The Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: its river, the Douro, an evermore popular choice for river cruises, and its port. But the historic hillside city itself should not be overlooked. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its maze of steep and narrow cobbled streets is home to beautiful plazas, churches and houses with colourfully tiled façades. Outside the historic heart, the city has witnessed a renaissance, its seaside suburbs increasingly home to world-class contemporary architecture and cuisine. Despite its World Heritage status, the old town, Ribeira, feels strangely abandoned. As Porto’s youth migrate … read more
To see / do:
- Porthouses, not only in the Douro valley but also across the old Ribeira : at Cais de Gaia: The city’s postcard skyline and the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous wines (Vila Nova de Gaia). The Ribeira and Gaia are connected by the Dom Luis Bridge; ironwork showpiece from before the Eiffel.
- Palácio da Bolsa, The exuberant interior of the former Stock Exchange Palace
- Igreja dos Clérigos and the Torre dos Clérigos
- Livrario Lello, volgens velen de mooiste boekwinkel ter wereld
- Sao Bento station with the typical Portuguese ´azulejos´ (hand painted tiles)
- Serralves museum Two buildings that are as much a work of art as the collections they exhibit inside, surrounded by a magnificent park.
- Casa da Musica, an architectural masterwork by world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
- Sao Francisco church: One of Europe’s most extraordinarily lavish church interiors, completely covered in gold.
- Pilgrimage village Lamego