Porto presents itself with all its charm, calling and captivating to observe its heritage, its nature and its identity.

Church of St. Francis of Assis Monument

In Gothic style, it is the main existing temple in Porto. Its construction began in the fourteenth century, composing one of the most important works of the Baroque, with a gilded interior of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, its exuberance led Raczinsky Count to describe it as the “golden church”. This also highlights the Tree of Jesse and Cemetery Callixtian. This church is considered a national monument in 1910 and Cultural Heritage – UNESCO since 1996. This is open from November to February from 9.00 to 18.00 in March, April and October from 9.00 to 19.00, from May to June from 9.00 to 19h30 and from July to September from 9h00 to 20h00, ending December 25.

Igreja Monumento de S. Francisco de Assis


A construction of century XII / XIII, in a romantic style, which over the years has obtained works of expansion and renovations, the last reconstruction treated the idealized the medieval cathedral in the twentieth century. This highlights the cloister and the Chapel of St. of St. John the Evangelist of the fourteenth century in the Gothic style; Larger main chapel, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and its silver altar, the seventeenth century, in the Mannerist style; fresh of the chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, the eighteenth century, in the Baroque style and the cloister tile, Vital Rifarto; and Teixeira Lopes sculpture (father) in Chapel Baptismal nineteenth century.


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Clerigos Church

A baroque work of Nicolau Nasoni, this was built in the first half of the eighteenth century, an oval plan with an interior gilded in Johannine style. This is to highlight the altarpiece of the chancel, in Rococo style, consisting of four color marbles. This open every day from 9.00 to 19.00, 24 and December 31 from 9:00 to 14:00, December 25 from 11.00 to 18.00 and January 1 from 11h00 to 19h00.

Igreja dos Clerigos

Chapel of Souls

The early eighteenth century, this church contains an image of Our Lady of Souls. In 1929, its exterior was covered with tiles representing the life of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine. In 1982, it underwent restoration work. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 7h30 to 13h00 and from 15h30 to 19h00; Wednesday, the 5th Monday is Friday from 7h30 to 19h00; Sunday from 7h30 to 13h00 and from 18h00 to 19h00.

Capela das Almas

Church of the Carmelites

From the seventeenth century, its classic facade is the fifties of the eighteenth century, created by the architect-painter Nicolau Nasoni. Already his altarpiece was named as a revolutionary piece with a Porto rococo carving. This was declared as a national monument. It is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 19:00 and Saturdays, Sundays and religious holidays from 9h00 to 18h45.

Igreja dos Carmelitas

Monastery of São Bento da Vitória

In 1977, it was classified as a National Monument, this monastery of the late sixteenth century, obtained restoration work by the old IPPAR, between 1985 and 1990, which allowed the installation of the Benedictine monks of the Porto National Orchestra and the District File Port. For Porto 2001 event – European Capital of Culture, its Noble Cloister is covered by an acoustic shell. In 2007, the state assigns to the National Theatre of St. John a significant part of the building, with the wing spring, part of the south wing and Noble Cloister, where derive enough events, shows, concerts and animations.

Mosteiro de Sao Bento da Vitoria

Casa da Música

Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, it was inaugurated in 2005, becoming an icon of contemporary architecture. Offering innovative programming, dynamic and fun, in a trend of classical music to the forefront, this is home to four groups: Symphony Orchestra, Remix Ensemble Baroque Orchestra and Choir. And the educational aspect, this offers concerts, workshops and various activities for families with children and school public. Every day are made guided tours, visiting the whole building. This is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. From September to July, guided tours in Portuguese runs at 11.00 and 16.00 in English at 16:00; in August in Portuguese at 11:00 am, às14h30 at 16.00 and 17.00; and in English at 11.00 and 16.00. In other languages ​​the appointment is required. Closed on 24 December at 14:00, December 25, December 31 at 18.00 and 1 January.

Casa da Musica

Hard Club

Market Ferreira Borges, this architecture building nineteenth century iron, and was classified as a Public Interest. This involves a multidisciplinary stage to provide a contact with art in all its forms, with music, performing arts, visual arts, cinema, literature and literature sociocultural activities, workshops and conferences, training, recording and tourist activities. It offers more spaces as lounge, library, disco and merchandising store to optimize the experience. This is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11h00 to 24h00, ending on Monday.

Hard Club

São João National Theatre

Erected in 1910 on the Royal Theatre of rubble that burned in 1908, this new classical building designed by Marques da Silva, is consider a property of public interest. This is aimed at creating and presenting a variety of theater and a promotion to bring the public closer to this art, with reference works, classic and contemporary, national and universal dramatic repertoire. This theater also hosts the Teatro Carlos Alberto and the Monastery of São Bento da Vitória. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 13h00 to 19h00, ending on Monday. Holidays where there is no show, ends well. Guided tours, in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, from Tuesday to Saturday at 12:30 pm and Monday schools to Friday by appointment.

Teatro Nacional de Sao Joao

Municipal Theatre – Rivoli

After the modernization of the National Theatre in 1913, the Rivoli Theatre was inaugurated in 1932, being adapted to film and opera programming, dance, theater and concerts. In 1992, as property of the municipality of Porto, this closed for renovation and expansion, optimization services and spaces to improve their performance both for the public as for artists, opening in 1997. The box office is open Monday! Friday from 13h00 to 18h00, Tuesday through Saturday from 13h00 to 20h00, Sunday, in the days of the show from 13h00 to 18h00. In the days of shows, the box office remains open until 30 minutes before the show.

Teatro Municipal Rivoli

Porto Coliseum

In 1942, it was opened after refurbishment and modernization, thus became the largest concert hall in Portugal and one of Europe’s best. always having a well-made poster, this attracts thousands of visitors, offering a cultural enrichment to portuenses and stimulating new life into Porto. The box office is open Monday to Saturday from 14h00 to 20h00 and 21h00 to 22h00, ending on Sunday.

Coliseu do Porto

Bolhão market

The most emblematic market of Porto, was considered Interesting Public Property in 2006. Its origins date 1850 with a unique structure of two floors, this is characterized by its neoclassical architecture. The market is divided by area of fishmongers, butchers, vegetable and floral and is focused on the four streets that limit, Fernandes Tomas, north, Alexandre Braga, this, Taiwan, south, and west Sá da Bandeira.

Mercado do Bolhao

Crystal Palace Gardens

Occupying an area of 8 hectares in the center of Porto city, this was designed in the nineteenth century by the German landscape architect Emille David, in the context of the building of the Crystal Palace itself. Today, the forest and the balconies on the Douro River, which allow panoramic views both on this and for the Port. No margin of doubt, these gardens are a botanical heritage, which stimulates the recreational and cultural promotion, through its Environmental Education Center. These gardens are open from April 1 to September 30 from 8h00 to 21h00 and from October 1 to March 31 from 8:00 to 19:00.

Jardins do Palacio de Cristal

Serralves Park

Originally the first half of the twentieth century, this was the first national private garden, based on a landscape architecture project. This was completed in 1940, with a neo-classical profile of the art of French gardens, but modernized, which pushed the traditional concept of the gardens in Porto. With a size of 18 hectares, joining with the historical, artistic, landscape and conservation features, this park is unique both nationally and internationally. This presents with declined terraces, lush forests, geometric labyrinths of some gardens to agricultural land, rose garden and romantic lake. Among the green, come Quinta do Mata-seven, Serralves House and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves, which keeping the landscape balance merge with the surroundings. The built was considered as a Public Interest Monument. Opens its doors from 10.00 to 19.00, ending January 1 and December 25.

Parque de Serralves

São Bento Station

From the beginning of the twentieth century, designed by the architect Marques da Silva, at the place it was in the St. Benedict Convent Hail Mary, this station is covered in glass and cast iron, while its lobby features coated more twenty thousand tiles designed by the painter Jorge Colaço, illustrating the evolution of transport and other historical scenes of Portuguese life. This is open every day from 5:00 am to 1h00.

Estacao de Sao Bento

House of the Reboleira Street, nr 55

A civil architecture of the late Middle Ages, this copy is one of the largest of its zone containing elements from different eras. Its basement features medieval structures dating back to the fourteenth century, as its facade remains on the ground floor to its gothic portals. It is believed that in the seventeenth century, the upper floors were transformed, as the crowning achievement of the battlements.

Casa da Rua da Reboleira

Episcopal Palace

It is believed it was built in the thirteenth century, although based on an earlier date. In the year 1737, it was remodeled by Nasoni. Its main facade is open for a full arch flanked by pilasters, completing with a trimmed pediment; since the central window has a stone balustrade and pediment containing the arms of Bishop Rafael de Mendonça.

Paco Episcopal

Santo António Hospital

Designed by architect John Carr, this sports style neopaladiano English, being built between 1770 and 1825, the Board of Public Works. This sober and severe quadrilateral stands around a courtyard. This full on Route Urban Wine.

Hospital de Santo Antonio

Lapa cemetery

Considered the oldest Portuguese romantic cemetery, this houses the funerary chapels built by the bourgeoisie buried, make this a “death museum”, illustrating its funerary art of the nineteenth century. Here lie the writers Arnaldo Gama, Camilo Castelo Branco and Soares de Passos, as architects and artists Marques da Silva and Marques de Oliveira as Bishop Manuel de Santa Ines, and as industrial José Ferreira Borges, among many others. In the year 2013 was considered as a Public Interest. It is open from 8:00 to 18:00 in summer and from 8h00 to 17h00 winter.

Cemiterio da Lapa

Clerigos Tower

By Nicolau Nasoni, this Baroque tower was built in the first half of the eighteenth century, one of the most emblematic monuments of Porto. This offers a panoramic view over the city and Douro River, after climbing 240 steps. This is open every day from 9.00 to 19.00, 24 and December 31 from 9:00 to 14:00, December 25 from 11:00 to 18:00, January 1 from 11h00 to 19h00.

Torre dos Clrrigos

Serralves House

Headquarters of the Serralves Foundation, this was built in the late 30, the twentieth century and is considered one of the best examples of the movement Art Deco Europe. In order to respect the Marques da Silva project, this space organizes and hosts exhibitions and events, the Serralves Park. This opens from Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 to 17h00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10h00 to 19h00, ending January 1 and December 25.

Casa de Serralves

Lello Book store

The building was opened in 1906, which is distinguished by Art Nouveau facade with neogothic notes. Inside, the painted plaster in imitation wood with a reinforced concrete access spiral staircase and the large stained glass window in the ceiling, bearing the monogram of the bookstore “Decus in Labore”. Is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 19h30, Saturday from 10h00 to 19h00, ending on Sunday.

Livraria Lello

Porto new customs

A neoclassic listed building, erected under the Anglo-Palladian line in the nineteenth century, as the project engineer Jean F. G. Colson. In 1987, it was decided to install the Transport and Communications Museum, belonging to the Association of the same name, requiring adaptation works and restoration, according to the designs of architect Eduardo Souto Moura. This open Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 to 18h00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 15:00 to 19:00, ending Monday, easter sunday, June 24, December 25 and January 1.

Alfandega Nova do Porto

Fort St. Francis Xavier (Queijo Castle)

From the seventeenth century, it was designed to defend the coastline against invasions and incursions by North African pirates. Also known as Queijo Castle because it was built on a rock rounded granite, format similar to cheese. It is open from 13h00 to 17h00 in winter and 13h00 to 18h00 in the summer, ending on Monday.

Forte Sao Francisco Xavier

Freixo Palace

Built in the mid-eighteenth century, one of the most remarkable monuments of the Portuguese Civil Baroque, the architect Nasoni. A quadrangular building with four clods at each angle, covered by roofs pyramid. But the interior is lush with compartments have fresh, stucco ceilings and some oriental matrix, the illusory painting and theme is quite common, and was performed by Nasoni. The garden designed according to Italian tradition, boasts several sculptures and a superb view of the river Douro. This was classified as a National Monument in 1910. Currently is a Pousada de Portugal and consists of two buildings connected to each other, the Palace and the old grain mill Harmony Factory, for the organization of events.

Palacio do Freixo

Serralves Contemporary Art Museum

A Siza Vieira Architect design, this museum is the first of its kind in Portugal and is the largest multidisciplinary cultural center of the north. Here temporary exhibitions of major national and foreign artists are fairly observed even being entered in the main circuits of contemporary art. This museum is the cornerstone of the Serralves Foundation, which aims at raising public awareness of contemporary art and the environment. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 to 17h00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10h00 to 20h00, from April to September and from 10:00 to 19:00 from October to March; closed January 1, December 25 and Monday.

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves

D. Luís I bridge

Designed by engineer Teófilo Seyrig, Eiffel’s disciples, this was opened in 1886 and consists of two boards in overlapping iron. This bridge is 395 meters long and 8 wide, and its arc is the largest arch in the world wrought iron. At present, the upper deck is used as lines of Oporto Metro, linking the area of the Cathedral in Porto, the Hill Garden and the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Ponte D. Luis I

Serra do Pilar

Considered as a World Heritage Site, this began to be built in 1538, ending only in 1670, in order to accommodate the Augustinian Friars of the Grijó monastery, but with the Civil War of 1832-1834, the liberal army took refuge in the monastery. Due to constant attacks, it entered into degradation and was abandoned until 1834, that with the creation of the Royal Brotherhood of Our Lady of Pilar, and later the Group of Friends of the Monastery of Serra do Pilar, in 1925, the museum collection was recovered . The circular church contains a dome surrounded by a balcony, since the circular cloister boasts 36 Ionic columns, something unique in Portugal. From the terrace one can see the river marginal Porto, even to the Arrábida Bridge, the historic center and the Ponte Dom Luis I; in the opposite direction, may be seen from the area of Fontainhas and S. João’s Bridge.

Serra do Pilar