The meeting point will be in Largo da Sé next to the cathedral around 9 am.
We cross the bridge Luis I by the upper board going up to the viewpoint of the Serra do Pilar.
From here we will enjoy the splendor of the historic center of Porto.
We descend to the riverside area of Gaia, cross the bridge through the lower board and reenter Porto.
Arriving in the area of the river, we enjoy and record the ever curious city movement.
We ascend to the cathedral through narrow streets taking advantage of the belvederes to the river and to the roofs of the historic center.
We return down another lovely street always attentive to the details and the moments that arise.
We return climbing a little more to enjoy the beautiful view of the Passeio das Virtudes belvedere, and then a little further ahead, enjoy the extraordinary perspective that the belvedere da Vitória offers us.
Next to it, installed in an imposing building that was once the city prison, is the Portuguese Photography Center with exhibitions that are well worth a visit.
We cross the Garden of Cordoaria through the Alameda dos Plátanos, where you can find among these bizarre but beautiful trees, the set of sculptures by Juan Muñoz, “Thirteen laughing at each other”.Perhaps one of the most charming places in the city.
Soon thereafter, we entered Lello Bookstore, one of the most beautiful and photogenic bookstores in the world.
We crossed the street and climbed the Clérigos tower up closer to the sky, and we grabbed with our lenses the great views of the city.
– Lunch break
After passing through S. Bento Station, we turn to 31 de Janeiro street, where we will appreciate some of the most beautiful shopping doors that the city has to offer and the church of Santo Ildefonso with its facade covered with beautiful tiles. We will cross the Praça da Batalha where there is the magnificent S. João theater.
Then we descend to the Fernandinas city walls to enjoy the magnificent view over the Luis I bridge, the Douro river, the Serra do Pilar and, as always, the roofs of the historic center. We will descend to the river by the Guindais stairs and we will climb again by the funicular with the same name.
We will pass by the beautiful church of Stª Clara and descend again to the river, now by the the Codeçal stairs.
We return to Ribeira and cross it completely until the church of S. Francisco that has inside one of the most beautiful examples of baroque carving. Right there, we catch the tram that runs along the river. We go to Massarelos and climb to the Palacio de Cristal gardens.
Here, we will enjoy the views of the various belvederes and breathe some fresh air in the middle of the luxuriant vegetation. We will finish the tour in the afternoon at Passeio das Virtudes, a magnificent viewpoint to the west with the Arrábida bridge and the sea as a backdrop. From here you can see magnificent sunsets in the company of tourists and people from the city where they celebrate the end of the day.
Around 9 am, we start at Sé’s yard in the direction of Rua Chã do Cativo. We entered Rua Augusto Rosa and then turned to Rua do Sol. We crossed it to the Passeio das Fontaínhas, from above we followed the river Douro between the bridges of Luis I and Maria Pia with Infante bridge in the middle.
We go to the doors of the monumental Prado do Repouso cemetery overlooking the historic and elegant railway bridge. Fantastic viewpoint.
We climbed the street Rua de S. Vitor, sprinkled with characteristic neighborhood (ilhas). In this street we can still appreciate ancestral examples of local commerce, taverns, grocery stores and others kind of. From there, is a little walk up to the unique Herculano Quarter built at the end of the 19th century and impeccably preserved.
We cross the garden of S. Lázaro and the Poveiros square and we pass at the door of the Coliseum until the Santa Catarina street, and there’s the outstanding Café Majestic awaits us. A hymn to Belle Époque. Let’s go inside and enjoy it.
We returned to out tour with full eyes and comforted stomach with a “cimbalino” coffee or a
tea with or without milk.
We turn left into Formosa street and meanwhile we are admiring some of the most valuable trades of the city, we approach to the living soul of Porto, the Bolhão market. We doubled the entrance and experienced this place with its smells, its sounds and its people, among merchants, customers and tourists, all in perfect harmony.
We return to downtown to take the bus that will leads us to other bands of the city. By the way we can appreciate the character of a more modern side of the city. We passed the emblematic Rotunda da Boavista with a remarkable monument.
The astonishing Casa da Música with its unique architectural lines at the beginning of the longest Porto’s avenue, Boavista. Halfway through we went out to enjoy the Contemporary Serralves Museum surrounded by its magnificent and almost paradisiacal gardens.
A little further down, pass through Parque da Cidade, the largest park in town, which extends to the sea, between Matosinhos beach and the mythical Castelo do Queijo fortress. We cross the marginal road that connects Foz do Douro to the Felgueiras lighthouse, a particularly spectacular place when the sea is rough.
We cross the Passeio Alegre garden, always with the river next to it, and next to the chapel- lighthouse of S. Miguel Arcanjo, where we will catch the nº 1 tram that will take us to the Infante, right next to the well-known church of S. Francisco.
Here ends this weekend itinerary, which has made us known a lot of this wonderful city.