Portugal 2019: Porto sights

by | Apr 25, 2019 | International Travel, street art, Travel

Our first real sight of Porto was the train station, and wow!

São Bento station murals

We weren’t the only ones that stopped to admire the tiles.

Besides the train station, most of the the sights we experienced were seen on one full Sunday when we explored Porto all day. After accidentally passing the mechanical clock as it went off at noon, we made our first stop at the tiled Church of Saint Ildefonso.

Church of Saint Ildefonso  R. de 31 de Janeiro

The view from the church shows the hilliness of Porto, and includes a nice view of the Cleric tower in the distance too.

From the Cleric’s tower we wanted to walk down to the river, which took us past the Porto Cathedral.

Porto Cathedral

We continued from the cathedral by the winding stairways down to the river’s edge and the lower level of the massive Luís I Bridge.

Luís I Bridge

It was much windier along river so we were happy to have our jackets! The view from the other side was worth it though.

Porto (view from Vila Nova de Gaia)

After a relaxing lunch we continued to Croft, where we enjoyed our first rose port as well as a comparison between a late bottled vintage port and a vintage port from 2008. It was a beautifully sunny day so sitting on their small terrace was a must.

port in the sunshine

On the way back to our apartment we enjoyed several street art pieces as well as a view over the upper bridge.

street art  Rabbit by Bordalo II

Porto selfie!

After some downtime to recharge our phones, we headed out for sunset in Parque das Virtudes – the sunset wasn’t so great (and the park was crowded with smokers), but a local cafe was selling take-away sangria!

sangria @ sunset

I fit in the "O"!

Finally, we got shots of the City Hall building that was just around the corner from our apartment.


Porto is fairly compact, so we were able to see many of the sights in one day… and whetted out appetite to explore more in the future.

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)