The city of Porto appeared several years ago in our top destination of choice. In 2017 the Cidade Invicta, how Porto is also known and means Unvanquished City, was chosen for the third time as the best European destination by the European Best Destinations organization. This recognition is more than deserved and it fills us with pride. In a city where the past and the future are aligned, what is historic and what is contemporary is connected, the good gastronomy is present at the table, and there are no problems of security or organization. But Porto is mainly a place where there’s plenty of kindness and art of welcoming from its people.
Based on the pictures we shared on our Instagram recently (our Instagram @honeymooners), we decided to select the 13 places that nobody can miss to photograph in Porto.
CASA DA MÚSICA (literally, HOUSE OF MUSIC)
It’s an emblematic and imposing building. With its elegant, contemporary and exuberant architecture, this showroom of music and arts is nowadays an iconic place in the city.
Strolling through Ribeira is the best way to feel the city and, believe us, it’s difficult to describe. The colorful facades of the houses give this place a unique look of boldness, the Dom Luís I Bridge as a backdrop, and the boats stirring the Douro (of gold) River to the sound of the seagulls are the ideal setting for a perfect sunset.
DOM LUÍS I BRIDGE
Porto is a city with many mandatory stops and the Dom Luís I Bridge is one of them. The perspective of the city from this place is stunning. It’s an ex-libris of the city and is part of the area of the city classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
IGREJA DO CARMO (literally, CHURCH OF THE CARMO)
In addition to the beautiful architecture displayed in the front, are the imposing tiles on the side that catch the attention of all who pass by. There are similar ones in other parts of the world, but we must confess that these are the most beautiful.
WINDING STREETS OF PORTO
Knowing Porto is to stroll through the narrow and ancient alleys and streets, and feel the personality and character of the city and its people. The unmistakable accent and the unique sympathy are easily the starting point of the sincerest laughter. And because the streets in Porto are winding and sloping, how about asking for a ride?
Only the bells of the bell of the Clerics' Tower made us divert the attention from one another. The Tower is beautiful and offers an extraordinary view to the bravest who climb its 240 steps.
SÃO BENTO TRAIN STATION
The São Bento Train Station is the invitation card of the city. Its architecture and its stunning panels tell a little of Portugal's history and are absolutely not to be missed. Without any doubt, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. And it always makes you want to stay a little longer to enjoy it.
TERRACE OF GAIA CABLE CAR
On the other side of the Douro River, next to the Gaia Cable Car we can contemplate the entire city: the palaces, the Towers, the walls, the river banks and the pier. From the Ribeira to the Clerics, this view is fascinating. Impossible to dislike it.
IGREJA DE SANTO ILDEFONSO (literally, CHURCH OF SAINT ILDEFONSO)
Located in the Batalha Square, with a staircase where small beautiful flowers born on the stone steps. The blue tiles that adorn it so beautifully give it a simple beauty, completed by the stained-glass windows inside it.
In Porto it’s also located what is, considered by many, to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It is a monument to art, science, and literature... It has existed for more than 100 years and was the inspiration of the author of "Harry Potter". It’s impossible not to inspire those who visit or pass by daily.
CAPELA DAS ALMAS (literally, CHAPEL OF SOULS)
In the heart of downtown Porto, when crossing the street to get to Rua de Santa Catarina, we came across to this fantastic tile panel of the Capela das Almas. It was the first time we saw tourists without being in a hurry to cross the crosswalk. Is too beautiful.
It's not only the pearl of Bolhão neighborhood, but also the one of Porto and one of the pearls of Portugal. This nineteenth-century market fills us with pride.
CAPELA DA PEDRA (literally, CHAPEL OF THE STONE)
Where land ends and the sea begins, we found the Capela da Pedra. On the outskirts of the city, it’s like finding an oasis in the desert. With the fall of the night, this place is even more impressive. The white lights illuminating the chapel to the sound of the waves hitting the rocks, give to this place a mystique of another world, is so worthy to witness such beauty.
Porto is a city of many charms, and a more attentive look is enough to stay with this city forever in our hearts. We always like to go back, and we do it anytime we can.