PORTO: ALL THE MUST-SEE PLACES IN THE NORTHERN CAPITAL OF PORTUGAL. A TRIP TO A CITY FULL OF CHARM AND GREAT FOOD AND WINE CULTURE.
PORTO: ALL THE MUST-SEE PLACES IN THE NORTHERN CAPITAL OF PORTUGAL
Porto is a city full of charm, able to conquer from the first moment thanks to the magical atmosphere that one breathes by walking its streets, overlooking the river, and passing through its neighborhoods.
A small city that you can easily walk around in two days. In Porto, even in summer the temperatures are cool so I suggest you always bring a jacket to cover your shoulders even during the summer months.Where the temperature between day and night changes many degrees.
The city is divided into two parts divided by the Douro River and the Dom Luis I Bridge
On one side is the city with the station, the neighborhoods, the churches and the most authentic architecture of the azulejos. On the other side of the bridge you can find the part dedicated to food and wine culture, outdoor markets, excellent restaurants and the funicular, as well as of course a spectacular view of the city …
Walking through the port streets means getting lost in the magic of a city linked to traditions, where you can breathe the atmosphere of the past, where you suddenly find yourself in places that are still in the past.The ancient bars that churn out Portuguese sweets, with the gentlemen sitting at the table that recall the daily habits of the place. The facades that wrap and embellish the streets with charm, the churches so rich in beauty and authenticity, the doors the brightly colored windows of the Ribeira, the incredible views from the panoramic terraces over the city, and then the most beautiful and exciting one, which is you can admire from the highest part, from the bridge, where the train runs fast …. And yet its cellars, the scent of wine and local cuisine.
Here are all the most beautiful places not to be missed in two three days in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal:
Dom Luis I Bridge
Built by one of the students of Gustave Effeil, author of the famous tower of Paris. The Iron Bridge connects the two main districts of Porto. This two-story bridge of unique beauty is traversed on the top floor by the new Porto metro train and pedestrians, and on the lower level by pedestrians, cars and trams.
A walk on this bridge both in the upper and lower part is certainly the first thing to do in a weekend in Porto. The views of the Douro River and the city are truly spectacular!
The Ribeira neighborhood is the oldest neighborhood in the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A maze of uphill and downhill streets, low-colored houses, hanging clothes, craft shops, a set of factors that make this neighborhood unique and characteristic.
And then enjoy the spectacle of Praca da Ribeira overlooking the beautiful square with bars and restaurants on the river.
Church of San Francesco
The most important Portuguese Gothic monument. admire the talha dourada technique, the all-gilded wood inlay that is typical of many Baroque churches built in Portugal during the 1700s. Among the “golden churches”, that of St. Francis is one of the most beautiful and characteristic of ‘Europe!
Igreja do Carmo
This is the very famous church with the side façade covered with azulejos, the handmade decorations depicting scenes of life and the cult of the Virgin Mary. One of the best examples of Rococo architecture in Porto.
A few steps from the Igreja do Carro, there is the Livreria Lello, opened in the seventeenth century is one of the oldest and most beautiful bookshops in Portugal that combines Gothic and Art Nouveau together.Which also owes its fame to the famous Harry Potter who also stopped here! The cost to enter is 4 euros per person.
Torre dos Clerigos
Also in the surroundings we find the Torre dos Clerigos which is one of the symbols of the city in Baroque style and from which you can admire a splendid view of the city.
Sao Bento station
The central station of Porto, one of the most visited places in Porto due to its incredible beauty
The cathedral has a free entrance and allows you to look out on the miradouro inside and enjoy a marvelous view of the river and the roofs of the city here too …
The main streets
Rua de santa caterina is the main street of the city where the most important shops and azulejos palaces overlook.
Rua de Mercadores the oldest part of the city with narrow streets, stairs, colorful and popular houses over shops and traditional shops.
Rua de Flores, a collection of Baroque palaces, churches and bourgeois residences.
Rua de Miguel Bombara is instead a street full of art galleries, glassworks, artisans, cafes and boutique hotels.
Mercado do bolhao
Near the famous Rua de Caterina, it is located by taking the small Rua do Estêvão. A great gray architectural complex, with an ordinary appearance: the Bolhão market which is the oldest market in Porto and also a very simple and not properly cared for market that maintains the most ancient traditions.
Capela das Almas
Located in the center of Rua santa caterina, this church is another element characterized and covered with the famous azulejos, where in this case the elements of the lives of St. Francis and St. Francis are represented.
Cruise on the Douro
This is one of those things to do in Porto: a river cruise with the typical local boats. You will have the opportunity with only 15 euros to travel the river through its 6 bridges, for a duration of 50 minutes.Obviously giving you an incredible and breathtaking view of the city and the Ribeira.
Teleferico di Gaia
This funicular is located on the opposite side to the Ribeira, a tourism facility, which is part of the redevelopment of the old port district and the city of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Around this attraction, tourism is highly developed. thanks above all to the numerous restaurants and wine cellars present on this side of the city.
Tour through the wine cellars of Porto
Porto is the city where the famous wine that bears his name is produced. The famous fortified wine linked to its origins because it is produced in the Douro region, the valley that extends around the river.
For this reason the city enjoys the best wine houses. Among which we find:
Taylor’s one of the most beautiful and grains of Europe.
Ramos Pinto, where everything seems to have stopped in time.
Sandeman, the best known brand thanks to its iconic logo.
Graham’s, the oldest wineries in Porto
Calem, one of the most famous and most visited and the first just over the bridge.
This site tells you about the Porto wine cellars in more detail:
This is instead the cellar where I made my journey and which I particularly appreciated:
Here are other addresses that surely you will like where you meet food but also a more modern and contemporary style of architecture, street art… .This is the steack’n shake of port where you can eat excellent burgers. The facade instead is perfect for taking beautiful pictures.
Along the main street, past the Dom Luis I Bridge, which crosses all the most famous wine houses and restaurants of Porto, you will find a small street where you can see the work of Bordolo II. For all lovers of street art this Portuguese artist realizes in many cities around the world these beautiful public works using waste materials, and waste collection of the city, recycling them! After eating and drinking you can therefore stop and take a picture here …