An architect in the '60s built concrete walls onto existing rockpools, thus creating 'swimming pools' fed with natural sea water. COsts 5 euros a half-day entrance, good when the ocean is too ferocious to approach.
Need to take bus 138 from Cordoaria to get there, it takes about 45 minutes!
Looking for a specific address in Porto, I found a quarter that was once a village out of town, engulfed by the growth of the last decades. The funny thing is that the contrasts between past and present may be seen everywhere.
In the 18th century the famous architect Nasoni transformed a house from the 14th century, giving it a Neo Gothic style. Classified as a building of national interest,it is used by... the official organization that classified it - IPPAR.
In Ramalde there's a church, the "old" church, dating from the 18th century, that, maybe for being considered not too functional, was replaced by a modern and more ambitious one. The funny thing is that it was not exactly a replacement and there they stand side by side, to be used... I don't know how.
Painting, sculpture and decorative arts as well as temporary exhibitions.
Rúa D. Manuel II
- Fax: (+351) 222 08 28 51
How to get there:
- Bus: 3, 6, 20, 35 37, 41, 52, 78 and 93.
An excellent day trip from Porto. Combines a train trip in the Douro Valley with a walk in the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley. The train ride, both ways, was on the bank of the Douro River, with hills in the background. Beautiful! The ride terminates at Pocinho. Then bus or taxi to a Park Visitor's Center. The tour consisted of a drive in a 4 wheel drive vehicle into a desert climate valley. It had been 44 deg C two weeks earlier, but 32 when I was there (mid Sept). The guide then walked the group from one rock with pictures to the next rock. There were eight rocks, each with multiple pictures, over a stretch of about 500m. The pictures are cut into the rocks; no colours remain’ if there were any. These rocks differ from the Altamira cave, as they are outdoors, and only on approximately vertical surfaces. The oldest dates back to 21 000 BC. I took the Penascosa tour, departing from the Visitor Centre in Castelo Melhor (also 10 th C castle ruins). Other tours are Canada do Inferno, from the Park Office at Vila Nova de Foz Côa ( the most accessible) and Ribeira de Piscos, from the Visitor Centre at Muxagata.
Reservations are mandatory and sell out quickly. They can be done online.
Although is quite far from the city centre, this is a great place to go to relax, to taste an excellent Port Wine and to be astonished by an amazing sunset.
Near the Crystal Palace, at the end of Rua de Entre Quintas.
Quinta da Macieirinha - Rua de Entre Quintas, 220
4050-239 Porto (Portugal)
- Tel.: (+351) 22 609 47 49
- Fax: (+351) 22 609 77 93
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Solar do Vinho do Porto - that means Porto wine manor-house - is a pleasant place where the visitor, in addition to having a chance to taste different types and brands of Port Wine in a pleasant environment, can enjoy a magnificent view over the Douro River, from the Port lodges on the other bank in Gaia, downstream to the where the Douro flows into the Ocean .
Mon-Sat: 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
Address: Rua de Entre Quintas, 220
On the picture: - The Palacio de Cristal Garden and the Porto's Spots pavilion - that is 5 minutes walking from the Solar do Vinho do Porto...
Not that any of us ever make a mistake, but there is this cool train bridge over the Douro River in Paso de Regua, right next to the restaurant we had lunch at. After the bridge was built it was determined that there no interest in connecting with any train lines on the other side. Oops.
We enjoyed a day of wine tasting at three different port vineyards in the Douro Valley. Fernando, our drive, picked us up at our hotel at around 9 and we drove up into the Valley. Incredible views, terraced vineyards, some excellent tastings at knowledgable wineries. We tasted at a family run vineyard called Pacheca, then the corporate owned Castelinho and then after lunch at the well known Fonseca.
Coimbra is a very beautiful city at around one hour away by train from Porto, so, I suggest a day trip (or even overnight there). And, if you go by train, pay attention to the tips I have written in the Trasnportaton section.
The pic shows one of the beautiful mosaics I found in Coimbra.
Pilares da Ponte Pènsil (piers of the Suspended Bridge) are similar to obelisks, the piers can be seen next to the D. Luís I bridge. For merely half a century they held the Suspended Bridge that was dismantled in 1.887.
It's not in the city centre, but if you have time, it's interesting to visit this museum, it shows the History of the Eléctricos (Tramways) in Porto. The ticket seems expensive (3,50 €uros in March '07), but with it, you can use all the buses/trams for the following four hours.
Address: Alameda BasilioTeles, 51
4150-127 Porto (Portugal)
- Fax: (+351) 22 507 11 50
How to get there:
- Bus/tram: 1 or 500 from Rua Nova da Alfândega/Rua Infante D. Henrique (before Igreja de S. Francisco). It goes along the Douro River.
Every time we visit a new destination, we only pay attention to the most important sights and areas, either because we don't have more time or because we don't care about the other places.
I recommend to stroll the "uknown" city, many times is the new part of the city, but not far from the old part.
- Main: Fonte Leões (Praça de Gomes Teixeira)
- 2nd: Praça de Carlos Alberto
- 3rd: Rúa de Cedofeita
- 4th: Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
- 5th: Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão (Praça de Carlos Alberto)
Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações (Transpotation and Communications Museum) is a very interesting one about the evolution of the cars.
Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações
Edifício da Alfândega
Rua Nova da Alfândega
- Fax: (+351) 223 40 30 98
* How to get there:
- Tram: 18
- Bus: 1, 23, 49 and 88