Located to the north and bathed by the river Douro, the city of Oporto, the second largest in the country, is the city that gave its name to Portugal. Its historical center was considered by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity and is of a singular beauty. Venture into the discovery of their alleys and sidewalks and the many stories they have to tell.
Ribeira do Porto is one of the city's trademark images. Crossing the D. Luís bridge and admire the landscape through the Gaia Pier or the Mirador do Serra do Pilar is a privilege you can not miss.
Visit the Bolsa Palace and you will find that each space in this building is a work of art. Of note is the Arab Salon, of a unique beauty. Be sure to visit the Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in Portugal, and São Bento Station, with its twenty thousand blue tiles of the main lobby. It is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.
Rua de Santa Catarina is currently one of the most commercial streets in the city. In it lived writers and poets like Guerra Junqueiro, Camilo Castelo Branco or António Nobre. It is also home to the classic Grande Hotel do Porto and the Café Majestic, a reference coffee in the city.
Very close to this busy street you will find the Bolhão Market, which is not a simple market - it is a Monument of Public Interest. Emblematic, authentic, occupies one block from downtown Porto. It is currently undergoing renovation work, to reopen and give a new dynamic to that area of the city.
Avenida dos Aliados is the most important avenue in the city of Porto, unique for its buildings built in granite. The great building at the top of the avenue now functions as the seat of the Municipality, where it is installed the Town Hall.
Another of the city's iconic buildings is the Baroque-inspired Tower of the Clergy, which is more than 250 years old and is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. It is a must visit place. After 225 steps, the breathtaking view, about 75 feet high, makes it worth the effort of the climb!
Right there, we find the Paris Galleries Street, which has gained a new life a few years ago to this part. It is one of the busiest streets of downtown Porto, especially at the weekend, offering many restaurants and bars, where people come together to socialize. Livraria Lello, also very close, is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It is a centennial space that undoubtedly deserves a visit.
From a cultural point of view, do not miss a visit to the Serralves Foundation, with one of the most important museums of contemporary art in Portugal and a park with an immense biodiversity, which you can also enjoy. Be sure to visit Casa da Música, another of Porto's most iconic buildings and one of the best concert halls in the country.
The Gardens of the Crystal Palace are one of the most beautiful green spaces of the city, with an incredible view over the river Douro. Do not miss the City Park, after which you can take a pleasant stroll along the sea, in the well-known Foz area.
If you visit the port in June, try not to miss the popular feast of St John, where the streets are filled with people in a unique festivity! At the gastronomic level, the offer is very varied and of excellence. Sample the famous French fare, the guts of Porto and, of course, Porto's famous wine.