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First time visiting Porto? We want you to make the most out of your car hire Porto experience. For this reason, we have enlisted the support of a local travel expert to help get you on your way. Follow these useful travel tips and enjoy the best that Porto provides.
See: FC Porto in action at the club’s stunning Estadio do Dragao stadium or switch allegiances and head over to Estádio do Bessa XXI, the home ground of Boa Vista FC. Prefer books to bookings? Check out theLivraria Lellobookshop in Porto, famous for its beautiful Art Nouveau façade, heavenly staircase and stained glass windows. The store may look like something straight from the pen of J.K. Rowling, but this bewitching curiosity is the real deal. It has remained unchanged since 1881 and the owners would like it to stay that way – no photography is permitted inside the store so you’ll have to make do with memory or better still, these 360 degree views. Porto has plenty of other architectural highlights – you don’t have to go very far to stumble upon any of them. Even the tiled interior of the city’s Sao Bento train station will dazzle you with its beauty. That’s before even mentioning the seven bridges which span the Duomo River. Unbeknownst to many, Porto is actually a city of two halves. Porto is the old town, while Vila Nova de Gaia (Gaia) is located on the port side. The iconic Ponte Dona Maria Bridge which links the two sides was designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) and is probably one of the city’s most photographed attractions.
Shop: The pedestrianised Rua de Catarina district is chockablock with fashion stores and market stalls. Here you’ll find everything from genuine Portuguese leather bags and shoes to international high-street favourites and specialty wine and tobacco shops. The towering, multi-storey El Corte Ingles can be found at Av. Republica, a short jaunt away in Vilanova de Gaya and is home to every big name brand in mens’ womens’ and childrens’ clothing as well as luxury cosmetics, electrical goods and homeware. If you’re in the market for a traditional memento from Porto, you can’t go wrong with a bar of handmade Claus Porto soap. Oprah Winfrey’s favourite is stocked in A Vida Portuguesa shops as well as the ACH Brito Factory Store situated just outside of Porto in Vila do Conde.
Eat: A dainty afternoon tea in the city’s most famous and historic café, Café Majestic. Neat salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches give way to luscious cream-filled scones, almond cakes, tiny apple pastries and moreish slices of chocolate cake. For something altogether more rustic and Portuguese head to A Brasileira and opt for the Francesinha – a veritable hug in a bowl consisting of a layered sandwich of cheese, sausage and steak smothered in beer-infused gravy.
Given Porto’s waterfront location, (you can actually see the fish swimming in the Douro) seafood makes for an excellent lunch or dinner option. The area overlooking the river, the Ribeira is the perfect place to sample the catch of the day, Gomes de Sá Bacalhau (salted cod) is always good. Beware if you’re watching your budget though, cafés and restaurants along here tend to be much more expensive than those in the old town, but you pay for the view.
Drink: Port.It would be a crime tovisit Porto without taking a tour of one of the city’s famous Port wine cellars to sample a cheeky tawny, ruby or late bottled vintage.
All of the city’s main cellars are located in the Gaia side of the city. Cross Pont Luis I bridge and head to the cellars of Croft Sandeman or Ferreira for a guided tour and a glass or two of their finest. When it comes to beer, Super Bock is king in Porto. After dark enjoy a bottle in Rua Galeria de Paris, epicentre of Porto’s nightlife.
Galeria de Paris Restaurante Bar is a great/smart casual option if you’re looking to chill out to some relaxing tunes.
Stay: In thelap of luxury or in a trendy budget hostel – wherever you lay your hat in Porto, you’re sure to experience value for money and service with a smile. Spoil yourself in the five-star surroundings of Hotel Teatro. Enjoy all the comforts of home in the mid-priced Hotel Douro. Sleep soundly in trendy budget option, Garden House Hostel.
Walk: Up the 240 steps of the Clerigos Tower to get a fantastic view of the city. If you have a head for heights you’ll also enjoy a climb to the top of the Mosteiro de Serra Pilar which affords you a birdseye view of the bend in the river, Pont Luis I bridge and the city.
Get Out: Braga is one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal and is home to a number of impressive Baroque monuments as well as one of the city’s most iconic sights, the Bom Jesus Sactuary. Braga’s cathedral shouldn’t be missed either. Take a Douro Valley cruise and soak up the sites of Lamego – reputed to be the world’s oldest wine-producing region. The two centres for wine production include the Pinhao and Peso da Regua. The most convenient way to enjoy the region is to stay at a charming Pousada in Mesao Frio. Here you can drink in wonderful views of the valley and the river.
Listen: To Fado. Whether you’re taking a bus tour of the city or sipping Port in a dusty bar, you can take it for granted that you’ll be serenaded by the music of Amalia Rodrigues or Miguel Capucho. Ribeira is the epicentre of Porto’s ‘Fado’ scene. Hotspots include Restaurante O Fado on Largo de Sao Joao.
Avoid: New shoes, high heels or flip-flops. Porto is a city made for walking and much of its charm lies in its near-vertical hills, cobbled streets and higgledy- piggledy descents. If you’re going exploring, wear comfortable shoes or at least shoes you’re comfortable walking in – your feet will thank you at the end of the day.