Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district.
Porto is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe´s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and outstanding tourist facilities. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city will appeal to a wide range of visitors. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River.
Whatever it is, it certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the River Douro and its heritage on both banks, with its bridges and monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the shopping streets.
S. Bento Station, with its atrium lined with tiles, is an ideal starting point. Just ahead is the Cathedral, not to be missed, whose precinct offers the first view of the river, the cascading houses and the opposite bank. From there you descend by steps and medieval streets to Ribeira, with its café terraces and picturesque corners. It´s worth staying a little to get a flavor of the atmosphere and take in the river with the D. Luís Bridge and the opposite bank, before going on a cruise under Porto´s six bridges. Once you´ve seen the outline of the cascading houses and church towers, you will want to see the gilt interior of the Church of S. Francisco. Nearby, you can see more tile-fronted churches and monuments, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa (former Stock Exchange palace).