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What to see in Porto

Porto Attractions

A holiday to Porto usually consists of consuming a lot of what the city is best known for: port wine. However, the diverse city of Porto can offer far more than just drinking, as the city is equally famous for its architecture and intricate bridges.

Despite being principally an industrial centre, Porto also enjoys a great many historical and cultural attractions. An array of cathedrals and interesting museums are dotted around the city, including the exquisite Baroque church of St Frances which stands on the Porto waterfront. Another hugely popular sightseeing opportunity in Porto is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site in the form of the historic riverside Ribeira district, a must-see attraction when visiting the city.

Although there's plenty to do for the cultural enthusiast, when it comes down to it, a visit to Porto is never complete without savouring the legendary port wine. It's lovingly processed, mixed and matured in the Vila Nova da Gaia district across the river from the city. Once visitors have sampled the delicious beverage, an excellent way to explore the scenery is via a boat cruise on the River Douro, or a trip to one of the many neighbouring fishing villages.


The historic town of Guimarães is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal. Here, in 1128, Afonso Henriques became the first king of the country. Guimarães has many medieval…

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Igreja de São Francisco

Along the Porto waterfront stands the Church of St Frances, dating from 1383. While not very imposing from the outside, it has a lavish Baroque interior that was created in the…

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Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

The National Museum Soares dos Reis, located in the ancient Carrancas Palace in Porto, is one of the most renowned Portuguese museums. This extensive art museum opened in 1840…

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Solar Vinho do Porto

Many visitors come to Porto for its foritified wines. The place to head for samples of every port produced in the region, and also the rest of Portugal, is the Solar Vinho do Porto.…

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Vila Nova de Gaia

This suburb of Porto lies along the south bank of the River Douro, on the site of an ancient fortified village. Today, Vila Nova de Gaia is home to more than 50 wine companies who operate their lodges…

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