10 PLACES TO VISIT IN PORTO
With CITYBREAK discover the best 10 places to visit in the city of Porto.
1. Cais da Ribeira e Ponte Luis I
On the banks of the Douro River, Cais da Ribeira is the starting point of the city's development, and the tourist buzz of Porto. A nice mix of past and present with nice views of the river and the little boats that come and go.
2. Catedral da Sé e Muralha Fernandina
The Sé Cathedral is an eye-catching mix of architectural elements ranging from the Romanesque of its façade and rose window (built in the 12th century), to the Gothic cloister with many Baroque elements.
3- Praça da Liberdade
Praça da Liberdade is another stop that deserves to be on your list of things to do in Porto, it connects the old city of Lisbon to the modern part, and is very close to two very cool attractions in the city: the Clérigos Tower and the Estação São Bento.
4- Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos
On one side, a neat baroque church and on the other, the most visited Tower in Porto. To reach the top and have panoramic views of the city, you will have to face 200 steps.
5- Estação São Bento
The old central station of Porto is housed in a French-inspired building and is filled with a collection of more than 20,000 Portuguese tiles. Each wall tells a different story, and the amount of detail is impressive.
6- Igreja do Carmo e Igreja das Carmelitas
The most imposing of them, the Igreja do Carmo, has its side stamped with Portuguese tiles – the mural portrays the creation of the Carmelite order. The show is on account of its golden altar, one of the most important examples of Rococo in Portugal.
7- Livraria Lello
Considered the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Livraria Lello was frequented by J.K. Rolling during the time the writer lived in Portugal. The location served as inspiration for the design of the Harry Potter library.
8- Igreja de Santa Clara
Stone walls hide the interior of one of the most interesting churches in Porto. Enter to be flooded by golden tones and Gothic naves taken by baroque elements also very golden. Everything is far-fetched, exaggerated and brilliant.
9- Palácio da Bolsa
One of the most eye-catching buildings in Porto, the former Palácio da Bolsa, today serves as the headquarters of the Porto Commercial Association, and is another interesting stop for those who want to make a quick stop for photos of the façade and for those who visit the interior of the building that It's open for visitors, and it's beautiful!
10 – Café Majestic
The stylish facade with wooden doors leads you to a busy cafe and quite expensive for the average city. But the visit is undoubtedly an experience.
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