Porto and the North

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

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  • 1. Centro Português de Fotografia

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    Housed in a spooky yet stately 18th-century jailhouse, this stellar museum hosts an ever-changing rotation of contemporary and modern 20th-century...Read More

  • 2. Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

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    The cloisters and associated buildings of a convent now house the Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. The museum has an excellent collection of modern...Read More

  • 3. Museu de Arte Contemporânea

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    Designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a winner of the Pritzker Prize and Portugal's best-known architect, the Contemporary Art Museum is part of the...Read More

  • 4. Museu do Douro

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    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

  • 5. Casa-Museu de Guerra Junqueiro

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    This white 18th-century mansion, one of several buildings in Porto attributed by some to a pupil of Nicolau Nasoni and by others to Nicolau...Read More

  • 6. Casa-Museu de Texeira

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    Vila Nova de Gaia isn't solely devoted to the port-wine trade. Combine a tour of the wine lodges with a visit to the Casa-Museu de Teixeira...Read More

  • 7. D. Diogo de Sousa Museum

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    One of Braga's newest museums, here you'll find artifacts from the old Roman city known as Bracara Augusta (founded 15 BC), from which Braga...Read More

  • 8. Museu Arqueológico

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    The Rio Cávado, crossed by a medieval bridge, is shaded by overhanging trees and bordered by municipal gardens. High above the river stands...Read More

  • 9. Museu da Sociedade Martins Sarmento

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    At the top of the Largo do Toural is this excellent archaeological museum contained within the cloister and buildings of a church, the Igreja...Read More

  • 10. Museu das Rendas de Bilros de Vila do Conde

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    Created in 1919 by António Maria Pereira Júnior, the Escola de Rendas Lace-Making School is attached to the Museu das Rendas de Bilros de Vila...Read More

  • 11. Museu de Alberto Sampaio

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    The convent buildings surrounding the Colegiada de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira house this museum, known for its beautiful displays of religious...Read More

  • 12. Museu de Artes Decorativas

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    A 10-minute walk west from the Praça da República across the town's main avenue, the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, takes you to...Read More

  • 13. Museu de Olaria

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    This museum reopened in fall 2013 following a four-year closure and €1.2 million in renovations, which have resulted in expanded exhibition...Read More

  • 14. Museu do Abade de Baçal

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    Housed in Bragança's former bishop's palace, the collections of this museum include archaeological pieces such as the area's boarlike fertility...Read More

  • 15. Museu do Vinho do Porto

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    Not to be confused with the larger, modern port-wine museum upriver in Peso da Régua, this small but worthwhile facility has informative exhibits...Read More

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  • 16. Museu Ibérico da Máscara e do Traje

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    If you can't make your visit to the region coincide with one of the winter festivals in which local lads wearing wooden masks roam the streets...Read More

  • 17. Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

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    This art museum was the first in Portugal, founded in 1833 by King D. Pedro IV. In 1911 it was renamed after the 19th-century Portuguese sculptor...Read More

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  • 18. Sé Catedral

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    This huge cathedral was originally Romanesque but is now an impressive blend of styles. The delicate Renaissance stone tracery on the roof is...Read More

  • 19. Torre de Menagem

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    The most obvious landmark is this great, blunt, 14th-century fortress overlooking the river. It houses the Museu da Região Flaviense (Flaviense...Read More

  • 20. Museu de Arte Primitiva e Moderna

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    Close to the Museu Alberto Sampaio, the Museu de Arte Primitiva e Moderna houses Portugal's most important collection of naïve art. The works...Read More

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