Porto

Porto at the end

Porto (also called Oporto) is a Portuguese municipality and port city in the northwest of Portugal, on the Costa Verde. Porto is built on the north bank of the Douro River. It is the second largest city in Portugal. The city was in 2001 cultural capital of Europe, together with Rotterdam. Porto is best known as the place of origin of port (o) wine, which is stored in Vila Nova de Gaia (located opposite Porto on the south bank of the river Douro), and is exported from all over the world. Formerly the city was called Cale and later Portucale, from which the country name Portugal was derived.

Sightseeing

The city has a large number of attractions. A number of them can be seen in the photo report. Below is a list of the sights of Porto with a direct link for more information about the relevant landmark.

Source: wikipedia

  • The historic center, this is from 1996 on the World Heritage list.
  • Ribeira. The old district on the riverbank.
  • The Maria Pia bridge, designed by Théophile Seyrig and built by G. Eiffel & Cie
  • The Luis I bridge, a sister bridge of the Maria Pia bridge, designed by Théophile Seyrig and built by the Ateliers de Construction de Willebroeck.
  • The Torre dos Clérigos, the highest church tower in the center belonging to the Igreja dos Clérigos. The tower can be climbed, in clear weather there is a good view
  • Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, a park with height differences and a lot of vistas to the river Douro
  • Avenida dos Aliados and the town hall dating from the first half of the 20th century
  • Palácio da Bolsa; the old stock exchange building, especially the Arabic room
  • Casa da Música is a concert hall built on the occasion of the title Cultural capital of Europe that the city carried with Rotterdam in 2001. The building was only ready for use in 2005 and was designed by the Dutchman Rem Koolhaas.
  • Station São Bento station hall, especially the tiling with images from the history of the city and the history of transport
  • Café Majestic, in the rua de Santa Catarina, with the interior still in its original condition (1921)
  • Igreja de São Francisco; church with a treasure trove decorated as a museum and a crypt
  • Bookstore Lello e Irmão; a bookstore with a special façade, a ceiling of stained glass and a strikingly designed staircase.\
  • Sé, the cathedral of the city, perched above the city
  • Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, located in Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river Douro with views of the city of Porto and the world heritage.
  • Castelo da Foz (Forte S. João Baptista), near the estuary in the ocean (Foz means river estuary)
  • Serralves. Park, villa and museum of modern art, the latter is designed by the architect Álvaro Siza.

In Porto, Tours Portugal works together with a Dutch & English speaking guide who knows the city and the surroundings. She can take you on a great tour through the city. Ask about the possibilities if you want to add this to your trip.

 

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