In this article I will tell you about the main attractions of the city of Porto, their work schedule and prices. I’ll tell you what you can see in 1 day.
As I said, my route through Portugal was far from ideal. At least one day was not enough to fully explore the Porto (at least one and a half days should be allocated to the Porto). In fact, it turned out only half a day. Of course, we managed to watch something.
Porto attractions on the map
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What to see in Porto in 1 day
In this section I will write what sights we managed to see in the few hours that we were in Porto. We started the route from our strange hotel Hotel Miradouro (once a four-star hotel turned into a three-star, but the star was not removed; the elevators work very strangely, the furniture in the rooms has not changed since the hotel was opened, and the staff, it seems, also at night for some reason, the door to the corridor opened: we thought it was a ghost, because the building has only 13 floors, and the hotel has 13 rooms (and this is not a joke!)).
№1. City Town Hall (Câmara Municipal do Porto)
Location: R. Clube dos Fenianos 5
The six-story building has two courtyards and a central tower, the height of which is 70 meters, it is decorated with a huge clock with chimes, and statues are carved on the granite facade. Now owned by the municipality of Porto.
Schedule: every first Sunday of the month, at 11.15 a tour is organized for those who wish with a guide. Entrance fee: 2.10 Euro
№2. Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade)
Location: Santa Ildefonza, lower part of the city.
This is one of the oldest places in Porto. The laying of the square was carried out by the first settlers of the city and for many years is of great importance for the economic, cultural and political spheres of life of citizens.
Many travelers call it one of the beautiful and picturesque squares of Europe. Inspect the Liberty Square can be free, as well as many g longwall Porto attractions .
№3. São Bento Station (Estação de São Bento)
Location: Porto Center, Praça Almeida Garrett
Many of Porto’s attractions on the map are fairly easy to find. For example, the station of São Bento, it was opened in 1916 and attracts attention with its beautiful tiles, which depict the historical events of Portugal with the brush of the artist Jorge Culasu. It combines the architectural masterpiece of yesteryear and modern technology. Pass to the station is free. For many years, São Bento Station has been in the TOP 10 of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.
№4. Clerigos Tower and Church (Igreja dos Clerigos)
Location: Rua de Sao Filipe de Nery
Clerigos Church impresses with its magnificent facade, made in the traditional Baroque style and it is easy to confuse it with the residence of the king. The construction of the church began in 1732, and ended only 18 years later. And in 1910 it was recognized as a national treasure of Portugal!
Behind it was erected the highest bell tower in Portugal (mid-18th century), which for many years served as a lighthouse. On the upper tier of the tower today is an observation deck. To get on it, you need to overcome 225 steps!
Schedule: from 9.00 to 19.00, seven days a week
Entrance fee: Day ticket from 5 to 6.5 euros, evening visit to the tower – 5 euros.
Near the tower there is an interesting restaurant: Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau, R. Campo dos Mártires da Pátria 108. Since 1904, they have been making the traditional dish Pastel de Bacalau – a cod cutlet with potatoes (4 euros per piece), for complete authenticity to it offer to take port on a tray (all 13 euros). They didn’t try port, they tried the cutlet. For me – a fishcake from the school cafeteria, only for 300 rubles))))
№5. Lello Bookstore (Livraria Lello & Irmão)
Location: Rua das Carmelitas, 144.
In Porto, attractions can be found at almost every step. The famous Lello bookstore is located in a beautiful Neomanuelino-style building. Joan Rowling herself was looking for inspiration in him, it was his mysterious appearance that became the prototype of the Hogwarts library. Although I was not a fan of Harry Potter, it was interesting to visit the library bookstore.
Schedule: Daily from 10.00 to 19.00, except Sunday
Entrance fee: 5 euros (as of October 2018), but this amount can be set off against the purchase.
The main trick: one voucher = one book. That is, from one book you can get a discount of only 5 euros. The cost of books is from 12 euros, almost all of them are in Portuguese. There are collector editions of Harry Potter.
Before you get in the line for entering the bookstore, you need to buy tickets, for this, go to the next entrance, literally 5 meters ahead, go to the end in this room (there will also be left-luggage rooms for backpacks) and turn right, there will be ticket offices.
№6. Church of Carmo and Carmelites (Igreja dos Carmelitas)
Location: R. do Carmo
Looking at the building, many people think that it is one large church, but in fact it is two different, connected by the narrowest building. Its width is only one meter. And it is considered the narrowest house in the world.
The facade is made in the late Baroque style, on the altars are visible gilded carved paintings that were painted by the master Francisco Pereira Campanyan. Churches can be visited for free.
№7. Cathedral of Porto (Se do Porto)
Location: Porto, Terreiro da Se
The Cathedral in Porto is one of the most important monuments of Romanesque architecture. On the facade of the church is a Gothic rose, which adorns it from the date of construction.
The cathedral was built in such a way that it could be seen from anywhere in the city. But also such a choice of place makes it an excellent viewing platform for admiring panoramic views.
Schedule: In the summer period from 9.00 to 19.00, a break from 12.30 to 14.30. In winter time from 9.00 to 18.00, a break from 12.30 to 14.30. Seven days a week
Entrance fee: 3 euros.
Location: Near Jardim do Morro and Sao Bento metro stations.
Answering the question of what to see in Porto in 1 day , you can safely answer – Area Ribeira.
The picturesque area of Ribeira – with it you can start exploring the city if you are immediately in the center. Its unusual architecture surprises tourists. Small colorful houses built so close that they seem to stick to each other. Also in the vicinity are many cultural attractions.
For me, Ribeira, and indeed Porto as a whole, seemed “too colorful”. Yes, fans of this city will forgive me, but I remembered: dilapidated houses with fallen stucco, dirty streets, in restaurants where I really don’t feel like sitting, lots of beggars, and a crazy grandfather singing songs from his balcony.
№9. Ponte Luís I Bridge
The two-level bridge of Louis I combines three zones: pedestrian, automobile and railway. Moreover, people can freely pass on any of the levels.
It connects the two banks of Porto, separated by the Douro River. A view of the city opens from the second level of the bridge (it did not rise, therefore, I can’t say if it is a good view). It is considered one of the best free viewing platforms in Porto.
This is all that we managed to visit for our part-time in Porto. In the next section, I will write about what to see in Porto if you have more than 1 day. The section will be in the form of a classic guide, without my comments.
See also “Porto Airport: how to get there”
What to see in Porto in 2-3 days.
№10. Santa Catarina Street (Rua Santa Catarina)
Location: City Center, Near Bolhao Subway Station
Santa Catarina Street is dotted with sights and other vibrant objects. It is known not only as a historical place, but also as a shopping center of Porto. It was estimated that it was in the shops on Santa Catarina Street that the most goods of the city were sold.
Its length is about one and a half kilometers, and any traveler will be able to find a store to their liking.
Schedule: On Sunday, most stores are closed.
№11. Cafe Majestic
Location: Santa Catarina Street
One of the most famous cafes in Porto is Majestic, decorated in Art Nouveau style, offers its guests a large selection of coffee and delicious pastries. It was opened in a beautiful building, built in the early 20th century and is very popular with local aristocrats. Almost every guide offers to visit this famous cafe. Unfortunately, I did not know about him, respectively, I can’t show and tell more about him.
Schedule: Daily, from 9.00 to 00.00
№12. Church of St. Francis (Igreja de Sao Francisco)
Work on the creation of the temple was begun by members of the Order of St. Francis in the XIII century, but it acquired its final form only in the XV century. During its existence, the facade, made in the style of Portuguese Gothic, has not undergone significant changes.
Modern interior decoration, distinguished by pomp and magnificence, was created only later, in the XVII-XVIII centuries.
№13. Bolsa Palace (Palacio da Bolsa)
Location: Rua Ferreira Borges S / N
The exquisite facade of the Bolsa Palace appears in its splendor in one of the central quarters of the city. The interior is considered a work of art; magnificent sculptures, carved furniture and frescoes are placed in the halls.
Schedule: from 9.00 to 18.30, seven days a week
Entrance fee : 10 euros
№14. Porto Tram Museum (Museu do Carro Electrico)
Location: Alameda Basilio Teles, 51
Museum visitors are invited to see which way the tram went from the first model to the modern one. Dozens of various trams are not just exhibits, each of them is still in working condition.
Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00, on Monday from 14.00 to 18.00
Entrance fee : 8 euros, for visitors aged 6 to 25 and over 65 years old – 4 euros, for children under 6 years old – free of charge.
№15. Crystal Palace Park (Jardins do Palaio de Cristal)
Location: Rua de Manuel II
The opening of the park in 1865 was timed to coincide with the World Exhibition in Porto. Its vast territory covers several hectares, and it is all dotted with alleys, lawns, benches and flowers. The park also built a huge pond.
Schedule: from April to September, from 8.00 to 21.00, from October to March from 9.00 to 18.00. Seven days a week.
Entrance fee: Free.
№16: Porto Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico do Porto)
Location: Rua do Campo Alegre, 1191
In Porto you can visit one of the most beautiful parks, it presents a large number of various plants. Tourists have not yet captivated it, so a walk in the park is a pleasure.
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 18.00, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
№17 Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis
Location: Rua D. Manuel II, 44
The National Museum is located in the palace of Carrancas. Collections of local Portuguese artists are exhibited in its halls. Most of the work is occupied by the sculptor Antonio Suarez Reis.
The opening of the museum took place in the 19th century, by order of King Pedro VI. At this time, the main part of the exposition was the work of sculptors and artists confiscated from the clergy.
Schedule: from 10.00 to 18.00, except Monday.
Entrance fee: Adults – 5 euros (Sunday until 14:00 admission is free) , pensioners and students – 2.5 euros, children under 12 years old – free.
№18. House of Music (Casa da Música)
Location: Av. da Boavista 604-610
In 2005, one of the best concert halls in Porto was built. Upon completion, the building was recognized as a symbol of the city. According to experts, the House of Music is an outstanding building and can be compared with the Guggenheim Museum and the Berlin Philharmonic.
It can accommodate up to 1200 guests, in addition to the building there is a restaurant area, a music store and a terrace.
№19: The Museu Serralves
Location: Rua Dom Joao de Castro 210
The Serralves Museum exhibits expositions of contemporary artists, often eminent masters present their works in its halls. The building is designed in a minimalist style, but it is surrounded by a beautiful park area, over which several landscape designers worked. If desired, any guest can spend time in the park.
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 20.0
Entrance fee : 12 euros (museum + park), buy a ticket online >>>
№20. Guimaraes Castle (Castelo de Guimaraes)
Location: 50 km from Porto, Castelo de Guimarães, Rua Conde D. Henrique, 4810 Guimarães
Over its long history, the castle has undergone many changes, it was rebuilt more than once. But in the 19th century, local residents destroyed the integrity of the castle walls and only in 1881 it was recognized as a historical monument.
Now it is completely renovated and receives thousands of tourists annually.
Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
Ticket price: 2 euros
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Have a good time in Porto!