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

    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

    Historic Home

    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 Sight

    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

    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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