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  • Q. Travel Advice

    • This is a small city that can be covered on foot.
    • Most of the streets are in cobble stones and do take proper walking shoes and ditch those summer footwear and flip-flops.
    • Visit the Porto caves and enjoy snacking and a glass full of wine here.
    • The weather can get a bit damp and it might rain sometimes. Always carry rain wear and rain boots along with you.
    • Do not forget to tour the bridges. You can take a trolley car and climb the bridges and look at the stunning view it has to offer.
    • Deal with the local cash in this city. Almost all the places including the local transportation work on cash only. The plastic money does not work in this city.
    • Do not speak in Spanish at all in this city as they have a long standing discord with Spain.
    • Learn a few local phrases in Portuguese.
    • Buy local products and produce from the local grocery stores.
    • Take a tour to the country side in the rented car, it is worth the view.
    • DO pack hiking boots or sturdy shoes to manage the steep hills. I can’t say this enough!
    • Do not speak in Spanish when in the city.

  • Q. Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years and above. 

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Bridges, tours, and cathedrals

    is a cathedral that rises in the alleys of Praça da Ribeira and has a hilltop fortress. It was built in the 12th century and has Romanesque origins and parts of Gothic cloisters. Miradouro da Vitória is a viewpoint and a landmark that is closer to the illuminated bridge, Ponte Dom Luís I. Ponte da Arrábida Arcing is a bridge that links the Douro River to Gaia. Ponte Maria Pia Ponte Dom Luís I is the hallmark bridge of this city.

    Gardens, beaches, landmarks

    Jardim do Palácio de Cristal is a botanical garden with lovely looking lawns, fountains, and flowers like mangolinas, and cypress and olive trees. Jardim Botânico do Porto is a botanical garden that has roses, lakes, and gardens that are secluded. World of Discoveries is an interactive museum that has themes and depicts history from the 14th and 16th century. Parque da Cidade is an urban park good for walking and cycling trails. You can feed ducks at this lake and this is a good picnic spot. Jardim do Passeio Alegre is a garden with palms, fountains, and a bandstand where concerts are held occasionally. Jardim das Virtudes is a garden with trees, shady spots, and closer to the river. Praia Nova do Cabedelo is a beach closer to the Douro Estuary Nature Reserve

    You can enjoy sunsets here.

    Jardim da Cordoaria is a park popular for its sculptures, lanes, and bars. Jardim do Morro is a hilltop park and you have to take a cable car to reach here. You can enjoy the pastel colored houses that appear on most of the postcards when you get here. Jardim da Boavista is a park at the center of the Porto city. Chafariz da Rua das Taipas is a public fountain with stones carved in neo classical style dated to 18th century.

    Historical sites and museums

    Palácio da Bolsa is a monument built in the 18th century in neoclassical style. You can take a 30 minute guided tour here. Livraria Lello is a book shop that is built in the neo-Gothic style. Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis Porto's is an art museum that has collections and carvings from the Neolithic age in Portugal. Serralves is a mansion with gardens that houses a museum that hosts exhibitions in art deco and minimalistic collections. Museu do Carro Eléctrico is a museum that showcases restored trams from the 18th century models to that of the 19th century. Casa do Infante has exhibits in mosaics and excavations from the Roman Empire. Museu do Vinho do Porto is a museum that showcased the history of port wine, films about wine making. 

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Things to see and places to visit

    Stock Exchange Palace is a palace that has a cathedral done in neoclassical style. Vila Nova de Gaia is the place where you must drink the authentic port wine and they have wine lodges. You can also learn about the history of port wine in the Port Wine Museum. Visit exhibitions in contemporary art at the Fundação Serralves. Take a boat trip on the Douro River and pass the magnificent city bridges. Visit the Povoa de Varzim village for fishing and casino, water slides, beach, and nightclubs. Casa da Música plays live music and has a local theatre. Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis is an art museum that showcases exhibits in fine and decorative art. Shop at the Mercado do Bolhão for meat, fish, local produce, crafts, and flowers. Football match during the season can be watched at the Dragão Stadium. Rebeira is an old town with boats and medieval charm. Visit the São Francisco Church built in baroque and gothic style and everything in this church is made in gold. 

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: Official Website

    Forum: Official Forum

  • Q. Books

    Lonely Planet Pocket Porto (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Kerry Christiani