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We’ll start our experience in Matosinhos, in front of Leixões Port/Doca Norte main gate, a fishing area with golden sand beaches where we can regularly find local surfers. In this area we find the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade. We continue along the coast until we reach Foz, we continue along the right Douro River bank, passing under the Arrábida bridge towards the center of Porto.
Arriving at the city center, we will stop at the Cordoaria garden, one of the various green spaces in town, located behind the Rectory of the University and which has in its proximity the Portuguese Center of Photography, the Justice Palace and the Hospital de Santo António.
We now head to the Torre dos Clérigos, built in the 18th century it’s the tallest granitic tower in the city. Climbing “only” 225 steps we have access to a 360º perspective of the city center and surroundings.
We’ll make a brief stop at Livraria Lello, built in 1906, it’s one of the most beautiful in the world, it’s a mandatory stopping point for anyone visiting Porto. We cross the Praça dos Leões where we can see the beautiful Carmo and Carmelitas churches.
We continue along the narrow alleys of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods, Miragaia and Vitória neighborhoods.
Then we head to the city center and pass by the most emblematic square in Porto, Praça da Liberdade flanked by Avenida dos Aliados.
We continue to the most commercial area of Porto, the Bolhão area, here we find the traditional market with local products, shops of all types and for all tastes, and the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina, where you will find the most luxurious café in Porto, Café Majestic.
We go to the Sé do Porto Cathedral, a 12th century building with a mix of architectural styles, which dates back to the city’s origins, here we also see the Sé neighborhood, which surrounds the cathedral it’s the oldest in the city, and remains faithful to Porto’s traditions and customs.
We continue to São Bento train station, one of the most beautiful in Europe, here we can appreciate the approximately 20 thousand hand painted tiles that line the interior and illustrate part of the history of Portugal.
We passed by Praça do Infante, which houses the Palácio da Bolsa, the São Francisco church and the old Ferreira Borges market and we arrive at Ribeira, the last neighborhood of the 4 oldest in Porto that we still had to visit.
We’ll cross the Dom Luis I bridge to make a brief stop at the Serra do Pilar Monastery, to enjoy a glass of Port Wine and to contemplate the Douro River and the City of Porto on the other bank, surely one of the most beautiful views in Portugal!
Finally, we return to the Leixões dock, to your cruise to end the experience.
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The sculpture is designed to reflect Porto's and Matosinhos's seafaring and industrial heritage. The three support poles are painted to resemble the smokestacks and lighthouses in the area. The net structure is meant to reference the city's fishing industry.
It's a hexagonal tower in ten-meter high in granite. It has a red balcony and lantern, and a small annex building with plastered walls painted white.
Built in the late nineteenth century benefitting from the participation of Emíle David who worked on its landscaping. Lined by a Palm Grove, it houses a variety of architectural features of great value: a granite fountain to the west, from the former S. Francisco Convent, two Nasoni obelisques etc
The Arrábida Bridge is an arch bridge of reinforced concrete, that carries six lanes of traffic over the Douro River, between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia;
Engineered by the portuguese Engineer Edgar Cardoso;
By 22 June 1963, the bridge was concluded and inaugurated. At the time of its completion, the bridge's main span of 270 metres (890 ft) was the largest of any concrete-arch bridge in the world.
The name by which it is best known is due to the activity of the rope makers who stayed here for about 200 years. In the nineteenth century, the Municipality decided to transform the Praça da Cordoaria into a public area. The project, by the German landscaper Emile David, was built in 1865/1866. In the garden there are statues of Ramalho Ortigão and António Nobre and a set of sculptures by Juan Muñoz "thirteen laughing at each other"
The Clérigos Church is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols.
The building where the library is now located was inaugurated in 1906. Special mention goes to its beautiful Art Nouveau façade with neo-Gothic details. On the inside, the library is decorated in painted plaster imitating wood and presents a magnificent staircase linking it to the upper floor - one of the first reinforced concrete works in Porto. Also worthy of attention is the huge stained-glass skylight, bearing the library's monogram and motto: 'Decus in Labore'.
The Fountain of the Lions (Portuguese: Fonte dos Leões), is a 19th-century fountain built by French company Compagnie Générale des Eaux pour l'Etranger. Cast by the Val d’Osne foundry in France, it is a copy, in most part, of the fountain in the Town Hall Square of Leicester, England
Church built in the second half of the eighteenth century. Due to its architecture and interior carvings, it is considered to be one of the most remarkable buildings of Porto rococo. In 1912, its lateral façade was covered with tiles. The drawings on those tiles were designed by Silvestre Silvestri. They are figurative compositions alluding to the cult of Nossa Senhora (Our Lady). Building designated national monument.
Seventeenth century church whose classical façade dates from the 1850s. The project has been attributed to the architect/painter Nicolau Nasoni. The altarpiece, of Porto rococo style, was considered to be a stylistically revolutionary piece. Building designated national monument.
Made by Célestin Anatole Calmels (sculpture) and Joaquim da Costa Lima (architecture), this statue was unveiled in October 1866. The monument is made up of a base on which the two-sided pedestal stands. One of the surfaces show the donation of D. Pedro's heart to Porto's representatives, and the other represents the arrival in Mindelo. The statue that stands on the pedestal, which was cast in Belgium, represents D. Pedro offering the constitutional charter to the city.
The imposing architecture and its central character turn this Avenue into the city's "living room". It becomes a location of excellence where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special times. There are granite buildings, many of which are crowned with skylights, domes and pinnacles. It is marked by a large central square completely paved with granite cobblestones, where statues come to life and where the reflecting pool is worth highlighting. The City Hall is located at the head of the Avenida.
Located in the centre of the city and built in the early 20th century, it has a glass and cast iron roof designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The lobby is covered with twenty thousand narrative tiles by the painter Jorge Colaço.
Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral.
A National Monument, the Palácio da Bolsa is the property and headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto. Situated in the historical centre, it is one of the most visited monuments with the famous Arabian Room being its major highlight.
The city's most important Gothic temple, whose construction began in the fourteenth century. It is one of the most important works of the Baroque, by its gilded interior from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was the exuberance of its gild carved wood work that led Count Raczinsky to describe it as the 'Church of Gold'.
Planned by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, a disciple of Eiffel, it was inaugurated in 1886 and it is composed by two overlapping iron decks. The bridge has 395 metres long and 8 metres wide, and its arch is still considered to be the world's biggest one in forged iron. Nowadays the upper deck is used by the Metro of Porto, connecting the area of Porto's Cathedral to the Garden of Morro and to the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The square is, since 1866, dominated by the monument to D. Pedro V. In the square are also located the São João National Theatre and Cine-Teatro Batalha.
Founded in 1921, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and representative examples of Art Nouveau in Porto exuding an atmosphere of luxury, refinement and well-being, inviting customers to relive the fascinating Belle Époque.
Chapel built at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In 1929, the entire exterior was covered with tiles representing scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine. Those tile panels were recovered in 1982.
The Bolhão Market is the most famous in the city and in 2006 it was classified as a place of public interest. Dating back to 1850, with a singular structure with two floors, it is characterised by the monumentality of its neoclassic architecture. On the exterior, the market is divided into a large number of shops. Dedicated mainly at fresh products, its sellers are divided into different specialised sections, namely: fishmongers, butchers, green grocers and florists.
The Monastery of Serra do Pilar is a former monastery located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, on the opposite side of the Douro River from Porto. The monastery is situated on an outcrop overlooking the Dom Luís I Bridge and the historic centre of Porto. The monastery is notable for its church and cloister, both of which are circular.