Porto, a walk through Portugal’s decadent and vibrant city

Porto Cathedral
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Porto Cathedral

The cathedral-fortress that dominates and overlooks the whole city above the labyrinth of medieval streets and stairways was built in the 11th century.

Porto Cathedral
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Viewpoint of the Cathedral towers

One of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city is located in the tower of the Se (the cathedral of Oporto).

Carmo and Carmelite Churches
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Tramways and churches

The tram in front of the churches of Carmo and das Carmelitas. These two churches are so close together that they look like one. They are only separated by a house one metre wide.

Dom Luís I Bridge
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Dom Luís I Bridge

With its arch and two floors, it rises spectacularly over the Douro. The upper level was built by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel and is reserved for pedestrians and a metro line.

Dom Luís I Bridge
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Dom Luís I Bridge

Dom Luís I Bridge. Impressive views of the river and the oldest part of the city.

Dom Luís I Bridge
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One bridge, two banks

The Dom Luís I Bridge is the most photographed of the six majestic bridges that cross the two banks of the Douro.

Clérigos Tower
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Clérigos Tower

It is 67 metres high and is in the Baroque style, dating from the mid-18th century. Nicolau Nasoni designed this tower and the church of the same name.

Clérigos Tower
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Climbing the tower

To enjoy a good view of Porto you must climb the more than 200 steps to the top of the Clérigos Tower.

Church of San Antonio dos Congregados
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Church of San Antonio dos Congregados

Church of San Antonio dos Congregados, from the 17th century, very close to Sao Bento train station.

Vintage trams
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Vintage trams

Three vintage trams rattle through the city every 30 minutes or so, although they have become more of a tourist attraction than a useful means of transport.

Garden of Infante Dom Henrique
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Garden of Infante Dom Henrique

The garden’s central statue depicts Prince Henry the Navigator, catalyst of the Age of Discovery. The gardens are overlooked by the Ferreira Borges Market and the Palácio da Bolsa.

Palácio da Bolsa
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Palácio da Bolsa

The Palácio da Bolsa is a neoclassical building built between 1842 and 1910 whose halls are filled with works of art.

Palácio da Bolsa
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View from Palácio da Bolsa

The view of the city from the Palácio de la Bolsa, with the Plaza del Infante don Henrique and the Mercado Ferreira Borges in the foreground and the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace at the top.

Francesinha
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A very special sandwich

The francesinha is a typical Porto triple-decker sandwich filled with meat and sausages, gratinated with cheese and topped with tomato sauce and beer.

Sao Bento train station
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Sao Bento train station

One of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Its main attraction is the tile murals in the lobby. Some 20,000 tiles depicting battles and the history of transport.

St. Francis Church
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St. Francis Church

The Church of San Francisco houses one of the most impressive examples of Portuguese Baroque architecture.

Carlos Alberto Square
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Carlos Alberto Square

Carlos Alberto Square, with the monument to the Dead in the Great War. On Saturdays it hosts the Porto Bello market.

Miragaia Street
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The charming decadence

Porto’s charming decadence is part of its appeal. Time seems to have stood still here. Miragaia Street.

Dom Luís I Bridge
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Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia is a journey to the birth of port, with its imposing cellars where you can participate in dinners or tastings of all kinds.

Serra do Pilar Monastery
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Serra do Pilar Monastery

This 17th century monastery overlooks Gaia from a hill. Its curious circular cloister is striking. It is one of the few places where you can see the Ponte de Dom Luís I from above.

Seagulls over Porto
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Noisy seagulls

Street musicians have to compete at dusk with the squawking of the seagulls, which dominate the whole city.

Cais da Ribeira
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Cais da Ribeira

At sunset, street musicians fill every corner of this promenade while tourists look for a good balcony to rest on the riverbank.

Praça da Ribeira
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Mimes and musicians

Mimes and musicians share the stage at sunset with the telephone booths and terraces in Praça da Ribeira.

Crystal Palace Gardens
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Crystal Palace Gardens

Tower of the Crystal Palace Gardens, a good place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city, breathe, stroll and look out over the Douro from its viewpoints.

Super Bock Arena - Rosa Mota Pavilion
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Super Bock Arena – Rosa Mota Pavilion

The German landscape designer Émile David designed this green lung for the city. A Victorian garden full of walkways, fountains, rose gardens, lakes and peacocks. The Rosa Mota Pavilion now occupies the former site of the Palace.

Mural in Porto
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From mural to mural

The historic centre of Porto has been undergoing a profound transformation for several years, becoming one of the reference cities for urban art in Europe. One of the original visits is to walk around the city visiting its best murals.

Sardines in Matosinhos
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Matosinhos and its sardines

The fishing port of Matosinhos is one of the best places to eat sardines (and Atlantic fish in general).

Seagulls on the Douro
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Seagulls on the river

The river wall is lined with restaurants for tasty fish, but you’ll have to defend your plate from the seagulls.

The lighthouse of Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Foz de Duero
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Foz lighthouse

One of the days it’s worth a visit to Foz do Douro to watch the sun go down next to the Seenhora da Luz lighthouse.

Porto by night
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Life at night

Porto’s nightlife is one of the best in Portugal. The riverbanks concentrate the largest number of tourists in bars, nightclubs and wine cellars. But don’t rule out a stroll through the solitary narrow streets at nightfall.