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The best places to visit in Oporto.

  • Clérigos Tower

It is an ex-libris of the city. One of the best views of the city is at the top of this beautiful 75 meter high tower. However, to enjoy it, you will have to climb 225 steps. But it will be worth it, you will see!

  • Crystal Palace

Opened in 1865, it was demolished in 1951 to be replaced by the Rosa Mota Pavilion. It was built in granite, iron and glass, having the London Crystal Palace by model. It was designed for the English architect Thomas Dillen Jones.

  • São Bento Station

It was built at the beginning of the 20th century, with glass and cast iron cover. It is authored by the architect Marques da Silva. The lobby is lined with twenty thousand historical tiles, by the painter Jorge Colaço, illustrating the evolution of transport and phases of Portuguese history and life.

  • Lello Bookstore

It is one of the most emblematic bookstores in the country and the world. It is in the center of Oporto and is part of its historical heritage. It served as an inspiring setting for J.K. Rolling, author of the Harry Potter saga. Neogothic architecture, carved wood, gilded columns and ornate ceilings make it unique. Admission costs 5 euros, but can be discounted when you buy a book.

  • Serralves Foundation

One of the most important national institutions, possessing a valuable historical and cultural heritage, composed by the Museum, the House and the Serralves Park.

The Serralves Park is a reference in the heritage of the landscape in Portugal. During a visit, besides being able to contact with nature and appreciate the diversity of trees and shrubs, you can see sculptures that are part of the Foundation Collection.

You should also see the traveling and permanent exhibitions, which make Serralves a good idea at any time of the year.

  • Music House

It receives concerts of various musical genres. It has a restaurant at the top and a coffee shop on the ground floor. It has a dynamic and innovative programming and it is worthwhile to take a guided tour. The exterior is also worthy of note for its originality and beauty, and was designed by the architect Rem Koolhaas.

  • Transparent Building

The Transparent Building rises where the earth ends and the sea begins. It includes the seafront of Porto and Matosinhos, the Brazil Avenue in Foz, and the west entrance of the City Park. It is now a landmark in the city, with commercial areas entirely devoted to leisure, entertainment and culture.

It has innovative features such as transparent facades (glass) and multiple forms of access (staircases, ramps). It is differentiated by the connection that these elements make between the interior of the building and the large outdoor area.
The privileged location and the wide range of services and events make it a place for well-spent moments.

  • SEA LIFE Oporto

SEA LIFE is a publicly accessible oceanarium. It opened to the public on June 15, 2009. During the first year of operation it had 400,000 visits. Due to this initial success, it expanded its area with the creation of an outdoor space in 2017.

  • National Theater São João

As the name implies, it stands out for the shows it hosts. However, if this is not enough reason to visit it, you can visit it by the ornate and imposing architecture that characterizes it.

  • Municipal Library of Oporto

The Municipal Public Library of Porto was founded in 1833. It is a heritage library, receiving all publications published in the country. Its mission is to organize, index, make available and keep the documents that are delivered to it. It promotes the relationship between the Library and the public, promoting its own cultural activities or in articulation with other entities.

  • Ribeira of Douro River

It is one of the oldest parts of the city. The scenery on the river and the boats, delight tourists and locals. Surely you will need your cell phone to photograph its narrow streets, full of ups and downs, colorful houses and caricature nooks. It also has good restaurants, bars and shops where it is worth getting in.

  • D. Luís I Bridge

It is known for its metal structure with two trays. It was built by the Gustave Eiffel Arch, between 1881 and 1888, linking the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia separated by the beautiful river Douro.

  • Church of the Congregates

It was born in 1680 and is located in Praça Almeida Garrett. Its Baroque-style facade dates back to the 17th century. The windows are lined with modern tiles. Its stained glass windows are already of this century and the decoration of the interior of the main chapel was made with panels, representing passages of the life of Saint Anthony. Still in the interior stand out two panels, the Assumption of the Virgin and the Holy Family.

  • Oporto wine cellars

In these cellars, you can know the history of a product known worldwide, the Oporto wine. Visit a certified Oporto wine cellar and enjoy that moment.

  • Majestic 

This is a historic coffee shop on Santa Catarina Street. It has a wonderful Belle Epoque atmosphere and a magnificent winter garden, which have guaranteed the visit of many tourists. It is also a great setting for cultural events due to its facade and its interior.

  • Palace of the Stock Exchange

The Palace of the Stock Exchange  was designed by Joaquim da Costa Lima in a neoclassical style, in 1842. It is the property and headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto. Situated in the historical center of the city, it is one of the most visited monuments, due mainly to the famous Arabian Hall. It is a cultural and conference center, and a space with unique conditions for holding events.

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