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Porto - Exploring the city

Discovering Porto means finding as many surprises as one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe can offer. Here are some tips to "lose yourself" in the "best destination in the world".

Populated by churches, monuments and museums, the city "Invicta" has one of the richest artistic, cultural and historical heritage in Portugal. This wealth has its maximum expression in the Historic Centre of Porto, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996 and the ideal starting point for a journey which mixes the past and the present in the right measure.

But Porto is also a city that can be discovered in a small alley or in a corner of a narrow street; on a morning walk along the Douro River or during lunch in Ribeira; watching the sunset from a terrace in Foz, or at the table of a traditional restaurant; and always in dialogue with the "Port knowledge" of its inhabitants. Here are some suggestions that invite exploration and adventure:

Museums, Exhibitions and Galleries

Besides the University museums, Porto hosts renowned institutions such as the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, an architectural project by Álvaro Siza Vieira with an innovative exhibition proposal. The Soares dos Reis National Museum, located in the Carrancas Palace, was the first Portuguese art museum, where today you will find a variety of works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also visit the various art galleries scattered around the city, which reflect the city's intense artistic activity.


All around the city you will find landmarks that convey the essence of the city and its people. For those who are interested in architecture, the Clérigos or the Sé do Porto provide a journey through history with an unparalleled view of the city.

Parks and Gardens

A city that loves green spaces, Porto invites you to enjoy nature in its parks and gardens, many of which have generous views of the Douro River. We highlight the City Park, the Serralves Park and the Crystal Palace. On the university campus you can, for example, explore the new Campo Alegre Botanical Park, which integrates the historic Botanical Garden of the University of Porto, the Casa do Primo Madeira Garden and the gardens of the Faculty of Sciences.

Douro River Cruises

It is impossible to truly get to know Porto without discovering the Douro River. And one of the best ways of doing so, apart from walking along the pavement that follows the curve of the river from Ribeira to Foz, is to embark on a boat trip. During practically the whole year, the Praça da Ribeira is the departure point for several boats. With trips lasting a little longer, the end can be toasted with Port Wine...

Port Wine and Cellars

World famous, Port Wine is still one of the city's most sought after treasures. A unique wine, which has its cellars along the left bank of the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia. Originating from the lands of the Alto Douro, Port Wine travels down the river to age in oak casks or bottles, stored overlooking the Ribeira. An obligatory visit, including a tasting session.