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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Best Hotel in Porto

Torel Avantgarde

The five star Torel Avantgarde opened in September 2017, but it's already a firm favourite with visitors to Porto. Located on the Rua da Restauração, the 47 rooms of this delightful boutique hotel take their inspiration from the big names in the world of art, music and design, from Francis Bacon to Nina Simone. Located just ten minutes' walk from the river and the Porto Wine Museum, this place is at the heart of everything. But with an outdoor pool overlooking the Douro, plus a spa, gym, terrace and restaurant, you won't want to leave.  
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Hotel Facilities

General Facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Allergy-free room
  • Car hire
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Heating
  • Lift
  • Newspapers (Additional charge)
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shops (on site)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Soundproofing
  • VIP room facilities
Business Facilities
  • Business centre
  • Fax/photocopying (Additional charge)
  • Meeting/banquet facilities (Additional charge)
Entertainment and Family Services
  • Babysitting/child services (Additional charge)
Internet
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
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Mundana has set a high standard and hand picked these restaurants for their great food quality, good reputation, great customer service, clean environment, courteous staff and original menus.

Vinum Restaurant

European Mediterranean Portuguese

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

European Portuguese Vegetarian Friendly

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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Mito

European Portuguese

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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Cantina 32

Portuguese

Chow down on appetizers such as smoked salmon and quail eggs,and share dishes to share Lafões veal and more at communal tables. This place buzzes.

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Alcino

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.

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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).

Arts & Culture

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.

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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.

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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.

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Serralves Museum

Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its magical gardens. Admission is free on Sunday morning. Serralves Park spills over 18 acres and has a variety of different paths you can take, with walks of 60 minutes to 2 hours.

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Clérigos Church

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.

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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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