Places to visit in Porto
PALÁCIO DA BOLSA
Impressive neoclassical building
More than 250,000 visitors a year enter Palácio da Bolsa and for a small fee they can also participate in a guided tour. This huge living room is full of tiled floors connected by fine woods brought from the colonies. Impressive frescoes, paintings and sculptures proliferate in different rooms and salons.
SÃO BENTO RAIL STATION
Magnificent tile panels
São Bento Rail Station, just around the corner from Avenida dos Aliados, is the most central of the train stations in Porto. This Parisian-style building is definitely worth visiting. See the huge tile panels inside painted by hand and installed by Jorge Colaço at the beginning of the 20th century.
The central avenue of Porto
Avenida dos Aliados is a wide avenue in the center of Porto. It is surmounted by the Porto City Council and flanked by a line of Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades. The avenue is named after the historic alliance between England and Portugal at the end of the 14th century.
PORTO CRYSTAL PALACE GARDENS
Walk among peacocks, green and flowers
Situated on a small cliff overlooking the Douro River, not far from the historic center of Porto, these gardens offer na escape from urban life. From the lake, which contains a small island with a waterfall, to the Concha Acústica and the Almeida Garrett Library, there is much to entertain you in this green space.
Imperious work from the 12th century
It started out as a Roman-Gothic building, but has undergone several renovations and extensions, from notes in the Baroque style to an intervention by Nicolau Nasoni. After visiting the church and the cloisters, discover the houses and the alleys that surround it.
LELLO & BROTHER BOOKSHOP
One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Its neo-Gothic style fills the eyes of those who admire it with details, curves and ornaments, without forgetting the bookshelves loaded with books. Nowadays the entrance is paid, due to the flow of visitors, but the amount can be used to buy books.
RIBEIRA DE GAIA
Fantastic view to Porto
A pleasant place to stroll along the Douro River and with a fantastic view to the other bank, to the historic center of Porto ... Cais de Gaia is today a tourist attraction, with several restaurants, bars and cafes where you can pass relaxing and quality moments!
CASA DA MÚSICA
Architecture and culture
Casa da Música (The House of Music) was commissioned to coincide with the selection of Porto as the European Capital of Culture in 2001. Located in Rotunda da Boavista, Casa da Música is a cube-shaped concert venue that contains a café, educational center, showrooms, music store and restaurant.
One of the oldest squares in the city
For those who want to know the award-winning Porto Historic Center, Praça da Ribeira is a must-visit place. The picturesque buildings and the fantastic proximity and views of the Douro River and Vila Nova de Gaia, as well as the bridges over the river, leave no doubt that it is a place of unparalleled beauty.
CLÉRIGOS CHURCH AND TOWER
The most visited monument in Porto
The Clérigos architectural ensemble, classified as a National Monument since 1910, is one of the main points of interest due to its Church and Tower, and a must-visit place for all who visit the city of Porto.
PORT WINE CAVES
A unique wine in the world
Located on the other bank of the Douro River, in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia, due to the more favorable climate for the conservation of Port Wine, they have always been closely linked to English families, fans of this wine, who transported it to various parts of the world.
DOURO RIVER MOUTH
When Douro meets the Atlantic
The real name is Foz do Douro but the locals simply call it Foz. The coast has a mix of cliffs and sandy beaches, and there is an excellent geological walk with informative signs right next to the cafes and restaurants in the area.