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Top Things To Do in Porto in 2022

The invincible Portuguese city, Porto, known for its food and wine specialties, has numerous tourist experiences to offer. Are you planning a trip to Portugal's wine capital? Are you wondering what things to do in Porto? If yes, then you're in the right place.

1. Explore the charming Ribeira district.

Porto is a great destination for urban tourism and Ribeira district reflects why. With its narrow alleys and numerous monuments it houses, Ribeira neighborhood is a must-see attraction in Porto. Located on the right side of the famous Douro River, Ribeira has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996. The district is also considered the historic center of Porto. So, I invite you to take a walk in Ribeira in the late afternoon to enjoy the district's atmosphere. I Also recommend tasting a local dinner in one of the restaurants or pubs located in this charming Portuguese district.

2. Visit the mesmerizing Sé Cathedral.

Located in the Old Town, Sé Cathedral is one of the most important religious places in Porto. This Christian building is an architectural heritage and a mixture between Romanesque Gothic and Baroque styles. Additionally, numerous things distinguish Sé Cathedral. For instance, its beautiful Azelujos (painted Portuguese tiles) at the top of its tower portraying religious scenes. Also the gold-embroidered chasubles inside the treasures room with its amazing collection of religious objects. Moreover, Sé Cathedral offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Douro River and its quays.

3. Discover the splendid Bolsa Palace or Palácio da Bolsa

Another important architectural site to visit and one of the best things to do in Porto is discovering Da Bolsa Palacio. Built during the 19th century, this Portuguese palace is a gigantic monument housing ceremonial rooms. I must admit that Da Bolsa's exterior seems a little bit austere, however, its interior design is a true delight for your eyes. The Das Nações courtyard and the Moorish Hall are two great examples of its beauty.

4. Take a Rabelo cruise on the Douro River.

If you want to explore Porto in an original way, I suggest you take a Rabelo cruise on the capital's river. Rabelo is a boat that was used formerly to transport wine barrels across the city. By taking a cruise on the Douro river, you'll see numerous beautiful bridges including Dom-Luís I. It is a two-level metal bridge designed by one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples. You'll also pass by Queen Maria Pia. A bridge in Porto designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel himself. Additionally, taking a Rabelo cruise gives you the opportunity to admire panoramic views of Porto. Especially the colorful facades of the quays of Ribeira district and the banks of Vila Nova de Gaia.

5. Admire the Dos Clerigos Tower.

Once considered Portugal's tallest building, Dos Clerigos offers magnificent and mesmerizing views of Porto. The tower was built by Nicolau Nasoni, a baroque architect. At his request, Nasoni was buried in a small chapel inside the tower. Constructed in granite, the Dos Clerigos Tower is part of the church holding the same name. Additionally, Torre Dos Clerigos charms its visitors thanks to its 75 meters of elegance and its spherical clock house.

Now you are ready to try the best things to do in Porto. I wish you a wonderful journey full of surprises and sensations. Don't hesitate to share with me your thoughts about the best activities to try in Porto and your overall experience. I look forward to reading your comments!

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