Porto and the North Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Porto and the North - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Guimarães 9

Pinhão 7

Vila do Conde 6

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Antigo Paço Arquiepiscopal Bracarense

  • Building/Architectural Site

Across narrow Rua do Souto from the cathedral is the park Largo do Paço. It's flanked by the well-proportioned Antigo Paço Arquiepiscopal...

Arcos de Valdevez

  • Town/Village

South of Monção the N101 traverses glorious rural countryside before descending to the valley of the Rio Vez, a tributary of the Lima.

Avenida dos Aliados

  • Neighborhood/Street

This imposing boulevard is lined with bright flower beds and grand buildings and is essentially the heart of the central business district.

Basílica de Santa Luzia

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The Basílica de Santa Luzia is a white, domed basilica that overlooks the town from wooded heights. A funicular railway can carry you...

Bienal Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira

  • Festival–Sight

Every August and September, a major monthlong event here is the biennial art show, Bienal Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Bom Jesus do Monte

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Many people come to Braga specifically to see the Bom Jesus do Monte, a pilgrimage shrine atop a 1,312-foot-high, densely wooded hill...

Cais da Ribeira

  • Promenade/Boardwalk

A string of fish restaurants and tascas (taverns) are built into the street-level arcade of timeworn buildings along this pier. In...

Capela de São Frutuoso de Montélios

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

About 4 km (2½ mi) north of town on the EN201, this is one of Portugal's oldest buildings. The original chapel is believed to have been...

Casa da Música

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Home to the National Orchestra of Porto and Portugal's Baroque Orchestra, this soaring temple to music was designed by legendary Dutch...

Casa de Mateus

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An exceptional baroque mansion believed to have been designed by Nicolau Nasoni (architect of Porto's Clérigos Tower), the Casa de Mateus...

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