Have a coffee at the Majestic caféThe Majestic café, founded over 90 years ago and situated in the heart of downtown Porto is a must on the list of things to do for all visitors. It is considered the emblematic café of the city and its illustrious visitors include the likes of Jacques Chirac and Gago Coutinho (creator of the aeronautic "artificial horizon”). It is said that J K Rowling spent many hours at the Majestic Café writing her first Harry Potter book. Open for morning pastries, lunches and dinners.
Attend a concert at the "Casa da Música”The "Casa da Música” was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was European Capital of Culture and has become an architectural reference in the city. The project was designed by Rem Koolhaas and it is characterised by its modern lines and by the varied cultural programmes it offers throughout the year. Guided tours of the Casa da Musica are also available.
Go on a guided tour of a Port wine LodgeThe Port wine Lodges or Cellars situated in Vila Nova de Gaia continue to be an important focus for visitors offering tastings of Port Wine and guided tours in a variety of languages. Learn how to distinguish a Tawny Port from a Ruby Port and if you are lucky try a Vintage Port! Some tours and tastings are free while others will charge a small entrance fee.
Take a cruise along the Douro RiverOne of the best things to do in Porto, to take in the spectacular views of Porto (considered the Best European Destination 2017) is from the river! There are a variety of cruises available from the five bridges in Vila Nova de Gaia and Oporto right up the Douro River eastwards to the Port wine vineyards over 100 kilometres inland.
Enjoy the sunset from a beach side esplanade
Try a "Francesinha”The "Francesinha” is perhaps the most popular "bite" in Oporto and is renowned as the most popular Portuguese sandwich, if it can be called that! Praised by foodies worldwide the dish appeals particularly to those with an appetite for spicy meats and is most commonly accompanied by a cold beer.
Visit the Serralves MuseumSerralves is culture, nature and art. Within its extensive gardens and green areas lies the Museum of Modern Art, a project by the architect Siza Vieira with exhibitions by Paula Rego, Andy Warhol amongst others. This space is a mixture of brilliant architecture, tranquillity and various green spaces.
Have a late night drink in the "Galerias de Paris”
The Galerias de Paris street is the centre of night life in the city with dozens of open air bars. The "Galerias” as it is known, is situated in the centre of downtown Oporto and offers an alternative night time programme since all the bars are in the open air.