Inspiration: from Porto to Guimaraes – Day 2: The charm of the ancient Porto

Today you'll learn the intricacies of architecture, visit the famous Sé Cathedral, the Palacio da Bolsa Stock Exchange, the famous winery and take part in tastings, admire the views from the observation deck and walk around Freedom Square.
Inspiration: from Porto to Guimaraes
Travel distance by car: 7 km.Travel distance on foot: 8 km.Visiting: Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia

Trip duration: 4 days

Alexey Lukin

Marina do Freixo

Harbors / Marinas

One of the advantages of this place is that it is open from morning till late at night, so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here, as well as come here at night to appreciate the restaurant's bar menu. Here you will always be offered a dish of the day to choose from, but if you are here for the first time, it is worth tasting the national dish bacalau com nata in their performance. After all, the recipe changes not only depending on the city, but also depending on the chef.

Galeria de Arquitectura

Art Galleries

Learn all about architecture and then compare styles and features of Portuguese interiors with what you've learned in the gallery. Isn't this an opportunity to learn about the city's traditions and culture? It is said that an architectural gallery may remain in the shadows for those who are not interested in architecture, so people may pass by and not even notice the building of the museum. But people who know and love this art, immediately pay attention to the huge cube of 3x2 meters at the entrance to the museum. This place gives rise to ideas about architecture and creativity and inspires all architects and novice artists. Will this place inspire you, too?

Sé Catedral do Porto


The moment has come for one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Porto, one of the city's hallmarks - Sé de Lisboa or Porto Cathedral. It is located in the historical centre of the city, in its eternally beating heart, and opens the veil of time in front of the people who are in front of this grandiose building with two square towers with buttresses and cupolas, with baroque porticoes, toothed patterns and stained-glass windows. The building is open to the public every day from 9 to 12 and from 2.30 to 7 p.m.

Palácio da Bolsa


The Exchange Palace, Palacio da Bolsa, is a majestic and beautiful building of the city's trade association, located in the historic centre of Porto. Built in the middle of the XIX century, it surprises the interior decoration, because the interior decoration lasted 60 years. The interiors of each room differ in style, they were decorated by different artists at different times. The work was completed in 1910 and today is distinguished by the luxury and mysteriousness that accompanied the creation of some rooms, such as the Arab Hall.


Wineries, Museums, Wine Bars

You may be tired of a lot of information and educational excursions, but you will like this one. After all, it is a real Portuguese winery, where not only conduct tours, but also arrange tastings. It is better to book the tour in advance, as well as take into account that the winery is open every day from 10 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00.

Petisqueira Voltaria

Comfort Food Restaurants

Petisqueira Voltaria is a traditional diner. Here you can eat Portuguese snacks and wine. Appear in the menu and variations on the theme of traditional cuisine. Like baked buns of cod and quail egg. The menu also includes sweet buns with pâtéisha cream, as well as baked goods with alheira, and among the full dishes - green broth, ham sandwiches and always popular francise. In this institution a huge choice of dishes, as well as a pleasant homely atmosphere. Many of the regular visitors claim that the place is really homely and fresh, and many tourists call the café one of the preferred catering establishments where Portuguese dishes are prepared.

Miradouro da Vitória

Scenic Lookouts

Passing by, climb up to this observation deck, which will once again open before your eyes a bright, but simple and happy Portuguese port town. It's nice to stop here, take a break and look around. Locals often come here to watch the sunset. Unlike other viewing platforms, you can only get here from 9 to 21 every day.

Praça da Liberdade


Walk through one of the most important squares of the city. Freedom Square is located in the lower part of the city. It used to be the political, economic and social centre of Porto. There are two of Portugal's greatest monuments and business cards of the late 18th century: the Cardosoise Palace, a former neoclassical monastery, and the monument to King Pedro IV, inaugurated in the 19th century. Today it is a busy square, where cars are constantly signaling and young people are gathering. Observe the life of modern Porto and go on.

iStudios Campanhã

Don't forget that you have an appointment to move to another hotel the next day, so it is better to pack your bags in advance and come to the reception by 12.00 the next day. By the way, hotel administrators will always be happy to help you with your transfer.