Is a historic and captivating city, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular and respected tourist destinations. As a city, this one has a varied history, interesting tourist destinations, beautiful beaches and, of course, port tasting tours.
These multiple activities make Porto a pleasant tourist destination, and three days are enough to discover the city. This guide will provide a series of suggestions regarding tours and itineraries for three days spent in Porto and will indicate different options in that time frame. A chance to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit 2019, Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, 26th-27th June.
A VIDA PORTUGUESA
A Vida Portuguesa was born from an investigation about the old Portuguese products: those that we have known for several decades, those that have kept their original packaging or are still inspired by them, those that are still manufactured with an important dose of manufacture.
MIGUEL BOMBARDA is a vibrant street where you will feel the cosmopolitan atmosphere in Porto. Art galleries, shops old buildings, restaurants and cafes. The street has dozens of art galleries, which makes it one of the main cultural neighbourhoods of Oporto – indeed the street puts the Portuguese contemporary art scene on the map.
THE CRYSTAL PALACE GARDENS
It is one of the most emblematic green spaces in the city and includes the gardens, the Rosa Mota Pavilion, the Quinta da Macierinha, where the Romantic Museum (Museu Romântico) and the Quinta Tait are located. In 1956 the Rosa Mota Pavilion, built-in granite, glass and steel in the 1960s replaced the original Palazzo dating back to 1865.
RUA DAS FLORES – PORTUGUESE STORE
Rua das Flores welcomes small and cosy concept stores with clothing and accessories, pottery and notebooks, boots and shoes, t-shirt and wallets, costume jewellery and handicrafts. Several Portuguese brands and national craftsmen are represented here.
The Tower of Clerics (in Portuguese Torre dos Clérigos) is a stone tower, a symbol of the city of Porto, in Portugal. It was designed by the Italian architect Niccoló Nasoni and built between 1754 and 1763, commissioned by Dean Dom Jerónimo de Távora Noronha Leme and Cernache, for the Clérigos Pobres brotherhood. The work of baroque style, whose initial project involved the construction of two towers, is 76 meters high and is crossed by a spiral staircase of 225 steps.
LIVRARIA LELLO – BOOKSTORE
Lonely planet considered Lello Library as the third most beautiful library in the world. The store has an excellent neo-gothic façade, where you can see two figures painted by José Bielmant. Don’t forget that this library inspired J.K Rowling to design the famous stairs of the Hogwarts school, in Harry Potter.
GALERIAS PARIS – NIGHTLIFE
Focusing on the nightlife, the Galleries are the best place to hang out, drink, dance and meet new people. From side to side the streets that make the galleries are full of some of the best bars and restaurants and, as such, people, lively and willing to make every night a new adventure.
ALIADOS AVENUE – MONUMENTAL PLACE
“Aliados”, as Oporto inhabitants proudly call it in short to this large avenue, it is in Porto’s reception room. This avenue is a lively one and surrounded by beautiful buildings, with a very specific character that has much to do with the strength that people from Oporto have shown throughout history.
PRAÇA DOS LEÕES
Located a walking distance of 10 minutes from Avenida dos Aliados, is a warm and hospitable place that is a students’ hot spot. Here the students meet, either by tradition or for dinner or just for socializing. Full of bars, highlighting the “Café Piolho D’Ouro” Bar, where the bars are filled with flags and cards of students coming from all over the world.
Conceived by the landscape gardener José Marques Loureiro, and acquired by the Oporto City Coucil in 1965, the garden has a unique view of the Douro river. This garden stands out for having a vertical shape, developing on several floors. It is one of the best places to see the sunset.
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