Fun Things to do in Porto

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Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production.It is the second largest city in Portugal and has an abundance of things to see and do!

Cais da Ribeira

Known for being the riverside quarter of Porto, Cais da Ribeira is the place to come if you want to stroll along sun-dappled streets. The quayside has a plethora of cafes and restaurants to choose from and fresh seafood is usually the order of the day.

 

The Church of Saint Francis 

This 18th-century Baroque style church is known for being one of the best sights in Porto. The intricate Gothic architecture and long history have all culminated in this being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As well as pretty mandatory travel viewing.

 

Clerigos Tower

You can’t go far in Porto without catching a glimpse of this Baroque tower that dominates the skyline. It is possible to climb to the top of the tower but seeing as its 240 steps to the top! (Don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the city once you get to the top).

 

Dom Luis I Bridge

Crossing over the Douro River, the Dom Luis I Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Porto due to its sheer size. This has to be one of the biggest things to see in Porto – at least by size! The bridge was built by a student of Gustav Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and is similar in style and design. You can walk across the top of the bridge and in fact, I’d highly recommend it as its got one of the best views in the city.

 

Palácio da Bolsa

The former stock exchange of Porto, Palácio da Bolsa building dates back to the 19th century. Although, fairly young when you think of it and yet it is one of the city’s best known historical gems.There are several staterooms that you can tour inside including the famous Portrait Gallery so be sure to leave enough time to explore this place fully.

 

Porto Cathedral 

Porto Cathedral is one of the oldest sights to see in the city and one of its most important. It’s almost 800 years old and the architecture here is without a doubt, quite the sight to behold.  

 

Soares dos Reis National Museum

Porto’s national museum is not to be missed by those who are even vaguely interested in the history of Portuguese art. The comprehensive collection here dates from the 16th to the 20th century and features paintings, porcelain and even furniture. To mention but a few. If you find that it’s raining in Porto when you visit, this is easily the perfect place to while away the time as you wait for the rain to clear. 

 

Carmo Church 

Carmo Church is one of the most iconic in Porto thanks to the white and blue tiles that make up its façade. The inside, however, is equally beautiful so do pop in when you’re in the city.

 

Cafe Majestic 

You can’t miss Cafe Majestic as you walk past,  which is probably for the best as you definitely need to visit this almost 100-year-old cafe in Porto. It’s got a beautifully colourful history and is a fun little way of tapping into some of Porto’s history and culture.

 

Douro River

A glass of wine beside the river is an important part of any trip to Porto (if you want to one-up’ this, go for lunch or dinner by the riverside). The Douro river is the same one that that feeds the famous Douro Valley – home to some of Portugal’s best wines!

 

Livraria Lello and Irma 

This bookshop in Porto is a rather special one – it’s one of the oldest, not just in the city but in all of Portugal and is so intricately and ornately designed inside, its worth a gander, even if don’t care much for bookshops.

 

Funicular dos Guindais

If you don’t care much for climbing mountains but still want a great view of the city, the Funicular is definitely the way to go. Not only will this save you the hike up to Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar and the top of Dom Luis I Bridge, it also offers pretty great views of the city as you ascend the mount.

 

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