A Ponte Luiz I (Portuguese) is one of the six bridges which are most emblematic of the city of Porto and that crosses the borders of the city and Gaia where you can find the famous wine cellars of Porto. Its construction is based on a Belgian engineer project, the designer was a disciple of Eiffel, which explains its similarity to the Eiffel Tower. It has two floors, on the top line the Metro passes. There are walkways so you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Douro river with barges passing through the city. To access the Bridge D. Luis you can get there from the mall which has opened (rua Catarina), the funicular that goes right up to the bridge and enjoy the atmosphere of the resort and which offers beautiful views over this cosmopolitan city.
The Douro River is the gateway to the Ribeira region and is worth exploring on a river cruise. All the cruises are very similar, and it's well worth taking a trip to enjoy the breeze and the views of the city. The tours cost 10 euros and run for 50 minutes, and many include a visit one of the wineries and a mini wine tasting and a tour of the cellars. We took the tour at 15:00 so as to avoid the midday heat. In the square just behind the pier, people drank beers while roasting sardines on a makeshift barbecue. In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants around the area with affordable prices: we had fish, a starter, and a bottle of local wine for about 25 € for two
Located in the "fregusia de São Nicolau" next to the banks of the Douro River, it's part of the historic district of Porto and considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The "Cais da Ribeira" is one of the oldest squares in the city and stands out due to the brightly-colored hold homes clustered around the banks of the river. A true gem of traditional Portuguese architecture.
Nowadays, the area is a bit touristy, with lots of bars, restaurants, and hotels. Highlights are the "Praça da Ribeira", "Rua da Fonte Taurina", and the "Bacalhoeiros y la Casa do Infante" where Prince D. Henrique was born in 1394.
You can't pass through the Douro region without trying Port wine, a real nectar of the gods that's cultivated on the banks of the Douro and gave the city its name.
Lello & Irmao is a library of movies, and has been since its appearance in the famous wizard saga, it is always full of tourists wanting to see if it's real. The central staircase is interesting and draws attention upon entering the property, with its curious curves, and it's delightful wooden shelves that are filled with books. Glancing over them, I saw that they had all types of topics, especially arts, there is even a shelf of books in Spanish. I would say that this one is one of the most beautiful in the world, a must see. It will not disappoint, and you will maybe find a book that interests you. The only bad thing is that it is crowded and the do not let you take pictures.
The cathedral can be found in the center of Oporto. It is perfectly accessible from the exit of the metro of S. Benito. It´s a cathedral whose floor is of the romantic style but was restored many times. The most interested to visit is the claustro. I remember that Sunday morning it was closed.
Personally I think of this church, together with the Tower of the Clerics as one of the monuments that best represents the city of Oporto, along with the Luis I Bridge. Both are some of the most emblematic places in the city. This is definitely a place that belongs to the Baroque and Rococo style, being built in the eighteenth century by the order of the Clerics, made from stone, with a tower that tops the building as the ex libris of the city. This church is located in the highest part of the Portuguese city of Oporto, so you can see it from everywhere. The ticket to climb to the top of the tower costs 1.00 € and it's closed on Sundays and holidays, however the church itself is only closed on Wednesdays. The buses that come to this part of Oporto are: 3, 6, 20, 52, 78.
The train station of San Bento was built in the early 9th century on the ruins of the former convent of San Bento's Ave Maria. Although the entrance of its facade is stately and old, the true gem can be found on its inside: A hall decorated with more than 20,000 pieces of mosaic that reiterates the history of Portugal.
The Crystal Palace is a round building built in 1860. The truth is that it is ugly, it looks like a flying saucer, but it is surrounded by spectacular gardens with gazebos, fountains, flower beds with strolling peacocks.
There is a boat ride on the river Douro that is very interesting yet very touristy. It takes about three hours and you can visit the river bridges. The best is to see all the facades facing the river, both the buildings of Porto and those of the city called Gaia, where are the wine cellars of the Ribeira Oporto. There are many restaurants but they trick people, they think that the only thing to season is oregano and the tourist life is of suffering.
The Bolhao Market, which is found near Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of Porto, in a landmark building opened in 1914. We were surprised at the condition it is in, a shame since the site must have seen better times. With grumbling stomachs and a blazing sun in the middle of October, we went for a snack and we ate. I must say it's been one of our best meals in Porto. The place, surprised us overall, but especially for its appearance, one of a tavern in deep Spain in the 50s. We ate great, and had excellent service: cod, pork steak with egg and rice, a jug of green wine, two puddings, two coffees, all for 13.60 E, awesome!!
I took the funicular on the tourist office's advice. It is the fastest way to climb from bank of the Duero (Dock Ribeirato) the upper area of the city in order to visit the Cathedral (in the neighborhood of Batalha). The station is a bit hidden, just in front of the Puente de Luis I, and rises to the Rua Augusto Rosa (there is also the reverse). At the station there are ticket machines, you have to get the Z-2, and the journey costs € 0.95 (2 minutes). It is a modern cabin with panoramic windows and capacity for 20 people. Interestingly, this funicular has existed since 1891, but was recovered after more than a century of inactivity. It is operated by the Metro do Porto. Another way to get higher up the neighborhood is to take the Elevator da Ribeira for free, leaving us in Calle Mouzinho Silveira.
I've visited this shrine twice. The first time I didn't have the opportunity to climb the stairs so I had to return to do so and to see everything that they hold. It's an interesting walk that ends at the church with spectacular views of the city of Braga. It's worth it but if you do not want to do the stairs you can go up in a car.
The Chapel of Souls in Santa Caterina is a cavalcade of the most beautiful chapels decorated with typical Oporto flair, with blue Portugese tiles. The corner of this street is the most famous of all Oporto as it is full of shops.
The Chapter House is the prettiest room in the Tibães Monastery. It's where they made many big decisions, such as choosing the rulers of each monastery every three years. It was built in 1700, but later it was completely reconstructed in 1783. It is a very large, rectangular room with a coffered ceiling covered with carved and painted wood, with a wooden border around the perimeter that is carved with floral motifs, and birds and angels' heads.
It has three large windows and an altar dedicated to Frei José de Santo António Vilaça and an allusive picture of the Holy Spirit. The walls are covered with tile panels with a Rococo style that depicts scenes from Joseph's life in Egypt. Above them there are several other pictures from the eighteenth century that portray popes and other people from the Benedictine Order.
The Arribes, as it is called in Zamora, is a deep ravine that have been carved by the Douro. Zamora shares this space with Portugal, to whom the river makes a frontier and continues to Salamanca. In this trajectory, the Douro sometimes descends more than 400 feet, causing a spectacular canyon, a true geological throat whose slope has been exploited for the production of electrical energy. On the Portuguese side you can take a boat tour of the Douro and hear the authoritative explanation by a Portuguese biologist describing all the places you see from the boat.
The tram (or the electric) is actually more than just a means of transportation, it's also a tourist attraction, due to the growing popularity of the metro and other high-speed, modern transportation. Only about a half dozen trams operate on four lines, but the tram system is not without its own charm when you're taking a ride in one of these old "electric cars" in the middle of the city. You can visit the [poi = 70777] Electric Trolley Museum [/ poi], which allows you to get up close and personal with several refurbished electric cars. There is also a modern subway line that runs through the upper Luis I Bridge to Porto that connects with [poi = 72079] Vila Nova de Gaia [/ poi], on the other side of the Duero.
This tower of Porto is the highest tower in Portugal (76 meters high/200 steps) so you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the climb to this particular tower with 49 bells you may hear a large carillon concert that may give you a scare. Once up, you realize that the effort was worth it as the city views are magnificent and you can take pictures of their houses. The Church and the Tower of Clerics is one of the most important visits in Porto and it's worth climbing the steps to get the deserved reward of one of the best views of the city.
We arrived to this building by chance, and although there was no concert, we could enter to see it and discover the inside. It has 7 floors where there are concert halls, a cafe, and a restaurant. If you pass through Oporto, don´t forget to visit it, it is worth it.