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We’ll start our experience by visiting the Sé do Porto Cathedral, a 12th century building with a mix of architectural styles, dating back to the medieval origins of Porto, here we also see the Sé district, which surrounds the cathedral and is the oldest in town, while remaining 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 its interior and illustrate part of the history of Portugal.
We’ll pass on the most commercial area of Porto, the Bolhão area, here we find the traditional market with local products, shops of all kinds and the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina, where the most luxurious Porto Café is located, the Café Majestic.
Then we head to the city center and pass by the most emblematic square in Town, Liberdade Square, flanked by Avenida dos Aliados.
Our next stop will be at the Carmo and Carmelite churches, we’ll cross the Praça dos Leões and make a brief stop at the Lello bookstore, built in 1906, it’s one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, one of the mandatory stopping points for anyone visiting the city.
We’re now heading 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 continue to the Cordoaria garden, one of the several green spaces in the city, located behind the Rectory of the University and close to the Portuguese Photography Center, the Justice Palace and the Hospital de Santo António.
We will have a tasting lunch of regional products, such as cheeses, sausages and canned fish, accompanied by some wines from small local producers.
The Palácio de Cristal Gardens are our next stop, a magnificent botanical garden that hosts various cultural events and has unique views over the Douro River.
We pass through the narrow alleys of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods in Porto, Miragaia and Vitória neighborhoods. We proceed to Praça do Infante, which houses the Palácio da Bolsa, São Francisco church and the old Ferreira Borges market.
We arrived at Ribeira, the last neighborhood of the 4 oldest in the historic center that we still had to visit.
We will cross the Dom Luis I bridge and make a short stop at the Serra do Pilar monastery to enjoy a glass of Port wine and contemplate the Douro River and the city of Porto on the other bank, surely one of the most beautiful views in Portugal!
We continue along the right bank of Douro, passing through the Arrábida bridge to Foz river mouth, where we´ll find the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll cross it’s main avenue to Matosinhos, a fishing area with beaches where we can regularly meet surfers. Here is also the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade.
Finally, we return to the city center to end our tour.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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'.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Palácio de Cristal Gardens are a pleasant green space located in the heart of Porto, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the Douro River and the sea. These romantic gardens were designed in the 1860s. The romantic gardens of the Palácio de Cristal have always been a privileged stage for various cultural, social, spectacles and public amusements of various kinds.