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A Glimpse Over Porto

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Bei Airbnb seit 2016
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A Glimpse Over Porto

Porto's Main Attractions
The places you must see while in Porto...
The Clerigos Tower is one of the paradigmatic architectural landmarks of Porto. The structure is, in fact, part of the Clerigos Church, representing its bell tower. The church proper was built between 1732 and 1750, but the construction works at the Clerigos Tower started no sooner than 1754, only to be completed in 1763. It was designed by Nicolau Nasoni, the Italian architect who left a strong artistic print on Porto since he also contributed, at least in part, to the design of sundry other landmarks of the city, such as the Porto Cathedral, the Church of Mercy and the very Clerigos Church. The Clerigos Tower of Porto At the moment of its construction, the Clerigos Tower was the tallest building in Portugal. Thus, it amounts to some 76 meters in height, counting about 230 steps visitors can use in order to climb the six levels of the structure in order to get to the belfry and admire the view of Porto. In fact, the main tourist merit of the tower resides precisely in the panoramic views it provides over the city. However, visitors can also direct their attention to the architectural merits of the structure. It is an example of the Baroque style blending mild influences of the Tuscan bell towers that must have inspired Nasoni when he designed the Portuguese campanile.
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Clérigos Tower
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The Clerigos Tower is one of the paradigmatic architectural landmarks of Porto. The structure is, in fact, part of the Clerigos Church, representing its bell tower. The church proper was built between 1732 and 1750, but the construction works at the Clerigos Tower started no sooner than 1754, only to be completed in 1763. It was designed by Nicolau Nasoni, the Italian architect who left a strong artistic print on Porto since he also contributed, at least in part, to the design of sundry other landmarks of the city, such as the Porto Cathedral, the Church of Mercy and the very Clerigos Church. The Clerigos Tower of Porto At the moment of its construction, the Clerigos Tower was the tallest building in Portugal. Thus, it amounts to some 76 meters in height, counting about 230 steps visitors can use in order to climb the six levels of the structure in order to get to the belfry and admire the view of Porto. In fact, the main tourist merit of the tower resides precisely in the panoramic views it provides over the city. However, visitors can also direct their attention to the architectural merits of the structure. It is an example of the Baroque style blending mild influences of the Tuscan bell towers that must have inspired Nasoni when he designed the Portuguese campanile.
The Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto is one of the world's oldest bookstores, frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and a top place to visit in Portugal.
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Livraria Lello
144 R. das Carmelitas
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The Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto is one of the world's oldest bookstores, frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and a top place to visit in Portugal.
Majestic Café is the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it's on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world.
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Café Majestic
112 Rua Santa Catarina
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Majestic Café is the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it's on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world.
Casa da Música in Porto stands as one of the greatest builds of the new age, says The Guardian. British newspaper The Guardian picked the 25 greatest builds of the 21st century and Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, ranks number 7 in the list
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Casa da Música
604-610 Av. da Boavista
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Casa da Música in Porto stands as one of the greatest builds of the new age, says The Guardian. British newspaper The Guardian picked the 25 greatest builds of the 21st century and Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, ranks number 7 in the list
Walk the 385m long Dom Luís I bridge for magnificent views of Porto, Portugal. The bridge opened on October 31st 1886 and at the time it was the longest of its type in the world. The upper deck is put in use for pedestrians and light rail while the bottom desk is open for pedestrians and general traffic.
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Ponte Dom Luís I
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Walk the 385m long Dom Luís I bridge for magnificent views of Porto, Portugal. The bridge opened on October 31st 1886 and at the time it was the longest of its type in the world. The upper deck is put in use for pedestrians and light rail while the bottom desk is open for pedestrians and general traffic.
Why are we directing you to a train station? Because it's one of the world's most stunning. We're not being biased either, as São Bento was voted tenth most beautiful in Travel+Leisure magazine's list of the World's Most Beautiful Train Stations. First, take in the Belle Epoque, Parisian-esque exterior, then prepare to have your mind just a little bit blown upon entering. The concourse is jaw-droppingly wonderful, with 20,000 decorative tiles covering the walls, which took painter Jorge Colaço 11 years to complete, no less.
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Porto São Bento
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Why are we directing you to a train station? Because it's one of the world's most stunning. We're not being biased either, as São Bento was voted tenth most beautiful in Travel+Leisure magazine's list of the World's Most Beautiful Train Stations. First, take in the Belle Epoque, Parisian-esque exterior, then prepare to have your mind just a little bit blown upon entering. The concourse is jaw-droppingly wonderful, with 20,000 decorative tiles covering the walls, which took painter Jorge Colaço 11 years to complete, no less.
When Googling this park, if you’re faced with a bunch of fiberglass dinosaurs, then you’re in the wrong Crystal Palace. Despite the lack of prehistoric models, these gardens are somewhat more exotic than what London has to offer. Not only does this verdant paradise have a maze of walkways, tree-lined waterways, sculptured topiary and a huge domed pavilion (all thanks to German landscape architect Emile David), but it overlooks the Douro River too.
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Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
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When Googling this park, if you’re faced with a bunch of fiberglass dinosaurs, then you’re in the wrong Crystal Palace. Despite the lack of prehistoric models, these gardens are somewhat more exotic than what London has to offer. Not only does this verdant paradise have a maze of walkways, tree-lined waterways, sculptured topiary and a huge domed pavilion (all thanks to German landscape architect Emile David), but it overlooks the Douro River too.
Just you try and resist diving straight into this breathtaking pool. Go on, we dare you. Designed by famed Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, Marés Pool is quite literally built into the rocks that divide the land and the ocean and is quite a sight to behold, let alone swim in. Although do be sure to take a dip, as it's filled with salty seawater and is great for floating your cares away.
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Leça Swimming Pools
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Just you try and resist diving straight into this breathtaking pool. Go on, we dare you. Designed by famed Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, Marés Pool is quite literally built into the rocks that divide the land and the ocean and is quite a sight to behold, let alone swim in. Although do be sure to take a dip, as it's filled with salty seawater and is great for floating your cares away.
The Dragão Stadium is the home of the Porto Football Club. It was designed by architect Manuel Salgado and opened in 2003. The opportunity to replace the old Antas Stadium came up when Portugal hosted Euro 2004. The Dragão stadium hosted the UEFA European Championship opening match between the national teams of Portugal and Greece. The Dragão has a capacity for approximately 50,000 spectators and is home of the FC Porto Museum by BMG, a wide and technological space which shows the history of the club founded in 1893. In recent years, FC Porto won the UEFA Cup 2002/03, the Champions League of 2003/04, the 2004 Intercontinental Cup and the Europa League in 2010/11 in addition to several national titles.
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Estádio do Dragão
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The Dragão Stadium is the home of the Porto Football Club. It was designed by architect Manuel Salgado and opened in 2003. The opportunity to replace the old Antas Stadium came up when Portugal hosted Euro 2004. The Dragão stadium hosted the UEFA European Championship opening match between the national teams of Portugal and Greece. The Dragão has a capacity for approximately 50,000 spectators and is home of the FC Porto Museum by BMG, a wide and technological space which shows the history of the club founded in 1893. In recent years, FC Porto won the UEFA Cup 2002/03, the Champions League of 2003/04, the 2004 Intercontinental Cup and the Europa League in 2010/11 in addition to several national titles.
The Porto Cruise Terminal (South Cruise Terminal) is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city and an important gateway of the region. It is situated at the South Mole of the Port of Leixões, just 3 Km from the city of Porto. Since April 2011, the new pier with 340 metres of length has received the biggest and the most glamorous cruise ships from the worldwide cruise fleet, boosting the cruise tourism in the North of Portugal region. With this new pier, the Port of Leixões became able to receive cruise ships of larger dimensions, up to 300 metres long.
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Cruise Terminal of the Port of Leixões
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The Porto Cruise Terminal (South Cruise Terminal) is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city and an important gateway of the region. It is situated at the South Mole of the Port of Leixões, just 3 Km from the city of Porto. Since April 2011, the new pier with 340 metres of length has received the biggest and the most glamorous cruise ships from the worldwide cruise fleet, boosting the cruise tourism in the North of Portugal region. With this new pier, the Port of Leixões became able to receive cruise ships of larger dimensions, up to 300 metres long.
Eating in Porto
The first time you take a bite of a francesinha is a time that is sure to stay in your mind. Warm and savory with a medley of meats and more than a hint of melted cheese in each forkful, this dish, traditional to Porto, is in a category all of its own. Calorie bomb, meat-lover’s dream, and drunk sandwich are just three ways to describe the francesinha, but nearly everyone calls it delicious. Here are our picks of the top places to try Portugal’s favorite saucy “little Frenchie” sandwich in the city where it all started
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Café Santiago
226 R. de Passos Manuel
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The first time you take a bite of a francesinha is a time that is sure to stay in your mind. Warm and savory with a medley of meats and more than a hint of melted cheese in each forkful, this dish, traditional to Porto, is in a category all of its own. Calorie bomb, meat-lover’s dream, and drunk sandwich are just three ways to describe the francesinha, but nearly everyone calls it delicious. Here are our picks of the top places to try Portugal’s favorite saucy “little Frenchie” sandwich in the city where it all started
Delicious Typical Porto's meals, can't miss it!
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Restaurante Abadia do Porto
22 R. do Ateneu Comercial do Porto
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Delicious Typical Porto's meals, can't miss it!

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Moving around the city
Porto is a fantastic city to discover on foot but if you wish to visit landmarks such as the Castelo do Queijo, Foz do Douro, Parque de Serralves, Matosinhos or the Port Wine cellars, the best option is to use available public transport such as the Metro or Bus, Uber is also a good way to move around the city.