Porto Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Porto

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Sé do Porto Cathedral
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Near the train station, you find the Cathedral of Porto (Sé do Porto) that was built in the 12th century as a fortress church. The church is characterized by an unusual mix of architectural styles. The inside of the church is relatively austere and has few frills, but the choir is richly decorated with marble and gold. 

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São Francisco Church
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Like within the Porto Cathedral, gold is as well abundantly used for the elaborated decorations inside the Church of São Francisco. What from outside looks like an ordinary Gothic and Baroque construction, has the most extraordinary church interior; unquestionably one of the most opulent in whole Portugal. 

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Azulejos Decorative Tiles
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Even if you are not taking a train, this beautiful railway station is an absolute attraction. Not only the tiles but also the stained-glass windows and the black and white tiled floors are stunning. Thanks to its central location, the Estação de São Bento is an ideal place to start a city walk.

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Ribeira District
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Taking the small stairs nearby the Cathedral of Porto, you arrive at the alluring Ribeira district. Ribeira is one of the oldest zones of Porto, made up of medieval streets, narrow alleyways, staircases and scenic spots. It is a crumbling but fascinating neighborhood to walk through and to sit on a terrace while enjoying the rhythm of Porto’s city life.

Walk from the Ribeira district towards the waterfront and cross the river over the Dom Luis Bridge, an iron showpiece from 1886 that connects the old town to the port (wine) houses of Vila Nova de Gaia offering spectacular city views

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Vila Nova de Gaia Cellars
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You cannot leave Porto without a port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia. This district, also known as Gaia, is home to the terracotta-topped port houses that store most of the world’s supply of Port. Enjoy the ambiance from one of the cafes and restaurants at the riverfront or make a boat trip on a "Rabelo" - a ship that was used to transport the port barrels on the river Douro.

Tip: Come here in the late afternoon and stay for dinner at the river front while you are enjoying the view over the Douro river. 

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Douro Valley
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If you want to learn more about port wine, then make a day trip to the Douro Valley. An attractive route of 120km (75 miles) along the winding river the Douro, takes you to the lovely villages from Porto to Pinhao and Tabuaço. From here you can follow the wine route, “Rota do Vinho do Porto”, along with dazzling viewpoints. Start at the Quinta do Seixo, a winery located on a mountain slope. They provide one of the best-known port brand, Sandeman. During their tour, you can learn how the Portuguese wines from the Douro Valley are transformed to port. Take on the way back a detour north, past the vineyards of wine house Mateus to the first capital of Portugal, Guimarães. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere in the alleys of its beautiful historic center.

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Dom Luís I Bridge
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The Dom Luis Bridge is an iron showpiece from 1886 that connects the old Ribeira District of Porto to the port (wine) houses of Vila Nova de Gaia offering spectacular city views.   

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