The city of Porto is nestled along the hills that lead to the majestic Douro river estuary. Famous for having a historical center that is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest cities in Europe dotted with cobbled streets, lovely plazas, old churches and quiet villages, Porto has become one of Portugal’s attractive cities.
With medieval and urban living side by side, the appeal of the city becomes varied when it comes to its architectural features. With a unique location up in the hill, tourists in Porto get a glimpse of the colorful buildings perched on a cliff overlooking the river. With awe-inspiring cultural and historical sights to boast, a walking tour becomes a rewarding experience when exploring Porto.
Ribeira, the city closest to the river, is where the trip to Porto usually begins. This paves the way to the historic site that has the best combination of architecture ranging between baroque, gothic and modern style, easily making Porto the world’s architectural Mecca. Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Sao Francisco Church, The Stock Exchange Palace, Ribeira Gaia’s wine cellars, and the most beautiful bookshop in Europe, the Livraria Lello is not to be missed when exploring Porto. In the city center, the Mercado do Bolhão, Torre dos Clerigos, Pavilhão Rosa Mota and Museu Romantico are the best places to visit.
Porto has a network of attractions, that is why it is best to join group tours to not miss out on the city’s relevant places. More than its attractions, Porto is an ideal place to experience exciting activities such as the upriver cruise that can go as far as Pinhão where the landscape is definitely stunning. Being a port wine capital, visiting its wine caves and wine cellars is a must. For the shopping enthusiasts, the trip to its marketplaces, street markets and quaint shopping centers can be the highlight of the Porto getaway. Mercado do Bolhão, Boavista, the Santa Catarina street and the malls in the suburbs of Polo grant a different kind of retail satisfaction.
Porto has a wide array of cafes and restaurants, and trying out new dish every day makes eating-out more exciting. Tripas à moda do Porto, a tripe dish, is an absolute must when trying-out authentic Porto dishes. Being close to the river, fresh fish cooked on the spot is a famous happening in the city’s dining scene. The nightlife here is upbeat and lively, something that most tourists find interesting. From dance clubs to night bars, there is something to fulfill one’s interest and liking.