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What to do in Porto


Known as the cultural capital of Europa, o Porto It is the second largest city in Portugal and full of attractions. Located 300 km from Lisbon, in addition to car or plane, access can be done by train and lasts around 2:45 minutes.

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O Porto It has the most important university in the country and the largest campus. Perhaps for this reason, it is the most sought after place by European students to do their Erasmus – very common exchange program among young people.

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Its historic center was named World Heritage by UNESCO and its architecture, which mixes classic with modern, is truly impressive.

Among the countless city ​​attractionsthe ones that attract the most attention are:

port museums

port museums

– Fundação Serralves, a house museum from the 1930s, with beautiful gardens, temporary exhibitions that are usually interesting.

– Casa da Música – music venue with bold architecture and a stage for great artists, including Brazilians, such as Adriana Calcanhoto and Gilberto Gil.

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– Palácio da Bolsa – built in 1842 and mixes different architectural styles


where to stay in port

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We stayed at the Hotel Teatro, right in the heart of the city, where a real theater operated in the 1930s and walking distance of various shops and monuments.

We also visited the traditional Hotel Infante Sagres, built in the 1950s, with beautiful gardens and stained glass windows.


Porto restaurants

We had lunch at Books, where there used to be a bookstore – modern, with great food and very reasonable prices.

where to eat in Porto

where to eat in Porto

Porto restaurants

We had dinner at DOPled by chef Rui Paula, and we tried a wonderful tasting menu and also at Quarenta e 4, with beautiful decoration and a varied and contemporary menu

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sunset on the river

And we still enjoy the view of the sunset in Riverside – incredible!

the port at sunset


Another unmissable tour when you are in the city is to visit the region of Douro and its wineries. But that's a subject for a next post. Now that you know what to do in Porto, I have to confess: this trip, without a doubt, has already left me missed.

To find out more about my trip to Porto, access the post I wrote for Maria Filó’s blog.

Text and Photos by Renata Araujo