Porto, the perfect destination in Northern Portugal

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon. It has its own style, traditions, and a practically endless list of activities, a destination worth exploring on peaceful strolls through the city’s picturesque streets.

Porto is a walkable city and you can cover most of its historical downtown area in a matter of days. Here are our tips for top attractions that should be a must-visit on your trip to this amazing destination:

La Ribeira

La Ribeira in Porto has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and you will recognize it since every postcard from Porto shows the colorful and picturesque image of the city from its best angle: the Ribeira.

Avenida dos Aliados

This avenue is known as the heart of downtown Porto. It is the place where people from Porto meet up for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, the Festival of St. John of Porto, public concerts and soccer celebrations.

Baixa – Downtown

The area includes some of the most famous streets in Porto, such as Rua das Galerias de Paris, Rua de Cedofeita, and Rua de Miguel Bombarda.

São Bento Station (Porto)

A place you must stop when walking through downtown Porto is the wonderful São Bento station.


The area known as Cordoaria is also part of the city’s downtown, home to places like the Centro Português de Fotografia (photography museum), Clérigos Tower, and the Lello Bookstore. At this place, you can go shopping, sit down and rest to have a drink or have a bite to eat at one of its cafés or restaurants that serve traditional food.

Lello Bookstore

It is famous throughout the world because it was chosen by many publications as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and it is especially popular among fans of the Harry Potter saga.

Clérigos Tower

It is a bell tower that has become the most famous monument in Porto and a symbol of the city.

Porto wineries

Visiting Porto wineries is a must for all wine lovers. The visits take place in Porto wine cellars where guides tell you all about the wine from this region and how it is made. During these tours, you can visit the rooms where the wines are stored, from the most recent ones to the oldest ones that are worth a lot of money.

There are many things about this incredible Portuguese city that make it the perfect destination for a getaway or a few days of well-deserved rest, a place where wine and music will inspire you to fully relax and enjoy yourself.


We invite you to discover this fascinating city and stay at the Catalonia Porto, a hotel in the heart of the city with all the amenities. We’re confident that the hotel will make your stay a truly unique experience.

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