Portugal is most widely known for being a country with the sun all the year, having great cuisine and wonderful cities, like Porto, one of the best travel destinations nowadays.
Portugal’s second city is a place full of creativity and holds a rich culture which means it has been voted Best European Destination several times. That’s why tourism is increasing day after day in the Portuguese city: every day we can see people of all over the world visiting this wonderful place and discovering all that this artistic city has to offer.
From architecture to arts, Porto is a wonderful city where you can marry the busy working life with the joy of its maritime weather, combined with the tasty and traditional food. If you love the live unique experiences or if you are a design lover, we have a special guide of what to see in Porto and all you need to know about places to discover to feel in love with “Cidade Invicta”.
1. Covet House
If you’re a true design lover, you must visit the Covet House. Just a few minutes away from the Ribeira, this house, an ancient three-floor waterfront mansion, is filled with remarkable architectural details that hold the glory from the noble past and traditions of Portugal. In this timeless scenario, a unique showroom was born and each room was decorated by prestigious design brands like Boca do Lobo, Brabbu, Essential Home and DelightFULL. Enjoy the view to the river, the stunning architecture and the marvelous design while having a wonderful drink at Covet Douro’s Covet Club, an exquisite lounge bar. The visits are by appointment only so don’t miss your chance and schedule now.
2. Serralves Foundation
While you visit Porto, take a walk to the beautiful Serralves Foundation. This is another place for a design lover. If you are asking why, we have the answer: this place is composed of the museum, a supreme masterpiece designed and building by the famous Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, wonderful gardens and unique pieces of art.
3. Santa Catarina Street
Visit Porto without visiting Santa Catarina Street is the same than visit Rome and don’t see the Pope. Santa Catarina Street is one of the most prestigious places in the city. This street has lots of shops and offers choices of quality. Here you can visit shops, artisanal boutiques and magnificent buildings.
4. From the Ribeira to River Side Foz
Located right next to the Douro River, Ribeira is the most traditional area of the city and is filled with colorful residential buildings located in narrow streets, where clothes dry outside each window and neighbors still exchange onions and eggs. After Ribeira, you must visit Foz do Porto, where beaches meet fabulous gardens and avenues, as well as eye-catching houses, just walk along the waterfront of catch the 500 bus.
5. Aliados Avenue
While you are exploring and discovering Porto, you must visit Aliados Avenue, the center place of the city. This avenue is the main one among all that constitute this city all buildings that surround it go back to the 18th and 19th Centuries.
6. Palácio de Cristal Gardens and Pavilhão Rosa Mota
The Palácio de Cristal was a building that had existed in this city, later demolished. Nevertheless, it gave rise to the current Pavilhão Rosa Mota that receives diverse shows. But the best part is the beautiful romantic gardens, lakes, and animals that surround the building. It is a place full of several avenues, woods, and belvederes.
7. Miguel Bombarda Art Block
Here is the perfect spot for all the art and design lovers. Very well-known for its art galleries and new commercial trends from bookshops, retro alternative clothes or innovative design, Miguel Bombarda Art Block has always new exhibitions turning the street into a dynamic and attractive place.
8. São Bento Train Station
São Bento Train Station is the most iconic place of the city. This wonderful building full of creativity dates back to 1893. It is majorly famous for the tile panels with azulejos on the inside, depicting historical scenes.
9. Casa da Música
Casa da Música (House of Music) is a contemporary concert hall and home of the symphony orchestra and a remarkable architect Rem Koolhaas’ building.
10. Lello Bookshop
Do you really know where born all J.K. Rowling’s inspiration to write Harry Potter saga? Here, in Lello Bookshop. This place full of art and with an iconic architecture has been voted as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world.
11. Sandeman Foundation
Sandeman Foundation is a famous winery located in a building built in 1797, offering guided tours of Port cellars and tastings of wine, plus a museum and a gift shop.
12. Galerias de Paris
Last but not the least: here is the place where you can eat and have fun inside a whimsically decorated spot with toys, thermos flasks, old phones and other assorted memorabilia lining the walls, and even an amazing mid-century chandelier. Galerias de Paris is the ideal restaurant for a light meal during the day or a sophisticated dinner followed by cocktails and draught beer at night.
If you are planning a exclusive travel, this Portuguese city is a great choice to live unique experiences and to discover the best what Portugal has to offer. Visit Porto and explore a city where the tradition and the contemporary are, exclusively, one.