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Guidebook for Porto

Mercedes

Guidebook for Porto

Sightseeing
Foz do Douro with beach bars humming with bronzed locals, lighthouses commanding big ocean views, botanical gardens for strolling, and one of Porto's two Michelin-starred restaurants. Wander the esplanade to the backbeat of the Atlantic and kick back on the beach with an ice cream. You can easily venture out here on a day trip from central Porto by taking tram 1 from Infante to Passeio Alegre.
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Foz do Douro
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Foz do Douro with beach bars humming with bronzed locals, lighthouses commanding big ocean views, botanical gardens for strolling, and one of Porto's two Michelin-starred restaurants. Wander the esplanade to the backbeat of the Atlantic and kick back on the beach with an ice cream. You can easily venture out here on a day trip from central Porto by taking tram 1 from Infante to Passeio Alegre.
From Praça da Liberdade we arrive at Avenida dos Aliados, full of modernist buildings from the early twentieth century, such as the Town Hall or some banks. In this avenue you will find some restaurants, among which stands out a McDonald's that maintains its peculiar modernist decoration.
Liberdade Square
From Praça da Liberdade we arrive at Avenida dos Aliados, full of modernist buildings from the early twentieth century, such as the Town Hall or some banks. In this avenue you will find some restaurants, among which stands out a McDonald's that maintains its peculiar modernist decoration.
Liberdade Square - Praça da Liberdade- is Porto's most important square and connects old to modern Porto.
Liberdade Square
Liberdade Square - Praça da Liberdade- is Porto's most important square and connects old to modern Porto.
It is one of the oldest squares in the city. It was in this area of Ribeira and in its commercial connection with the Douro River that the city began its frank development and turned to the river.
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Ribeira
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It is one of the oldest squares in the city. It was in this area of Ribeira and in its commercial connection with the Douro River that the city began its frank development and turned to the river.
The picturesque Miragaia district is known for its cobbled streets lined with villas and small restaurants serving typical Portuguese dishes, as well as views of the Douro River from the highest areas. The Tram Museum has 19th and 20th century trams, while the Soares dos Reis National Museum displays jewelry, sculptures and paintings. The Customs Congress Center hosts large-scale historic conferences and exhibitions.
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Miragaia
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The picturesque Miragaia district is known for its cobbled streets lined with villas and small restaurants serving typical Portuguese dishes, as well as views of the Douro River from the highest areas. The Tram Museum has 19th and 20th century trams, while the Soares dos Reis National Museum displays jewelry, sculptures and paintings. The Customs Congress Center hosts large-scale historic conferences and exhibitions.
Funicular dos Guindais is an excellent opportunity to take a sightseeing tour between two monumental areas of the city.
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Funicular dos Guindais
314 R. da Ribeira Negra
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Funicular dos Guindais is an excellent opportunity to take a sightseeing tour between two monumental areas of the city.
Parks & Nature
In the park it is possible to observe the diversity of existing fauna, such as wild ducks, swans, geese, chickens, fish, frogs, frogs, etc. You can also rest, run, jog, do yoga, ride your bike and assist to some events as well.
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Porto City Park
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In the park it is possible to observe the diversity of existing fauna, such as wild ducks, swans, geese, chickens, fish, frogs, frogs, etc. You can also rest, run, jog, do yoga, ride your bike and assist to some events as well.
Created in 1951, the Porto Botanical Garden is a community-linked unit of the University of Porto. The Botanical Garden currently comprises an elegant 19th century mansion ,a historic garden, a succulent garden, a greenhouse area with tropical, subtropical, orchids and succulents plants and a pond area with aquatic plants .
Jardim Botânico
Created in 1951, the Porto Botanical Garden is a community-linked unit of the University of Porto. The Botanical Garden currently comprises an elegant 19th century mansion ,a historic garden, a succulent garden, a greenhouse area with tropical, subtropical, orchids and succulents plants and a pond area with aquatic plants .
The garden of the Rotunda da Boavista, Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square, dates from the beginning of the 19th century and has a formal layout around the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War. It's an emblematic place of the city where you can walk in the shade of the trees, or even rest. There is a lot of commerce around and in St. John and Christmas time the space gets more colour, with fun and popular parties.
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Rotunda da Boavista
136 Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque
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The garden of the Rotunda da Boavista, Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square, dates from the beginning of the 19th century and has a formal layout around the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War. It's an emblematic place of the city where you can walk in the shade of the trees, or even rest. There is a lot of commerce around and in St. John and Christmas time the space gets more colour, with fun and popular parties.
Boavista Roundabout or square has in the center a beautiful and large romantic garden. With countless old trees, oaks, linden, tulip trees, palm trees. Wooden benches are scattered around where you can read , look at the ever-intense traffic. Meditate, think life.
Rotunda da Boavista
Boavista Roundabout or square has in the center a beautiful and large romantic garden. With countless old trees, oaks, linden, tulip trees, palm trees. Wooden benches are scattered around where you can read , look at the ever-intense traffic. Meditate, think life.
In Foz do Douro you enjoy the beaches, walk, stroll , run, jog, sprint, race, or pedal gently as you like. Most of all, have fun.
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Foz do Douro
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In Foz do Douro you enjoy the beaches, walk, stroll , run, jog, sprint, race, or pedal gently as you like. Most of all, have fun.
In this his lush park there is a vaulted Sports Pavilion, a high-tech city library, and several tree-lined trails where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Douro River. The gardens feature several well-defined thematic areas. The areas of aromatic plants, medicinal plants , etc.
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Pavilhão Rosa Mota
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In this his lush park there is a vaulted Sports Pavilion, a high-tech city library, and several tree-lined trails where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Douro River. The gardens feature several well-defined thematic areas. The areas of aromatic plants, medicinal plants , etc.
It was built in the late nineteenth century . Flanked by a palm grove, it houses a number of valuable architectural features: a granite fountain ; two Obelisks of Nasoni, ; a small 'romantic chalet', built in 1874, before the garden was finished. A mini-golf is a centre of attraction for the garden, and the bandstand is occasionally held by philharmonic concerts. Finally, we highlight the public toilets, built in 1910, decorated with Art Nouveau tiles .
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Passeio Alegre garden
828 R. do Passeio Alegre
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It was built in the late nineteenth century . Flanked by a palm grove, it houses a number of valuable architectural features: a granite fountain ; two Obelisks of Nasoni, ; a small 'romantic chalet', built in 1874, before the garden was finished. A mini-golf is a centre of attraction for the garden, and the bandstand is occasionally held by philharmonic concerts. Finally, we highlight the public toilets, built in 1910, decorated with Art Nouveau tiles .
Arts & Culture
The space is of great beauty and creativity, ennobling Portuguese culture, consisting of several spaces, such as the Park, the House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Library, the Auditorium and the fantastic Park.
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Fundação Serralves
210 R. Dom João de Castro
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The space is of great beauty and creativity, ennobling Portuguese culture, consisting of several spaces, such as the Park, the House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Library, the Auditorium and the fantastic Park.
Largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the largest in Europe.
Synagogue Kadoorie Mekor Haim
340 R. de Guerra Junqueiro
Largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the largest in Europe.
Built in the 9th century on the remains of São Bento de Ave Maria convent, São Bento Station is a monument itself.
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Porto São Bento
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Built in the 9th century on the remains of São Bento de Ave Maria convent, São Bento Station is a monument itself.
Sé do Porto still traces the primitive Romanesque building built between the 1st half of the 12th century and the beginning of the 19th century. It underwent modifications in the mannerist and baroque periods. The Gothic cloister dates back to D. João I, the king who celebrated his wedding in this cathedral.
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Kathedrale von Porto
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Sé do Porto still traces the primitive Romanesque building built between the 1st half of the 12th century and the beginning of the 19th century. It underwent modifications in the mannerist and baroque periods. The Gothic cloister dates back to D. João I, the king who celebrated his wedding in this cathedral.
The Clerigos Church was built between 1735 and 1748 in Baroque style. It is crowned by the Clérigos Tower, which is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. Clérigos Tower is the tallest tower in Portugal: its 76 meters high and over 200 steps give access to a privileged panoramic view of Porto.
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Igreja dos Clérigos
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The Clerigos Church was built between 1735 and 1748 in Baroque style. It is crowned by the Clérigos Tower, which is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. Clérigos Tower is the tallest tower in Portugal: its 76 meters high and over 200 steps give access to a privileged panoramic view of Porto.
Housed in a former 16th century prison (from 1501 to 1600), the Cadeia da Relação, an imposing building, the Portuguese Center for Photography was born in 1997 to revive photographic culture at a time when they began more photography schools and festivals appear. The programming of this space is balanced between contemporary and historical photography and Portuguese and international photography. Here you can learn about the evolution of photography and various individual and collective experiences that have marked the practice of photography at national and international level. There is an annual program of temporary exhibitions and a permanent museum centre, with a rare collection of old cameras, the Portuguese Photography Center also houses a specialized library. There is also a shop and a service that deals with guided tours of the building and exhibitions.
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Portuguese Centre of Photography
S/N Campo Mártires da Pátria
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Housed in a former 16th century prison (from 1501 to 1600), the Cadeia da Relação, an imposing building, the Portuguese Center for Photography was born in 1997 to revive photographic culture at a time when they began more photography schools and festivals appear. The programming of this space is balanced between contemporary and historical photography and Portuguese and international photography. Here you can learn about the evolution of photography and various individual and collective experiences that have marked the practice of photography at national and international level. There is an annual program of temporary exhibitions and a permanent museum centre, with a rare collection of old cameras, the Portuguese Photography Center also houses a specialized library. There is also a shop and a service that deals with guided tours of the building and exhibitions.
The Bolsa Palace is one of Porto's most important historical monuments. It was built in the second half of the century. Nineteenth in neoclassical style, intended to host the Porto Commercial Association, which reflects the importance of this activity in the history of the city. Inside it is worth visiting the Courtyard of Nations and the magnificent Arab Hall. Inspired by the Moorish style, it is a unique space of decorative wealth created in 1862. It is currently used for cultural events.
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Palácio da Bolsa
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The Bolsa Palace is one of Porto's most important historical monuments. It was built in the second half of the century. Nineteenth in neoclassical style, intended to host the Porto Commercial Association, which reflects the importance of this activity in the history of the city. Inside it is worth visiting the Courtyard of Nations and the magnificent Arab Hall. Inspired by the Moorish style, it is a unique space of decorative wealth created in 1862. It is currently used for cultural events.
St. Francis Church was built in the fourteenth century, during the reign of King Fernando, in the place of a modest church belonging to the Franciscan order that had settled in Porto in 1223.
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São Francisco
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St. Francis Church was built in the fourteenth century, during the reign of King Fernando, in the place of a modest church belonging to the Franciscan order that had settled in Porto in 1223.
Igreja dos Grilos began to be built in the sixteenth century, but was not finished until the eighteenth century. It has practically bare walls, exposing the large amount of stones that make up the church. If you wish you can visit the museum of sacred art and it is a pleasant walk. Upstairs there are several rooms with high stone ceilings in which statues of saints, religious jewelery and liturgical objects are displayed.
Igreja dos Grilos
Igreja dos Grilos began to be built in the sixteenth century, but was not finished until the eighteenth century. It has practically bare walls, exposing the large amount of stones that make up the church. If you wish you can visit the museum of sacred art and it is a pleasant walk. Upstairs there are several rooms with high stone ceilings in which statues of saints, religious jewelery and liturgical objects are displayed.
Building designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música was inaugurated in 2005 and since then has become an icon of contemporary architecture, attracting visitors from many different parts of the world.
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Casa da Música
604-610 Av. da Boavista
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Building designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música was inaugurated in 2005 and since then has become an icon of contemporary architecture, attracting visitors from many different parts of the world.
The Paper Money Museum is an integral part of the Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda Foundation. It is located in Avenida da Boavista, right in front of Parque da Cidade, in a building of sober and elegant lines. The access to the museum is via a large lobby, which is also located the reception, the cloakroom, an auditorium with a capacity of 217 seats. On the entrance floor you can find a restaurant as well. Downstairs (-1 floor), there is the large auditorium and multipurpose rooms, excellent location for congresses, conferences, exhibitions and concerts with orchestra.
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda
4245 Avenida da Boavista
The Paper Money Museum is an integral part of the Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda Foundation. It is located in Avenida da Boavista, right in front of Parque da Cidade, in a building of sober and elegant lines. The access to the museum is via a large lobby, which is also located the reception, the cloakroom, an auditorium with a capacity of 217 seats. On the entrance floor you can find a restaurant as well. Downstairs (-1 floor), there is the large auditorium and multipurpose rooms, excellent location for congresses, conferences, exhibitions and concerts with orchestra.
It was built in the 16 th century for coastal defense against pirate raids from North Africa. It is also known as Castle Cheese because, according to tradition, it was built on a round granite rock, with a similar shape to that of a cheese.
Castelo do Queijo
It was built in the 16 th century for coastal defense against pirate raids from North Africa. It is also known as Castle Cheese because, according to tradition, it was built on a round granite rock, with a similar shape to that of a cheese.
Also commonly known as Quinta da Macieirinha, this late eighteenth century cottage was purchased by the city of Porto, in 1972, to create a museum there. The museum space aims to recreate a wealthy home of the nineteenth century, addressing the aesthetic, the ways and customs related to Oporto Romanticism of the nineteenth century .
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Museu Romântico da Quinta da Macieirinha
220 R. de Entre-Quintas
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Also commonly known as Quinta da Macieirinha, this late eighteenth century cottage was purchased by the city of Porto, in 1972, to create a museum there. The museum space aims to recreate a wealthy home of the nineteenth century, addressing the aesthetic, the ways and customs related to Oporto Romanticism of the nineteenth century .
Shopping
In this Shopping Centre you can find stores like Carolina Herrera, Purificacion Garcia, Adolfo Dominguez, Massimo Dutti and the jewellery shop Elements.
Peninsula Boutique Center
159 Praça Bom Sucesso
In this Shopping Centre you can find stores like Carolina Herrera, Purificacion Garcia, Adolfo Dominguez, Massimo Dutti and the jewellery shop Elements.
It's a modern shopping Centre where you can find anything.
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NorteShopping
12700 Estrada da Circunvalação
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It's a modern shopping Centre where you can find anything.
Excellent Shopping Centre.
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El Corte Inglés Gaia Porto
1435 Av. da República
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Excellent Shopping Centre.
A good Shopping Centre near Boavista roundabout.
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Shopping Cidade do Porto
350 Rua Gonçalo Sampaio
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A good Shopping Centre near Boavista roundabout.
Museu Interactivo
Oceanarium with over 3000 fascinating creatures. In the SEA LIFE Porto, you can walk through the first underwater tunnel in the country.
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SEA LIFE Centre Porto
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Oceanarium with over 3000 fascinating creatures. In the SEA LIFE Porto, you can walk through the first underwater tunnel in the country.
Museum with restaurant, themed trip and exhibitions on the history of the first Portuguese navigators.
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World of Discoveries
106 Rua de Miragaia
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Museum with restaurant, themed trip and exhibitions on the history of the first Portuguese navigators.
"The car in space and time" - permanent exhibition alluding to the history of the automobile and its relationship with the economy and society throughout the twentieth century.
Museum of Transport and Communication
59 R. Nova da Alfândega
"The car in space and time" - permanent exhibition alluding to the history of the automobile and its relationship with the economy and society throughout the twentieth century.
Explore the interactive museum and, at the Calém store, take a piece of Porto with you.
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Porto Cálem
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Explore the interactive museum and, at the Calém store, take a piece of Porto with you.
Passeio turístico
You can appreciate the history of this famous wine through various illustrative panels of trade, get to know better the evolution of the bottles and various objects linked to the Porto wine as well as the entire wine region. The presentation of a film will make you aware of the many professions that are related to Porto wine, such as coopers and sailors.
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Extensão Douro
94 R. de Monchique
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You can appreciate the history of this famous wine through various illustrative panels of trade, get to know better the evolution of the bottles and various objects linked to the Porto wine as well as the entire wine region. The presentation of a film will make you aware of the many professions that are related to Porto wine, such as coopers and sailors.
This cruise plus a magnificent landscape, we can especially admire the six bridges that connect Porto and Gai
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Cruzeiro das 6 Pontes
40 Rua dos Canastreiros
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This cruise plus a magnificent landscape, we can especially admire the six bridges that connect Porto and Gai