Discover Oporto in its old houses, in its markets and old shops where tradition prevails, in its coffee houses that tell us tales and invite us to stay, in its book stores that remain alive with the turn of the centuries, see Oporto as a local in our Tour Oporto 8 Hours.
VALUE OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel / Apartment, Oporto|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||9:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon|
Tour Oporto 8 Hours
Oporto separated from Gaia by the Douro River, where the famous wine to which it gave its name “ages”, the second largest city in Portugal, its ancient roots proudly preserved despite the time, with a prosperous trade and effective it transforms it into a modern and traditional city almost simultaneously, with its old neighborhoods, without forgetting the fascinating Ribeira neighborhood with its alleys, typical houses and picturesque population also full of bars and restaurants.
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest interests in Oporto will be the visit to the Port Wine Cellars, but where this wine “was born” in the 19th century. XVII several Englishmen were sent to the Douro to guarantee some supplies of wine for the English market.
On some of these trips near Lamego they were offered to have a drink called Pinhão, sweet and smooth but very alcoholic, they were so impressed with this drink that they bought everything and took it to England.
The English loved it and the trade in this wine begins to flourish between the two countries.
Come and see all this and more on our Tour Oporto 8 hours
Casa da Musica
In Castelo do Queijo this defensive fortress. that the statue of D. João VI watches closely, then we will then pass by Matosinhos, one of the great fishing centers in the North of Portugal and Foz a place of election to live in Oporto.
Clerigos Tower and Lello Bookstore
The fantastic Lello Bookstore (considered by CNN to be the most beautiful in the world) where JK Rowling who was married to a Portuguese and lived in the city, was inspired to write Harry Potter, being its staircase the main attraction.
People from all over the world come to visit the bookstore searching for books, and also to understand the universe that inspired the creator of the history of the world’s best known magician, very close to Carmo Church and Carmelites and the Paris Galleries where the city comes alive every night.
Visit Sao Bento station, where the 20 thousand tiles of the Portuguese artist Jorge Colaço will take us on a journey through Portuguese History and the Douro and Minho traditions, a true open book that awaits us to show us the true experiences of this beautiful city.
Going down the Merchants street (oldest street of the city), towards the riverside area we will visit the San Francisco Church built in the 12th century in a Romanesque architecture later transformed into Gothic and later Baroque, three naves full of golden carvings, in which is estimated to have been used over 300 kilos of gold, the Jesse Tree is another of it´s great attractions, a polychrome wood sculpture considered one of the best in the world.
In the Bolsa Palace, built in the 19th century in a neoclassical style and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Patio das Naçoes” or the Arab Hall is the main attraction, with decorative stucco with marquetry floors and inlaid coats and heraldic representations and lovely sculptures.
Gaia - Wine Cellars
Now the most awaited visit, the visit to a the Port Wine cellars, where the famous port wine is being aged, so that it can be taken and tasted all over the world.
Serra do Pilar Monastery
World Heritage by the Unesco, its construction started t in 1538, with an unusual shape, circular plant, a replica of the church of Santa Maria Redonda in Rome, 100 steps will take you to the dome, which surrounds the church.