Visit Porto: A Quick And Complete Guide
Fascinating landscapes, incredible people and full of history. The north of Portugal is fantastic, it is impossible not to fall in love with the city of Porto, a place that conquers more and more the world.
Porto is famous among many tourists for its beautiful and historical environment, in this region of Portugal it is possible to explore many places where we can coexist in harmony with history.
Get ready to know the main activities of this famous Portuguese city. Let’s go!
1. Lello Bookstore
A building built in 1906, in neo-Gothic style, Livraria Lello e Irmão, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful bookshop in Europe. Inside, the many older details create an environment capable of bringing us back to the past. It is also a famous destination for having inspired the writer J. K. Rowling when creating the Harry Potter book series, while living in Porto.
2. Luis I Bridge
The Luiz I Bridge, is a great metallic bridge, built between the years 1881 and 1888, connecting the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia separated by the river Douro. It is said to have been inspired by the Eiffel tower style, once the engineers of the bridge and the tower had worked together before. In any case, it is a stunning bridge that completes the setting of Porto. The crossing can be done easily from above or below, we recommend you do both ways to enjoy the whole structure and the beautiful landscape.
3. Douro River
The Douro is a river that rises in the peaks of the Serra de Urbión, in Spain and crosses the north of Portugal until its mouth in the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula. Navigating these waters is definitely a unique experience.
4. Historical Center
The Historic Centre of Porto is the oldest area of the city and was classified as World Cultural Heritage in 1996. Walking through the streets of Porto is the best way to get to know this area, observing the historical buildings and the beautiful monuments. Walk calmly around here and to make sure you don’t miss anything we recommend getting in touch with the amazing tour guides.
5- Golden Hour
Cross the Luis I Bridge, choose a good place, sit down and simply enjoy the simplicity of the most basic things. Many people cross the bridge towards Vila Nova de Gaia to admire the incredible sunset in the Teleférico belvedere. The sky and the city are taken by the incredible shades of orange, thus creating a beautiful landscape. Many locals reserve this time of their day to contemplate this natural work of art.
The north of Portugal is a region that offers countless incredible destinations, stay tuned as we have always prepared these guides thinking about you.
So, now that you’ve discovered great leisure options, prepare to be surprised by some of the most amazing places in the region of Porto, a region that never fails to provide incredible experiences.
Remember to follow our tips to not go through any unforeseen events in the middle of your adventure, plan everything in an organized way and have fun!
Post written by Gustavo Costa.Hello, I'm Gustavo Costa. I'm from Rio de Janeiro and I've been living in the Algarve for 2 years, where I study communication. Passionate about music, traveling and going out with my friends. Always willing to go through new experiences!