As one of Porto’s oldest monuments and one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal, Porto Cathedral is a defining landmark of the city and it resembles a grand fortress overlooking the city. Built in 1110 and located in the historical city centre, it is definitely worth a visit for the views, stretching from the old historic part of the city to the sea.
The “Riverbank” quarter of the city is where you can explore the winding streets of the historic heart of the city and where the dark shadowy paths contrast with bright colourful facades. This is a great place to venture out during the day and during the night, when the array of restaurants and nightclubs open their doors.
Clerigos Tower, Torre Dos Clerigos, is an 18th-century tower built by the Italian artist Niccolo Nazzoni, stretching 75-feet in the air and offering fantastic views once you make it up the 240-step climb to the top. Nazzoni also chose to be buried in the Baroque church at the foot of the tower.
Across the Douro River, you can visit the port wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia. There are over fifty wine companies found in this area, with wine lodges offering organised tours and tasting sessions. The privately owned English wine company Taylors is a recommended lodge.
Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal, located about 25 kilometres south of Porto. This town is surrounded by beaches, lagoons and the beautiful canals that run through the whole town. It is easy to reach Aveiro by train: several trains leave from Porto to Aveiro each day and the journey takes about an hour.
The Stock Exchange Palace is also known as Palacio da Bolsa and it is one of the most appreciated tourist sights of Porto. Constructions on this palace started in 1842 and it was completed some 30 years later. Here you can gaze on beautiful halls and admire the neoclassical style. It has been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
If you like football, head over to this place for a guided stadium tour of around 45 minutes. The Dragon Stadium, Estádio do Dragão, is the home arena for FC Porto and it is estimated to have cost €98 million. On this tour you will see the presidential box, changing rooms and dugouts.
Sao Francisco Church, Igreja de São Francisco, has one of Europe's most amazing and extravagant interior: from the outside, it looks like an ordinary 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction but in the inside, it is completely covered in gold. This great church is selected as one of UNESCO's World Heritage, make sure to also visit the catacombs.
At Yeatman's Restaurant, you can relish in contemporary Portuguese cuisine in a very sophisticated restaurant with an amazing city view – the elegant restaurant is located inside the Yeatman Hotel and it offers two Michelin-stars menu. This will truly be an inspiring dining experience.
Cafeína has an elegant decor and it is located in a 19th century manor house. Even though it is over a decade old, Cafeína continues to be one of the most talked about restaurants in Porto. On the menu you will find dishes like leg of pork with black beer sauce and salmon “Mi Cuit” with fennel mousseline and wok vegetables.
Café Majestic is claimed to be not just any café: it is an essential stop on any visitor’s sightseeing itinerary. First founded in 1921, it still retains the original flamboyant glamour of the roaring 1920’s, decadently decorated with marble walls, cherubs and gilded mirrors.
THE BEST OF FASHION. A UNIQUE DESTINATION. Just 20 minutes away from Porto downtown, Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet is the perfect shopping destination. There you will find just what you are looking for in our more than 150 top fashion brands with discounts up to 70% all year round. Make the most of your visit by taking direct metro (Line B- VC Fashion Outlet Stop) and get 10% extra discount with the VIP DAY PASS available at the Information Centre.
At the large Centro Comercial Via Catarina shopping centre you can find many international brands and restaurants. However, the small streets off the main streets are also worth a visit, brimming with independent shops selling fresh bread, cheese or cakes, interspersed with bookstores and traditional shoe stores.
Gold jewellery is a speciality of Portugal, a reflection of its colonial past and its conquests of gold-rich lands of South America. Recommended jewellers are David Rosas, on Avenida de Boavista, and Elysee Joias on Praca Mouzinho de Albuquerque. Pedro A Baptista is also a good option as to its collection of antique and modern jewellery.
Casa da Guitarra is a string instruments shop specialising on traditional Portuguese string instruments. Assembly, sale, promotion and learning about string instruments all happen here, with extra room for cultural events. This is the perfect shop for buying something genuine and Portuguese.
Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Porto provides mild weather throughout the whole year, although especially the winter months can be be dominated by heavier rain – do not forget the typical coastal weather that can change quite fast. For experiencing the typical Portuguese life, however, the best time to visit might be in summer, as the open air markets will be crowded and festivals such as Serralves em Festa and Festa de São João will attract many visitors, Portuguese as well as many tourists.
The Porto Airport is called Aeroporto Francisco Sa Carneiro and is situated 11 kilometres north of the city. To reach the airport you can use the lightrail. It departs every 30 minutes: www.metrodoporto.pt From here you can also take buses number 601, 602, 604 and 3M into the city centre: www.stcp.pt There are also shuttle buses and taxis available at the airport: www.goinporto.com getbus.eu Taxi Antral +351 22 5353350 www.antral.pt
Porto has a good bus and tram network with routes serving all the key tourist spots; it is operated by STCP. The city also has a Metro system that is still clean and efficient. A metro ticket can be bought at the station and in other sale spots. You can buy tourist cards that allow you to get around Porto on all means of transportation: daily tickets and a 3-day tickets.
Parmacies are normally open from 9am-1pm and from 3pm-7pm. All areas have one shop open all night or on Sunday. A white cross on a green background marks out the pharmacies. Farmácia Sá da Bandeira: R. de Sá da Bandeira 236/54, Porto +351 22 207 4040 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-7:30pm