Porto Tour - Lux on Wheels

Porto tour

Highlights:

  • Clérigos Tower
  • S.Francisco Church
  • Stock Exchange Palace
  • Monastery of Serra do Pilar

Short Description:

Visit Porto in Northern Portugal, considered the Best European Destination (by Best European Destinations Agency) in 2014 and 2017 and one of the oldest European cities having its historic centre awarded World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

This ancient city named Portus Cale in Latin is related to the origin name of Portugal. The city, along the Douro River, pleases you with the architecture of former civilizations, like the medieval D.Luis I bridge or the neo-gothic interiors of the Lello Bookshop. The Art Nouveau cafes and the 20000 tiles that decorate the São Bento Railway station make sure there’s something for everyone.

Also, you’ll have the opportunity to do a boat trip along the river and to visit the famous Porto Wine Cellars having a wine tasting.

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Additional Info:

  • Hotel/Apartment Pick Up
  • Monuments entrance tickets are not included, so you can decide what you want to visit.
  • We selected some of the sites that we consider the best to fulfill your trip expectations, the tours itinerary is flexible, you can change anything or add something you wish to visit.
  • All the cars provide water for our clients

Places to see:

Graham’s Cellars

Founded in 1820 by William and John Graham, in this cellar besides tasting the amazing Porto Wine you can Lunch with a magnificent view of Porto city and the Douro River.

Sandeman Cellars

Facing the Porto historical centre and looking to the Douro river this 1811 granite building invites you back to London in 1790 when George Sandeman started to commercialize Porto Wine.

São Bento Railway Station

Built in the place of the former St.Bento de Avé Maria convent by the architect Marques da Silva, this glass and iron structure has 20000 tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrates the transport evolution in Portuguese history.

Lello Bookstore

One of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, have a forked staircase to the first floor and its presented with neo-gothic architecture and art nouveau elements.

Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)

It was in the first half of the 18th century that one of the most emblematic monuments of Porto was built in baroque style. In the top of the tower you have a panoramic view over the city and the river making climbing the 240 steps worth it. The visit will take you back in time and space where art and religion were part of each other.

Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)

The National monument Palácio da Bolsa is the headquarters of the commercial association of Porto. Designed by Joaquim da Costa Lima was built in a neoclassical style in 1842. Is one of the most visited monuments in Porto and famous by his Arabian Room.

Casa Serralves (Serralves House)

Built in the 30s inspired by the Art Deco movement in Europe, the Serralves House hosts different exhibitions and events. Surrounded by eighteen gardens the Serralves Park is a unique landmark of Portuguese landscape with a beautiful farmhouse. The Serralves foundation gives you in one place a mix between contemporary art, art deco and a park within leisure facilities, shops and restaurants. 

Igreja Conventual de S. Francisco de Assis (S. Francisco Church)

Declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1996 and National Monument since 1910 this gothic structure is one of the most important baroque works from the 14th century. Its gilded interior and carved wood work made this known as the Church of Gold.

Catedral Sé (Cathedral)

This medieval cathedral in Romanesque style dating from the 12th/13th century has been enlarged and renewed over the years. The cloister was built in the 14th century and its ceramic tiles were inspired by the Song of Solomon.

Ponte D.Luis I (D. Luis I bridge)

Crossing the river from 1886 you can see this bridge with the world biggest forged iron arc, planned by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, a disciple of Eifell. An iconic symbol of the city with 395 meters long.

Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão market)

If you want fresh products you must stop and feel the energy inside bolhão market, in a neoclassical style it’s one of the most famous places in the city.

Jardim do Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens)

If you’re looking for leisure and a romantic time you must visit the crystal palace gardens designed in the 19th century by the landscape architect Émille David. In the garden you can run into amazing panoramic views over the city and the river.     .

Casa da Música (Music House)

This iconic building designed by the architect Rem Koolhaas is considered a good example of the contemporary architecture. Inside you have various of programs from classical music to resident orchestras and choir. Plus, it also promotes education with workshops, concerts and activities for family’s and schools. Also, if you feel hungry you can enjoy a meal in the rooftop restaurant with a view over the city.

Mosteiro Serra do Pilar (Monastery of Serra do Pilar)

Built in the 16th century is the architectural landmark of Gaia by having part of the area classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The church belonged to the Order of Saint Augustine and is known by its circular shape. Inside you can see impressive carved gold leaf altars with Solomonic columns. You’ll be delightful by its amazing viewpoint to the city of Porto and Douro River.

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