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# About me

Daniel is Head of Marketing at an advertising Startup born in Porto that embraces visitors from all over the world. I navigate between my enthusiasm as entrepreneur, avid reader and passion for travelling.
As your host I will want to make your stay in Porto as special and unforgettable as possible. I'm your contact person for all matters when it will comes to get all the info at hand to go exploring city.

# About Porto ( Tour Guides)

The Sunday Times - "The big weekend: Porto "
The Guardian - "Porto city guide: what to see plus the best hotels and restaurants and bars"
El Mundo - "Oporto: mucho más que bodegas"
Independent - " Porto: Falling in love with the small but beautifully formed city"

# 48 hours in Porto (Print this)

I usually start the tour at "Avenida dos Aliados", in front of the city hall. Then we walk South, we pass by the São Bento train station, visit the old cathedral ("Sé Catedral") and enjoy the view from up there. Then we visit the less well-known and less touristic Santa Clara church by the old "Muralha Fernandina" (the last standing section of the old medieval wall). Walk to the Southernmost tower of the wall, overlooking the bridge. Perfect for photographs. I like to buy a bottle of wine and drink it with friends there at the tower.

Then we cross the Dom Luís bridge (upper deck) to Vila Nova de Gaia. By the bridge, on the South bank, there's the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar [1], a monastery. The monastery itself we don't visit, but the view from up there is quite good.

After taking some photos, it's time to walk down the hill to the river bank. There are lots of Porto wine cellars there, and annoying hustlers trying to sell you a boat trip. Resist the temptation to enter the first cellar you bump into. Keep walking West-bound, and visit Graham's (you can see the letters on top of the rooftop). It requires a bit of uphill walking to get there, but it's worth it. Graham's is arguably the most spectacular and most tasteful of all wine cellars. It's 5 euros per person minimum (8 euros with wine tasting). There are other wine cellars. I also like Croft. There is fado singing at Quevedo at around 6 pm, too.

Afterwards, walk downhill, walk East-bound and cross the lower deck of the bridge this time. Take a look at "Ribeira", the oldest part of Porto. Then start walking by the riverside West-bound until you reach the helicopter pad.

Once you reach the helicopter pad, take a few photos of the Arrábida bridge, then walk uphill, on "Rua Dom Pedro V" (it's steep), and then visit "Casa Tait", and "Museu Romantico". From the latter, you can (sometimes, if the gate is open) enter the "Palácio de Cristal" (Crystal Palace), and it's a truly wonderful place for one to relax after a long walk, especially if the weather is sunny. Lots of scenic views there, conducive to prolific photo-making. It's also a nice place to soak up the sun while drinking some light white wine.

Then go to Jardim das Virtudes [2] (another nice park). Lastly, go to Passeio das Virtudes [3] (close to the quasi-homonymous park) to watch the sunset.

That's enough for one day. Your feet will be hurting at this point.

If you want to go out at night, the place to go is just north of the Clerigos, mostly in Rua da Galeria de Paris and Rua Candido dos Reis.

If you have time, go to the famous Lello bookstore [4], too. It's next to the Clérigos tower, which you may also want to visit. Also in the historical center, take a look at Rua de Santa Catarina, a pedestrian street where people traditionally go shopping.

You may want to walk along the waterfront, from Ribeira to the beach. It takes 4 hours of walking to get to Matosinhos. The urban beaches aren't very good. Matosinhos isn't too bad, but Miramar and Francelos (some kilometers south) are much better. You can take the train at São Bento to go to those ones. The train first goes to Campanhã train station, then crosses the bridge.

If you're in Porto during a weekend, go to the Serralves park, which also has the Modern Art museum. Entrance is free on Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00.
usually start the tour at "Avenida dos Aliados", in front of the city hall. Then we walk South, we pass by the São Bento train station, visit the old cathedral ("Sé Catedral") and enjoy the view from up there. Then we visit the less well-known and less touristic Santa Clara church by the old "Muralha Fernandina" (the last standing section of the old medieval wall). Walk to the Southernmost tower of the wall, overlooking the bridge. Perfect for photographs. I like to buy a bottle of wine and drink it with friends there at the tower. The security guard usually does not give a damn, and he won't give a damn unless you start throwing bottles at people passing by.

Then we cross the Dom Luís bridge (upper deck) to Vila Nova de Gaia. By the bridge, on the South bank, there's the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar [1], a monastery. The monastery itself we don't visit, but the view from up there is quite good.

After taking some photos, it's time to walk down the hill to the river bank. There are lots of Porto wine cellars there, and annoying hustlers trying to sell you a boat trip. Resist the temptation to enter the first cellar you bump into. Keep walking West-bound, and visit Graham's (you can see the letters on top of the rooftop). It requires a bit of uphill walking to get there, but it's worth it. Graham's is arguably the most spectacular and most tasteful of all wine cellars. It's 5 euros per person minimum (8 euros with wine tasting). There are other wine cellars. I also like Croft. There is fado singing at Quevedo at around 6 pm, too.

Afterwards, walk downhill, walk East-bound and cross the lower deck of the bridge this time. Take a look at "Ribeira", the oldest part of Porto. Then start walking by the riverside West-bound until you reach the helicopter pad.

Once you reach the helicopter pad, take a few photos of the Arrábida bridge, then walk uphill, on "Rua Dom Pedro V" (it's steep), and then visit "Casa Tait", and "Museu Romantico". From the latter, you can (sometimes, if the gate is open) enter the "Palácio de Cristal" (Crystal Palace), and it's a truly wonderful place for one to relax after a long walk, especially if the weather is sunny. Lots of scenic views there, conducive to prolific photo-making. It's also a nice place to soak up the sun while drinking some light white wine.

Then go to Jardim das Virtudes [2] (another nice park). Lastly, go to Passeio das Virtudes [3] (close to the quasi-homonymous park) to watch the sunset.

That's enough for one day. Your feet will be hurting at this point.

If you want to go out at night, the place to go is just north of the Clerigos, mostly in Rua da Galeria de Paris and Rua Candido dos Reis.

If you have time, go to the famous Lello bookstore [4], too. It's next to the Clérigos tower, which you may also want to visit. Also in the historical center, take a look at Rua de Santa Catarina, a pedestrian street where people traditionally go shopping.

You may want to walk along the waterfront, from Ribeira to the beach. It takes 4 hours of walking to get to Matosinhos. The urban beaches aren't very good. Matosinhos isn't too bad, but Miramar and Francelos (some kilometers south) are much better. You can take the train at São Bento to go to those ones. The train first goes to Campanhã train station, then crosses the bridge.

If you're in Porto during a weekend, go to the Serralves park, which also has the Modern Art museum. Entrance is free on Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00.

# Porto in a nutshell

Avenida dos Aliados (Start here your journey at the city main square)
See Douro River and walk through "Cais da Ribeira"
Climb the "Torre of Clérigos"
Visit the oldest Bookstore "Lello & Irmão"
Do a tour inside "Palácio da Bolsa"
Eat the most famous Porto dinner the "Francesinha"
Drink a glass of Port Wine in the lodges of Gaia (while listen Fado(
Visit the Serralves Museum
Get tickets to a concert in Casa da Música
Eat the most famous portuguese sweet (Pastel de Belém or Nata) w/coffee in the morning as breakfast.
Walk through Santa Catarina Street (and visit MAJESTIC coffee the most famous in town)
Get some fresh fruit and vegetables in "Bolhão Market" (and eat some "Sardines"at lunch)
Dinner in Guarany, Casa da Mariquinhas, Mal Cozinhado or O Fado while listen to Fado and eating CODFISH (the most traditional fish in Portugal)
Eat the most famous portuguese icecream from "Santini" right near Aliados Square after dinner
Taste the most traditional dish food in Portugal (Codfish)

--> Main streets in Porto

Avenida dos Aliados (Historical: City Hall and main city square)
Cais da Ribeira + Cais de Gaia (Eat, River and Tast Port Wine, Cruises)
Rua Santa Catarina (Shopping or Breakfast)
Rua Passos Manuel (Cultural Events)
Rua das Flores and R. Mouzinho Silveira ( Eat & Drink + Souvenirs)
Rua da Galeria de Paris (Bars)
Praça Filipa de Lencastre (Bars & Eat)
Avenida Serpa Pinto (Restaurant Street Fish)
Avenida Norton de Matos + Avenida Brasil (Beaches, walk and city park)

--->Where to eat the famous "Francesinhas"

Café Santiago (most famous in town, near Majestic)
Bufete Fase
Capa Negra II
Brasão Cervejaria
Sandinha

---> Here you can Listen "Fado"

Restaurante Guarany
Casa da mariquinhas
Mal Cozinhado
O Fado
Vinhas D'Alho
Adega rio Douro
FÉ Wine & Club
Janelas do Fado

---> Best spots for Porto "Sightseeings"

D. Luís Bridge
Torre dos Clérigos
Hotel The Yeatman (Terrace/Bar)
Palácio de Cristal
Hotel Dom Henrique (Bar, last floor)