What to visit
Downtown Porto, commonly known as “Baixa” is the center of the city and has been reborn after decades of decline. Traditionally the home of commerce, banking and city hall, at night the city is bubbling with diners and nightlife, especially on weekends.
During the day, be sure to visit the main traditional shopping street, Rua de Santa Catarina, where you can find the Chapel of Souls covered with the blue tiles typical of Portugal, and Bolhão Market, one of the most emblematic markets in the city of Porto.
But let’s not forget about São Bento Station, with its beautiful blue and white tiles depicting some of the city’s historic moments. The large atrium of the station is lined with twenty thousand pictorial tiles by Jorge Colaço. At the end of the afternoon, you can climb Clérigos Tower, one of the city’s landmarks and best loved monuments from which you get a Birdseye view of the city – you won’t regret it!
Porto’s riverfront, or “Ribeira”, is also not to be missed. The old narrow streets are sprinkled with bars and small restaurants with typical Portuguese food, like fresh grilled fish. Next to the Douro River, the square is filled with old and colourful houses.
After dinner, you can watch a concert at Hard Club at the restored Mercado Ferreira Borges Market. Be sure to cross the river to Gaia via Dom Luís I Bridge where you can visit the Port Wine houses and have a breathtaking view of Porto. Now’s the time to take some photos!