49. Porto   PORTUGAL  | Total Sights: 25+ | Nickname: The Invincible City

 

 

 

 

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Porto

Portugal  Built on granite cliffs overlooking the mighty River Douro 3 km from the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean Porto is a truly scenic city.

The main landmark is the Ponte D. Luis I, a huge metal arch bridge offering fantastic views over the atmospheric riverside.

Another highlight is the neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa, a remarkably beautiful Arab Hall in the city's Commercial Association.

 The country’s second largest city scores solid in almost all of the categories, very high because of its dramatic location and is additionally very affordable. People have a reputation for being lively, friendly, and good-natured.

 Porto is not a city of outstanding monuments and annual precipitation is high making Porto one of the wettest cities in Europe.

With around 300'000 inhabitants Porto is a rather small city. 

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

5.8/10

8.25/10

5.75/10

5.5/10

6.25/10

5.25/10

4.75/10

4.5/10

8/10

5.25/10

7/10

4.5/10 [0.290 mio.]

180.90

B. Top 10 best things to do in Porto (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 5.80/10.

HISTORIC CENTRE (including CAIS DA RIBEIRA)  7
Historic Area  (World Heritage Site since 1996)

Best things to do in Porto | Best Cities | No. 46: Porto | HISTORIC CENTRE

PONTE DOM LUIS I  7
Bridge  (World Heritage Site since 1996, inaugurated 1886)

Best things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | PONTE D. LUIS I

PALÁCIO DA BOLSA (Stock Exchange Palace)  6
Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1996)

Best Things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | PALÁCIO DA BOLSA

 by Josep Renalias 

CHURCH OF SÃO FRANCISCO  5
Church (World Heritage Site since 1996)

Best things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | CHURCH OF SÃO FRANCISCO

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)  5
Cathedral

Best Things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Livraria Lello  5
Historic Library 

Torre dos Clerigos  4
Historic Tower  (viewpoint, height: 75 m, built 1754)

Best Things to do in Porto | Best Cities | No. 46: Porto | Torre dos Clérigos

Church of Santa Clara  4
Church

Best Things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | Church of Santa Clara

Rail Station Sao Bento  4
Railway Station

Best things to do in Porto | Best Cities | Porto | Rail Station Sao Bento

City Hall  4
City Hall

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Porto

-Casa da Musica OMA by Rem Koolhaas (built 2005)  4

-Serralves Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum)   4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Porto

UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA (World Heritage Site since 2013, 122 km from Porto)  6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Porto (including close-by excursions)


 HISTORIC CENTRE  (including CAIS DA RIBEIRA)  7
PONTE D. LUIS I (bridge)  7
PALÁCIO DA BOLSA (historical building)  6
CHURCH OF SÃO FRANCISCO  5
 Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)  5
 Livraria Lello (Library)  5
 Torre dos Clerigos (tower, view, total 75 m, built 1754)  4
 Church of Santa Clara  4
 Rail Station Sao Bento  4
City Hall  4



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