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. 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.
Dom Luís I Bridge
This magnificent double-deckered bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Oporto and spans the River Douro, linking Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia, the location of the port wine cellars. The imposing bridge is thoroughly Eiffelesque, and it’s not surprising to learn that it was built by one of Gustave Eiffel’s students.
Looming over the Oporto skyline is the Clérigos Tower, the city’s most visible landmark. This impressive tower, which was built in the mid-18th century, stands over 75 metres high. Those who are feeling energetic may like to visit and climb over 200 steps to the top of the tower, to be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of the old town, Douro River, the Cathedral and the city rooftops.
Port Wine & Rabelo Boat
Port is a Portuguese fortified wine. Fortified wines are made by adding a proportion of grape spirit, or brandy, to the wine at some point during the production process. Port is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine due to it’s rich and sweet flavours. Particular flavours include raspberry, blackberry, caramel, cinnamon and chocolate sauce. The Rabelo boat is a traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat that was used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River.
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.
The River Douro, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Europe’s most untouched and beautiful rivers. From its source in the Serra de Urbión Mountains, the Douro flows through Spain and crosses the border into Portugal, where the pace slows as it makes its way to Porto on the Atlantic coast.