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Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour
"Get beneath the skin of Porto Portugal’s impressive 2nd city on a half-day walking tour that takes in the most emblematic monuments of the city center and discovers lesser known attractions.Meet your local guide on Praça dos Leões to see the Bank of Tiles. Then go to the stunning Igreja do Carmo (Carmelitas Church) part of a 17th-century convent with a classical façade. Stop at the Lello Bookshop one of the most beautiful book stores in the world
From EUR12.00
 
Walking Tour: Ribeira Porto and Wine Tasting
"In this tour you have the opportunity to admire the beauty of this city with its Celtic and Moorish beginnings. You will be starting at Avenida dos Aliados and head up to the area of the Clerics. Along the way visiting the Tower and Church of the Clergy and passing by the famous Lello bookshop.Continue your tour to the Palacio da Bolsa Stock Exchange Palace and the Porto Cathedral the oldest surviving structure in the city. See the Church of St Francis a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. Its interior elaborate gilt work
From EUR38.00
 
Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting
"This driving tour begins with a breathtaking drive along the ocean passing the Cheese Castle (Castelo de Queijo) the trendy Foz district the Arrábida Bridge (Ponte da Arrábida) arriving to the centre where you will visit the Historic Centre Sé Cathedral Bolhão Market Santa Catarina shopping street
From EUR345.00

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The most beautiful train ride in Portugal

Catch the Douro Train in Sao Bento Station after you have taken your time to see the beautiful ceramic tiles on the station walls. Ride the train to the end of the line in Pocinho and walk to Taberna da Julia for lunch. Take a taxi or bus to the new Rock Art Museum (www.arte-coa.pt) in Foz Coa. Going to the Museum by taxi could be costly but it avoids a 3 hour drive from Porto. An alternative would be to get off the train at the next to the last stop (Freixo) and have a wonderful lunch at Bago D'Ouro. In either case, you later take the train back to Porto. this make for a great day.

Dourojack
Apr 24, 2016

The Douro Line

The train line that runs from Porto to Pocinho deep in the Portugal's hinterland is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. About 60km outside of Porto the line joins up with the Douro and follows its snaking path for another hundred kilometers or so, criss crossing via bridges all the way. The line itself is run by the Portuguese national railway, and the trains are old but not historic. The carriage I sat in, pictured, looked straight out of the 1940s, though, but the engine that pulled it was a fairly modern diesel.

Upstream, however, there are two historic and similarly stunning railway lines that you can detour to, beginning at Peso de Regua and Tua.

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Aug 15, 2005

One day trip in the Douro valley

Catch a train from either Sao Bento station (central station) or Campanha station (5 minutes train from Sao Bento) and buy a day return ticket to Regua, or Pinhao or where ever you feel like stopping ! The trip to Pinhao takes about 2.5 hours. The interest of this trip is essentially to watch the views from the train on the Douro river and the surrounding vineyards (the nice views only start about 1 hour after leaving Porto though). Not much to do in Pinhao but having a nice lunch and drinking some wine .. waiting for the train back to Porto

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Folbi
May 06, 2005

Circular tour by train and...

Circular tour by train and bus. (Sao Bento station.)
1. Train to Amarante changing at Livraçao.(Photo-Amarante)
2. Bus to Vila Real
3. Train to Peso da Régua
4. Train to Porto
This gives beautiful views of the countryside and of the Douro in particular. May need a taxi in Vila Real - check times before going.
Both the branch lines and the main Douro line are immensely scenic. Amarante is a beautiful town and you can eat a picnic by the river.

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Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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Palácio da Bolsa

A British Neoclassical building in every sense, except that it was designed by a Portuguese architect. It could have been plucked from any Victorian city centre in England - Bristol or London, but...
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Ribeira

A central point for any tourist trip to Porto, the Praca da Ribeira is a popular area, and with good reason. It sits directly on the river, and gives stunning views of the Dom Luis I bridge it sits...
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Torre dos Clerigos

For me the Baroque Torre dos Clerigos is the signature building of Porto. Seen from nearly every vantage point, its distinctive, slender spire strikes up out of the muddled roofscape below. It's only...
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Se Cathedral

Built on solid rock the cathedral of Porto looks more like it was built to withstand a siege than to impress the faithful with ostentatious design, although it does have its Baroque moments within the...
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Igreja de Sao Francisco

Built by austere Franciscan monks in the 13th century, the Church of São Francisco remains the finest work of Gothic architecture in Porto. It has taken a beating over the years, through sieges and...
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Serralves Foundation

In the west part of town there is a foundation dedicated to Modern Art called Serralves. It was created in 1989 with a partnership between the Portuguese state and many private institutions. The...
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