Not to be missed!
The first thing we remember when we think of Oporto is the port wine for which the city is famous. In Vila Nova de Gaia, the caves remain a focus for a great tourist attraction. Therefore, make sure you take a guided tour through the various caves throughout the city and be sure to do a wine tasting in the wine cellars of Porto.
However, there is much more to discover in the second largest city in Portugal. Walk through the streets of bustling commerce, by many cafes and patisseries, exploring the landmarks of this city. Take a stroll along the River Douro and taste the famous Francesinha. Here are some suggestions for some of the landmarks in this city not to be missed.
#1 Tower of the Clerics
The Tower of the Clerics completed in 1763 was considered the tallest tower in Portugal. Designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, who also designed the adjacent church was classified as a national monument in 1910. It has become a popular tourist attraction for its aerial view of the city. With 76 meters high, will have to climb the 240 steps to reach the top, but believe it will be worth it.
Have a glass in the Gallery in Paris
The Street of Paris Galleries currently have dozens of bars, and nightlife in the center of the city. In downtown, Galleries allow you to have fun and socialize outdoors, presenting an alternative concept of night.
Location: Street S. Filipe Nery.
#2 Bridge Louis I
Probably one of the most structure icons in Porto. Drawn by Gustave Eiffel but built before the famous Eiffel Tower, opened in 1886, at the time considered the largest iron arch in the world. Today the subway is at the top while the bottom base is used by cars and pedestrians to move to the side of Vila Nova de Gaia.
You cannot forget to cross the bridge to see the stunning views of the city of Porto.
#3 Oporto Cathedral
The Porto Cathedral or “Sé” was build in the twelfth century, but was only completed in 1737. As a result, the Cathedral has many different types of architectural influences, including Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque. The cathedral is the oldest part of the city and is also one of the oldest churches in the region.
Next to the cathedral you will find the statue of the Pelourinho, the Tower and a Medieval Archaeology Museum, in addition to the great views of the city of Porto. Definitely one of the mandatory items that can not be missed.
Location: Cathedral of Terreiro.
#4 Crystal Palace
The original Crystal Palace, built in the nineteenth century, was replaced in 1956 by a sports hall, now being booked for concerts, sporting events and exhibitions.
But the real attraction is the surrounding. Magnificent gardens with stunning views over the River Douro and Vila Nova de Gaia.
There is also a multimedia library, a conference hall, a cafeteria and museum romantic.
Shortly overrun by tourists, this is a great way to really relax.
Location: Rua Almirante Leote Rego.
#5 House of Music
This twelve-story building irregularly designed by world famous architect Rem Koolhaas Pritzker, solely made for musical performances. It was conceived to mark the year 2001, the year that the Port was European Capital of Culture. Currently he is a symbol of Oporto, characterized by their modernity and varied cultural program. Apart from its attractive and complex program, the Music House regularly offers guided tours of the area.
Location: Avenida da Boavista, 604-610.
#6 Serralves Museum and Gardens
Serralves is culture, art and nature. If you like modern art, then this is a place not to miss. This museum, a project of the architect Siza Vieira, exhibits contemporary art of international forefront in building awarded the Pritzker Prize, which has featured exhibitions of Paula Rego, Andy Warhol, and others. The exhibits are rotating and the amazing gardens are the best to relax after the visit. An unforgettable space, for its brilliant architecture and the tranquillity of its many green spaces.
This is a visit that should not be missed..
Location: Rua D. João de Castro, 210.
#7 St. Francisco Church
What seems to be a common construction of the fourteenth century, found within it is the most extraordinary church port. Its style is Gothic and Manueline abroad and a Baroque interior.
The most spectacular is the extensive work of gold. It is said here that there are about 400 kg of gold and today is known as the church lined with gold. Be sure to visit his museum in the catacombs.
Location: Rua do Infante D. Henrique.
#8 Palácio da Bolsa
The Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Porto. The building and its cathedral are landmarks of the country's best architecture.
The old stock market that was built to impress and gain the credibility of European investors, today is the "reception room" of the city where the heads of state and other dignitaries are received on a visit to the port.
Another notable room is the Courtyard of Nations, lit by a large skylight. Flags of most countries that had trade relations with Porto are represented here.
Location: Rua Ferreira Borges.
#9 Cais da Ribeira
Ribeira consists in medieval streets and decadent alleys. However it is a fascinating place, ending with a square in the "Praça da Ribeira." With traditional boats afloat and colorful old houses, this is the most picturesque of the city and the place that all people love, also declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Have a refreshing drink in this unique environment and return at night to enjoy the excitement of this zone. There are dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants, sheltered under medieval arches. The whole city comes to this area on feast days, especially in the traditional feast of the city, on the day of St. John, from 23rd to 24th June, and on New Year's Eve to watch the fireworks.
At Ribeira, you can also see the bridge Luís I, illuminated at night, and attractive waterfront Cais de Gaia. Enjoy a cruise on the Douro and extend your visibility of this city.
#10 Park City
TThe City Park is the latest and greatest green area of the city. Its location near the ocean and beaches of Matosinhos, makes it perfect for surfers, runners morning and fans for a picnic weekend.
Apart from the sea and beaches it has other interesting points, such as a house / restaurant (with hot drinks), Water Pavilion, mini golf, soccer and volleyball.
The park is connected by a network of roads (10 km), where you can find places of contemplation or rest, inserted in a rural environment in Porto. It is endowed with a wide diversity of wildlife - ducks, geese, frogs, rabbits and swans - being a rich and diverse flora. In the park, there is a direct access to the sea, with an area of beach’s and cafes.