Vacations - City break - Porto
Porto, the second city of Portugal known for its wineries and the impressive steel bridges over the Douro River. The old town is situated on the right bank and narrow streets lined with old houses and tiled facades 'azulejos'. Porto has lovely grand cafés and the old Central Station is worth a visit, not only for a train trip.
Porto is full of energy and terraced built on the Douro. Characteristic are the two 19th-century steel bridges with the old districts in which the city derives its charm. The main attractions are the district Ribeiro, Sé Cathedral, the port houses, the book shop Lello and the Central Station.
The old center Ribeiro - Porto
An old historical district of Porto at the quayside with many restaurants and cafes. You have views of the Douro and here comes the history of Porto alive. Along the quay traditional ships that transported the port. Time seems to have stood still here when you walk through the narrow streets and local markets.
Sé Cathedral - Porto
The great cathedral stands on a hill. Here you have beautiful views of the Ribeira district. The cathedral is one of the oldest monuments of the city of Porto. Through the years, many architectural styles added to them. The convent next to the cathedral is worth a visit.
Central Station São Bento in Porto
The historic train station at Praça Alemeida Garret and built on the grounds of the monastery Bento de Avé Maria. The entrance hall has beautiful tiles. These are blue white painted tile panels of Moorish descent. The ‘azulejos’ consisting of 20,000 tiles and show the historical events.
The port houses in Porto
You take the Dom Luis I bridge at the left bank of the Douro towards the port houses. The bridge was designed by an employee of Gustave Eiffel. And the metal structure of the bridge is reflected the style of the Eiffel Tower.
One of the oldest port houses is Taylors. Since founding in 1692 it is in the hands of this family. It is never sold, bought or acquired. During the tour you will hear all about the history and preparation of the port. You walk along the wooden barrels, some with a storage capacity of 22,000 litres or more. The tour ends with a port tasting and the opportunity to buy postage.
Bookstore Lello & Irmão
This shop is a historical and artistic bookstore of the city of Porto. It even seems to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. The stairs are impressive by the red stairs and wood.
Your stay at Casa Ceedina you book here.