Porto, a city guide
Traverse the bridges that cross the River Douro and get lost within the maze of alleyways of the adjacent Ribeira district. The cobbled streets will lead to cafes, merchant houses, shops and restaurants. This Portuguese city is also home to the lavish and impressive Sao Francisco Church.
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Surrounded by 3200 oak barrels in which the Porto fine wines of Grahams are aged, the main dining room at Vinum is situated in the heart of a magnificent 19th century wine cellar. The historic pine beams are supported by cast iron pillars which date back to 1890, the original date of construction.
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O Paparico Restaurant
In a rustic setting, all dishes at the O Paparico are inspired by Portuguese cuisine. But this isn't ordinary, country fare. Here innovative cuisine referencing Portugal's rich culinary heritage is the order of the day, accompanied by impeccable service.
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Chef Pedro Braga serves up a delightful fusion menu divided into four sections: hot, cold, grilled and sweet. This unusual but flavoursome food is a real treat for the palate.
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Alcino has been working in silver for over a century, utilising artistic flair, tradition and excellence. Born in Porto, talented designers and skilled craftsmen maintain a long tradition. The secret lies in the experienced artisan hands that, gently and firmly, work the silver, drawing out the form and the soul of each exceptional piece.
Sao Bento Train Station
The Sao Bento railway station in Porto opened in 1916. It was built on the very spot where once stood the convent of S. Benedict of Hail Mary, hence its name. Architect Marques da Silva designed a magnificent building whose lobby is covered with twenty thousand tiles by painter Jorge Colaco (1864-1942).
Palacio da Bolsa
The Palacio da Bolsa is located beside the St Francis Church of Porto, which was once part of the 13th century St Francis Convent. In 1832, a wartime fire destroyed the cloisters of the convent, but fortunately the church was spared. In 1841, Queen Mary II donated the convent ruins to the merchants of the city, who decided to make it the seat of the Commercial Association. Most of the palace was finished by 1850, but the ornate interior took until 1910 to complete.
Santa Catarina Street
Rua Santa Catarina is the pedestrianised commercial artery of downtown Porto. The street is home to stores selling clothing, haberdashery, shoes and more, as well as carts offering crafts and jewellery. Nearby, on Rua Formosa, visit the “Mercado do Bolhão” (Bolhão Market) to see the most authentic side of the city. It is really worth it to admire the colours, sounds and smells of such a special place that dates back to 1850.
Casa da Musica
The idea for Casa da Musica was conceived in 1999 and opened in 2005. It marked the occasion of Porto being selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2001. It was the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music - to the presentation and public enjoyment of music, to music education and to the creation of music.
The church and its tower are part of a baroque-inspired building from the 18th century. Located on an uneven street, Nicolau Nasoni managed to create a landmark building. Next door is the House of the Brotherhood, which has been open to the public as a museum since 2014.
Porto's famous port
Find out more about port in the Porto Wine Museum. There are several wine merchants in the city which offer tours and tastings. But take a short cruise down the Douro River and under the six bridges of Porto aboard one of the typical “Rabelo barcos”, which in the past were used to transport port wine. Alternatively, see the river from a different vantage point and take the tram (line 1) from the Passeio Alegre to the mouth of the Douro River.
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