A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.
Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley.[ReadMoreMob] Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.
Port Wine & Rabelo Boat
Port is a Portuguese fortified wine, which are made by adding a proportion of grape spirit, or brandy, to wine at some point during the production process. It is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine due to it's rich and sweet flavours, such as raspberry, blackberry, caramel, cinnamon and chocolate sauce, and no visit to Oporto is complete without sampling the famous local tipple.
Another unmissable experience is a boat ride along the beautiful Douro River aboard a Rabelo, a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo vessel that was used to transport people and goods for centuries.
Historic Centre of Porto
UNESCO classified the historic centre of Porto as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1996. If you set out on foot along the typical alleys, with each step you will encounter a monument of indisputable value, the well-known hospitality of the city's people and a stunning panoramic view of the old houses and Douro River.