Destinations

The best of Porto

February 21, 2018

There are thousands of charms and corners that are worth discovering in the capital of Northern Portugal. The historical centre and the Ribeira area are filled with monuments.  The São Francisco Church is worth a visit, as it is a classified a national monument that once belonged to the Convent of Frades Observantes of São Francisco. Located by the mouth of the Douro River and with an architectural complex of extraordinary value, the capital of the north and the second city in the country has an attractive historical centre, classified as World Heritage since 1996, and a downtown area with businesses set up by new entrepreneurs, and a very interesting life.

When walking through the city during the day, stay tuned to the numerous representations of Saint John, the Baptist in civic buildings, churches and public spaces of Porto. The City Hall, through Casa do Infante, organizes a pedestrian circuit of these evocative works of art. One of the best known is the of John the Baptist, by João Cutileiro in the Ribeira Square, near the river.

Besides history and culture, Porto is also leisure, fun and night life. The famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the cafés and its terraces, the Miguel Bombarda area or the commercial Sta Catarina Street are reference points in arts, in culture, but also in leisure.