Portugal is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations of choice among the tourist from all over the world. Although smaller in size, the historic mercantile city doesn’t lack when it comes to fun and exciting things to do and see here. The home of port and the wine cellars has much more to offer, and there is indeed a fantastic array of things to see and explore. It is always a good idea to explore the attractions under an expert local guide for a more authentic experience. Take a city tour with a local insider for the best ever experience as you lose yourself amongst the narrow streets of the city and its architectural treasures. Below are the top things to do in Porto:
1. Porto Wine Cellars
It is a must to explore those famous Port wine cellars. Take guided tours to know more about the history and the distinguishing features and with a happy ending with Port tasting. Sandeman Cellars, Taylor’s and Cockburn’s are highly recommended., There is even a museum, restaurant and grounds to enjoy a picnic. It is a mandatory activity to explore the Port wine cellars if on a trip to Porto. Enjoy tasting different Port wine varieties and enjoy the experience.
2. Serralves Museum & Villa
Enjoy a great day out at Casa de Serralves, a villa that was built between 1925 and 1944. Designers like Charles Siclis and René Lalique built those beautiful interiors. The splendid villa indeed looks impressive with terraced grounds, regimented lawns, topiaries, and pergolas. Visit the Contemporary Art Museum that is located at the other end of the park and showcases temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
3. Palácio da Bolsa
Palladio da Bolsa, built on the site of a Franciscan monastery boasts of several rooms and salons. Each of those rooms is worth a visit, especially the Portrait Room with its gallery of uniformed monarchs. The Golden Room is famous for its gilded stucco ceiling while the Chairman’s Room is furnished lavishly.
4. São Bento Train Station
São Bento Train Station has been voted one of the world’s most gorgeous railway stations. With a super-cool exterior, the walls of the station are covered with 20,000 decorative tiles, that make it look bright and colorful. The painter Jorge Colaço was behind the creation of those beautiful tiles. Hundreds of locals and travelers arrive here to catch a train to nearby towns.
5. Luís I Bridge
The twin-level arched bridge made of metal is an industrial symbol for Porto. Perceived by the German engineer Théophile Seyrig, the bridge was first n bridge opened in 1886 and rises to almost 45 meters. It crosses the steep, rocky banks of the Douro and was used by Porto’s light railway. Once you cross the bridge, you can board Funicular dos Guindais to get down to explore the watersides.
6. Cais da Ribeira
Facing the River Douro, Cais da Ribeira is an amazing labyrinth of narrow streets with zigzagging alleyways. It is indeed a special experience to look at those terraces of lofty townhouses done in bright colobus and tawny hues. Relax along the quayside with a plethora of restaurants and cafés. The busy commercial district boasts of grocers, shoemaker’s studios and fishmongers. Explore Ribeira, a charming neighborhood with a rich history.
The mini-city within Porto was a seaside resort in the nineteenth century when it was frequented by wealthy Porto residents and Brits who arrived here for a holiday. Today, tourists and travelers head for Foz for its beaches and seaside-y outdoor cafés. Take a stroll along the Avenida do Brasil to get amazing views of the Atlantic. Other highlights include the Felgueiras lighthouse, Passeio Alegre Fountain and Old Foz.