Between the São Bento train station and the charming Bolhão Market, you can find the Sercotel Do Porto Hotel. This beautiful accommodation will be waiting for you while you discover Oporto’s tiles full of history. This city will definitely make you fall in love with its timeless beauty, its culinary delights and its beautiful views of the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean.
This city has a lot to see and therefore, it’s very important to organize very well your traveling schedule for you not to miss anything. We recommend booking at any of our hotels in central Porto, it will be much easier to move around the city and discover all its beautiful spots. You should definitely visit the Iglesia de los Clérigos (church); it will take your breath away. Its well-known bell tower is an icon of Oporto and it’s definitely worth it to go up the 250 steps to admire the beautiful city views.
Also, you cannot miss visiting the Catedral Sé (cathedral), the Palacio de la Bolsa (palace) and the Librearía Lello e Irmão (bookshop), well-known for inspiring J.K. Rowling to write some of the passages of the Harry Potter saga. This two-story library has been open since 1906 and one of the most interesting things to see is its original staircase with a modern style. Many writers like Enrique Vila-Matas describe it as "the most beautiful bookstore in the world".
This city will conquer you through every step. You should definitely walk along Rua Santa Catarina, one of the most commercial areas of the city and treat yourself with a coffee at the Café Majestic; pure luxury with a 20’s style decoration. Walk through the neighborhood of La Ribeira, well-known for its colorful facades, its crowded terraces, its street musicians and its amazing views of the Douro river. Take a tram (we recommend line 22) and let yourself be immersed in the heart of Oporto and the magic of this Portuguese city.
The Ribeira is also one of the best places to soak up the local cuisine and try the delicious cod stews that have given fame to the entire Portuguese country. In Oporto, you should try the specialties like the francesinha (a hot sandwich with sausage, ham, roasted meat and cheese with hot sauce), and its famous soups and cakes made of cream. Lastly, you should go to one of the countless coffee shops and patisseries scattered throughout the neighborhoods. You will be tempted to visit a coffee shop as soon as you leave your hotel in Oporto, Portugal.
On the other side of the emblematic bridge of Luis I, in Vilanova de Gaia, you will discover exquisite sweet wines. You can taste them in the cellars located on the south of the Douro river. If you are a wine lover, you should sign up for a river cruise to better understand the making process and transportation of these wines as well as visit some of its cellars.
From the Mirador da Serra do Pilar (viewpoint) in Vilanova de Gaia you can also contemplate a wonderful view of the city’s north shore and the famous Luis I Bridge. Also, if you love the sea, in Oporto there are some beaches with blue flag, although they are quite rocky and the water temperature is quite cold. They are in Foz do Douro and you can get there by bus.
Visit these beautiful Portuguese places and enjoy unforgettable moments for the rest of your life. Book your stay at one of the best hotels in Porto and get ready to enjoy.