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Lively nights come to a quaint end on the Bonfim promenade. The waterfront kiosks are the perfect after-party outposts for relieving late-night hunger. Go there for snacks like “bifanas", the region's trademark steak sammy. Bonfim also keeps a candle burning for Porto customs like “bailinhos”, where the young and old dance together on the street.
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0.4 miles from downtown
Porto’s historic centre. In Sé, slim streets wind past stone houses, some painted in effulgent yellows. The narrow roads and clandestine allies are best seen by foot. Heritage is writ large in Sé Cathedral, which is a threeway mashup of romantic, gothic and baroque. It’s the perfect place to finish your pilgrimage through these streets.
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Porto City Centre
The poster child for hip Porto. The Vida Portuguesa shop takes you back in time with its retro toothpaste and hair tonics. For a trendy place to imbibe, head to Champanheria da Baixa and toast with chalices of champagne sangria. The literati should take supper in Casa do Livro, a posh restaurant arranged inside a bookshop.
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0.6 miles from downtown
This affluent area is awash in colourful facades. It’s a postcard moment everywhere you turn. Wander through the area’s unique bars and cafes, some of which are inside docked boats. Or head over to Alfândega, which topped 2014’s charts for best conference space in Business Destinations Magazine. It's a prime place to peruse a rotating set of global exhibitions.
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0.6 miles from downtown
Take the scenic route. The best way to get up to Ribeira from downtown Porto is on the Guindais Funicular. As you climb, the River Douro glistens below, as sailboats glide its cobalt currents. Colourful buildings add an artsy touch to the shoreline. Come with an appetite - traditional "tascas" abound and little local markets brim with bounty.
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Porto buzzes with a special energy and an appetite for all the good things in life – especially food and wine.
The best way to learn about its thriving culinary scene is by diving straight in. Pick a restaurant along the banks of the Douro River and enjoy the city’s al fresco dining culture. "Bacalhau" (salted cod) and freshly grilled octopus pair perfectly with a glass of dry white port – though the star of Portuguese cuisine is the original, sweet red port. Take a tasting tour of the wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, or get lost in the maze-like streets of the medieval Ribeira district to find the best varieties in the city.
After you've had your fill, walk it off by exploring all of Porto’s impressive architecture. Visit the São Francisco Church for its baroque interior and gilded carvings, then discover the stories depicted in the blue and white-tile facade of the Chapel of Souls.
For the best views in town, cross Dom Luís I Bridge from São Bento railway station, or climb the 240 steps to the top of Clérigos Church – an 18th-century tower in the heart of the city. There's also the golden sands and crashing waves at Matosinhos Beach to keep any surfer or sun-lover happy for an afternoon.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.13|
|Average weekend price||$106 per night|
|Average weekday price||$112 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
My hotel, the hotel internacional was so central to the historic center and because I have difficulty walking and doing hills I had a circle of streets with an historic building at every turn..coffee houses, galore..access to the tour busses.fine restaurants..a delight at every turn.
Cidade histórica, com muitos parques, museus e monumentos incríveis. Fui no inverno, portanto não pude aproveitar a praia, mas há muitos bares e restaurantes próximos à costa. No geral os habitantes são muito receptivos! Há ainda um sistema de metrô que funciona bem.
Porto is a glorious city built on hills that rise up from the water....it is beautiful in the same way San Francisco, Istanbul, and Rio are so lovely. There is plenty of history, the wine industry is so interesting, the river offers leisure and beauty, there's street art and music and entertainment and plenty of fun shops...the city is alive and vibrant and pretty and fun!
I was only in Porto for one full day but the location of my hotel was AMAZING! It was a 2 minute walk into the centre which is only a 5 minute walk to the cathedral! I wish I had more time in Porto to explore a lot of the other sights. Nevertheless, the food, the atmosphere and everything was beautiful!
A beautiful city....Porto hosted the European Women’s Indoor Hockey Championship for clubs...they were really lovely hosts. We loved the tour of the Douro Valley and the excellent lunch at one of the winery’s. Our tour guide was excellent. The price of food and drink was great....much cheaper than Ireland
Porto is a colourful city with a vibrant riverside. The food was excellent and the wine devine. It is a easy trip out of Lisbon and well worth the effort. We enjoyed the Hop On bus trip and the tour of the Port Wine Museum.
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