"One week in Oporto..." Porto by russian_yaz

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It was great! Seven days is not enough to visit Porto or any other city but was enough to walk through the old, narrow and twisted streets of the old town. It was great also because I made this travel specially to meet with my girlfriend Galia, after 7 moth of separation. There where tears and kisses in the airport when I met her.

Don´t miss:
- The Cathedral ... and it´s cloister
- Clergymen Church ... and the amanzing view from the Tower
- S. Bento Station ... and the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes
- Ponte D. Luís I (D. Luís I Bridge) ... 172m long and 44.6m high above the Duero river after 120 years this metal bridge still impress all the visitors
- Ribeira ... numerous and pleasant restaurants, esplanades and nightclubs.
- S. Francisco Church ... one of the few remaining medieval buildings in Porto and the only Gothic church in the city.
- Carmo Church
- Cedofeita Church
- Lapa Church
- Santo Ildefonso Church
- Stock Exchange Palace

...some info from the net...

Facing the big lodges of port wine to which it gave its name across the river Douro, Porto is Portugal´s second largest city and there is a certain feeling of rivalry towards Lisbon. But although its ancient roots have been preserved with pride, a modern and lively commerce makes it a thriving city and its traditional importance as an industrial center does not diminish the charm and character of its old quarters or even of the newer and busy avenues, shopping centers and quiet residential blocks.

The Cathedral area deserves to be explored, with its various monuments, such as the Renaissance church of Santa Clara, and the densely populated quarter of Barredo, which appears not to have changed since medieval times. The riverside quarter of Ribeira is also delightful, with narrow streets, typical houses and picturesque life-style: it has been recently restored and now includes fashionable restaurants and bars.

Equally lively and colourful is the market of Bolhão, where you can buy almost anything, but more elegant shops can be seen nearby, especially the jewelleries and leather goods shops in the Baixa (down-town).

Porto affords many other attractions, monuments and museums, as well as a cultural agenda which has been steadily improving. With a well-known gastronomy and hospitable population, it is also the starting point to explore the river Douro in an unforgettable journey upstream.

Pros and Cons
  • Cons:Lot of stairs... :)
  • In a nutshell:Lovely architecture, amanzing buildings and lot of churchs
  • Last visit to Porto: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2005
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