Apparently carved in granite near the mouth of the Douro River, the second largest city of Portugal, known locally as Porto dazzles with a rich collection of cultural attractions.
historic heart of Porto’s Ribeira. This beachfront bairro you lose insists positively among the maze of narrow streets and seek some architectural treasures the most expensive in the city. In fact, if the buildings are rare and valuable that make up this venerable neighborhood UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site.
1. Torre dos Clérigos
The skyrocketing Clerics Tower punctuates the skyline of Porto as a monumental needle. This is the point most visible landmark of the city, 75 meters high, 18th century rocket carved granite, and visit this historic structure should be high on the list of “things to do”.
You’ll need a sturdy pair of legs to climb the 240 steps to the top of the tower, but the effort will be rewarded with a panorama breathtaking river, the coast and the distant Douro Valley – a speckled for the second city of Portugal, and in an inspiring way to tourists for the first time to get their bearings.
2. Palácio da Bolsa
Dating back to the mid 19th century, former scholarship Porto contains a wealth of historical interest. Built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, its sumptuous interior is divided into several rooms and lounges, each unique in its appeal and worthy of scrutiny.
Imagine you are a wealthy merchant on a business trip as you walk through the portrait room with its gallery of kings in uniform, then lay your eyes skyward after entering the Golden Hall to admire its golden stucco ceiling . You’ll be ready for your meeting with the boss in the hall of the President before joining fellow merchants richly furnished to the Court courtroom in a richly decorated testimony were acting in commercial law due process.
3. Porto Bridge Climb
One of more unusual things to do in Porto – certainly a radical change from traditional tourist options – is a chance to climb the arches of the bridge Arrábida, located downstream of the Dom Luís more familiar one.
The Bridge Climb Porto tours conducted this iconic structure with participants dressed harness and secure rescue buoy to scale the heights safely and comfortably. After a narrow staircase for pedestrians and connected by cable to a handrail in parallel, visitors slowly adjust the gaping arches to reach the top of the scale, 65 meters above the River Douro. The panoramic view of the city and the outskirts mouth of the river are truly memorable.
4. Igreja de São Francisco
Visitors are surrounded by gold as they enter the beautiful church of St. Francis. Its baroque 18th century interior is inlaid with a gold plating so dazzling and exuberant that most agree is one of the best examples from around gold worked in the country. Indeed, this is an invaluable tourist experience.
5. Cais da Ribeira
City to relax and. Ribeira Square, a quarter of the river from Porto Riverfront Square is a charming maze of narrow streets and winding; lanes zigzag; and low, arcades lack of sunlight. Facing the Douro River, however, the high terraces of houses painted bright mustard, mandarin, and tawny shades – the Ribeira is a color and flavor adventure.
A plethora of restaurants and cafes established under the arcades along the waterfront makes it the most popular in the area is a popular meeting place and lively and buzzing with a young, friendly atmosphere.