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Porto, Portugal

A Short History

Eating and Drinking in Porto

Rabanadas

Caldo Verde

Francesinha

Cozido a Portuguesa

Port British names and influence, just like sherry. Stomping grapes with your feet.

Port wine lodges

Things to do in Porto

street art

rua das flores

Douro Valley. In addition to port, the region produces olives (olive oil) and fruit trees (jams).

Transportation

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport aka Porto Airport (OPO)

International airport serves most of Europe, Dubai, some former colonies, Toronto, and (seasonally) Newark.

https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/en/opo/home

4470-558 Maia, Portugal

Campanhã Railway Station

Arrival station for most long haul trains within Portugal and outside the country.

4300-173 Porto, Portugal

São Bento Railway Station

Local and regional train station with magnificent tiles inside.

Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

STCP

The local transportation system includes buses and the metro. Get an Andante Card, load it with Euros, and swipe on and off.

https://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/

Vintage Trolly

Not covered by Andante Card. Purchase separate ticket. Three trolley lines stop near many tourist attractions.

https://www.portotramcitytour.pt/

Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular connects Ribeira and central Porto. Not covered by the Andante Card.

https://en.metrodoporto.pt/

R. da Ribeira Negra 314, 4000-509 Porto, Portugal

Douro River Taxi

Quick trip on the water from Ribeira to Vila Nova de Gaia. Not covered by the Andante Card.

https://dourorivertaxi.com/en/home-en

Apartado 1311 | 4401 – 501 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

Entertainment

Taste Porto Food Tours

Several excellent food tours.

https://www.tasteporto.com/

Porto Walkers

Food tours, pub crawls, and walking tours.

https://www.portowalkers.pt/

Roto do Douro

Several river cruises available.

https://rotadodouro.pt/en/

Sao Bento Station

Train station whose interior is decorated with 20,000 azulejo tiles from the early 20th century.

https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times/Stations/porto-sao-bento-station

Praca Almeida Garrett, Porto 4000-069, Portugal

Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator

Statue of Porto’s favorite son.

Praca Infante Dom Henrique, Porto 4050-295, Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco

Baroque church with unbelievably intricately carved panels with gold leaf. Catacombs below.

http://ordemsaofrancisco.pt/

Rua do Infante D. Henrique, Porto 4050-297, Portugal

Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas

Side by side churches with a strange three foot wide house between them.

R. do Carmo, 4050-164 Porto, Portugal

Banco de Materiais

Tiles are so important to the culture of Portugal that there is a tile bank. Located in the Palace of the Viscounts of Balsemão.

http://www.cm-porto.pt/cultura/museus-e-arquivos/palacete-dos-viscondes-de-balsemao

Praça de Carlos Alberto 71, 4050-159 Porto, Portugal

Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral)

12th century cathedral with fanciful 18th century alters.

Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)

Grand building headquarters of the Porto Commerce Association.

https://palaciodabolsa.com/

Rua Ferreira Borges S/N, Porto 4050-253, Portugal

Igreja de Santa Clara (Church of Santa Clara)

Dull facade with intricately carved Baroque interior.

Largo 10 de Dezembro, Porto 4000-404, Portugal

Taylor’s

Excellent Port Wine Lodge with fancy restaurant on site.

https://www.taylor.pt/us

Rua do Choupelo 250, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Sandeman

The largest, and busiest Port Wine Lodge. Good introduction to Port.

https://www.sandeman.com/index.php/visit-us/porto/cellars

Largo Miguel Bombarda 3, Vila Nova de Gaia 4404-507, Portugal

Cálem

Port Wine Lodge with tastings and optional Fado show.

https://tour.calem.pt/index.php?lang=en

Avenida Diogo Leite 344, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-111, Portugal

Croft

Port Wine Lodge and inventor of Rose port.

http://www.croftport.com/en/

do Barão de Forrester 412, 4400-034 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Kopke Wine House

The lodge isn’t open for tours, but tastings available in the wine house.

https://kopke1638.com/store/

Avenida Diogo Leite 312, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-111, Portugal

Quinta de Santa Eufémia

Tasting room for one of few port houses that haven’t been gobbled up by an international conglomerate.

R. de Santa M.nha 77, 4400-266 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Douro Azul

Cruises on the Douro River

http://www.douroazul.com/Default.aspx?ID=1371

Rua de Miragaia 103, 4050-387 Porto, Portugal

Quinta da Pacheca

Winery and hotel in the Duoro Valley.

https://quintadapacheca.com/

Rua do Relogio do Sol, 261, Lamego 5100-424, Portugal

Quinta de La Rosa

Winery and B&B in Pinhão.

https://www.quintadelarosa.com/

Quinta de La Rosa 215, Pinhão, Portugal

Quinta do Panascal

Winery famous for Fonseca Port.

http://www.fonseca.pt/

N222, 5120-496 Valença do Douro, Portugal

Quinto do Vallado

Winehotel and winery.

http://www.quintadovallado.com/?idioma=en

Quinta do Vallado, Vilarinho dos Freires, 5050-364 Peso da Régua, Portugal

Quinta de Marrocos

Winery and farmstay in an old Franciscan monastery.

http://www.quintademarrocos.com/en/?/alojamento

N222, 5100-840 Valdigem, Portugal

Food and Drink

Cafe Majestic

Historic cafe is a great spot for a cimbalino (espresso) or Rabanadas (Portuguese French Toast).

https://www.cafemajestic.com/en/Utilities/Homepage.aspx

Rua de Santa Catarina 112, Porto 4000-442, Portugal

Árvore do Mundo

Excellent vegan restaurant.

https://www.facebook.com/CasaArvoredoMundo/

Rua Duque Loule N 228, Porto 4000-324, Portugal

Cafe Santiago F

Famous for their massive Francesinha.

Rua de Passos Manuel 198, Porto 4000-382, Portugal

Confeitaria do Bolhão

Great bakery.

http://www.confeitariadobolhao.com/ingles/entrada.html

Rua Formosa 339, Porto 4000-252, Portugal

tascö

Petiscos (Portugues tapas)

http://www.soldoutarena.pt/

Rua do Almada 151 A, Porto 4050-037, Portugal

Mistu

Sleek, upscale restaurant.

https://www.facebook.com/misturestaurant/

Rua O Comercio do Porto 161, Porto 4050-211, Portugal

Padaria Ribeiro Express

Excellent bakery.

http://www.padariaribeiro.com/home

Praca Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 27, Porto 4050-293, Portugal

A Grade

Family run spot with homestyle meals.

https://a-grade-restaurant.negocio.site/

Rua Sao Nicolau 9, Porto 4050-561, Portugal

Taberna Santo Antonio

Busy spot for Portuguese comfort food.

https://www.facebook.com/tabernastoantoniovirtudes

Rua Virtudes 32, Porto 4050-630, Portugal

Em Carne Viva

Vegetarian Caldo Verde and Francesinha.

http://www.emcarneviva.pt/home/?lang=pt

Av. da Boavista 868, 4100-421 Porto, Portugal

Barão Fladgate

Top flight restaurant in Taylor’s Port Wine Lodge

http://www.baraofladgate.com/

Rua do Choupelo 250, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Vinum

Expensive restaurant and wine bar worth the price for the view.

http://www.vinumatgrahams.com/

Rua do Agro 141, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-281, Portugal

Wine Quay Bar

Wine bar with petiscos (small plates). Outside seating along the riverfront.

http://www.winequaybar.com/

111 and 112 Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, Porto 4050-080, Portugal

Prova Wine Food & Pleasure

Wine bar with port and so much more.

https://prova.com.pt/

Rua Ferreira Borges 86, Porto 4050-252, Portugal

Portologio

Great bar for port tasting.

http://www.portologia.pt/

Rua de Sao Joao 28-30, Porto 4050-551, Portugal

Porto Cruz

Rooftop bar has some of the best views in the city.

http://en.espacoportocruz.pt/#images

Largo Miguel Bombarda 222, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-222, Portugal

Shopping

Livraria Lello

Gorgeous Neo-Gothic bookstore with a stained glass ceiling. Usually crowded. 5€ entrance fee refunded with purchase.

https://www.livrarialello.pt/en-us/

R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal

Touriga Wine Shop

Excellent selection of wines. Port tastings, too.

https://www.facebook.com/tourigavinhosdeportugal

Rua da Fábrica 32, 4050-245 Porto, Portugal

Mercado na Invicta

Handmade crafts and souvenirs.

https://www.facebook.com/Mercado-na-Invicta-492478260933177/

Rua Fabrica 15 19, Porto 4050-247, Portugal

Accommodations

Wine House Hotel

Sleep in a huge wine barrel. At the Quinta da Pacheca winery.

https://www.secure-hotel-booking.com/smart/Pacheca-The-Wine-House-Hotel/2C7G/en/

Rua do Relogio de Sol 261, Cambres, Lamego 5100-105, Portugal