It is nothing new for anyone that Portugal is a beautiful country, from the natural landscapes to the old buildings within each city. One of the most visited by tourists around the world is Porto. Her beauty is enchanting, with countless incredible places to visit. Even the subway stations there are charming, as in the case of São Bento Station. The typical blue tiles are unmistakable and transform any environment. If you want to know a little more about some of the main tourist spots in the city, just stay tuned to the tips I will give you now ?
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You will definitely see the Torre dos Clérigos during your trip. As much as you don’t go to it, its construction stands out amid the landscape of Porto, since it is the tallest monument in the city. It is over 75 meters high and all its details follow the Baroque style.
The view from the top of the tower is surreal, but to get there you will have to face approximately 240 steps. It may seem like a lot, but it is worth the effort when you get to the top of the building. Ah, admission costs 5 €, including the Clérigos Museum which is also inside.
As I already told you at the beginning of this post, one of the most traditional features of buildings in Portugal is tiles. The Igreja do Carmo, besides being a historic and important place for the city, has its side wall covered with blue and white tiles. In this case, they tell the story of the founding of the Carmelite Order.
This type of art is super interesting and I think all the work in each piece is incredible. Ah, stuck in the Igreja do Carmo is the Igreja das Carmelitas. Seen from the outside the two look like the same place, but they are divided and each of them belongs to different orders. I recommend a visit within two!
The structure of the Porto Cathedral is one of the most beautiful in the city. Initially it had the Roman-Gothic appearance of the 12th and 13th centuries. However, the shack period caused the church to undergo major renovations. One of its differentials is that the cathedral was fortified to protect the city from invaders, which is why many call it the fortress church.
Her cloister is a must. It was built in the 14th century and is decorated with tiles that tell some religious scenes. Even if you don’t follow this religion or care about biblical stories, it is worth going just for the beauty of the place. Don’t let this opportunity pass ?
I confess that when it comes to restaurants, I always try to get away from those more tourists, you know? They are usually very crowded and end up charging more for a very simple and common service. Still, the Majestic Café is super recommended even by the residents of the city.
It was founded in 1921 and being inside it is like feeling at the time of the Belle Époque. The prices really are more expensive than the other cafes in the city, but the products are delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful. It is that kind of place that deserves at least one visit to visit.
Stock Exchange Palace
A place that took more than 70 years to have the construction finished could not be anything less than beautiful, right? The Palácio da Bolsa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the city. Construction began in 1942, but it was not until 1910 that everything was considered completed. Since then, the palace has always received numerous visits and praise from all visitors.
It follows a neo-classic style, with super imposing walls, doors and decorations. The palace has several rooms, and the stairs that lead to each one are wonderful. It is a good place to take amazing photos. His entrance is also paid – the ticket for adults costs 9 €.
Dom Luís I Bridge
Photo: Everaldo Coelho
Another point that makes up the landscape of Porto is the Dom Luís I Bridge. Part of it was separated so that pedestrians could get to know its construction more closely, so take the opportunity to have a view of the city from above. The structure of the bridge is all metallic and it connects Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, a municipality that is right next to Porto.
The top part of it is used by a metro line, while the bottom part was reserved for cars. In both cases there is a ticket for those on foot! Being one of the symbols of the city, this is the type of tour that cannot be left out of your itinerary, especially for those who love taking pictures with that little postcard face.
To get to know a little of the green area of Porto, go to the Jardim do Palácio de Cristal. It is in a very high part of Porto, so the view from some parts of the garden is incredible, especially at dusk. One of the points seen from there is the mouth of the Douro River in the Atlantic Ocean!
Divided by various themes, such as the garden of aromatic plants, medicinal plants and roses, the entire design formed by him has a Romanesque style. The fountains and small lakes also make the place even more beautiful. It is a good option for taking romantic photos with a colorful backdrop.
Photo: Max Tarkhov
As the name says, Casa da Música is a space dedicated to events related to the universe of music. The architecture of the place is beautiful, with super modern touches and different formats than we are used to know. I recommend that you take a look at their schedule to find out what’s going on when you’re there. They usually host very interesting events and festivals, it is worth researching!
It doesn’t matter if you like to read or not, Lello Bookshop is a mandatory stop for everyone who visits Porto. The place is simply stunning, as if it came out of a Disney movie. To give you an idea, in 2015 the newspaper The Guardian listed the 12 most beautiful bookstores in the world and Lello was on the list.
The bookshop is huge and is inside a neo-Gothic style building, built in 1906. What impresses everyone who goes there is the amount of books on display and the details of the building itself. Like the Majestic Café, you will feel at another time inside this place.
Photo: Manolo Plum
Built in 1914, the Mercado do Bolhão is one of the most traditional spaces in Porto. It looks like a small village, full of kiosks and shops with various products. It is interesting to walk around the market to get to know a little of the local products and even see part of the craftsmanship of the city’s residents, you know?
The market is one of the most everyday and common things in the city, so I think it’s super cool to meet you. It’s like you feel local for a day! Because it is very old, some parts of it are a little ugly and poorly maintained, but nothing that makes the tour less pleasant.
NOTE: The traditional space where the market is located was reformed in 2018 and the forecast for the duration of these changes is approximately two years. The salespeople were relocated to the La Vie Porto Baixa Shopping Center, so the tour can’t stop happening!
Very incredible place to visit in Porto, right? To enjoy all the tours even more, there is nothing better than taking a break for lunch and dinner. If you want to know some of the best restaurants in the city, just click here ?
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