Experience more of the city
Look just around the corner and there’s so much more waiting to be discovered! A visit to one of the extraordinary districts around the centre is certainly something not to be missed. Each area has its own character, unique shops, annual cultural festivals and top restaurants. Whether you’re looking for modern architecture, a cultural hotspot or a foodie tour, there’s something for everyone. Discover a different side of Porto. Explore the neighbourhoods below, or read the latest news about Porto on our Blog.
Ribeira, the picturesque, Unesco-listed, medieval part of town is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Porto. Here, you can see the rabelo boats that traditionally transported barrels of port from the vineyards upstream, and marvel at the multi-coloured facades of houses dating from the Middle Ages.
The Arts district collides with the Night spot of the city and the area is surrounded with medieval townhouses with minimalist décor, restaurants riffing on the country’s hearty cuisine and spirited bars. Arts and design are taken very seriously in here, and there’s even an event dedicated to it every two months – the opening of the Art Galleries.
In Porto’s downtown, every street is different, every window is asymmetrical, different architectural styles bring the city to life and in each and every corner a tiled house or a graffiti wall share the same space and yet combine so well together. Porto is by far one of the most dynamic, textured and architecturally rich. It’s a city that shares a story, a story of 2000+ years of existence.
Lush green parks and gardens, luxury “Art Déco” houses and the famous Pritzer Prize renowned modern Architect houses are among the main attractions of the Boavista District. Modern Architecture like Casa da Música and the Vodafone building mingle with the “Art Déco” and “Art Nouveau” houses along the longest avenue of the city, which ends with all its splendour in the Sea.
FOZ AND MATOSINHOS DISTRICT
“Foz” is literally the place where the river meets the sea, and in Porto’s case it does so with such a romantic view. If you stroll along the Passeio Alegre you will be graced with thick palm trees, vast flowerbeds and a view to make your jaw drop. Porto has a sunset to make angels cry. Dramatic and beautiful, it’s worth the visit! The Matosinhos village is only 25 min away, so open your appetite and head up to Heróis de França street to have a fresh grilled fish.
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Do a gastronomic tour in the ever-green region – one of richests gastronomic regions of Portugal.
Take a day to learn surf, kite surf, paddle surf or even to do yoga on a paddle surf board.
Take a boat trip in the Aveiro canals, vist the salt production and do a degustation of the traditional sweets of Aveiro.