Porto: A City Guide for First-Timers
Currently, Portugal’s second city, Porto, is experiencing a magic moment of revitalization. Decades ago, British merchant ships would come and gather in Porto’s old harbors. But today, the same places now are crowded with trendy sidewalk restaurants and cool new bars.
Porto is a city for everyone. This city has everything from Gothic to Romanesque buildings. There is an abundance of places you can try the seafood, and a lot of places for nightlife.
To be transported all across the world, after Lisbon, Porto is Portugal’s second city. What once was under the heel, not currently is having a overwhelming number of visitors and it is experiencing its revival with apparent differences between the tradition & innovation in everything starting from food to architecture, transport and culture.
With a revamped downtown, flourishing ats districts, an Unesco World Heritage old center, Porto offers a bit for all generations.
Essential things to do in Porto
Porto has a history that goes back to pro-Roman times. Having said that, Porto has a lot of historic attractions. You should not leave the city without visiting these:
Go beyond ruby
You should take a tour in the port basements in Vila Nova de Gaia. Begin to enjoy the differences between the importance of the aging process and various ruby gates.
Climb the highest tower
It’s fair to say that Porto offers many beautiful views, but Clerigos Church Tower is the best of them all. An astonishing view is what you get for climbing more than 200 steps in city’s tallest building.
Marvel at the decorative train station
Whether you want to use the Sao Bento subway to get there or not, make sure to look inside and look at the ceramic ornaments that depict important historical events in Portugal.
Relax by the river
What was once a bustling port area is now Ribeira, one of Porto’s vibrant districts, brimming with restaurants and cafes. With a glass of port tonic in hand, take a walk along the river and take in the sights of this wonderful city.
Where to stay in Porto
As I researched online, Porto’s best hotel is Vila Nova de Gaia and not Porto. Vila Nova de Gaia is an award-winning resort, very luxury.
2. For historical charm:
Pousada Palacio de Freixo, a beautifully restored place overlooking the Duoro River, exudes historical charm and offers a first class service.
Where to dine in Porto
- Go local: If you are new to the Portugese cuisine, just like me, then you will enjoy tapas, especially in Tapabento. This is a family-run enterprise serving Portuguese cuisine.
- 2. Charming cafés: The most popular café in Porto is Belle Epoque, where you can enjoy cakes and coffee in a fairytale setting. Visit Art Nouveau, which is a little less conventional but equally gorgeous. This place has a broader range of pastries and a “menu of the day” lunch alternative.
What else to do in Porto?
Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Viera, is the place to indulge your artistic side. After that, you can stroll into the Foundation Serralves fields to observe a massive blade sculpture that appears to be about to fall on you.
Porto is even more beautiful in nights. The sight from Cais de La Gaia is one of the best parts to observe the whole city.
If you’re fan of nightlife, you can begin with a laid back drink at Candelabro, which is a coffe-bookshop. Gin enthusiasts will adore the Gin House, which contains over 150 different types of gin.
In recent years, several stag do weekends have been held in Porto and Lisbon. These two cities are the most famous cities in the Europe for these kinds of gatherings.
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Each show lasts 60 minutes, with the doors opening 30 minutes before the start of the act.
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