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Weekend in Porto

Two days in the centre of the city. How to visit Porto in 48 hours.

First day

The first day of this itinerary consists of a day in the center of Porto. You’ll see the main monuments in the center and have amazing experiences for life.

At night you’ll discover some interesting bars.

Don’t forget to bring your camera with you and have fun!

1 - Avenida dos Aliados

The best way to start visiting Porto begins at Avenida dos Aliados. This main avenue is located in the center of the city and is full of history, beautiful buildings, and some characteristic statues. Besides that, do not forget to go down to the Praça da Liberdade.

The main avenue has a lot of attractions to see. For example, Aliados means “Allies” and this name refers to the Treaty between Portugal and The United Kingdom back in the 14th century. This Treaty is considered the “oldest alliance in the world” and after all this time it is still in force.

This avenue wasn’t always the heart of the city. It did not have the tall buildings with a harmonious architecture but it had alleys and wash-houses or public washers.

Aliados is known for the Café Imperial, that is currently occupied by the great brand McDonalds, and is described as “the most beautiful in the world”. However, you can see the Câmara Municipal that has a clock tower with 70 meters; or the statue of the very unique poet, Almeida Garrett; or even the statue of D. Pedro IV that is a perfect symbol for liberalism.

How to get here:

Buses (STCP): 200, 201, 202, 207, 208, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 400, 500, 501, 600, 703, 801, 900, 901, 904, 905, 906, ZH

Metro: Line D

2 - Clérigos

A tower and church that are united by beauty and history.

A place where you can find Clérigos’ tower and church. It is a magical odyssey where you can discover the center of the city and its history. After this, you can easily find a place to eat or take a coffee.

Clérigos’ Tower was once considered the “tallest structure in Portugal” with 75 meters high when it was completed in 1763. This Tower was a project of Nicolau Nasoni and has baroque characteristics that make that tower magnificent.

Clérigos’ church was also a baroque style project of Nicolau Nasoni and was completed in 1749. However, it suffered some changes over the years.
The church has some unique features such as the elliptical and chapel altarpiece.

How to get here

By foot from Avenida dos Aliados (it takes 7 minutes):

1. First, go south to Rua do Dr. Magalhães Lemos and continue to Praça da Liberdade
2. Then, you’ll have to stay on Praça da Liberdade to go onto Rua dos Clérigos
3. And finally, climb the street until you find Clérigos’ church

Price of Clérigos’ tower

5€
With PortoCard: 50% discount
More tickets on Clérigos’ tower Website

Schedule of Cérigos’ tower and church

9am – 7pm

3 - Cathedral

One of the oldest monuments in the city.

This building was constructed in the 12th/13th century in a singular style: Romanesque. However, the Cathedral suffered several changes over the years. Nicolau Nasoni, Vital Rifarto or Texeira Lopes are some of the names of the individuals that were important for the final result of the Cathedral.

How to get here

By foot from Clérigos (it takes 10 minutes):

1. First, go southeast toward Rua Arquitecto Nicolau Nasoni
2. Then, take a slight left onto Rua dos Clérigos
3. After this, continue onto Praça da Liberdade
4. Turn right onto Praça Almeida Garrett and continue onto Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques
5. Finally, turn right onto Calçada de Vandoma and you’ll see the Cathedral

Price

Cathedral: Free
Claustro: 3€

Schedule

April to October: 9am – 12:30pm / 2:30pm – 7pm
Claustro: 9am – 12:15pm / 2:30pm – 6:30pm

November to March: 9am – 12:30pm / 2:30pm – 6pm
Claustro: 9am – 12:15pm / 2:30pm – 5:30pm

4 - Ribeira

Ribeira is famous for its medieval streets and characteristic houses. A place where you can relax and watch the amazing view.

Ribeira is a wonderful place to find tranquillity and history. Praça da Ribeira is an old square that still remains in the city since 1389 and in here you can find the Praça da Ribeira fountain and the statue of São João Batista. In this area, it is possible to enter in some shops or you can just take a deep breath and enjoy the view of the river.

How to get here

By foot from Cathedral (it takes 10 minutes):

1. First, go west toward Rua Tareija Vaz de Altaro
2. Then, turn right and take the stairs and turn left onto Rua da Bainharinha
3. And after this, turn left onto Rua dos Mercadores and right onto Rua Clube Fluvial Portuense
4. Turn left onto Rua de São João
5. Finally, continue onto Praça da Ribeira

5 - Lunch break

Take a break and have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Porto.

Do not forget to fill your soul and have lunch. Ribeira is a wonderful place to enjoy the landscape, however, it’s perfect to experience new places. Adega de São Nicolau or Taberna dos Mercadores are two singular restaurants that you could go to.

6 - 6 Bridges Cruise

A new and unique experience in the city of Porto.

A cruise is always the best way to know a city with joy. Book a boat cruise to discover the 6 famous bridges in Porto – D. Luís Bridge, Infant Bridge, D. Maria Pia Bridge, S. João Bridge, Freixo Bridge, and Arrábida Bridge. On a Rabelo boat, you will find yourself in the middle of culture and beauty.

Prices

All year: 15€
Children until 3 years: Free
Children with 4 – 11 years: 50% discount

Schedule

Summer:
First trip – 10 am
Last trip – 6 pm

Winter:
First trip – 11 am
Last trip – 3 pm

7 - Visit and port wine tasting

Visit and taste the famous port wine.

Cais de Gaia is known for its port wine cellars. In here you can visit and taste a port wine on many places such as Calém, Sandeman, or Espaço Porto Cruz. Wherever you go you’ll see that it’s a unique experience.

How to get here

By foot from Ribeira (it takes 9 minutes):

1. First, go east on Praça Ribeira and turn right onto Rua da Ribeira Negra and right again onto Ponte D. Luís I
2. Then, take a slight left onto Avenida de Diogo Leite and on that street, you will find multiple options to visit and taste the port wine

The prices and schedule are different for every cellar.

8 - Jardim do Morro

A garden where you can collect moments and be happy. Do not forget to watch the sunset and to enjoy the landscape.

Morro is known for its beautiful view and green garden. You may want to go with your friends to Morro’s garden to collect some good moments. In here you can buy food or drinks, take a walk or even a trip by the Gaia Cable Car.

How to get here

Here you can simply go by the Gaia Cable Car (it takes about 6 minutes):

1. First, go south toward Largo de Miguel Bombarda and turn right onto Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
2. And turn right onto Largo Sampaio Bruno

By foot from Marginal de Gaia (it takes 14 minutes):

1. First, you turn right onto Escadas Guarda and right again onto Rua do General Torres
2. Then, turn right onto Rua de Cabo Simão and turn right onto Calçada da Serra
3. After this, take a sharp left onto Rua Rocha Leão
4. And finally, on your right, you will see Jardim do Morro

Price of the Gaia Cable Car

Adult: 6 – 9 €
Child: 3 – 4,50 €
With PortoCard: 10% discount
More tickets on Gaia Cable Car’s Website

9 - Dinner in Porto

A perfect dinner to a perfect place.

After Jardim do Morro, you’ll need to go to Porto again and find yourself a perfect dinner restaurant. On the way to your night in Porto, you could go to DOP, Cantina 32 or Brick Clérigos.

How to get here

By foot from Jardim do Morro:

1. First, you’ll have to go back to the other side of the bridge
2. Then, go to the centre of the city to find a place to take dinner such as the places we suggested to you earlier

10 - Night at Galerias de Paris

A night that you will always remember.

This street is known for its movement in the night. In here you can find some of the popular bars in Porto. If you’re looking for a great night to relax, take a drink and enjoy some music, this is the right place to go.

How to get here

By foot from Ponte D. Luís I (it takes 11 minutes):

1. First, go north toward Travessa de Santa Clara and continue onto Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques
2. Then, turn left onto Praça da Liberdade and continue onto Rua das Carmelitas
3. Finally, turn right onto Rua da Galeria de Paris

Second day

On the second day of this itinerary you’ll visit Foz’s beaches, Matosinhos’ lota, Boavista and the famous Rua Santa Catarina.

It will be a day full of adventures and great places to discover.

Do not forget to enjoy the tram trip and the landscapes!

1 - Palácio da Bolsa - Passeio Alegre

From a palace with beauty to the other side of the city. An unforgettable trip to Passeio Alegre.

To start your day you’ll have to go to Palácio da Bolsa. A building that was completed in 1842 and designed by Joaquim da Costa Lima. It is a neoclassical building and is known for its unique Arabian Room. However, all this building is breathtaking by its beauty.

How to get here

Buses (STCP): 500, 900, 901, 906, ZH, ZM, ZR, 10M

After this, you need to take a tram (Line 1) and go to Passeio Alegre. In here you’ll make some new memories.

Prices of Palácio da Bolsa

Adult: 8€
Student / Third age: 4.50€
PortoCard: 50% discount

Schedule of Palácio da Bolsa

November to March: 9am – 1pm / 2pm – 5.30pm
April to October: 9am – 6.30pm

2 - Foz Tour: Forte de S. João Baptista – Castelo do Queijo

A day to remember in Foz – a beautiful place to take a walk and enjoy the wonderful view at the ocean.

After you arrived in Passeio Alegre, you’ll have to make a walking tour from Forte de S. João Baptista to Castelo de Queijo. This tour contains all of the Foz’s beaches and Jardins da Avenida de Montevideu. We suggest you to take a coffee at Homem do Leme and enjoy your morning.

The tour takes about 31 minutes.

How to get here

To Forte S. João Baptista you need to take a tram (line 1, stop – Passeio Alegre).

Schedule of Forte de S. João Baptista

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Price of Castelo de Queijo (Forte São Francisco de Xavier)

0,50€

Schedule of Castelo de Queijo (Forte São Francisco de Xavier)

Winter: Tue – Sun 1pm – 5pm
Summer: Tue – Sun 1pm – 6pm

3 - Sea Life

The “world’s largest aquarium brand” provides you a magic day with the ones that you love.

A giant aquarium that is full of wonders. In here you can discover more than 3000 creatures. It is the perfect place to go with your family or your friends and to have a great time.

How to get here

By foot from Castelo de Queijo (it takes 2 minutes):

1. First, go northeast toward Via do Castelo de Queijo
2. Then, continue on the roundabout until you see the Sea Life

Prices

Adult: 13,5€
Child with 4 – 12: 9,50€
Child until 4 years: Free
More tickets on Sea Life’s Website

Schedule

On the week: 10am – 6pm
On the weekend / Holidays: 10am – 7pm

4 - Lunch break

Matosinhos’ lota is known for the variety of restaurants that exists. Pick a place and enjoy the famous fish in Matosinhos.

With a morning like this you’ll need a special place to lunch. We suggest Matosinhos’ lota. In this place you have multiple options and in between you can enjoy the view to the sea.

How to get here

Buses (STCP) from Castelo de Queijo: 500, 502

5 - Casa da Música

A notorious building that contains innovation and passion.

The sophisticated building was projected by Rem Koolhaas and combines minimalism with traditional traits. Casa da Música was inaugurated in 2005 and provides originality in all its projects.

How to get here

Metro: Line A (from Brito Capelo to Casa da Música)

Schedule

Mon – Sat 9.30am – 7pm
Sun / Holidays 9.30am – 6pm
See all schedule on Casa da Música’s Website

6 - Mercado Bom Sucesso

In this traditional market you can’t miss the food or the cultural activities. Mercado Bom Sucesso is a commercial place that joins history and modernity.

After visit Casa da Música you need to go to Mercado Bom Sucesso. A unique building completed in 1952 that has history and architecture features. In here it is common to have multiple events, workshops and a gastronomic variety.

How to get here

By foot from Casa da Música (it takes 5 minutes):

1. First, go south toward Avenida da Boavista and turn left onto the same avenue
2. Then, on Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque take the 4th exit onto Rua Caldas Xavier
3. Finally, continue onto Praça Bom Sucesso and you’ll see Mercado Bom Sucesso

Schedule

Sun – Thu 10am – 11pm
Fri – Sat 10 am – 12am

7 - Praça da Batalha

A square full of history. In this space, you can find culture with joy. Buy a ticket to watch a play or take some pictures at the square.

This place is surrounded by restaurants, historical buildings, a theatre, a palace and the characteristic statue of D. Pedro V completed in 1866. Take a walk to discover more about this square.

How to get here

Metro:

1. First take the line A, B, C, E or F (Casa da Música – Trindade)
2. Then, take the line D (Trindade – São Bento)

By foot from São Bento (it takes 5 minutes):

1. First, go south toward Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques and turn left onto the same avenue
2. Then, take a sharp left onto Rua Chã and continue onto Rua de Cimo de Vila
3. Finally, turn right onto Praça da Batalha

8 - Rua Santa Catarina

One of the most movement streets in the city. Buy a souvenir or collect memories at the “commercial artery 1500 meters long”.

This street is known for its size and for being the main shopping street in Porto. Here you can find beautiful architecture and unique buildings, such as Majestic, Relógio com carrilhão das Galerias Palladium, Capela das Almas and Via Catarina’s Shopping.

How to get here

By foot from Praça da Batalha takes 2 minutes and you just need to go down the square until you find Rua Santa Catarina.

9 - Shopping at Via Catarina Centre

A different kind of mall in the centre of Porto where you can buy clothes, beauty products, technology or food. A unique shopping that everyone loves.

To finish this itinerary, we suggest you to go to the Via Catarina Shopping. This building is very popular in Porto and its exterior is gorgeous. In here you can find fashion, decoration, technology and beauty stores. But also, Via Catarina is known for the restaurants’ chain on its last floor.

Schedule

9am – 10pm

Bonjour Porto!