A brief overview of the very best Porto’s tourist attractions.
Although Porto is not the capital, it’s becoming one of the most attractive Portuguese cities for the tourists, mostly for its friendly and authentic people, who make the Invicta one of the most chosen holiday destinations.
Nowadays, there’s not a single person who doesn’t like to travel to beautiful places and take good pictures to remember later. Here, we present 10 of the main attractions of Porto which would look great in your Instagram.
Clérigos' Tower 1
Clérigos’ Tower, with its 75 meters of height, is one of the most magnificent buildings of the city. Given its perfect location, it’s possible to have a 360º view over all the city of Porto. To this end, you’ll have to climb 225 steps, but the good news is you can stop to appreciate the different views of the city from the tower during the climb. Once you get to the top, it’s imperative that you take awesome photos, because the view is stunning.
Where? R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto
When? Everyday from 9am to 7pm.
How much? 5€
Dom luis I Bridge 2
D. Luís I Bridge is one of Porto’s most emblematic symbols, which connects the city of Porto to its little sister, Vila Nova de Gaia, with the beautiful Douro River between them. The bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, has two decks: the lower deck, where you can go walking or by car, it’s the one which is nearer the river and links Ribeira to Gaia’s dock; the upper deck is for those who are not afraid of heights, and goes from Guindais to Serra do Pilar. The connection between one deck and the other can be made by Funicular dos Guindais, a railway that goes up to the bridge, offering some great views of Douro River.
Crystal Palace Gardens 3
Crystal Palace Gardens offer an incredible green landscape, where people can be in touch with the colorful peacocks that are walking around or have a coffee in one of the bars. If you chose to get lost on the many labyrinths until the main garden, you can also enjoy a picnic or just observe the river. Inside Crystal Palace, there’s also a concert hall, Pavilhão Rosa Mota, where many shows take place.
Where? R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto
When? Everyday from 8am to 9pm.
How much? Free entry.
Serra do Pilar 4
Serra do Pilar is located on the south margin of the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia’s side, and has a really stunning view over the city of Porto (no, we are not lying, there are many stunning views in this city). We recommend you to visit Serra do Pilar in the evening or during the night, so you can enjoy the sun setting breathtakingly over the Ribeira.
Where? Largo de Aviz, 4430-329 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
When? The monastery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (winter) and 6pm (summer). The viewpoint is open everyday.
How much? Monastery from 2€. Viewpoint is free.
Porto Wine Cellars 5
Although it’s called Port Wine, the most famous Cellars are on the side of Gaia. All of them offer guided tours and each tour has a happy ending: a taste of the Port Wine’s different flavors (yes, there are many!). We suggest you the Sandeman, Taylor’s and Cokburn’s Cellars. The tour prices are around 10€, with a taste of two kinds of Port Wine included.
Lello Bookstore 6
Pay attention, Harry Potter fans, this one is for you: it’s said that Lello Library, considered the third most beautiful bookstore in the world, inspired J.K. Rowling to some of her most famous books. Its magical inside attracts hundreds of visitors to the bookstore daily. The entry ticket costs 5€ for adults, but is completely discounted in case you buy something.
Where? R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto
When? Everyday from 9:30am to 7pm.
How much? 5€, totally discounted in any purchase.
Porto's Sé 7
Porto’s Sé is the most important church of the city, known by its Gothic style and its sculptures and paintings of Nossa Senhora da Vandoma, Porto’s patron saint. Besides the church, locals also call “Sé” to the neighborhood near the church, one of the most emblematic places in town, with something to see in every corner.
Where? Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto
When? Everyday from 9am to 7pm (summer) and to 6pm (winter).
How much? Free entry.
São Bento Train Station 8
São Bento Train Station was considered one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. When you look at it from the outside, you don’t imagine what is inside this splendid station, covered with more than 20 000 tiles, with paintings related to Portugal’s history and the daily life of the thousands of people that pass by it everyday. From there, you can catch a train to the north, going to Guimarães or Braga, two of the most historical cities of Portugal, or to the south, until the beautiful beaches of Vila Nova de Gaia (Miramar, Francelos, Aguda, etc). The tourist one day train ticket costs 7€ and allows you to catch as many trains as you want in Braga, Guimarães, Aveiro ou Marco’s line.
Where? Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto
When? Everyday from 5am to 1am.
How much? Free entry.
Foz is one of the most well-known places in Porto. In the past, only the richer people or brit tourists would get there, because of its calm beaches and fancy restaurants. Nowadays, the elitism has vanished, but the good beaches and bars are there to stay. After you reach Foz, you can walk through Avenida Brasil and Passeio Alegre, to get to Castelo do Queijo’s Fort, right at Matosinhos’ Beach. The entry ticket to the Fort only costs 0,50€.
Ribeira is the favorite spot of tourists, especially in the Summer. The many and restaurants attract tourists from all over the world who want to taste the most typical Porto’s meals or just to have a beer on a sunny day. For the adventurers, we suggest a boat trip to the other margin of the Douro River for just 3€, or a cruise under the 6 bridges (15€). In the Summer, it’s also possible that you see young men jumping to the river from the lower deck of D. Luís Bridge.