5 unmissable things to do in Porto

24 July 2019 08:31

Porto is Portugal's second city

Porto is Portugal's second city

Porto is one of Europe's hippest destinations. If you find yourself in the nation's second city, make sure you check out these memorable things to see and do...

1. Clérigos Tower

The 75m bell tower of the impressive Baroque Clérigos Church has become one of Porto's most iconic sights, rising up from the city's historic core. Dating from the middle of the 18th century, these days the climb to the top of the Clérigos Tower is a must-do for visitors – but be warned, it's 225 steps to the top!

2. Livraria Lello

Recently named as one of the world's greatest bookshops by The Guardian, the exquisite Livraria Lello is the most breathtakingly beautiful place to pick up the latest bestseller. Since it opened at the turn of the 20th century, Lello has attracted millions of book lovers to its iconic, art nouveau home and striking, red staircase centrepiece.

3. Mercado Bom Sucesso

Travel with your taste buds at the Mercado Bom Sucesso, the best place to indulge in all manner of Portuguese delicacies. Serving local favourites like cheese, cakes, meat and of course, wine – it's the perfect place for a midday pitstop or to linger a little longer and take in one of the many workshops on offer.

4. Palacio de Cristal

Named after its London predecessor, the original Crystal Palace no longer exists but thankfully it's immaculately-kept gardens remain at this oasis of calm in the middle of Porto city centre. Manicured avenues lead between patios, lawns and plenty of opportunities to catch a peek at the city's best vistas.

5. Cavas Ferreira Wine Cellars

No visit to Porto would be complete without a visit to the Porto Wine Cellars, and the chance to try the famous local tipple, Port. With a history spanning over 250 years, one of the best places to explore Port is the Cavas Ferreira cellars, where you'll learn all about the fortified wine with an all-knowing tour guide.

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