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29 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Porto, Portugal

February 12, 2018
Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto is such a picturesque city, I think one of the best ways to create a guide to the city is through photos. We already have a few posts on Porto (including this one about the best photo spots!), but I still had so many photos I wanted to share, I gathered them up and put them all in this post. If you need a little more convincing, or some visual inspiration on where to explore, follow this path of photos of Porto, Portugal.

Porto City Center

Porto may be Portugal’s second city, but there’s no shortage history, tasty food, or interesting architecture. Some of Porto’s most beautiful buildings line the buzzing Avenida dos Aliados, which serves as the geographical, political and financial center of Porto. The ornate beaux-arts buildings reminded me of a grander time when the port wine trade was booming and Porto held a bigger role on the world stage.

Stop at one of the cafes to watch the morning rush of locals (known as“tripeiros,” which translates to tripe eaters) heading off to work. After all, the saying goes, “Porto works, Braga Prays, Coimbra studies, and Lisbon gets the money.”

After you’ve worked your way around Avenida dos Aliados, head a few blocks in either direction for some of Porto’s most picturesque spots, including the azulejos-clad Capela das Almas (Chapel of Souls), the São Bento train station (often touted as the most beautiful train station in the world), the Church Santo Ildefonso (another blue-and white tiled beauty), and Livraria Lello (a bookstore that is amazing both inside and out).

Porto City Center | Avenida dos Aliados | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto City Center | Avenida dos Aliados | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto City Center | Avenida dos Aliados | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Igreja dos Carmelitas | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Visit Capela das Almas (Chapel of the Souls) in Porto, Portugal for one of the most exquisite azulejos-clad facades in the city

Visit Capela das Almas (Chapel of the Souls) in Porto, Portugal for one of the most exquisite azulejos-clad facades in the city | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Old trams in Porto | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto City Center | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Sao Bento Train Station in Porto, Portugal

Sao Bento Train Station in Porto, Portugal

Porto City Center | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto City Center | Avenida dos Aliados | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Porto’s Ribeira District

The epicenter of Porto’s historical city center is Ribeira Square, which means ‘riverside’ in Portuguese. After walking around the modern-day city center, follow the tiny streets and alleys that wind their way down the steep river bank, funneling you out to this riverwalk. Take time to enjoy the view of the river with lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants with open-air seating in the square, or go for a stroll and watch the rabelo boats glide by.

The Douro River and its Beautiful Bridges

There are six bridges that span this stretch of the Douro River, connecting the city of Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. If the wrought-iron framework of the double-decker Dom Luís I Bridge from the photos below look somewhat familiar, especially if you’ve been to Paris recently, it’s because the wrought-iron design is Gustave Eiffel’s handiwork. If you walk across the lower level on a hot summer day, you’ll probably see crazy kids using it as a springboard for backflips into the Douro (hoping to get a couple of euros). Head across the top to and walk a few minutes up to Miradouro da Serra do Pilar for one of the best views of Porto and the perfect spot to watch the sun set behind the Douro River.

Rabelo boats on the Douro River in Porto, Portugal | Lisbon vs Porto: How to pick the best city for your next trip to Portugal!

Walking across the Douro River in Porto, Portugal

Kids jumping into the Douro River | Exploring Portugal: Lisbon vs Porto |

Best Photo Spots in Porto, Portugal

View of the Douro River in Porto, Portugal | Photos of Porto, Portugal

Dom Luis I in Porto, Portugal

Photos or Porto, Portugal | View of the Douro River

The Douro River in Porto, Portugal | Photos in Porto, Portugal

Crossing over to Villa Nova de Gaia

There is a saying in Porto that goes, “the only good thing in Vila Nova de Gaia is the view towards Porto.” (Don’t shoot the messenger. They said it, not me.) While there are definitely more redeeming qualities about Gaia, including the historic port wine cellars you can tour, the views of Porto from Gaia just keep getting the higher you climb.

 

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Exploring Portugal: Lisbon vs Porto

Exploring Portugal: Lisbon vs Porto

Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Vila Nova de Gaia | Photos of Porto, Portugal

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4 Comments

  • Reply Lisbon vs Porto: Exploring Portugal's Top Two Cities February 13, 2018 at 12:03 am

    […] I Bridge. This view from Serra do Pilar is easily one of the most picturesque spots in the city. For more photos of Porto, see our post here. The Douro seems to breed beauty because if you sail up the river, you’ll pass through some […]

  • Reply Femke February 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Love your photo diary of Porto! I’ve seen a lot of Portugal but still haven’t seen Porto. It’s really high on my list! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Barcus February 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks so much! Portugal has a lot of amazing places, so it’s hard to make it to all of them. Porto’s definitely worth the trip back!

  • Reply Sharee @ Inspire Family Travel February 16, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Porto looks like an incredible city to visit. The architecture from buildings to bridges is amazing!

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