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.
Where to eat in Porto
Restaurante do Hotel Vila Foz, aqui encontrará um espaço requintado e exuberante e será presenteado…
A olhar para a Avenida dos Aliados, a Cervejaria Brasão tem uma atmosfera rústica, com ambiente ret…
This house offers traditional Portuguese cuisine, made in wood oven and with rich servings. A serie…
Localizado num antigo “páteo”de uma casa senhorial do século XVIII – a Casa dos Constantinos –, o P…
What to do in Porto
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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 …
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 …
Baixa do 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Where to sleep in Porto
Situated in praça da Ribeira, in the historic area of the city, this space occupies part of a block of buildings that date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th cent…
Sheraton Porto Hotel Spa located in & da Boavista, is a modern and luxurious hotel, which offers an exquisite stay to its visitors. With 266 rooms, of which 25…
Located in a newly renovated palace dating from the end of the 18th century, overlooking the imposing Avenida dos Aliados and at a walking distance from all th…
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Marco de Canaveses
The municipality of Marco de Canaveses is located in the northwest of Portugal and is part of Douro Litoral. It is bordered by two of the most import…
Vila do Conde
Located on the North Bank of the mouth of the river Ave and being bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the West, the history of Vila do Conde has always b…
Vila Nova de Gaia
Situated on the South Bank of the River Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia has a geographical location that gives it a diverse landscape – Beach, River, the bi…