A good number of reasons are at the top of peoples’ preferences when visiting Porto. But they are many, so here’s a Top 10 list of the main points of interest, that are almost all within Porto’s historical centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
1. Avenida dos Aliados
This is the main hub of the historic centre of Porto, topped by the Town Hall and framed by the most traditional commercial area of the city. Nearby, Café Majestic is a must see.
Besides the church, which was begun in the 12th century, it is worth visiting the tile-covered cloisters. The precinct, with its pillory and other monuments, has a superb view over the river and the houses on both sides.
This is one of the most attractive districts of Porto, in which you get a feel for the ancient vernacular ambience. You can start a cruise on the Douro from here.
4. Church of S. Francisco
The most important Gothic church in the city, whose Baroque interior is completely covered in gilt carvings.
5. Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange)
A beautiful 19th century building, whose highlights include the famous Salão Árabe (Arab Hall), the Hall of Nations and a remarkable grand staircase.