In order to complement your stay in Porto in a pleasant and culturally instructive way, there are several places that deserve your visit.
The majority of Porto’s Touristic Attractions are located downtown, which means it is possible to visit some of them in the same day or afternoon. Acting as different pieces of the city’s heritage and worthy of being contemplated individually, every single one of them has its own unique personality, which combined tell the story of our incredible city.
Find below some recommendations of our favourite attractions:
Avenida dos Aliados
Avenida dos Aliados is the main avenue and the centre of Porto. Facing the Porto City Hall, it has statues and trees and is surrounded by some of the most important buildings of the city.
Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore)
Livraria Lello, also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão or Livraria Chardron, is located at Rua das Carmelitas, 144, in the Historic Centre of the city. Due to its unique historical and artistic value, Lello has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by several personalities and entities.
Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)
Designed by Architect Nicolau Nasoni, and classified as a National Monument since 1910, the Clérigos Church and Tower are a remarkable architectural ensemble, being considered the ex-libris of this city. The complex is located at the top of Clérigos street and includes three main elements: the Clérigos Church, the Clérigos Tower and the Sisterhood House.
Ponte Luís I (Luís I Bridge)
The Luís I Bridge has a metallic structure with two decks, built between the years 1881 and 1888, connecting the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia separated by Douro River. The construction was carried out through the project of the Belgian engineer Théophile Seyrig, who had previously collaborated with Gustave Eiffel. The bridge was opened in 1888.
Rua das Flores
Rua das Flores is one of the most peculiar streets of Porto. It has a special charm with its historic and colorful buildings, some with flowers on the building fronts, doing justice to its name. It has charming café terraces and restaurants, as well as small local shops. Its history dates back to the 16th century, it was one of the main routes occupying the Bishop's gardens.
Sé do Porto
The Porto Cathedral, also known as the Sé do Porto, is one of the oldest monuments in Portugal and is located in the historic centre of the city. It dates from the 12th and 13th centuries and its structure is Roman-Gothic, although, in the Baroque period, some renovations were carried out.
Casa da Música (Music House)
Casa da Música is the main concert hall located on Avenida da Boavista, in Porto, Portugal.
It was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, as part of the Porto European Capital of Culture event in 2001 (Porto 2001), however, the construction was only completed in 2005, immediately becoming an icon of the city.
Palácio de Cristal (Gardens)
The Gardens of Palácio de Cristal are a pleasant green space located in the parish of Massarelos, from which you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Douro River and the sea.
Fundação Serralves (Garden and Museum)
The Serralves Foundation is located in the Serralves Park in the city of Porto, in Portugal, where the Serralves House and the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum are located. Both can be visited and enjoyed.
Museu Soares dos Reis
Museum installed at the Carrancas Palace, built at the end of the XVIII century and which was once the royal family residence. It has collections of decorative arts, paintings and sculptures. It also integrates a pottery nucleus, with works of faience from the North of Portugal, jewellery, furniture, glass and oriental China works.