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May 13, 2020 | By: Taylor Randolph
Visiting Porto should be at the top of anyone’s list who is visiting Portugal. Porto is a medieval city with beautiful historic buildings, Old World charm, and terrific wine. There are many things to do in Porto that are definitely worth your time. If you have space to fit them all, I would highly recommend these 8 things to do in Porto:
The views from the top level of the bridge are stunning. Enjoy a sunset evening walk and admire the lights of the city and the beautiful river. The bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel, the same architect who designed the Eiffel Tower.
As you probably already know, Porto is home to the famous Port wine. Take a tour through the wine caves and sample some of the finest Port wines in the world. Learn all about the history, the process, and the wine itself while you are here.
If you are visiting Porto with kids, then the World of Discoveries is a great spot to check out. The World of Discoveries shares about Portugal’s exploration history and it does a great job of creating an interactive adventure for kids. There are cool pirate ship exhibits, large touch screen displays, and a 20-minute boat ride at the end! Plug the headphones in to hear all about the different continents and countries that Portugal discovered.
While J.K. Rowling was writing the first Harry Potter book in Porto, she naturally frequented the Livraria Lello bookstore. When you step inside, you can clearly see how the winding staircases and grand architecture inspired Flourish & Botts. Harry Potter fans will love the tributes to the series around the store and the different editions of the books that are available here. Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan, Livraria Lello is still worth a visit because it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and consistently ranked as one of the top bookstores in the world. It does cost 5 euros to visit, but the cost can be applied to the purchase of a book. Plan to visit when the shop isn’t so busy, which is at the end of the day.
The waterfront area along the Douro River has amazing views of the city and the Luis I Bridge. There are also wonderful, family-friendly restaurants and lots of street performers. This area is really vibrant and exciting, especially for kids.
Take a boat tour down the Douro River to relax from walking around the city and see the city from a different perspective. Soak in the beautiful sun, learn about the historical buildings on the river banks, and admire the six magnificent bridges that cross the Douro River.
Porto has a vibrant and exciting nightlife scene. Once the sun sets, make your way to Guindalense for a drink and rooftop views over the Dom Luis I Bridge. Then, walk over to the Capela Incomum, a wine bar nestled into a converted 16th century chapel. For a fun evening bar crawl, head to the Rua Galeria de Paris to experience Porto’s nightlife hub.
Matosinhos beach is just 15 minutes from Porto’s city center by public transportation. It’s a large beach located on the Atlantic Ocean, so it’s waves are great for surfing. The beach overlooks a container port on one end and the Castelo de Queijo (cheese castle) on the other end. I would have to say it’s not the most attractive beach in Portugal, but the proximity to Porto makes it easy to reach if you are short on time.
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