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Porto, Portugal – Tips, What to do, Sights, Where to stay – Part 1

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Porto GCTE • OTE is the second city and the fourth most populous municipality in Portugal, located in the northwest of the country and the capital of the Porto Metropolitan Area (NUTS III and metropolitan area), the Northern Region (NUTS II) and the district of Porto. Harbor. The city is considered a global gamma city. The municipality, with an area of ​​41.42 km², has a population of 237,591 inhabitants within its administrative limits, being subdivided into seven parishes.

It is the city that gave its name to Portugal – from very early on (c. 200 BC), when it was called Portus Cale, later becoming the capital of the Condado Portucalense, from which Portugal was formed. It is still a city known worldwide for its wine, its bridges and contemporary and ancient architecture, its historic centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, for the quality of its restaurants and for its gastronomy, its main football teams, football Clube do Porto, Boavista Futebol Clube, Sport Comércio and Salgueiros, for its main public university: the University of Porto, placed among the 200 best universities in the World and among the 100 best universities in Europe, as well as for the quality of its centre’s hospital.

Where to stay in Porto – Portugal

Porto is a city that you can easily visit on a low budget. Just as the food is quite cheap, accommodation follows suit.

Best sleeping areas in Porto
One of the best areas to stay in Porto and where there is the highest concentration of hotels is around the Torre dos Clérigos and Praça da Liberdade, in the heart of the city.

Other recommended area to look for accommodation is Praça Batalha and Mercado do Bolhão, practical places close to the center of Porto.

If you are looking for a quieter area, a little further from the center, you can look for accommodation in the Praça da República area.

Where to eat in Porto – Portugal

Among the restaurants in Porto, you will find options for all tastes and budgets.

Lunch and dinner times in Porto
In Portugal, lunchtime is around 1 pm and dinner time is around 8 pm. It’s important that you don’t be too late for dinner, as many restaurants start closing around 9 pm.

Typical Porto dishes
Porto is a city with very varied cuisine, which allows you to taste a lot of typical flavours of Portugal.

Although without a doubt the highlight of Porto is the cod prepared in different ways, another of the favourite dishes in Porto is the “Tripas à moda do Porto”, a delicacy that earned those born in the city the nickname “Tripeiros”. The “francesinhas”, also very popular, is a kind of sandwich made with ham, cheese, sausage, sausage, egg and other ingredients.

As in the rest of Portugal, soups are another typical dish in Porto. You will find them in different flavours and everywhere and there are even restaurants that only sell soups – even at McDonald’s you can have hot soup.

Although in Porto the confectionery, in general, is of very high quality, one of the sweets worth trying is the “natas”, which are known here, but in Lisbon, they are called Pastéis de Belém, because they are made in the region of Bethlehem.

Beware of Appetizers
In restaurants, waiters usually put appetizers on the table that are not included in the food and that must be paid for separately. Many restaurants, already warn visitors to avoid misunderstanding.

It is important that you know that the portions of food are usually very large and in some restaurants, they offer the possibility of ordering half a portion.

Best dining areas in Porto
One of the liveliest areas and full of restaurants in Porto is Ribeira. In the lower part of the city, on the banks of the Douro, you will find many options of restaurants where you can enjoy a pleasant view of the river, the Luís I Bridge and the bank of Vila Nova de Gaia, where the illuminated signs of the cellars shine.

Other areas with a lively atmosphere to eat in Porto are Praça da Liberdade, Avenida dos Aliados and the Torre dos Clérigos region.

If you want to enjoy a different experience and cook your own dishes, you can also join a Portuguese cooking class.

Where to go and What to do in Porto – Portugal

Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, offers many things to see and do. We present some of the best attractions and museums in the city.

Cathedral of Porto
Built-in the highest part of the city, in the neighbourhood of Batalha, the Sé Cathedral is the most important religious monument in Porto. Know more.

Clerigos Church and Tower
The Clérigos Church and its tower are one of the most emblematic monuments in the city. From the top of the tower, you have one of the best views of Porto.

port cellars
If you are going to visit Porto, one of the most essential visits is to visit one of its famous cellars. Discover which are the best cellars in Porto.

Electric Car Museum
The Porto Tram Museum shows photographs, original uniforms, restored machines and, best of all, trams from different eras. Know more.

Ribeira
Located on the banks of the Douro River, the Ribeira district is one of the most important when it comes to visiting the historic centre of Porto. Know more.

Bolhão Market
Open since 1914, Mercado do Bolhão is one of the places where you can best appreciate the authentic essence of Porto.

Sao Bento Station
Built-in the 9th century on the remains of the Convent of São Bento de Ave Maria, Estação de São Bento is one of the best places to see in Porto.

Stock Exchange Palace
Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto. It is more interesting to visit it on one of its guided tours.

Lello and Brother Bookstore
Considered the most beautiful bookstore in Europe, Livraria Lello e Irmão de Porto is a must for any traveller. Don’t forget to visit it!

Music House
Casa da Música is a concert hall that began to be built in 1999 as part of the Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture project.

Monuments and tourist attractions in Porto

Discover the most beautiful and symbolic monuments in Porto and the most interesting attractions that you cannot miss.

Cathedral of Porto
Built in the highest part of the city, in the neighbourhood of Batalha, the Sé Cathedral is the most important religious monument in Porto.

Clerigos Church and Tower
The Clérigos Church and its tower are one of the most emblematic monuments in the city. From the top of the tower, you have one of the best views of Porto.

Bolhão Market
Open since 1914, Mercado do Bolhão is one of the places where you can best appreciate the authentic essence of Porto.

Sao Bento Station
Built-in the 9th century on the remains of the Convent of São Bento de Ave Maria, Estação de São Bento is one of the best places to see in Porto.

Stock Exchange Palace
Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto. It is more interesting to visit it on one of its guided tours.

Lello and Brother Bookstore
Considered the most beautiful bookstore in Europe, Livraria Lello e Irmão de Porto is a must for any traveller. Don’t forget to visit it!

Church of San Francisco
Along with the Igreja dos Clérigos and the Cathedral, the Igreja de São Francisco is one of the most important religious monuments in Porto.

Music House
Casa da Música is a concert hall that began to be built in 1999 as part of the Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture project.

Crystal Palace Gardens
The Palácio de Cristal Gardens are in the upper part of Porto and offer great views of the city and the Douro River.

Church of São Lourenço dos Grilos
Igreja São Lourenço dos Grills has a different appearance from the rest of the churches in Porto. It houses the Museum of Sacred Art and Archeology.

Sea Life Porto
Sea Life in Oporto is one of the most important aquariums in Europe, with over 3,000 different species of animals.

Infante’s House
Originally built in 1325, the Casa do Infante got its name because Henrique the Navigator was born in it.

Porto Museums

Although Porto is not known for its great museums and art galleries, there are some that are worth visiting.

Soares dos Reis Museum
The Soares dos Reis Museum is the oldest public museum in Portugal and the most important in Porto. Find out all about this museum.

Serralves Foundation
The Serralves Foundation houses the Porto Contemporary Art Museum, large gardens, Serralves’ house and an auditorium.

Electric Car Museum
The Porto Tram Museum shows photographs, original uniforms, restored machines and, best of all, trams from different eras.

Military Museum
The Military Museum of Porto houses weapons, uniforms and military equipment and, most importantly, thousands of miniatures.

Romantic Museum
The Romantic Museum of Porto is the house where King Carlos Alberto of Sardinia spent his last days in exile.

Guerra Junqueiro House Museum
Built-in the 18th century in a charming baroque style, the Casa Museu Guerra Junqueiro belonged to the famous poet Guerra Junqueiro

Portuguese Photography Center
Located in the old prison of the city of Porto, the Portuguese Photography Center is one of the most interesting cultural offerings in the city.

Caves do Porto

Just in front of the city of Porto, in the Vila Nova de Gaia region, are most of the cellars where, for hundreds of years, the most famous fortified wine in the world has been aged: Porto.

the port
The fundamental difference between Port wine and other wines is the brandy they include to stop fermentation. Thus, the drink retains the original sweetness of the grapes while maintaining a high level of alcohol.

The idea of ​​adding brandy to wine came in the 17th century when English merchants became interested in buying Portuguese wines, but these wines could not withstand the long journeys on the boats that transported them. Then they came up with the idea of ​​starting to fortify them with brandy so they wouldn’t spoil.

visiting the cellars
In Vila Nova da Gaia, you can visit several Port wine cellars. In each of them, a guide will accompany you through the winery facilities, explaining where the grapes are harvested and the process of making their wines.

At the end of the visit, in each cellar, you will be offered two glasses of wine for your tasting: one red wine and the other of white wine.

Cave Ramos Pinto
Founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880, the Ramos Pinto cellar is one of the most famous cellars in Porto.

Sandeman Cave
Created in 1970, the Sandeman cellar is known not only for the quality of its wines but also for the Don, the mysterious character in its logo.

Cave Ferreira
Built on a former convent, Ferreira is one of the most special cellars in Porto. Find out more about its location and how to visit Cave Ferreira.

Cave Cálem
Founded in 1859, Cálem cellar remains today one of the main wineries producing Port wine.

Tours:

From Porto: Douro Valley, Boat, Wine Tasting and Lunch
Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Cruise and Wine Cellar Tour
Porto Card with Public Transport (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)
Douro Wines Tour with Lunch and Boat Trip
Porto: Clérigos Tower Ticket
Porto: 6 Bridges Cruise on the Douro River
Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wines, Boat and Lunch
Porto: Adegas de Cálem, Fado Show and Wine Tasting

Places we visit:

Bolhão Market
Santa Catarina Street
Parish Church of Saint Ildefonso
National Theater Sao Joao
Statue of Dom Pedro V
Luís I Bridge
Gaia Cable Car – Jardim do Morro Station
Ribeira de Gaia Pier
Half Rabbit
Portuguese House of Pastel de Bacalhau – Gaia
Tips from Porto, Portugal

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