Lives in Porto, Portugal
Since Dec. 2008
35-49 year old male
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gift & Speciality Shops
Observation Decks & Towers, Churches & Cathedrals
Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Architectural Buildings, Railways
Historic Sites, Civic Centres, Architectural Buildings
Churches & Cathedrals
Wineries & Vineyards
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Theatres, Architectural Buildings
Libraries, Parks, Art Museums
Santa Catarina is probably the most traditional shopping street in Porto. Part of the street is closed to traffic, so one can easily walk around and have a stress-free time window shopping. Plus, you don't need to be a shopping addict to enjoy your time here, as there are also nice coffee shops, beautiful buildings, and churches to discover, not to mention lots of interesting people bustling around.
Avenida dos Aliados is Porto’s reception room, right in the heart of the city. The City Hall lies at the top, and this is the place people meet up for festivals, live concerts, and to celebrate whenever our local soccer team wins the championship. It’s a very lively avenue during the day, as there are many working offices in the surrounding streets, and is lined with beautiful buildings with a very specific character. This is a good place for a relaxing promenade.
Lello & Irmão Library has many times been named one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It has an exquisite Neo-Gothic facade, and a stunning interior, with a marvelous stairway and wooden walls. The building dates back to 1906 and rumor has it that J.K. Rowling’s inspiration to write Harry Potter began right here!
Torre dos Clérigos is probably Porto’s main icon and, just for that fact, a 'must-see' while you are in town. The baroque style tower was designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, who left an important mark on the city's heritage, and was built between 1754 and 1763. One can climb to the top of the tower via a narrow staircase, and admire one of the best and most extensive city views.
The Douro riverbank and the old quarter Ribeira are probably the most popular attractions in Porto. In fact, the site is listed as World Heritage protected by UNESCO, and represents the famous postcard image of the city. Here, you can climb aboard one of the many typical boats available and take a small cruise down the river, or just spend some time in one of the small 'tascas' overlooking the water. Your choice, but don’t miss it!
Great wine with one of the best views in Porto — this is the best way to describe Wine Quay Bar. Located right in Ribeira on an upper level, you can enjoy your glass of wine and some ‘petiscos’ (Portuguese ‘tapas’) on the balcony or inside, taking in views of the Douro River and the bridge at the same time. The owners are really friendly, and will make your experience one to remember.
Art Nouveau alert! Open since 1921, Café Majestic is the most renowned café in town, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It has a long tradition as being the meeting point of literary, artistic, and political elites, but was later left abandoned for many years. After some loving renovations, the café reopened its doors in 1994 with all its former glamour, and soon won over the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
Porto’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. With Romanesque roots, the building has undergone many changes throughout the centuries, and from the square in front of the cathedral, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of the city. You will be on historical grounds once here too; some of the most decisive episodes of our country’s history took place or had its roots here. When Napoleon’s Grande Armée entered and pillaged the city, a local resident painted the altar to hide the silver. The troops never realized it was there and left it behind!
One of the main train stations in Porto, São Bento is the oldest and most beautiful. This station was built on the location of the former São Bento de Avé-Maria Convent. Once inside, take a close look at the 20,000 painted tiles on the walls. These illustrate the evolution of transport in the area, as well as some important historical events.
This used to be the stock exchange in Porto, and is nowadays the headquarters of the city's Commercial Association. Built in 1842, its main architectural style is British Neoclassical, however you'll find a great mix of styles and decorative arts on a visit here. The Arab Room is the most amazing room in the palace, and you're sure to drop your jaw when you enter. It feels just as if you were transported straight into 1001 Arabian Nights!
It took two centuries to build this church, thanks to numerous delays and incidents that took their toll on the process. If you're a fan of Gothic architecture, you won't want to skip this visit. Although the outside of the church seems quite simple, when you step inside you'll be amazed by the colors, and the gilded columns and altars will definitely catch your eye!
There are a few wine cellars in Porto, but this one is really my favorite. The place is very nice, and both the guided visit and the wine tasting are wonderful, but what makes it truly stand out is its location. Graham’s is located up the hill, providing a superb view overlooking the Douro River and the city.
Porto’s nightlife scene is pumping nowadays. The entertainment district downtown, around what we call the Galerias square (for Rua Galerias de Paris), is packed with nice, trendy bars. While you can take your pick, I like to start the night in Baixa Bar. The place is beautiful, with a mix of classic and modern decoration, the music is usually good, and the drinks are well served.
At Palácio de Cristal you will find one of the most beautiful gardens in Porto, and a magnificent view over the Douro River. If you are traveling with your loved one, this is the place to go to really impress her or him, and declare your true love. Wander around and pay attention to every detail: flowers, tress, lakes, ducks, and peacocks are all in abundance here!
Casa de Música is to Porto what the Opera House is to Sydney. This modern and irregular-shaped building was designed by Rem Koolhaas, a world-renowned Dutch architect, as part of the city’s project for European Culture Capital in 2001, and immediately became a city icon. It houses a cultural institution, three resident orchestras, and offers a wide cultural agenda, from classic and children's concerts to dining and clubbing parties. It’s open to public visits, and one can take a guided tour of the building and its magnificent rooms.
This is a vegetarian restaurant, but is sure to please non-vegetarians too - starting with the name itself, which means 'raw meat!' It is set in a wonderful classic house near Casa da Música, that was rebuilt by the owner himself, with a very nice garden at the back. The food is excellent, and the mood is very quiet and peaceful.
Serralves is the perfect place for a relaxing late morning or afternoon. Visit the art exhibitions at the museum and house, explore the gardens, and visit the farm. There are plenty of quiet and mysterious corners to discover in this unique park, which has the perfect balance between art, nature, and history.