15 Reasons to visit Porto
You don’t need excuses to visit Porto, but if by any chance you need an extra motivation to pay a visit to the Cidade Invicta (Undefeated City), this article is for you. Don't miss the opportunity to get to know one of the most beautiful cities that Portugal has to show you. Have a nice trip!
Avenida dos Aliados
Named after the Allies of World War I, this avenue functions as the "heart" of the city and as a privileged location to host events.
Fernandine Walls of Porto
The walls that protected the city of Porto were renovated during the 14th century by King Fernando. They were eventually given his name in his honor. It is possible to access a part of the wall and walk between the battlements, with a view to the Douro River.
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
This garden provides a fantastic view over the river and the city, as well as over the woods, and the Douro balconies.
Capela das Almas
Located downtown, this church is one of the most beautiful (and therefore one of the most photographed) in the city of Porto, drawing attention for the tiles covering the facade.
Considered one of the most prestigious places in the city and one of the most beautiful in the world, the Café Majestic was founded in 1921, and symbolizes the "Belle Époque" in the city of Porto.
It is one of the city's ex-libris, and it is possible to taste it in several wine bars throughout the city.
Casa da Música
Designed by the Dutchman Rem Koolhaas, this was the first building constructed in Portugal dedicated only to music. We advise you to take the opportunity to attend a show at the Sala Suggia.
Pérgola da Foz
Built around 1930 as part of the Port City Hall's efforts to improve the Avenida do Brasil, it is an ideal place to watch the sunset, due to its location and architecture.
In 1906, what was considered the "world's most beautiful bookstore" by CNN in 2014, opened. Now it contains the very famous "stairway to heaven" and delights its visitors.
Castelo do Queijo
Built during the 17th century for coastal defense against pirate incursions from North Africa, it owes its name to a legend that says it was built on a round granite rock, in the shaped of a cheese.
Torre dos Clérigos
It is one of the iconic images of the city of Porto. With its 75 meters high, you can climb to the top to get a stunning 360-degree view of the historic center.
Pérola do Bolhão
Founded in 1917 by António Rodrigues Reis, this traditional grocery store is one of the oldest houses in town, with an Art Nouveau facade covered with tiles that contain references to the spice route.
Cooked for the first time for over 60 years ago in downtown Porto, the recipe quickly spread throughout the city, multiplying the secrets of the sauces. Eating a francesinha is a gastronomic obligation, and your stomach will thank you for it.
Porto City Park
It is the largest urban park in the country, with an area of 83 hectares extending all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, a rare feature worldwide. It was decorated in 2000 by the Order of Engineers.
Centro Português de Fotografia
Located in the building of the former Cadeia da Relação (old municipal prison), this is where Camilo Castelo Branco was imprisoned, convicted of adultery with Ana Plácido. The access is free.
*Photo: Everaldo Coelho