The main city in the northern Portugal retains the usual Portuguese charm and dynamism of a boiling city. In its streets, the tiles and worn stones of the fishermen's houses on the Douro riverbank are mixed with the large buildings of Avenida dos Aliados. So, a quick 3-day getaway to Porto is enough to experience the 10 essentials spots of the city. Let's go there!
- The colourful houses with their tiled facades on the banks of the river are one of the main attractions of the city. This is one of the unmissable photos in Porto, just as the walk through its terraces. Tip: The best photo is right from the other side of the river, in Gaia.
- The Clérigos Tower: one of the icons of the city. It once had its own currency. You will be able to see it both from all over the city (over 70 meters high) and on all postcards. The photo from above is totally worth it on clear days.
- The Luís I Bridge: a jewel of iron architecture that links Porto to Gaia. Contrary to popular belief, its architect was not Eiffel, who has another bridge in the city. It’s a double-deck bridge, pedestrian on both levels.
- Gaia’s Port wine cellars: although they are not strictly in Porto, we still recommend you visit them. Every visitor to the city succumbs to the temptation to visit these wine giants and try the famous port wine.
- The Lello bookstore, or better known as Harry Potter’s bookstore, has emerged in recent years as one of the must-sees in Porto. It is true that it has long queues and you have to pay 5 euros to enter, but for fans of the saga or for those, who appreciate the decoration, it is worth the effort.
- The Bolhão market is one of the references of the city, however, it is closed for renovations. For lovers of this type of places we leave you an alternative, the Beira Rio market, in Gaia.
- The Porto Cathedral is another of the monuments that appears in all the photos. It began to be built in the 12th century and has been modified until the 20th century, when Salazar made the last modifications. Although perhaps the most striking feature is the curious column just in front of it.
- The São Bento station: despite being a train station and functioning as such, it has been declared a World Heritage Site, so there must be something special. It has more than 20,000 azulejos (tiles) with Portuguese historical scenes that delight especially those who visit it at night.
- The Barredo neighbourhood, or the most traditional area of Porto is the essence of the city, an obligatory visit for any traveller who likes to get lost among small squares and alleys from another era.
- And finally, the Monastery of Serra do Pilar, a huge building in Gaia that has, by far, the best viewpoint in the city, bringing together the old area and the river in the same memorable photo, especially at sunset. The finishing touch of a trip to remember.
If you want to visit all these places and many others, do not hesitate and join our tours, starting with the free tour, and finishing with the Old Town and Gaia tour. Porto awaits you with open arms.