Oporto City
Coimbra and Oporto Tour

Oporto City

Oporto is a beautiful city, located by the river Douro. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its monuments and historical buildings, such as the Cathedral or the Tower of Clerics. Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal and has beautiful views of the Port Wine Cellars, on the opposite bank of the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Cidade do Porto
OPorto City

Oporto district is filled with beautiful villages and thriving cities. Along the coast, you can take a break in the city and take a dip in Espinho, taste tasty fish in Matosinhos. Inland, the beautiful city of Amarante, known for its delicious pastry, where you can take a stroll along the banks of the river Tâmega.

 

Some monuments to visit:

Cathedral:

The imposing Oporto Cathedral o was completed in the 13th century (18), although it has undergone many changes over the centuries. With beautiful carvings, paintings, sculptures, sacred art treasures and a Romanesque rosacea, as well as the beautiful Baptismal Chapel, and beautiful baroque tiles in the cloister and porch, this is undoubtedly a fascinating monument.

Sé Catedral
Cathedral

Clerigos Towe

This bell tower of Baroque style was completed in 1763 and dominates the old center of the city. It is the tallest of its kind in the country, and visitors can climb their 225 steps to admire the views.

Torre dos Clérigos
Clerigos Tower

Music House

Built for the Oporto Capital of European Culture in 2001, Casa da Musica is a dynamic and modern concert hall dedicated to the creation and celebration of music. It is also an important cultural center with guided tours a restaurant and several bars where tourists can relax.

Casa da Música
Casa da Musica

Port Wine cellars in Gaia

Standing in front of Oporto’s historic center on the southern bank of the Douro River, the Port Wine Cellars are an important tourist attraction. This sweet and fortified wine is produced from the grapes grown in the Douro region and sent to the cellars.

Caves do Vinho do Porto em Gaia
Port Wine Cellars  in Gaia

Some Typical Dishes:

Francesinha Special:

One of the Oporto gastronomic symbols, it is certainly Francesinha. This dish is actually a sandwich made with loaf of bread, stuffed with sausage, grilled steak, fresh sausage, ham, and melted cheese. It comes garnished with a special sauce based on tomato, beer and spicy sauce – the crisp and starry egg on the top of Francesinha, is optional.

Francesinha Especial
Special Francesinha

Codfish:

There is a huge variety of cod recipes; Bacalhau a Gomes Sa,  Bras, Bacalhau a Ze do Pipo, Bacalhau a Lagareiro, among others

Bacalhau à Zé do Pipo
Ze do Pipo Cod Fish

Green soup:

A recipe from the Minho region that conquered the Portuguese. It has a characteristic flavor, being prepared with potatoes, cabbage and accompanied by chorizo and olive oil. It is also very typical of the feasts of St. John.

Caldo Verde
Green soup

Tripas a Moda do Oporto:

Made with beans and various types of meat, the dish is enjoyed with plenty of seasoning and served hot. Its more traditional recipe carries veal guts, meat sausage, shoulder, bacon or ham, , pork, chicken, lard, beans, vegetables and various seasonings.

Tripas à Moda do Porto
Tripas à Moda do Porto

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