Discover the riverside charm of Porto. Porto is one of Portugal’s oldest cities. To find out more about its history and culture you can walk its well-signposted guide route. Experience a nostalgic journey with an old-fashioned tram ride to Foz, where the River Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Or visit the great churches and monuments evoking some of the great personalities and events of Portuguese history. Explore the riverside neighbourhood of the Ribeira Circuit and discover the Casa do Infante, the Trading Palace, or the renowned Rua Ferreira Borges and the well-preserved Rua de Miragaia.Request a Quote Ask a Question
Routes of Porto
A series of well signposted tourist routes help you discover Porto, one of the most genuine of Portuguese cities. A cheap tram ticket is all it costs to make the trip to Foz do Douro. The journey comes complete with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and passes the Museum of the Tram for more information about your chosen mode of transport. You can also take tram no. 18 from Rua do Carmo. On the way, observe the exterior tile panelling on the Church of Carmo and the imposing Neo-classic façade of the Santo António Hospital. Avenue Montevideu, with its restaurants and terraces, is an ideal stop for a drink and a rest.
Gastronomy of Porto
Discover the northern city that created some of the region’s defining dishes. Begin you culinary journey around Porto with ‘bacalhau’, or dried and salted cod. It is served in a bewildering variety of ways. One of the best known is ‘Bacalhau à Gomes Sá’, oven baked with onion, olive and potato. With other names come other delicious recipes such as ‘à Zé do Pipo’, ‘à João do Buraco’ or ‘à João do Porto’. If you like meat, try the bean based ‘orelheira com feijão’, the ‘arroz de cabrito’ goat and rice dish or the excellent game stock and rice ‘arroz de cabidela’, accompanied by smoked sausage.
The people of northern Portugal know how to have a good time. Discover the attractions of a night out in Porto. Begin your night out with friends and family, with dinner on one of the terrace restaurants in Foz. The beachside restaurants feature both the best in northern cuisine and the excellent Douro wines. On the other side of the river, the Cais de Gaia has the best views back over Porto, and is an area growing in popularity. In the Bogani café, listen to some poetry or simply enjoy the comfort and sophistication of the Stark designed furniture. For a relaxed evening out, try the jazz and a couple of after dinner drinks in B-Flat, in Matosinhos. Nearby, the Estado Novo disco opens its doors to all those wanting more contemporary dance music.
Shopping in Porto
The northern capital is a paradise for shoppers. Discover the best places to shop, whatever your budget. Porto has a deserved reputation for producing and designing fashion, footwear and jewellery. Discover the best of these designs and spend a day shopping in the stores of Porto. You’ll no doubt find something irresistible in a city renowned for its good taste. Begin in the downtown of Porto. Santa Catarina has all the traditional retailers gathered together for some of the best shopping in the city. After a morning taking in the impressive window displays of footwear and clothing, stop for lunch in the most splendid café in Porto, the Majestic.
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