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.
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What to do in Porto
Torre dos Clérigos
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 …
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 …
Palácio da Bolsa
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. …
Parque da Cidade do 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.
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 …
Sé do 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
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 …
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
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 …
Teatro Nacional São João
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.
Edifício da Estação de São Bento
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 …
Casa da Música
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 …
Mercado Ferreira Borges
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 …
Edifício do Majestic Café
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 …
Fundação de Serralves
The Serralves Foundation is a cultural institution of European scope, at the service of the national community, whose mission is to sensitize and create interest in contemporary art and the environment through the Museum of Contemporary Art, a multidisciplinary centre …
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