A weekend in Porto

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Porto, an intriguing and timeless city, deserves attention. The numerous buildings draw a colourful palette offering visitors curious architectural discoveries. And a weekend in Porto will pass very quickly, because there are many attractions.

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Details of the stay: A weekend in Porto - 2 days

Day 1 : Balad and tastings

The weekend in Porto begins with the visit of the port and wine cellars. First, by the charming Praça da Ribeira and the wharves, this is the most typical place of Porto. From the Douro edge, beautiful view on the other shore and the parade of boats. The beautiful Luis I Bridge, in forged iron, provides access to Gaia. All the cellars of Porto are located in this municipality, the choice is wide. The visit, often with tasting, lasts between half an hour and an hour. By leaving the cellars, a walk on the wharves of Gaia is more than indicated, especially during beautiful days. You can also enjoy a drink at a terrace and lunch nearby, you can taste the dishes of the day offered in the many small restaurants. Lunch on the Ribeira wharves is also a very good option.

After enjoying the local gastronomy, go to the Bolsa Palace for a guided tour. It is quite exceptional with its Arab lounge decorated entirely with wood paneling and stucco style.

Right next to the palace is the church of São Francisco, a church in the Gothic facade, but in baroque interior. Crypts can also be accessed.

Those who are not tired will climb the streets leading to the cathedral. This massive massive construction of Romanesque origin has suffered several transformations over the centuries and its interior has also been renovated in Baroque style, decorated with great gold and silver.

To change a bit of decor, the suite will take place at Foz do Douro, to go through its quite remarkable seaside with its promenade which, sometimes, downwards, from one foot to the beach. The gastronomic offer is of high quality.

Day 2 : The Upper City

We attack the high city and the heart of the historic center, the baixa, for a busy program.

First of all, the visit of São Bento station, built in an ancient convent, is required. In the grand hall, the 20,000 azulejos painted by artist Jorge Colaço were admired in 1930. Very impressive!

Leaving the train station, you will be heading to the Bolhão market, by metro or foot. Walking, we go up the street of Sa da Bandeira, very shopping.

At the Bolhão market, all types of fresh products, flowers and herbs are sold. It is a living place of the city and a stop to get acquainted with the fruits and vegetables consumed by the Portuguese, such as the different species of cabbage sold already trenched.

A few steps from the market is the rue de Santa Catarina, largely pedestrian. There are many clothing and shoe stores in this street. It is also on this street that the famous Majestic Café is located.

Once in front of the Majestic, it will be impossible not to cross its doors to take a small coffee or even a light meal. The façade and interior of this majestic Art Nouveau building, with its well-dressed boys, piano, cafes and various cakes, symbolize Porto alone.

After doing the full energy at the Majestic, we are heading towards the charming Lello bookstore, another store that became a tourist attraction. Inaugurated in 1906, it is located in a Gothic building in the rue des Carmelitas.

Coming down this same street, we arrive at the Torre dos Clérigos, a tower as emblematic of Porto. The brave can climb the 200 steps to have a panoramic view of the city.

The day ends with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Porto, the museum of Serralves. This museum, located in a building with clear lines and signed Alvaro Siza, has become a national reference in short time. Enjoy a tea in the park garden and enjoy a quiet moment.

To finish the visit of Porto, we must go to Casa da Musica. The very modern building, in addition to the concert halls, houses a charming restaurant on the seventh floor. The menus are very accessible and are an excellent option to close the stay in Porto!

For those who still have a little energy, extend the evening in the galeria of Paris and discover these many lively bars.

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