Porto

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Have you ever been to Porto?

Porto is an enchanting city, established on the hills at the mouth of the Douro river. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site for its historic buildings and outstanding monuments, highlights of Portugal’s second largest city include the formidable Porto cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos and the conspicuous Port wine lodges that dominate the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia. Although largely industrialised, Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions.

Best Things To Do in Porto

1 - Tower of the Clergy

One of the city's most characteristic symbols, Torre dos Clérigos you have one of the best views over Porto from the top of the tower. You can also visit the church from its tower, that is one of the most beautiful examples of religious architecture of the area.

2 - São Bento Station

Inaugurated in 1916, the historical station of São Bento is known for its tile (azulejo) panels that depict scenes of the History of `Portugal. You simply cannot miss this place during your visit to Porto.

3 - Crystal Palace

This beautiful scenic park is dominated by a huge domed pavilion built in 1956 which replaced the 19th century iron-and-glass "Crystal Palace". Overlooking the Douro River, there is also a multimedia library, an auditorium a cafeteria and the Romantic Museum.

4 - Lello Bookshop

The brothers Lello opened the bookshop in 1906, a symbol of Porto for all those who visit it. It is one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal and was an inspiration for the writer J.K. Rowling, who, after spending time at the bookshop, pictured the stairs in Hogwarts for her Harry Potter series.

5 - House of Music

Casa da Música is a major concert hall space in Porto, which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras: Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. Casa da Música is the only concert hall in the world with two walls entirely made of glass.

6 - City Park

The Porto City Park is the largest urban park in Portugal, with an area of 83 hectares that stretch out as far as the Atlantic Ocean. One of the 100 most remarkable works constructed in Portugal in the 20th century.

7 - Serralves Museum

Designed by Siza Vieira, the Serralves Museum is considered by many of the most important contemporary art museums in the country. Here contemporary works of art are exposed alongside the typical flora of this region of Portugal.

8 - Luís I Bridge

Inaugurated in 1886, the Ponte Luís I crosses the Douro River and is a postcard of the citizen of Porto. It is a metallic structure with two trays, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. The team that designed it was led by the Belgian engineer Théophile Seyrig, student of Gustave Eiffel.

9 - Porto Cathedral

One of the oldest monuments in Portugal, Porto Cathedral is a Roman-Gothic structure with Baroque details. It is in the center of the historic area of Porto and well worth a visit.

10 - Douro River

The 2nd largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the river Douro has its mouth between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Famous since the era of navigations, the river until today is a route to transport the best wines, Port Wine, as it passes through the Douro Valley and its wineries.

What People Are Saying

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"Micael, our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating. We were able to spend the time we wanted at both locations, making adjustments to times since we were the only ones on the tour. We were very impressed with the castle and the Church of Christ in Tomar. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in the religious aspect of Fatima and the history of the Templar’s in Tomar. Lunch was excellent, yummy octopus rice."
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"Eu e meu marido fizemos o passeio por 3 quintas e ficamos impressionados com a beleza do Vale do Douro e a riqueza histórica da região. Nosso guia foi muito gentil e demonstrou profundo conhecimento da geografia e da história da região, algo que enriqueceu ainda mais esse passeio. Recomendo muito."
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"Excelente serviço, uma experiência única 👌🏼 O Álvaro é fantástico e os seus conhecimentos levam-nos a sítios maravilhosos 😍"
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"Toda a família adorou o passeio. Verdadeiramente agradável. Pessoal atencioso. Vistas magnificas. A repetir, sem dúvida."
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"We were very pleased with our trip today, there were four of us, two Spanish speakers and Pedro easily switched between Spanish and English to explain and provide information. We went to Bom Jesus and walked the many steps to the church at the top, then went to Braga Cathedral and had exclusive access to three special chapel (beware of the mummy of the Archbishop if you are squeamish) including a fascinating Moorish chapel. After a tour of the town we had an excellent lunch, soup or salmon salad, mackerel or veal, chocolate mousse or pannecotta, wine and coffee. We then went to Guimaraes and saw the castle and palace then had time to visit the town. All the entrance tickets were included so we did not need to queue to buy these. A very enjoyable trip and we would definitely recommend it."
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"I just love these 2 towns. If you have an opportunity to visit, go for it. These company was great and happy to recommend. They were punctual, great lunch included, and Violet was simply amazing. A wealth of knowledge and a magnificent guide. If booking with this company, request her, she will make the trip that much more fun."

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