Porto

The Ribeira is most likely the most tourist city of Porto. And there are many reasons that give it that status: the proximity of the River, the views of the bridges and boats Rabelo and the possibility to visit the port wine cellars, on the other side of the Bank, in Vila Nova de Gaia. For all this and for his patrimonial relevance, in December 1996, the historic centre of Porto has been classified by UNESCO as Cultural heritage of humanity. In typical boats Rabelo from its name, you can make trips to the mouth of the Douro River and take a tour that includes the passage underneath the bridges that connect the Port Vila Nova de Gaia: Arrábida, d. Louis Infante, d. Maria Pia and s. joăo, turning around next to ponte do Freixo. Beyond the River, the city has a coast that, despite relying on little Beach, beginning to be more frequented, as in days of yore. Do the marginal Riverside is one of the proposals for the city, "da Ribeira to Foz", as a well-known song of Rui Veloso and Carlos Have. Low is also a tourist centre, not least by the traditional trade and typical restaurants which serve the Northern delicacy, accompanied by spicy sauce, the well-known French. But the city has to table another well-known gastronomic delicacy: the tripe. It is also in downtown that can get to know emblematic cafés as the Majestic, or the Guarany, and nearby see of Oporto City Hall building and the ex-libris of the city: the Torre dos Clérigos. Despite being the Nossa Senhora de Vandoma, the patron saint of the city is around St. John the portuenses make their biggest party, with rigors of tradition. The longest night of the year on Invicta is celebrated from 23 to 24 June and can't miss grilled sardines, basil, leeks, Fireworks and the very characteristic plastic chopsticks in the sanjoaninas festivities.

Best Of Porto

Parque da Cidade do Porto

Porto

This park, with 50 hectares, is the most extensive green area of the city. Planned by the architect Sidónio Pardal, it is an open space with water mirrors, lawns and small groves. It has great conditions to the practice of sport or simply to get in touch with nature.

Torre dos Clérigos

Porto

It is, surely, the jewel of the city. A masterpiece of the Tuscan architect Nicolau Nasoni, the Tower built between 1731 and 1763 is a magnificent work of stonework, 75 meters high and whose 240 steps of the spiral staircase lead to a balcony located at the top and from where one can enjoy the gratifying views of the city ...

Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa

Porto

The Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa is a true cosmopolitan hotel, accompanying the development of the times and conforms to the wishes of your visitors, and which seeks to lead. This is the Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa, a unit marked by sophistication and refinement. But this is also a very active. With many scheduled programs, want to ...

Palácio da Bolsa

Porto

The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the middle of the 19th century by the Porto Commercial Association. In neoclassical style, this building reflects the commercial flourishing of the city of Porto. All the rooms on the noble floor offer details that prove the enormous sumptuary interest: in furniture, in chandeliers and above all in ceilings, some of valuable wood. ...

Igreja de São Francisco

Porto

Built between 1383 and 1410, it is a reference of the Gothic monumentality of the city, with an emphasis on the Romanesque portal with three arched gateways, the rosette symbolizing the Rosa Fortunae, the windows of the Manueline period and the three naves where the interior is divided, covered with gilded carving from the 17th and 18th centuries. It belonged ...

Avenida dos Aliados

Porto

The Avenida dos Aliados, former Avenida das Nações Aliadas was open in 1916, north of the Praça da Liberdade. The construction of this avenue was due to the necessity of refreshing this area. This avenue was born from the initial plan, surrounded by buildings of great architectonic beauty and some gardens. Inside these gardens we find several ornamental pieces such ...

Casa da Música

Porto

Casa da Música is a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, and was built as part of Porto's project for European Culture Capital in 2001, although it was only finished in the first half of 2005, to immediately become an icon of the city. The Building engineers were Ove Arup ...

Livraria Lello

Porto

Built in a neo-Gothic style, Livraria Lello has a magnificent façade, formed by a large, collapsed arch whose entrance is divided into a central door, flanked by two windows. On this arch there is a triple window. On the two sides of the window are two painted figures, by José Bielman, symbolizing Art and Science. It is noteworthy the lace ...

Sé do Porto

Porto

The Cathedral (Sé) is the main church of the city of Porto. It was erected in the 12th and 13th centuries. The first mass was held in the year 1120. In the thirteenth century, changes were made that completely altered the main portal. Reconstructed in Baroque style, it has kept only the rosette of its original construction. Nicolau Nasoni was ...

Ponte de Dom Luís

Porto

The Dom Luís Bridge has two metallic roadways, which were meant to connect the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It has 395 meters length and 8 meters width, consisting on 5, 5 metres of road and 1, 25 meters of walkways. The architect Teófilo Seyrig was in charge of the project. This construction was one of the ...

Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

Porto

Museum installed at the Carrancas Palace, built at the end of the XVIII century and which was once the royal family residence. It has collections of decorative arts, painting and sculpture. It also integrates a pottery nucleus, with works of faience from the North of Portugal, jewelry, furniture, glass and oriental china works.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal do Porto

Porto

This late 19th century garden, designed by the architect Emile David, has exotic plants, rose gardens, fountains, ponds, animals, statues, water mirrors, avenues, concert spaces, a children's space, belvederes and a chapel. Inside, it houses the Rosa Mota Pavilion, a sport and cultural events' venue, the Almeida Garrett Library, among other equipments. In this landscaped complex the Garden of Feelings ...

Edifício do Majestic Café

Porto

More than a cafe, the Majestic symbolizes an important part of the city's history. It was inaugurated on the 17th of December 1921, with the name of Elite. In spite of the furor of the inauguration, this name did not last, changing from Elite to Majestic, name more appropriate to the spirit of the goers. Restored in the early 90s, ...

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Fundação de Serralves

Porto

Integrated in the Fundação de Serralves, this museum planned by the architect Siza Vieira is the first of its kind in Portugal and intends to move the public to the Contemporary Art and to the society questions in our days.

Casa do Infante

Porto

Built in the XIV century, this is a building with various floors and an arcade structure. It has several medieval and Manueline vestiges. The “façade” was enriched with a central single flight stairs. This embellishment, which continues in the large ...

Solar do Vinho do Porto

Porto

This is a dazzling place where you can enjoy the best port wines while admiring the River views. On sunny days, you can also walk through the beautiful gardens of the Quinta da Macieirinha and take a glance on the ...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Vitória

Porto

Edifício da Estação de São Bento

Porto

It was built at the beginning of the 20th century, in the place where the Convent of São Bento da Ave-Maria had previously existed. The atrium of the building deserves special mention, since it is covered by magnificent panels of ...

Museu do Carro Eléctrico do Porto

Porto

This museum belongs to the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto and was inaugurated on 18 May 1992. Although its short existence, it has managed a programme of important cultural events in the city of Porto, being today one of ...

Museu Nacional da Imprensa

Porto

O Museu Nacional da Imprensa (press museum) may be seen as an interactive museum. The visitor is free to try the traditional methods of printing. This place is also the Museu Virtual da Imprensa (virtual press museum) and has a ...

Capela dos Alfaiates / Capela de Nossa Senhora de Agosto

Porto

Built at the Escura Street it was later transferred to the spot it at nowadays. It started by being dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Assunção, whose festivity happens in August and of whom the tailors were especially devoted to. From ...

Caminhos do Romântico

Porto

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 ...

Chafariz do Passeio Alegre / Chafariz da Quinta da Prelada

Porto

This fountain is authored by Nicolau Nasoni and dates back to the 18th century.

Igreja do Carmo

Porto

Planned by the architect José de Figueiredo Seixas, this church, built between 1756 and 1768, clearly differs, by its exuberance and majesty, from the neighbour Carmelitas Church. We point out the grand azulejos panel that covers the lateral façade, by ...

Praça da Liberdade e Avenida dos Aliados

Porto

The Liberdade Square and the Aliados Avenue are the big stage of the “Invicta” city. In this place you will see the majestic town-hall building. The festivities of São João are the event that atractats the major number of people ...

Casa de Serralves

Porto

Serralves is one of the best spots in Porto, whose splendour and green spaces charms everyone. Its importance has been growing for years, since art is now a part of the pleasant walks you may do while you visit. Modernity ...

Rua de Cedofeita

Porto

This street has one of the best examples of the Romanic in Portugal from the beginning of the XII century: it’s São Martinho Church; in this area of the city there are two large parochial modern churches: Cedofeita and Carvalhido. ...

Panorâmica do Rio Douro vista do Passeio das Virtudes

Porto

The Passeio das Virtudes is leaning over the Calçada das Virtudes, which ends at the Virtudes Fountain. Being a balcony over Miragaia, it offers a beautiful view of the landscape spreading out from the river till its mouth. Here you ...

Douroacima - Cruzeiros no Douro

Porto

This company offers since 1997 the possibility to visit the Douro River in a unique and original way. Have six boats Rabelo, forming varied pathways: ruler, pinion, Barca d ´ Alva, Castelo de Paiva and the famous cruise of Six ...

Vistas sobre o Rio Douro em frente ao Palácio das Sereias

Porto

The Casa da Sereias is located at the Bandeirinha Street, The old Jews hill. The name which the house is known for (mermaid house) comes from the two exotic and gigantic mermaids that side the doorway. It is characterized by ...

Torre de São Miguel-O-Anjo

Porto

Cinquentist construction built on a cluster of rocks, in the river. It is a unique exemplar in the country, meant to work as a light warning to the navigation. Inside it is octagonal, with three niches, being the chapel covered ...

Praia do Homem do Leme

Porto

This beach is not very large and is also a bit rocky. It has a nice maritime walkway, which is ideal to do sports. The bar/restaurant and esplanade with the same name is very pleasant and full of life.

Planetário do Porto

Porto

The Porto Planetarium sessions have a duration of approximately 40 minutes and receive 93 people under a dome of 12, 5 m in diameter. The schedule is adapted to each of the public, since the smallest to adults. The Planetarium ...

Palácio da Justiça do Porto

Porto

It was built in three years, from 1958 to 1961, at the place where the Mercado do Peixe used to be. It I more impotent seen from a distance, at the back, since the atrium is at the 4th level.

Casa Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio

Porto

This House-Museum, donated by Marta Ortigão Sampaio to the Porto municipality, rebuilds the atmosphere of the former owner, showing mostly jewellery and painting (we point out the works of Aurélia de Sousa, Sofia de Sousa and other painters from the ...

Casa da Rua de Dom Hugo

Porto

Medieval house that keeps an origin wall, although it has suffered many changes through the XVII and XIX centuries. Recent dig revealed a possible occupation of the place during the IV b. C century.

Baixa do Porto

Porto

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 ...

Universidade do Porto

Porto

This building was first the Real Academia da Marinha do Comércio, (Navy and Commerce Royal Academy), then the Academia Politécnica (Polytechnic Academy) that later became the Sciences Faculty. Its construction began before the first French invasion and finished in the ...

Sea Life

Porto

Situated next to Plaza Gonçalves Zarco, one of the noblest areas of town, the SEA LIFE Porto is the ideal choice for a day of leisure and entertainment, family or group of friends. This space offers a fascinating journey through ...

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Porto

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 ...

Ponte de Dona Maria Pia

Porto

The D. Maria Pia Bridge, built little above the D. Luís I Bridge, allowed the railway connection between the two Douro sides. Its construction, planned by Eiffel, began in January, 1876. It was built with great precaution because its only ...

Torre do Palácio dos Terenas / Torre da Marca

Porto

The Torre do Palácio de Terenas (Palace Tower) was built by order of Pedro de Sem, chancellor of the kingdom from 1336 to 1341. The plant has a rectangular plant and, through the times, its form altered several times.

Igreja Românica de Cedofeita - Igreja de São Martinho de Cedofeita

Porto

The tradition refers the existence, in this place, of a monastery founded in the VI century. From this one the only remains left were two capitals from the Christian Re-conquest. After a first repair, made in 1087, which kept the ...

Palácio do Freixo

Porto

Ex-libris of the Campanhã area and one of the Nicolau Nasoni’s important inheritances, the Freixo Palace was built in 1742. In this huge exemplar of the Portuguese Civil Baroque, the east front staircase and the Italian gardens stand out.

Quinta do Covelo

Porto

This is a large garden, with leafy trees, a great spot to take a walk or practice sports such as football, jogging or riding a bicycle. This former rural farm has benches and tables, which are ideal for a picnic, ...

Terra

Porto

In front of Cafeína, restaurant Terra is a multifaceted and widely respected space, not only for its cool environment, but mainly for the art of hospitality inculcated by businessman Vasco Moura, and last but not least, the quality and gastronomic ...

Fonte das Virtudes

Porto

The Virtudes Fountain is at the end of the Calçada das Virtudes. It also has another name, Rio Frio Fountain. This fountain was abandoned for several years but t is now repaired and you may admire the three elements that ...

Forte de São João Baptista

Porto

Its construction began in the end of the XVI century, being concluded in the next century. In 1832-33, during the Porto siege, it served as a storing and protection spot. Fortification with defence elements placed at the angles and meant ...

Mercado do Bolhão

Porto

The city's central market. "Bolhão" dates back to 1850 and has a unique structure, with two floors, surrounded by commercial houses, which gives it a proper motion.

Edifício do Hospital de Santo António

Porto

This is a John Carr designed construction, with a salient entrance in the façade. The main façade is neoclassical. According to the initial plan, the building should have four façades but it ended in a U form because of the ...

Muralha Fernandina

Porto

The Porto city had, along its history, at least two lines of walls, one Romanic and the other Gothic. From the Gothic wall, built between 1336 and 1376, known as Muralha Fernandina there are few visible remains.

Percurso Barroco do Porto

Porto

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 ...

Pérgula

Porto

If you go for a walk by the sea, this is an unavoidable place: at sunset, the sun touches the sea and the sky turns red, producing a nostalgic unique scenery. You may witness this from this large terrace.

Museu do Papel Moeda

Porto

The Museu do Papel Moeda (Paper Money museum) presents a notable collection of banknotes, the most complete collection of schedules that is known in Portugal and further an important show of stamped paper, shares, lotteries, cheques and bills. Through the ...

Igreja dos Clérigos

Porto

The set is formed by a tower, the Casa do Despacho and Clérigos Church. This monument is the maximum exponent of the Porto’s baroque style. Although it is less known than the Clérigos Tower, the Clérigos Church was built first, ...

Jardim do Passeio Alegre

Porto

In this beautiful large garden placed at the Foz do Douro, created at the end of the XIX century, the fountain and the two obelisks by Nasoni stand out. There is also a small lake with a sculpture in the ...

Forte de São Francisco Xavier / Castelo do Queijo

Porto

Built in 1662, in a place called “do Queijo”, to protect the city from the Spanish Fleet. Surrounded by a moat, it presents watch-boxes at the corners. Inside it is the governor’s residence at the time and a chapel. Nowadays ...

Edifício do Instituto do Vinho do Porto

Porto

Built to be the Banco Comercial do Porto, in 1843, it was sold in 1935 and became the headquarters of the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, manager and supervisor institution of the port wine. The magnificent skylight at the library ...

Museu do Vinho do Porto

Porto

Located at the Cais Novo Warehouses, where the wines of the Companhia Geral de Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro used to be stored, this is a building that was constructed by the family Pinto da Cunha Saavedra in the ...

Helitours Douro

Porto

To get to know the beautiful city of Porto in a unique way, can make a trip by helicopter, which can fly over the River, the historic area or the entire city. The duration ranges from 10 minutes up to ...

Coliseu do Porto

Porto

Opened in December, 19th, 1941, the Coliseu is the biggest playhouse in the north region of the country, with 3000 seats. It has been welcoming great show names, from Bob Dylan, Caetano Veloso, Amália Rodrigues, to the big orchestras, such ...

Igreja dos Grilos

Porto

The Grilos’ Church, also known as São Lourenço Church, was built on the XVI century, mannerist style. There is a good panel by João Baptista Ribeiro and a Santo Inácio image, unique in the city.

Rivoli Teatro Municipal

Porto

It was on January, 19th, 1932 that the Rivoli was opened, making a great sensation on the society at the time, with the axiom “Theatre for the public in general”. Glorious times follow, with known cultural programming, with the presence ...

Edifício dos Paços do Concelho no Porto / Câmara Municipal do Porto

Porto

Construction of the building began in the 1920s and dragged on for many years. It was finally inaugurated on 24 June, 1957. The work was architecturally inspired in the great communal palaces of northern France and Flanders. The building consists ...

Teatro Nacional São João

Porto

This is one of the main buildings of the city and a place where the most important city’s cultural events take place. Here is sited the Companhia Nacional do Teatro São João.

Parque e Jardim da Fundação Serralves

Porto

The park, with 18 hectares, is divided into art and nature. Organized in platforms, lanes, gardens, groves and tilled grounds, it is part of a 30ies’ house, which belonged to the Conde de Vizela (earl). The gardens are Art Deco.

Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações

Porto

The changes made by the architect Souto Moura at the former Alfândega (customs) building gave the place another aspect. This exhibition aims to allow the public to know, generally, the communication and transports contribute in these days. One of the ...

Parque de São Roque

Porto

The well known São Roque Park is a large space, with lots of trees. You can take a walk, have a café or do a picnic at using the benches and tables you’ll find there. This Park used to be ...

Torre e Capela/ Ermida de São Miguel-o-Anjo

Porto

The São Miguel-O-Anjo Tower is a building from the XV century. This Tower is placed in a rocks’ set and is a unique exemplar in the country. The aim of its construction was that it would work as a light ...

Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto

Porto

The Museu de História Natural is part of the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Science of the Porto University). It was created in 1996 and has several poles of other museological nucleus of former institutions. This ...

Ascensor da Ribeira

Porto

This is a panoramic lift with view over the Douro River.

Ribeira do Porto

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 ...

Jardim Botânico do Porto (Casa Andersen)

Porto

This beautiful garden stretches along the land of the former Andersen's family house where you can enjoy the groves of naturalist arrangement, a plants’ collection or even hothouses with orchids, carnivorous plants and ferns, among other tropical and subtropical plants. ...

Ciclovia da Foz do Porto

Porto

This bikeway passes through the mouth of the Harbour, being possible to start the route in Castelo do Queijo and, passing through the mouth, reaching the bridge Dom Luís. Beautiful panoramic sea views along the whole route.

Igreja de Santa Clara

Porto

The Santa Clara Church is all that’s left of the convent with the same name, whose construction was ordered by Dona Filipa de Lencastre. This real treasure with golden carving is hidden at the Square. It keeps its initial gothic ...

Palacete de Belomonte

Porto

The Belomonte Palacete (mansion) is also known as the Pacheco Pereira’s House. This small palace was built in the XVIII century and was one of the meeting points of the Porto’s high society. After the death of João Pacheco Pereira, ...

Pestana Palácio do Freixo

Porto

Amazing architectural point of view, the Pousada is the result of the joint between an exquisite 18TH-century palace, designed by the architect Nicolau Nasoni and classified national heritage in 1910, where the reception, restaurant, bar, business center, the main lobby ...

Paço Episcopal do Porto

Porto

The Porto’s Bishop's Palace is a building from the XVIII century, by Nicolau Nasoni. The construction is elegant, with three big floors. The downstairs floor has twelve windows with iron bars and the number of windows repeats on the other ...

Mercado Ferreira Borges

Porto

Built by the Companhia Aliança (Massarelos foundry), this is an important piece of the “Iron Architecture”. It presents several constructive and decorative elements which reveal the technical and plastic adequacy of the iron potentialities. This former fruit market- is presently ...

Igreja da Trindade

Porto

Planned by the architect Carlos Amarante, this church was built along the XIX century, by initiative of the Ordem da Trindade, at the Largo do Laranjal. The façade is classical and the walls are filled with neo classical retables. It ...

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