cristal was demolished in 1951 to give room to the Pavilhão do Desporto, later baptized as Pavilhão Rosa Mota. From the origin space which remounts to 1860 and was planed by F. W. Shieds to shelter industrial and agricultural exhibitions, its vast garden is preserved. The leafy trees, the flower beds, a lake, fountains, animals that run freely and the little niches to reveal, create the perfect atmosphere for a long walk though this romantic …
Rua de Santa Catarina
Downtown in Porto is composed by snaky streets almost entirely devoted to commerce; it’s an authentically shopping centre in the open. The centre of all this agitation is Santa Catarina Street, invaded every day by a sea of people, searching for something to buy or just looking around the latest fashion on the show-case. It is also here that you can find the most typical and oldest confectioner’s and cafés in Porto, which were once the stage for lively literary assemblies. Good examples to visit are the Majestic Café, Ateneia confectioner and the recent reopened Brasileira Café (now named Il …
Ribeira do Porto
Anyone who visits Porto must go to Ribeira. Located by the Douro River, it is the most genuine area of the city. Here you can wander among saleswomen, residents that meet to chat, or you can choose an esplanade to rest, as well as a typical restaurant to relish the Porto’s gastronomy and regain your strength. This place has countless monuments, from the São João statue, a work of João Cutileiro, which occupied the Ribeira Fountain’s niche that had been empty for more than 200 years, to the Muro dos Bacalhoeiros (prolongation of the Muralha Fernandina) that is a great …
Avenida Gustave Eiffel
Built in 1891, the Guindais Funicular was fully recovered after more than a century of inactivity. More than just a simple means of transportation, it is an excellent opportunity to take a sightseeing tour between two monumental areas of the Invicta City - Batalha and Ribeira, in just two minutes, with the privilege of enjoying a superb view over the river Douro.
Rua das Flores
This street that was, for a long time, the goldsmith street, was built in the XVI century, by order of the King Dom Manuel I. Nowadays this street is worthy of a visit not because of the goldsmith's shops windows but because of the buildings that keep the characteristics of other times, namely the iron balconies. It is on this street that you’ll find the Misericóridia Church, dated from the XVI century and rebuilt from 1748 on, according to Nicolau Nasoni’s proposal.
Estrada da Circunvalação
The major green space in Porto offers a large variety of atmospheres and options, since a family walk in a Sunday afternoon till a lonely sportive morning jogging. Beginning in the city and ending at the sea, these are ninety hectares of nature, fauna and flora, woods and meadows. While the lawn open spaces are an invitation to exercise and fun, the retreats of shadow call for relaxation. The city park is crossed by kilometres of ground tracks proper to exercise, being it a run or a bicycle ride. There also tracks passing through fountains and lakes, leading you to …
Rua dos Clérigos à Praça da Batalha
Being the polychromy and exuberance of the shapes the main features of Baroque, it is not possible to walk through the city without noticing the many baroque buildings the city owns. This architectonic style can be seen in several buildings of civil and religious architecture of Porto. Some of the best examples of this style are the Clérigos Church and Tower, the Misericórdia Church’s façade, Santo Ildefonso Church and The Holly See, being this last one, of Romanic origin, one of the first to suffer baroque changes. From the Clérigos to the Santo Ildefonso Church we can observe a set …
The Romantic Routes are formed by 5 thematic roads that aim to show a little of the contradictions that existed in Porto on the eighteen century, romantic and bourgeois, rural and industrial. The first road, "Porto do Romantismo", has the gardens of Palácio de Cristal as its starting point. The walk continues through the Entre-Quintas Street and, going round the Macieirinha Street you will find the atmosphere of an eighteen century suburbs, the place of election of the English who had their business on Nova
Rua São Dinis, 249
The Geological Tour of Foz do Douro is located on the edge of the coastal city of Porto, in the parishes of Foz do Douro and Nevogilde stretching along about 2 miles, between Praia do Castelo do Queijo and Praia dos Ingleses. The course is signaled with the nine panels of scientific information to the general public. It is advisable, however, to consult a tide table, since some outcrops are visible only during low tide.
Rua Cedofeita, 1
The Cedofeita Street was built into structure as a main thoroughfare of the walled city and, in 1784, João de Almada e Melo ordered to cut through the Quinta da Torrinha. Most of the constructions are from the XVIII, XIX and XX centuries, although you can still find some buildings from the XVII century. Balconies, terraces, irons, glazed tiles, ashlars-work, ceramics and mansards are some the architectonical elements that contribute to particularize this thoroughfare, which has equally a big historic and cultural importance.