Porto is bathed by the Atlantic, from Foz to Matosinhos, and by the Douro River, from Freixo to Foz. Which is why you can often find water- -related activities in the city. Freixo Marina and the Ribeira docks welcome recreational and tourist crafts and, from there, to practice water sports or go on a Bridges Cruise. The Atlantic welcomes us with its pleasant beaches, some of them flying the Blue Flag, full of terraces and a seafront promenade that is as sought after, whether for a leisurely walk, running or a pleasant bike ride.
In this area
sophistication and contemporariness
Besides the historic legacy for which it is well-known, Porto also explores its identity in terms of sophistication and contemporariness to which, undeniably, Serralves Foundation and Casa da Música contribute as both architectural icons and as a cultural offer.
Serralves Foundation is comprised of the Contemporary Art Museum, Villa and Park. The museum, which the building was designed by the architect Siza Vieira, has a representative collection of Portuguese and international contemporary art. Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, has become an icon of contemporary architecture, attracting visitors from all over the world. It was the first building built in Portugal exclusively dedicated to music. Some streets down you can find the unique and innovative Vodafone building, designed by the architects José António Barbosa and Pedro Guimarães.
It is also in the Boavista area that it is now part of the Business District and where you can find other buildings of architectural value. Along the Avenida da Boavista you will find some of the best known international brand shops, with their select and exclusive offer. For a more relaxed atmosphere, the Bom Sucesso Market has in a single space, options of leisure, shopping, a wide gastronomic variety and cultural events.
Also, the numerous parks that are located in this area are great for walking, outside of the most known areas of Porto. The Botanical Garden and the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal are perfect to get lost in, surrounded by romanticism and breathtaking vistas. Still in the Botanical Garden, the Hall of Biodiversity is a must-see place! You must also visit the Pharmacy Museum, whose collection includes objects of rare historical, artistic, anthropological and scientific value.
Another two landmarks of this area, representative of the city’s diversity, are the Bessa XXI Stadium and the Kadoorie Mekor Haim Synagogue. The first, headquarters of Boavista Futebol Clube, features a typical English architecture and, if the weather permits, watching one of the football matches is always a unique experience. You must also visit the Synagogue. This temple is the largest of the Iberian Peninsula and also houses the Jewish Museum of Porto.
As an alternative to the metro, you can choose the bus to know the nooks and charms of the city. Lines 201 and 502 take you to see Marginal and Boavista at any time of the day. Ticket prices start at 1,20€.
Metro’s lines take you easily to Marginal and Boavista. The most accessible station is Casa da Música where you will find an interface with buses. Get tickets from 1,20 € and travel between 6am and 1am.
Line 1 of the city's most emblematic transport, tram, takes you on a stunning journey along the banks of the Douro River. Through this route you can reach the Historic Centre with tickets starting at 3,50€.
The Douro River’s banks, the famous Avenida da Boavista and the many gardens of this area of the City invite you to long sightseeing tours. You can easily see the various attractions while getting in touch with the unique nature of Porto.