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  • Sara Alduk

Discover the Marvels of Porto on Our Walking Tour

Greetings, fellow explorers! Welcome to Porto, a city that beckons with the allure of authentic Portuguese culture, rich history and a culinary scene that will tantalize your taste buds. Nestled in the northern part of Portugal, Porto has recently emerged as a favourite among travellers worldwide, captivating hearts with its charming streets, traditional architecture, and, of course, the world-renowned Port Wine that adds a touch of magic to every visit.


As we step into this coastal city, our itinerary will unfold, leading us through the cobblestone streets and iconic landmarks that make Porto a true gem. With roots dating back to the 12th century, Porto has evolved into the second-largest city in Portugal, earning recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996 and consistently voted the best European destination.


As we embark on a walking tour through Porto, it's worth noting that the information has been thoughtfully curated and provided as a farewell gift from our knowledgeable guide, Vitoria, who has spent the last two years sharing the wonders of Porto with explorers like you. Now back in Brazil, her insights and recommendations will serve as our compass through the city's cultural tapestry. Let's follow in her footsteps and discover the magic of Porto!


Cathedral of Sé: Our journey commences at the Cathedral of Sé, a historic masterpiece founded in the 12th century. This sacred site not only showcases stunning architecture but also holds the echoes of the royal marriage that solidified the Anglo-Portuguese alliance. Venture beyond the cathedral to explore the Bishop's palace, the intriguing pillory, and the Chapel Lady of the Truth, each contributing to the rich tapestry of Porto's history.


Cathedral of Sé


Street of Flowers: Wandering through the vibrant Street of Flowers, we'll connect the historic Baixa to the picturesque riverfront Ribeira. This lively street, teeming with traditional Portuguese charm, is adorned with charming cafes, restaurants, and talented artists, creating a unique and playful atmosphere. Don't miss the chance to admire "The Blue Cat" mural and indulge in the irresistible Pastel de Nata!


Street of Flowers


São Bento Train Station: Prepare to be enchanted at São Bento train station, a visual masterpiece adorned with over 22 thousand blue and white Portuguese tiles. As we marvel at the historical murals depicting Portugal's significant events, we'll also plan day trips to nearby cities like Aveiro and Guimarães, uncovering more facets of this captivating region.


São Bento Train Station

Alliance Avenue: Adjacent to the station, Alliance Avenue symbolizes the historic alliance between Portugal and England. As we explore the wide plazas and witness Porto's lively events, the beauty of granite Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings unfolds. Our journey will also take us to the unique Alliance McDonald's, a gem with a rich history that adds a modern twist to Porto's narrative.


Lello's Bookshop: Whether you're a literary enthusiast or just seeking a magical atmosphere, Lello's Bookshop is a must-visit. Known for its neo-gothic charm and golden-hued interior, this enchanting library has earned its place as one of the world's most beautiful. Rumoured to have inspired J.K. Rowling, Lello's Bookshop is a testament to Porto's cultural richness.


Carmo and Carmelitas Churches: For lovers of Portuguese tiles, our journey takes us to the Carmo and Carmelitas churches, offering a visual feast for the senses. Admire the captivating tile panel on Carmo's facade, a point of fascination for photographers capturing Porto's unique charm. Uncover the quirky history of the hidden house between the two churches, a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of Porto's past.


Carmo Church


Clérigos Tower and Church: Ascend the Clérigos Tower, the tallest building in Porto, for breathtaking panoramic views that stretch across the cityscape. Built in the 18th century by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, the tower stands as a testament to Porto's architectural prowess. Explore the church and the House of Brotherhood, soaking in these landmarks' historical and cultural significance. As we climb the 225 steps to the top of the tower, a 360-degree view unfolds, providing a unique perspective of Porto's landscape during the day, at sunset, and even at night. If you're not afraid of heights, the experience promises to be nothing short of magical. The sound of the 49 bells adorning the tower may serenade us as we take in the breathtaking scenery. Around the Clérigos complex, we'll discover the Cordoaria garden, a peaceful haven perfect for a leisurely break. Adjacent to it stands the Former prison of Porto, transformed into the Centre of Portuguese Photography. As we delve into this historical space, we'll gain insights into Porto's past and its evolution through the lens of photography.


Clérigos Church


Luís I Bridge: Prepare for a jaw-dropping experience as we approach Luís I Bridge, the most emblematic of the seven connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Constructed between 1881 and 1886 by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustav Eiffel, the bridge offers a stunning vantage point to behold Porto's captivating architecture and the vibrant colours of its closely-knit houses. As we traverse the upper level of the bridge, the city unfolds before us in a mesmerizing display. Whether it's the sun-drenched cityscape during the day, the sparkling lights of the city at night, or the enchanting orange sky during sunset, each moment is a photographic masterpiece. The Jardim do Morro, a viewpoint nestled next to the bridge, is renowned as one of the best places in Porto to witness the sun bidding adieu. As a tip, consider bringing along some snacks and a bottle of Douro wine to savour the moment in the company of fellow explorers.





Luís I Bridge


Ribeira: Our journey through Porto wouldn't be complete without immersing ourselves in the charm of Ribeira, a historic district nestled along the riverfront called Cais da Ribeira. Here, we can take a stroll, soaking in the main postcard view of the city: the iconic Dom Luis Bridge. As we explore the cobbled streets, we'll have the chance to relax in a riverside restaurant, enjoying good music from street artists serenading the air. On the other side of the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia, a different but equally enchanting atmosphere awaits. Here, we can explore the caves where the famous Port wine is crafted. This unique wine, exclusive to the region, is produced in the Douro Valley, the very river that gracefully meanders through Porto. Transported to the caves in Vila Nova de Gaia for ageing, Port wine is distinguished by its sweet and robust profile, with alcohol content reaching up to 22%. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, the experience of learning about its production, exploring the caves, and sampling various types of Port wine will surely be unforgettable.


Ribeira


Bolhão Market: To conclude our Porto adventure, we'll make our way to Bolhão Market, the most emblematic local market in the city. Here, we'll be greeted by a sensory delight, with stalls offering fresh seafood, vibrant fruits and vegetables, local products such as olive oil, wines, liquors, sardines, cheese, olives, and traditional snacks. The original building, a symbol of Porto's market culture since 1914, underwent a recent restoration, and in 2022, the brand-new market reopened its doors.



Bolhão Market



If you feel the allure of Porto's rich tapestry resonating with your explorer soul, don't hesitate! Click on the link and book our exclusive walking tour today. Embark on a journey that promises not only exploration but a deep connection with the heart of this extraordinary city. Extend your adventure further with our enticing food tour in Porto or continue your trip to Lisbon with our captivating walking tour!

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