UNESCO World Heritage cetre of  Porto
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THE WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE OF PORTO

The area gained UNESCO status in 1996 after three years of campaigning and encompasses the medieval region once housed within the 14th century ramparts, remnants of which can still be found. The UNESCO area stretches from the Praça da Liberadade at it's most northern boundary down the hill to the river Douro's edge, across the Luis I bridge to the lower part of Vila Nova da Gaia on the opposite bank. The steep narrow cobbled streets are lined with old lanky buildings in various states of preservation which maintain a sense of community, with washing hanging on lines overhead. Comfortable shoes are advised when visiting the area as for the most walking is the only means of traversing these ancient streets.

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Cais da Ribeira (Quayside)

The beautiful epochal riverside area

Cais da Ribeira (Quayside)

Porto's unique and fabulous central train station

Sé (Cathedral)

Porto's ancient and most important religious building

Dom Luís I Bridge

The iconic bridge joining the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia

Palácio da Bolsa

Porto's Palace dedicated to commerce with a opulent decorated interior.

Igreja de São Francisco

Porto's most important Gothic building dating from the fourteenth century.

Casa do Infante

Discover the ancient house where Prince Henry the Navigator was born.

Portuguese Centre of Photography

A place that champions Portuguese photography.

FUNICULAR DOS GUINDAIS

The Guindais funicular railway descends 61 metres (200 ft) down a steep cliff from Batalha (on the higher ground of central Porto) to the quayside at Ribeira. The three minute journey is used by commuters and tourist alike. The original was built in 1891 however the present service dates from 2004. As the self-levelling cars descends it follows a path along the medieval walls and gives a birds eye view of the Dom Luís I Bridge and beyond over the quaysides of Ribeira and Cais de Gaia, the multitude of port wine lodges and traditional port boats on the Gaia side of the Douro River. The funicular is an ideal way traverse the steep hill between central Porto and the Ribeira, saving time and tired feet.

It's operated by the Porto Metro company and accessed using the Andante ticket, allowing a trip on the funicular to be combined with a journey on the Porto Metro and selected bus routes. It runs from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, with services running until midnight on weekends and holidays.


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Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular dos Guindais

TOP TOURS

Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch

Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch

Soak up the beauty of Northern Portugal on this full-day cruise from Porto to Pinhão. Known as the heart of the Douro Valley, Pinhão is a typical village that embodies traditional Portuguese charm. The best way to see it? By boat of course. Enjoy breakfast onboard the vessel as you cruise up the Douro River, admiring the lush mountains and peaceful waters. In Pinhão, explore the village and visit winery estates and enjoy lunch before heading back down the river to Porto where your tour concludes.

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Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

Discover the UNESCO-listed splendour of the Douro Valley on this full-day trip to Régua from Porto, including a return boat ride. During a scenic train ride to Régua, you’ll see vineyards and valleys before you board a cruise ship set to sail down the Douro River. On this day trip to Régua, an onboard lunch is included.




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Oporto Six Bridges Cruise

Porto Six Bridges Cruise

Experience all of Porto’s bridges on this 50-minute cruise of Porto’s six bridges. Coast down the peaceful waters of the Douro River by boat as you see Porto to one side and Gaia to the other, and all of Porto’s stunning bridges connecting the two cities. You’ll quickly notice that no two bridges are alike, each with its own architecture and personality, making for stunning photo backdrops. As you sail the UNESCO river, you’ll see why this is one of the most unique ways to experience Northern Portugal.


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IGREJA DA MISERICÓRDIA

Igreja da Misericórdia

Igreja da Misericórdia

This 16th century church is located on the Rua das Flores, a street well traversed by tourists. Construction started in 1550 predominately in a Renaissance style. After a period of neglect the building was saved from collapse with a series of restoration during the 18th century along with a new Baroque/Rococo façade designed by Nicolau Nasoni. The church's original nucleus is now a museum which houses a superb Renaissance painting known as Fons Vitae (Fountain of Life ). The painting depicts Dom Manuel I and his family around a fountain of blood from the crucified Christ.

Tuesday - Sunday: 09h00 - 12h00, Monday: CLOSED
Rua das Flores 5, 4050-265 Porto, Portugal
41° 08' 36.8"N | 08° 36'52.1"W | +351 222 074 710
geral@scmp.pt

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THE PORTO & DOURO WINE INSTITUTE (IVDP)

The Porto & Douro Wine Institute (IVDP) have a promotion area in its building at Rua Ferreira Borges. It includes a wine shop, tasting room and a visit tour aiming to show the process of Port and Douro Wine certification. This is a combined space of reception, tastings, visits and wine sales, allowing its visitors to have first contact with the Douro Region, commented/guided Port Wine tastings, visits to the areas where laboratory and sensory analysis for the wine certification are made, and a shop that offers one of the best selections of Port and Douro wines in the city, at very reasonable prices.

Mon - Fri: 11h00 - 19h00, Weekends: CLOSED
Loja de Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, Rua Ferreira Borges 27, 4050-253, Porto, Portugal.
41° 08' 40.95" N | 08° 36' 56.0" W
+351 222 076 310 |  Website

Porto & Douro Wine Institute (IVDP)

Porto & Douro Wine Institute (IVDP)

SUGGESTED HOTELS

Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel

Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Probably this is Porto's most famous hotel and it's true it has the best views. Located on the corner of Praca da Ribeira the Pestana Porto Hotel has made it's way on to countless postcards and photos. Occuping part of a block of 16th, 17th and 18th century building, and has been classified World Heritage by Unesco. Its privileged location makes it possible to cruise down the river Douro, departing from the bank right in front of the hotel, and to take the historic tram to Foz do Douro or visit one of the Port wine cellars.

Praça da Ribeira 1, 4050-513, Porto, Portugal.
41º 08' 25.7" N | 08º 36' 47.3" W | +351 223 402 300

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Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Porto overlooking the river Douro, the Carrís Porto Ribeira is very close to the Praça da Ribeira, the Palácio da Bolsa and the Centro de Congressos da Alfândega. Onlu five minutes walk from the train and metro stations and a 20 minute drive from the airport. The hotel has also its own restaurant , "Forno Velho".

Rua do Infante Dom Henrique 1, 4050-296, Porto, Portugal.
41º 08' 29.1" N | 08º 36' 48.8" W | +351 220 965 786

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InterContinental Porto

InterContinental Porto ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Set in a renovated 18th-century palace, the 5-star InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas offers spacious rooms with views of Porto’s historical centre. Located 200 yards from the iconic Clérigos Tower, this hotel provides free WiFi in all areas. Featuring high ceilings, Palacio’s stylish rooms offer flat-screen TVs. Marble bathrooms include a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Some rooms feature a seating area with plush chairs. Guests can work out at the 24-hour Fitness Centre, which is equipped with the latest equipment and weights. The on-site spa has 3 treatment rooms and a sauna.

Praca da Liberdade, 25, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal.
41º 08' 45.1" N | 08º 36' 41.5" W | +351 +351 220 035 600

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Jimão Tapas & Vinhos

Jimão Tapas & Vinhos

Ideally located on the Praça da Ribeira this small restaurant has a homely and welcoming atmosphere with incredibly friendly staff. Serving dishes that are a creative twist on local flavours topped with an excellent choice of wine to compliment the food. Dishes are of great quality and freshly cooked/prepared. Rightfully popular and it's advisable to pre-book if possible. .

Daily: 10h30 - 22h30
Praça da Ribeira 11 & 12, S. Nicolau, Porto 4050-509, Portugal.
41º 08' 27.1" N | 08º 36' 47.3" W
+351 220 924 660
reservas@jimao.pt |  Website


ODE Porto Wine House

ODE Porto Wine House

A charming establishment with an interesting décor with wine barrels and crates dotted about the restaurant. The welcoming and very friendly will direct you to your table on the second floor. With luck you'll have a window seat which has views over the Douro and Louis I bridge. This family owned restaurant have a strict ethos that stipulates all ingredients must be sourced from local farms ensuring a delicious and fresh dining experience. Diners need to allow time for their meals to be made to order, a great opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sun: 19h00 - 23h00, Tues - Thurs: 19h00 - 23h00, Fri - Sat: 19h00 - 00h00
Largo do Terreiro 7, Zona Historica da Ribeira, Porto 4050-603, Portugal.
41º 08' 25.3" N | 08º 36' 52.7" W
+351 913 200 010
info@odewinehouse.com


Fish Fixe

Fish Fixe

Two homely rooms make up the Fish Fixe (cool fish) restaurant complete with balconies and windows over looking the river, bridge and views of the Cais de Gaia on the opposite bank, the second floor has the best views. As the name suggests this is a seafood restaurant serving unpretentious dishes with fresh ingredients, at sensible prices and served with a smile.
Tues - Sun: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 00h00, Monday: CLOSED
Street Lada, 22-24, Cais Da Ribeira, Porto 4050-509, Portugal.
41º 08' 27.1" N | 08º 36' 37.8" W
+351 917 625 408
fishfixe@iol.pt |  Website

Andente Card

Andente Card

Andante is the smart ticket system for Porto's public transport. It can be used for the tram/metro (Metro do Porto), buses (Espirito Santo, Maia Transportes, Resende, STCP ), Funicular dos Guindais and suburban trains (Comboios de Portugal).

You can buy and reload the card at the multilingual machines in every tram stop, at mobility shops located in the main transport interfaces or at many newspaper and shops identified with the Payshop symbol. When buying the card you will need to choose the type of ticket you'll be filling it with. Fares are dependent on the zones you need to cross during your travel. The card must be validated at the yellow machines located in every metro and train stations or inside the buses. You need to validate the ticket each time you change transport |  Website

Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Porto is 20km (12.4 mi) North of Porto's World Heritage District Website

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From Lisbon and south: Take the A1 in the direction of Ponte do Freixo. Take the exit toward Freixo-Gondomar/Entre-os-rios. At the second roundabout, head to Porto (marginal). Follow Douro river and head to the tunnel next to Dom Luis I Bridge, and then take the first left.
From Porto International Airport: Take the IC24/A41 and then to IC1/A28. Take the exit toward Freixo-Gondomar/Entre-os-rios. At the second roundabout, head to Porto (marginal). Follow Douro river and head to the tunnel next to Dom Luis I Bridge, and then take the first left.
Latitude - 41º 08" 39.48" N Longitude - 08º 36" 31.73" W


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Linha do Minho
Regular trains to/from the Minho region including Barcelos, Viana do Castelo and Valença from Porto Campanhã, use the Regional train service (comboios regionais) Linha do Minho:
Train Timetable

Linha do Douro
When the line first opened in 1887 it was an engineering marvel as it follows the course of the river and up through the dramatic landscapes of the Alto Douro where vineyards are carved into terraces from the living bedrock. Although the branch lines have closed the Linha do Douro is still very impressive and a great way to spend a day. Regular trains leave São Bento and Campanhã and passes 20 tunnels, 30 bridges and 34 stations. The line becomes more dramatic after the town of Régua on to the pretty wine towns of Pinhão (one of the most beautiful railway stations in Portugal), Tua and terminating at Pocinho, (close to the Cão Valley rock art). A picturesque steam train runs along the Linha do Douro on Saturdays from May to October: Train Timetable

Linha do Aveiro
Urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and Aveiro along the coast, stopping at resorts such as Ovar, Espinho, and Miramar. Onward connects can be made to Coimbra from Aveiro:
Train Timetable

Linha do Braga
Regular urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and the Minho's capital city of Braga: Train Timetable

Linha de Guimarães
Regular urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and the beautiful town of Guimarães: Train Timetable

Alfa Pendular
A high speed train service connecting cities the whole length of Portugal from Faro in the Algarve, Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra and Porto: Train Timetable

Comboios de Portugal Comboios de Portugal Website

Metro do Porto. The only metro station within the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is at São Bento on the D-line which runs north to south. Two stops north of São Bento is Trindade station, a major hub which has connections with all other Metro lines. Website

STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto) is the company who run the bus and what's left of the tram service in and around Porto. Website
• 500: Follows the coast from Matasinhos, Foz do Douro and along the riverfront to the Ribeira and on to São Bento train station. Timetable
• Tram 1: Follows the river between Palaçio da Bolsa and Foz do Douro. Timetable

Rede Expressos run services National services to Porto from various locations within Portugal. Website
Rodonorte is a coach company servicing North & Central Portugal Website