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15 Things you can only do in Porto

There are many unique places in the world but Porto is definitely one of the most special
Ponte D. Luis - Saltos para a agua
©Cláudia Paiva Ponte Luís I

The are some things you can only do in Porto. And we're not saying they are the strangiest, but they are defnitely unique. From admiring the city from the top of a church to going on a francesinha crawl, we can promise you you won't get bored. So if you are visiting Porto, make sure to add these to our to-do list.

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15 Things you can only do in Porto

Teatro Municipal Rivoli
©José Caldeira

Watch concerts under a theatre's stage

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Understage is the concert hall of the
Rivoli theatre and is located below the main auditorium. Producers Lovers & Lollypops, Amplificasom and Matéria Prima bring national and international bands to this stage.

Café Santiago
Fotografia: João Saramago

Go on a francesinha crawl

We know full well that there are francesinhas elsewhere 
in the country, but nowhere beats Porto in terms of quantity and – let’s be real – quality. On this braggy note, here a few places worth checking out: Café Santiago, Bufete Fase, Lado B, Brasão Cervejaria, Yuko tavern, Bacarola Café, Capa Negra, Cufra, Cervejaria Galiza, Locanda, A Regaleira and Tappas Café.

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Attractions, Religious buildings and sites

Admire a panoramic view of the city from the top of a church

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The Nossa Senhora da Conceição church has one of the highest viewpoints in Porto. From there, you can observe
an extended landscape that includes the city centre, Foz do Douro, the Monte da Virgem viewpoint in Gaia, Cabedelo beach, the Serra de Valongo natural park and São Félix Hill, in Póvoa de Varzim.

Ponte D. Luis - Saltos para a agua
©Cláudia Paiva
Attractions, Bridges

Watch kids jump off the D. Luís I Bridge

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It's Ribeira landmark, and was captured on film more than once by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. The daredevils stand in position
on the outside of the bridge, skydiving style, say their prayers and jump into the water from about 17 metres high.

Museu da Fundação Maria Isabel Guerra Junqueiro e Luís Mesquita de Carvalho
Museums, History

Look at a painting by a disciple of Hieronymus Bosch


It’s in the Maria Isabel Guerra Junqueiro and Luís Pinto de Mesquita Carvalho Foundation, and is a decal painting of the Garden of Earthly Delights, by Bosch. It’s been mentioned in various international studies of the artist’s work.

Museu do FC Porto
Museums, Sport

Visit the FC Porto Museum

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In there are three centuries of history 
and unique trophies, like the Intercontinental Cup, the UEFA Cup or the European Supercup.

Exposição Noites Brancas
©João Saramago
Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

See a permanent scenography exhibition

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The Noites Brancas (White Nights) exhibitions gathers the scenographies of some of the São João National Theatre’s own productions, and can be found in the São Bento da Vitória Monastery.

Ponte da Arrábida
©João Saramago
Attractions, Towers and viewpoints

Arrábida Bridge

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Since 2016, the bridge's arch has become the only one open to visitors in Europe, courtesy of the Porto Bridge Climb Company. There are 262 steps, 65 metres high over the river, and the view is breathtaking. Don’t worry, the climb is done with a guide and proper safety equipment.


Have fun in Porto

© Marco Duarte
Things to do

The 10 most instagrammable sites in Porto

Gone are the days of analogic photographs and postcards where we wrote about our trip’s latest news. Today it takes just about a minute and a half to take a picture, publish it, share it and wait for the avalanche of “likes”. Here are the landscapes, monuments and sceneries that would make for the most beautiful postcards of Porto… if we still lived in that time.

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