Porto and the North

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  • 1. Basílica de Santa Luzia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sitting high atop a wooded hill, this white granite-domed basilica is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. A funicular railway can carry you...Read More

  • 2. 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 5 km ...Read More

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  • 3. Cais da Ribeira

    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 the Praça...Read More

  • 4. Casa da Música

    Boavista | Arts/Performance Venue

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

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  • 5. Casa de Mateus

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 6. Centro Português de Fotografia

    Baixa | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a spooky yet stately 18th-century jailhouse, this stellar museum hosts an ever-changing rotation of exhibits of works by modern Portuguese...Read More

  • 7. Cidadela de Bragança

    Military Site

    Within the walls of the Cidadela, you'll find the Castelo and the Domus Municipalis (City Hall), a rare Romanesque civic building dating to...Read More

  • 8. Citânia de Briteiros

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    About 9 km (5½ miles) northwest of Guimarães you'll find these fascinating remains of a Celtic citânia (hill settlement). It dates to around...Read More

  • 9. Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

    Baixa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With the most striking exterior of any church in Porto, Igreja de Santo Ildefonso has a facade covered with some 11,000 blue-and-white azulejo...Read More

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  • 10. Igreja de São Francisco

    Ribeira | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    During the last days of Porto's siege by the absolutist army (the miguelistas ) in July 1842, there was gunfire by the nearby Convent of of...Read More

  • 11. Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

    Museum/Gallery

    The cloisters of a former monastery now house this museum and its excellent collection of modern Portuguese art, including important works by...Read More

  • 12. Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves

    Boavista | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a winner of the Pritzker Prize and Portugal's best-known architect, this is Portugal's leading contemporary...Read More

  • 13. Museu do Douro

    Museum/Gallery

    This stunning museum sits at the center of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, underscoring its importance in terms of cultural...Read More

  • 14. Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The 172,900-acre park, sitting on the border with with Spain, was created in 1970 to preserve the region's diverse flora and fauna. It remains...Read More

  • 15. Quinta de la Rosa

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One-hour tours of this quinta, which has a 100-year-old inn and two guest villas, start at 11 am and are limited to 24 people—during high season...Read More

  • 16. Quinta do Vallado

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One of the oldest quintas in the region, Quinta do Vallado is on the right bank of Rio Corgo near Rio Douro and has stunning views of terraced...Read More

  • 17. Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's most famous monument is the 18th-century Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which has a marvelous granite staircase of 686...Read More

  • 18. Torre dos Clérigos

    Baixa | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Designed by Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni and begun in 1754, the Baroque tower of the Igreja dos Clérigos is the tallest in Porto and a landmark...Read More

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  • 19. Antigo Paço Arquiepiscopal Bracarense

    Building/Architectural Site

    Largo do Paço is flanked by the well-proportioned Antigo Paço Arquiepiscopal Bracarense, which overlooks a castellated fountain. Parts of the...Read More

  • 20. Capela de São Frutuoso de Montélios

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 4 km (2½ miles) north of town, this chapel is one of Portugal's oldest buildings. The original structure is believed to have been constructed...Read More

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