Porto is a city full colors and it’s packed with beauty in literally every corner. The streets showcase tradition and history and the warmth of Portuguese people will make you fall in love with this country. We found it way more authentic and traditional in comparison to Lisbon as it’s also got the ideal size to create a bubble boasting with lively culture, great tasty food and inspiring architecture.
But when it comes to create a good itinerary of Porto, what should you include?
Here is a list of 8 attractions you can’t miss!
1. Ribeira Square
There is no better way to start your trip than visiting Ribeira, which is the most traditional neighborhood of the city and is right next to the river Douro. It’s the soul and essence of Porto. Tiny colorful streets, lovely cafes and beautiful views will make these moments unforgettable.
2. Dom Luis I Bridge
This ironwork masterpiece is another symbol of the city and it’s just as beautiful as you see on the Internet! Make sure you cross the bridge on foot both in the bottom and upper platforms. The upper one is not for the fainthearted though, specially if it’s a windy day! Just after you reach the other side, be sure to pay a visit at the beautiful promenade of Vila Nova de Gaia.
3. Livraria Lello
Another must visit in Porto is Livraria Lello. This bookshop is stunning, both inside and outside and it’s supposed to be the library that inspired J.K. Rowling to create Harry Potter’s universe. There is an entry cost which is 5€ that will be discounted if you buy a book. So buy the book!
Also, a tip is to go there as early as possible as it’s always so crowded.
4. Capela des Almas
Exploring the maze-like streets of Porto is like a treasure hunt; you never know when you’ll stumble upon a church covered in exquisitely painted azulejos or if there’s a stunning view of the river just around the corner. However, this chapel is not just one of the extraordinary azulejo-clad churches in Porto. It is a magnificent piece of art that represents episodes from the lives of S. Francis of Assisi and Saint Catherine and it’s made up of more than 16.000 tiles.
5. Igreja de Santo Ildefonso
If you keep walking down Rua de Santa Catarina, which is Porto’s most lively shopping street, you’ll run into Igreja De Santo Ildefonso.
This is definitely the church you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Porto for the tiles! Its majesty and brightness make it recognizable from far away and its beautiful Baroque style will immediately catch your glance.
6. São Bento railway station
São Bento train station fully deserves the title of most beautiful train station in the world. The main hall of the station is decorated with 20.000 azulejos, created by Jorge Colaço, one of the most famous azulejo artists of all times.
7. Igreja do Carmo
Another instagram-worthy facade in Porto is the one from Igreja do Carmo: it’s tile paradise!
Do we need to say more?
8. Sé do Porto (Cathedral of Porto)
Sé do Porto, i.e. Porto Cathedral, is a 12th century temple in the center of the city. It is also the city’s oldest and most visited monument and the square even offers impressive views over the city, the Douro River and the wine cellars on the waterfront.
Finally, do not forget to visit its cloister: it’s beautiful!