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3 days in Porto
One of the main cities of Portugal, Porto, is a beautiful city, with baroque buildings, churches with typical Portuguese tile façades and famous Port wine cellars. Located in the north of Portugal, on the banks of the Douro River, Porto is the city that gave its name to Portugal. It is a city with many attractions, so check out this 3-day itinerary that we have made for you to visit the most emblematic sites of this beautiful city.
On the first day, we suggest to explore the history of the city, so, start the visit to Porto by the historic center. The starting point may be the Bolsa Palace, the building of the XIX-century with rich decoration that hosts important collections of art. Then, pass by Terreiro da Sé, where the Porto Cathedral is located. It is one of the most visited places by tourists from all over the world. Then head to the São Bento Station, considered one of the most beautiful in the world, located in Praça de Almeida Garret and known for its tile panels, which represent scenes from the past of the north of Portugal. The next attraction is the Clerics Tower, this tower of 76 meters provides one of the most beautiful views of the city! It was built between 1754 and 1763 and was classified as a National Monument in 1910. To climb, you need to face 250 steps, but the effort is worth it. Continue walking, ascending Avenida dos Aliados, considered the heart of the city. Here you will find the imposing buildings as the City Hall of Porto. Do not miss the Bolhão Market, which was built during the First World War. It is one of the most emblematic markets of the city of Porto that is housed in a neoclassical building. The venue houses dozens of food stalls, flowers and trinkets. Highly recommended to visit! To finish the first day, pass by Rua de Santa Catarina and Almas Chapel, this church with an external facade lined with tiles, built in the beginning of the 18th century, is breathtaking!
Nothing better than starting the second day of the trip having your breakfast at the touristic Majestic Café. In fact, it is more than a cafe, it tells the history of Porto. Inaugurated in 1921, it currently remains one of the most beautiful examples of Arte Nova, in the city of Porto. Then, head to the river Douro. Walk through the most charming part of the city, the Ribeira, cross the Dom Luís I Bridge to get to Cais da Ribeira. This iron bridge has two floors. We advise you to walk through it both downstairs and upstairs. Another interesting option is to take the Gaia cable car – the view of the city from the Cable car of Gaia is also beautiful. Arriving to Vila Nova de Gaia, stop there for lunch and then get to know some of the cellars that the region has to offer. Normally, the cellars have a fixed price with the right to visitation and tasting of some wines. The Ramos Pinto Cellars would be a good choice. On the way back from Cais de Gaia, if you wish, take a boat trip on the Douro River and observe the various bridges connecting the city of Porto to Gaia. The view is truly amazing! To close the day with a golden key, go to see the sunset at the Viewpoint of the Serra do Pilar, which is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent landscapes of the city with the Douro River as the backdrop.
On the third day begin your trip visiting the House of Music ; it is the main concert hall of Porto, a modern and beautiful space that contrasts with the city. You can take the guided tour to learn more about this impressive project. Leaving from there, we suggest walking in the Gardens of the Cristal Palace and enjoying the nature and a unique landscape on the Arrábida Bridge. Then head to the Lello & Irmão Book store, situated in a unique neogothic building built in 1906. The bookstore is recognized as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and was the inspiration for the Harry Potter movie, worth seeing!
- Bolhão Market
- Cathedral of Porto
- Clérigos Tower
- Lello&Irmão Bookstore
- Luis I Bridge
- Majestic Cafe
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