City of Porto
Enjoy the views in Crystal Palace Gardens!
Take a moment to relax and wonder around the romantic gardens of Crystal Palace, with astonishing views of the city and the river.
Climb to the top of Clérigos Tower!
The tower of this beautiful baroque church can be seen rising above the Porto skyline from many parts of the city. Look down to admire the whole city and its sprawling terracotta rooftops below.
Check out a football match at Dragon Stadium!
Porto's home team, F.C. Porto, is one of the country's most successful multi-sports clubs in Portugal — and plays in Dragão Stadium.
Play the role and start your night at Piolho bar!
Downtown Porto has become the centre of nightlife in recent years. Begin your evening at the Piolho café (Piolho is the name given by all locals to Café Âncora D’Ouro). Ever since it was founded, in 1909, Piolho has been the meeting point of university students in Porto. The café walls are covered with messages from former students.
Eat the heart-attack and very famous dish – francesinha!
Francesinha – Porto’s more elaborate version of a Croque Monsieur – is a sandwich filled with the meats, the cheese is melted on top and the beer is mixed with ‘secret’ ingredients to create a sauce that delights, including the bed of chips it’s all served on. And oh my, is it delicious!
Be part of Porto’s ‘Belle époque’ and have a coffee at the Majestic café.
At Cafe Majestic in Porto you're in for a big surprise – the glamorous décor with chandeliers, mirrors and marble makes a ‘Uau’ effect! This cafe used to be the meeting point of the elite of the city: writers, politicians, artists, thinkers.
Check out the Harry Potter Bookshop!
The astonishing Livraria Lello is thought to be where JK Rowling was inspired for parts of the Harry Potter series. It is easy to see why when you enter this beautiful bookshop. It is quite small, but its incredible ceiling and stunning staircase make it worth your time to visit.
Take the tram line 1 all the way to the beach!
Porto’s trams are all old school tramcars that look as though they belong in a museum. Line number 1 takes you through the river front all the way to the beach!
Get to the heart of the people of Porto by checking out the Bolhão market!
Scents of sweet fruit, freshly baked bread and aromatic cheeses greet visitors as soon as they enter the Mercado do Bolhão. This open-air market dates back to 1850, is housed behind a neoclassical facade in a two-story building in the heart of Porto.
Attend a concert at the Casa da Música
Casa da Música, a futuristic concert hall in Porto, is the place to be if you want to attend a concert in an ambience beyond compare. Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhas, provides a wide-ranging offering cater for every audience. If you can't attend a concert, ask in the lobby about guided tours. The building will astonish you!
Pay a visit into the story of the 20,000 tiles in Sao Bento Train Station!
It is considered one of the most beautiful train station of the world! The walls are decorated with motives from the Portuguese history.
Get mesmerized by the views at Serra do Pilar Monastery!
This octagonal church provides vast views of the city of Porto and once aided the future Duke of Wellington in his surprise attack in 1809. The panoramic view from here takes your gaze out towards the sea, across the red rooftops of the port wine lodges in Vila Nova da Gaia and past a succession of bridges. The colorful city of Porto rises away from the river on the opposite bank.
When in Porto, drink Port wine!
This is a MUST! All the famous port houses actually lie on the other side of the River Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia, but it’s just a short stroll across the impressive Luis I bridge.
Go back more than 900 years and feel the roots of the city in the Cathedral and its surroundings!
Founded in the 12th century, this cathedral has endured centuries of change. For example, the rose window in the west front is the only remnant from the 13th century, a Gothic cloister was added in the late 14th century, and the main chapel was built in the 17th century. An 18th century staircase to upper levels provides access to a spectacular view of the city.
Serralves is the modern art stage!
Serralves offers a combination of culture and natural beauty. Get lost in the beautiful gardens of Serralves, and pay a visit to the modern art museum designed by Siza Vieira.