A Ponte Luiz I (Portuguese) is one of the six bridges which are most emblematic of the city of Porto and that crosses the borders of the city and Gaia where you can find the famous wine cellars of Porto. Its construction is based on a Belgian engineer project, the designer was a disciple of Eiffel, which explains its similarity to the Eiffel Tower. It has two floors, on the top line the Metro passes. There are walkways so you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Douro river with barges passing through the city. To access the Bridge D. Luis you can get there from the mall which has opened (rua Catarina), the funicular that goes right up to the bridge and enjoy the atmosphere of the resort and which offers beautiful views over this cosmopolitan city.
The Douro River is the gateway to the Ribeira region and is worth exploring on a river cruise. All the cruises are very similar, and it's well worth taking a trip to enjoy the breeze and the views of the city. The tours cost 10 euros and run for 50 minutes, and many include a visit one of the wineries and a mini wine tasting and a tour of the cellars. We took the tour at 15:00 so as to avoid the midday heat. In the square just behind the pier, people drank beers while roasting sardines on a makeshift barbecue. In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants around the area with affordable prices: we had fish, a starter, and a bottle of local wine for about 25 € for two
Lello & Irmao is a library of movies, and has been since its appearance in the famous wizard saga, it is always full of tourists wanting to see if it's real. The central staircase is interesting and draws attention upon entering the property, with its curious curves, and it's delightful wooden shelves that are filled with books. Glancing over them, I saw that they had all types of topics, especially arts, there is even a shelf of books in Spanish. I would say that this one is one of the most beautiful in the world, a must see. It will not disappoint, and you will maybe find a book that interests you. The only bad thing is that it is crowded and the do not let you take pictures.
Located in the "fregusia de São Nicolau" next to the banks of the Douro River, it's part of the historic district of Porto and considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The "Cais da Ribeira" is one of the oldest squares in the city and stands out due to the brightly-colored hold homes clustered around the banks of the river. A true gem of traditional Portuguese architecture.
Nowadays, the area is a bit touristy, with lots of bars, restaurants, and hotels. Highlights are the "Praça da Ribeira", "Rua da Fonte Taurina", and the "Bacalhoeiros y la Casa do Infante" where Prince D. Henrique was born in 1394.
You can't pass through the Douro region without trying Port wine, a real nectar of the gods that's cultivated on the banks of the Douro and gave the city its name.
The train station of San Bento was built in the early 9th century on the ruins of the former convent of San Bento's Ave Maria. Although the entrance of its facade is stately and old, the true gem can be found on its inside: A hall decorated with more than 20,000 pieces of mosaic that reiterates the history of Portugal.
The Crystal Palace is a round building built in 1860. The truth is that it is ugly, it looks like a flying saucer, but it is surrounded by spectacular gardens with gazebos, fountains, flower beds with strolling peacocks.
The Bolhao Market, which is found near Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of Porto, in a landmark building opened in 1914. We were surprised at the condition it is in, a shame since the site must have seen better times. With grumbling stomachs and a blazing sun in the middle of October, we went for a snack and we ate. I must say it's been one of our best meals in Porto. The place, surprised us overall, but especially for its appearance, one of a tavern in deep Spain in the 50s. We ate great, and had excellent service: cod, pork steak with egg and rice, a jug of green wine, two puddings, two coffees, all for 13.60 E, awesome!!
The cathedral can be found in the center of Oporto. It is perfectly accessible from the exit of the metro of S. Benito. It´s a cathedral whose floor is of the romantic style but was restored many times. The most interested to visit is the claustro. I remember that Sunday morning it was closed.
Personally I think of this church, together with the Tower of the Clerics as one of the monuments that best represents the city of Oporto, along with the Luis I Bridge. Both are some of the most emblematic places in the city. This is definitely a place that belongs to the Baroque and Rococo style, being built in the eighteenth century by the order of the Clerics, made from stone, with a tower that tops the building as the ex libris of the city. This church is located in the highest part of the Portuguese city of Oporto, so you can see it from everywhere. The ticket to climb to the top of the tower costs 1.00 € and it's closed on Sundays and holidays, however the church itself is only closed on Wednesdays. The buses that come to this part of Oporto are: 3, 6, 20, 52, 78.
The greand avenue Dos Aliados reminds one of the big avenues of Paris and Barcelona. The big central walkway is full of trees and seats to rest on during your visit to Oporto, where there are also small stands and various sculptures that are interesting. One one side of the avenue you can find one of the most ornate McDonalds of the chain, and it is said to be the most beautiful. It is typical to find yourself packed-in on the south part of the street, where more tourists go. It is an avenue to visit, and a big change from the zone of the Ribeira.
This tower of Porto is the highest tower in Portugal (76 meters high/200 steps) so you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the climb to this particular tower with 49 bells you may hear a large carillon concert that may give you a scare. Once up, you realize that the effort was worth it as the city views are magnificent and you can take pictures of their houses. The Church and the Tower of Clerics is one of the most important visits in Porto and it's worth climbing the steps to get the deserved reward of one of the best views of the city.
There is a boat ride on the river Douro that is very interesting yet very touristy. It takes about three hours and you can visit the river bridges. The best is to see all the facades facing the river, both the buildings of Porto and those of the city called Gaia, where are the wine cellars of the Ribeira Oporto. There are many restaurants but they trick people, they think that the only thing to season is oregano and the tourist life is of suffering.
The Chapel of Souls in Santa Caterina is a cavalcade of the most beautiful chapels decorated with typical Oporto flair, with blue Portugese tiles. The corner of this street is the most famous of all Oporto as it is full of shops.
We arrived to this building by chance, and although there was no concert, we could enter to see it and discover the inside. It has 7 floors where there are concert halls, a cafe, and a restaurant. If you pass through Oporto, don´t forget to visit it, it is worth it.
Ribeira in Oporto is one of the best places to sit and have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the charm and transfer of this area the old city. In the center you will see a mysterious cube made of brass "hub da Ribeira" I have not found the details, as I have not found information on the figure, as a puppet, which is on the front, get close to see both.
The tram (or the electric) is actually more than just a means of transportation, it's also a tourist attraction, due to the growing popularity of the metro and other high-speed, modern transportation. Only about a half dozen trams operate on four lines, but the tram system is not without its own charm when you're taking a ride in one of these old "electric cars" in the middle of the city. You can visit the [poi = 70777] Electric Trolley Museum [/ poi], which allows you to get up close and personal with several refurbished electric cars. There is also a modern subway line that runs through the upper Luis I Bridge to Porto that connects with [poi = 72079] Vila Nova de Gaia [/ poi], on the other side of the Duero.
I thought that the shore of Vila Nova de Gaia will have beautiful views of the old part of Oporto (Porto). This is true at any time of day and at any time of year. However, during the evening it's a special color, perhaps due to the reflection of the former fishermen's homes on the river Douro, or perhaps by the stale atmosphere of the barges, the majestic Don Luis I bridge or perhaps all at once. Essential in any case.
Porto, in addition to the Ribeira, is remarkable for its number of churches. San Francisco Memorial Church seen from the outside seems like the others, but hidden inside is one of the finest baroque treasures of Portugal - every inch is decorated. Such is the amount of detail, that if we are going to focus on all of it the visit would take a while. To enter the church you pay 3 € but this also gives you access to the museum and the catacombs. A highly recommended visit.
Wondering what to do in Porto, one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal? Well, one of the most popular attractions in Porto is the Dom Luís I Bridge whose metal structure is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. Crossing the bridge is considered one of the best Porto activities, as you can enjoy beautiful views of the city.
Porto Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in the city and another of the most popular things to see in Porto. Its stunning architecture brings together various styles like Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic, making it a stunning architectural site and unique among Porto attractions.
One of the less well-known but equally-important places to visit in Porto is the Clérigos Tower. The historical centre is a hsitorical marvel, so if you just go for a walk you're sure to find plenty of stuff to do in Porto. You definitely can't miss a visit the Cais Da Ribeira, a kind of riverside walkway with
terraces, bars and shops that was declared a World Heritage Site by
UNESCO. If you're looking for more things to do in Porto, have a look at these tips and recommendations from the minube community and discover the very best of the city.