Amble along the typical alleys and passageways of this city’s heart and, at every step, we see a monument of incontestable worth, the renowned hospitality of the city folk and a breathtaking panorama over the rooftops and the Douro river, make the historic centre a must.
Porto’s Baixa lies at the heart of the city, an area which you can easily walk around on foot, but which is also served by metro, buses and tram. Here you will find the city’s civic centre, along Avenida dos Aliados, with the city hall at the top end of it.
In this area
The right starting point
In São João, the biggest feast of the city, these streets are filled with balloons and colourful streamers, the air is perfumed with basil and grilled sardines, the music invites everyone to dance. The city looks even more beautiful! The Torre dos Clérigos offers a panoramic view of Porto, for those who are brave enough to climb about 240 steps.
But do not feel discour - aged! For those who cannot, or do not want to, climb the Tower, a multisensory perception station was set up which simulates the climb experience, is accessible and available to all visitors. Heading towards the river, you can enjoy an afternoon of shopping in the streets of Mouzinho da Silveira, Flores, Ferreira Borges and Infante D. Henrique, among others. Matching with the special spirit of Porto, you can find both modern and traditional items in just a short distance.
Even before arriving at Ribeira, we find the Former Stock Exchange Palace. A National Monument designed in 1842 so that the business - men of the city had a place to meet. The famous Arabian Hall and the Pátio das Nações are a must-see. If you want to get to know Porto, the Historic Centre of the city is the right starting point!
It is in the city centre that, besides shops, restaurants and cafes, you find iconic places such as São Bento Railway Station, considered one of the most beautiful stations in the world thanks to the concourse covered in tiles and Café Majestic, one of the best examples of Art Nouveau.
The Livraria Lello, located on Rua das Carmelitas, was considered the third most beautiful bookshop in the world by the British newspaper The Guardian and its iconic staircases served as inspiration for books such as “Harry Potter” by J. Rowling.
Areas like the district of Miguel Bombarda, the area surrounded by Clérigos, Carmo and Rua do Almada was revived. They are now home to fashion designers, urban markets and regular craft fairs, where you can find alternative articles that appeal to the imagination and good taste.
Baixa is also the ideal place to end your day. The nightlife of Porto unfolds through the night in the area of the streets of Galeria de Paris, Cândido dos Reis, Conde de Vizela, Passeio dos Clérigos, Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre and Praça de Parada Leitão, where the iconic Café Âncora D’Ouro is located, better known as “Piolho”. Baixa harbours a thousand hidden delights and an intense experience that deserves to be shared, day or night.
From here depart the 3 lines that take you on a real journey through history. A moving monument, the picturesque tram has tickets starting at 3,50€.
Porto Tram Website
The 6 subway lines converge in Trindade station and can take you anywhere, from Vila Nova de Gaia to Póvoa do Varzim. Ticket prices start at 1,20€.
Metro do Porto's Website
Most of the STCP lines end in Avenida dos Aliados, from where you can travel to any part of the city. Buses can be an alternative to the Metro, both for sightseeing around the city, as well as for traveling during the early hours.
The mythical S. Bento Railway Station is a must-visit. From here all the urban trains depart, enabling you to travel to the nearest cities like Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho, Guimarães, Braga, Viana do Castelo and Aveiro.