Porto Travel Guide

  • Porto 2009
    Porto 2009
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Porto Things to Do

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  • Oporto Wine

    Most port wine places do visits. I visited Krohn and sampled two wines [ enough for me ] . The port takes ten years to mature. There are about 50 port facturies in Porto. Some by the river and some up the steep hills.

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  • Ribeira

    The river bank, or Ribeira, is a fine area to wander or relax. The more popular area of the Ribeira is along the river bank between São Francisco Church and the Ponte Dom Luis I. However, there are also sights to be seen across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, as well as down river in the direction of Foz. Enjoy the views, admire the refurbished old...

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  • Boat Tours

    A fine place to go on a hot day is on the river. Boat tours last anywhere from one hour to multiple days. If you would like to take a longer river tour upriver to Regua or Pinhão, inquire at the Tourist Office. For us, the shortest upriver tour was 13 hours, which we thought might be a bit too long for Minifrosch to take. As a result, we just...

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Porto Hotels

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Porto Restaurants

  • Portuguese traditional food

    4 out of 5 stars

    We tried this place for a weekday lunch. When we arrived, we were the only ones in the place, though a few more people arrived as we were eating. The ambiance was a bit unusual, with a TV in full view of the dining room. Service was gracious and friendly, and the food was excellent. If you happen to be in this section of Porto (at least on a day...

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  • Quick food

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This place was handy to a nearby playground, and looked to be a fine place for a quick dinner. When we sat down, in the front, we were rather surprised to discover a strict policy of drinks only in the front area, so we were shown a table in the back. That was actually better, because we got a table right by a window overlooking the town and the...

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  • Cafe Majestic

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We needed a great meal and it was readily apparent the hotel staff were clueless so I hit the nearest internet spot and looked on chowhound.com. Cafe Majestik came up several times and, better yet, it was just down the street from us on Santa Catalina. The restaurant is very nicely decorated, waiters dressed up, linen tablecloths. A little pricey...

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Porto Nightlife

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  • Discos/Nightclubs

    at our first day in porto we ended up at ribeira, its a nice place near the at the river side with many bars/resturants and with very chill and relaxed people.. but still we wanted some more acion, so we met a guy from australia who told us to go to a place called via rapida! it was about 5-10 minutes with taxi.. we desided to go there next day,...

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  • Ribeira nightlife

    lovely bar,very bad pint of guinness.my wife and myself visited last saturday at 20.30.we were charged 8 euros for a pint and a glass.we could not finish our drink and the bar staff did not offer anything in return for what was the worst pint of guinness we ever had.we are both in our sixties and know when guinness is not drinkable.on the far side...

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  • Neighborhoods nightlife

    Right across the Douro river, in Gaia, stands this brand new place filled with restaurants, bars, pubs and discos. Pubs and discos like the Irish & Ca, Nova Era, Amo-te Porto and Havana wait for clients after they had a nice meal in one of the fine restaurants both of portuguese and international cuisine that can be found here.

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Porto Transportation

  • By train

    Porto's São Bento station is across the street from its eponymous Metro station. It features regional and inter-regional service, including along the Douro Valley. For longer distance service, you will need to go to Campanhã Station, connected by regional trains or Metro (with a change at Trindade). Metro connections to the Airport are also...

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  • By metro

    The Porto Metro system consists of 6 lines that run throughout the area, designated by letter from A through F. All lines except D run on a common spine east to west through the city, stretching from Senhora de Hora to Campanhã station. The D Line runs from north to south, intersecting the spine at Trindade, connecting to São Bento station and...

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  • By bus

    Hi, I had a question about where to leave my luggage between plane and bus journeys in Porto, so I thought I'd write a tip with the answers. There is an office (despacho) in the station, where you can leave your bags. Make sure you check with the attendant that it will be open when you return. But when I went back on Saturday, the office was...

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Porto Shopping

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  • Shopping centers/Malls

    Welcome to Via Catarina! When you look at the main facade of its building you are not very impressed. You even can feel some disappointment but when you get in you realize you are in the bog, modern mall. The Via Catarina space is a charismatic, singular thought in detail. A superb location in the commercial oldest district of Porto, Rua de Santa...

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  • Shopping streets

    This is Portos main shopping street, when we visited on Saturday afternoon it was bustling with locals of all ages. Designer boutiques, shoe shops, book shops, household goods, stationery, jewellery, music etc can all be found. These cater for all budgets. As well as the shops and malls leading off this thoroughfare, there were hawkers and food...

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  • Markets

    Mercado do Bolhao is the old market in the center of Porto. There you will find many little stalls selling various things especially in terms of food and clothes. The place has become quite run down in recent years though and the place seriously needs some investment if it is not to lose most clients. The place is still worth visiting though for...

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Porto Local Customs

  • Village life

    The growth of the biggest towns, destroy the characteristics and way of life of the absorbed quarters and villages. When the growth is quick, it is possible to have a period when old and new, stand together, until the loss of the old images, or its transformation as a cultural remain, if deserved.In Ramalde I saw much of the old village that my...

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  • The People are nice. Just some stories...

    My last night in a whirlwind 4-day solo tour of Portugal was in Porto. I regret that I didn't get to see more of it. Anyways, it is a big, slightly overwhelming city at first glance. I found someone passing out maps and they were eager to give me directions. Unfortunately my hostel was on the other side of the city, but they at least navigated me...

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  • Francesinha.

    Francesinha is a local speciality from Porto.It's a sandwich served in sauce made from tomato and beer.What is inside the sanwich can vary from place to place, but you will usually find ham and sussage in it and it's almost always served with fries on the side.I really like francesinha an like the version that has a fried egg on top.This type of...

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Porto Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger places

    Porto is a lovely place and I had no problems in any areas. An amazing place where I felt safe and could explore all day. lovely people, infrastructure, food, all of it. My only word of caution is the poverty area near the cathedral. I wondered into this area by mistake (on my own) and ignored the graffiti above the arch that said "welcome to...

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  • Metro

    I'd pay for each journey in cash if possible. But that's difficult on the Metro as many stations only have ticket MACHINES which are often all totally buggered. Andante card is confusing to buy and use. It never swipes first time. English translation on machine is goofy. You have to swipe it every time you CHANGE trains which is obviously dumb. I...

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  • By night

    Had a fine weekend in Porto. We were squeezing so much into the couple of days we were there, we never really visited the cathedral. So, walking back from Ribeira (riverside) late one evening, I thought we should have a look around the 'old town' and walk up to the Se. The main streets were all very quiet as we followed the signs up into a...

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Porto Tourist Traps

  • Douro cruises

    There are two kinds of cruises from Porto - THE Douro cruises, that taking one or more days will take you to the wine region, and the few hours cruises that will show... not much that you will not be able to see on foot. It's acceptable, but somewhat confusing.

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  • Casa de Ramalde

    Passing by this palace, with a open door, I thought that it was a museum or so, and decided to visit it. Frustration - it is only a classified building in administrative use.

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  • Cafe Majestic

    I'm afraid I must consider this beautiful and historic Cafe as being a tourist trap. Everything was prepared to rip the tourists, the prices were very expensive, the service was slow, and there were big crowds all the time. I recommend that you take a look, but the best time to do it, and really see the whole room, which is superb with its glass...

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Porto What to Pack

  • Things to bring to Porto

    Day sac for carrying camera guide book, water etc, Travel light, the streets in Porto can be quite steep, with uneven paving Flat comfortable shoes- Porto has some steep streets, and some of the pavements are uneven!Come prepared for all weathers- wear layers, and bring a waterproof (just in case) Porto has plenty of pharmacies. Carry all...

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  • Pack your favourite sun body products...

    The beaches of Porto town and all its region are very rich in iodine, much more than in the south beaches as Lisbon or Algarve. This way, you will be skinned much more quickly then you think (specially if the sun is cloudy !). So, be provident and pack your favourite sunny body products just for the possibility of any excess of sun exposition.

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  • Winter

    Travel light if you intend to travel in the public transports. Still the best is to take the special or a cab. Otherwise transports get crowdy and you'll need to bring clothes unless you cope with the rain. Most of the turists that I see around during winter mange to hold to the essentials and go around with the raining kit: umbrella and coat or...

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Porto Off The Beaten Path

  • Casa de Ramalde

    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.

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  • Two churches

    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.

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  • Ramalde

    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.

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Porto Sports & Outdoors

  • EURO 2004

    The stadium of the “checked shirts” ..... but there’s no puzzle!! Did you know that Boavista Futebol Clube was the only club that never stopped playing at its own ground, even when the new Bessa XXI Stadium was being built? Well, it’s true! In fact, in keeping with its traditions, Boavista is the only Portuguese Club whose ground has always been...

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  • Estádio Do Dragão

    The Estádio do Dragão (Stadium of the Dragon) was built for Euro 2004 and is home ground for FC Porto, one of Portugal’s most famous clubs. They have won the Champions League, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup, and numerous national championships and Portuguese Cups. FC Porto plays with a dragon on their shirts, and I was told that the stadium's name...

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  • Ace bar to visit pre-match near The...

    Restaurante Portas De S. RoqueIf you are taking in a football match at The Dragon Stadium, then I recommend a bar to go into if you fancy that is near the ground and has a fantastic atmosphere.It's known as 'The Porto bar'. It is packed with porto fans, but boy do they make you feel welcome! It's a bit of a strange set-up from what I have...

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Porto Favorites

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  • Porto is the city of the famous Porto...

    Porto's most famous attractions are its wine and its river (the bridges that cross it, the boats that sail it...). You can experience both of them by taking a river cruise that goes all the way to the Douro Valley, where the grapes that make the wine are grown. These are truly unique vineyards (that's why UNESCO declared them a World Heritage...

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  • Life in the street

    And here's yet another one of those Port wine advertisements. There are way too many wine caves to visit, but if you're feeling especially energetic you can visit them all. I only saw 3. They all start to feel the same after a while.

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  • Playground!

    Minifrosch made sure we found the best playground in the Porto area in short order. It is actually in the Jardim do Morro across the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia. After our day's sightseeing, Minifrosch ensured we made it a priority to come here to finish the day. To get here, take Metro Line D to Jardim do Morro. In any event, this gives us a...

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