The town of Porto is at 25 minutes from Quinta de Freixieiro. To get to Porto you can come by car, taxi or the intercity bus.
Porto is one of the biggest and nicest cities of our country. It is known as the “Invincible City” and is the capital of the North. The town prides on its old Jewish roots and here lives the largest British community in the country.
It was the town of Porto that gave name to Portugal when it was called Portus Cale, c. 200 a .C. becoming later an important town of the Portucalense County. The town is known for its five bridges, the wine, the old and modern architecture, the historical centre classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage, the quality of the gastronomy, the universities, the coastline, the famous riverbank of the Douro, the Ribeira and the notorious soccer club Futebol Clube do Porto.
In 2013, this fantastic town was elected “Best Holiday Destination in Europe”, by the Lonely Planet and in 2014 “Best European Destination” by the European Consumers Choice.
The Cellars of Port Wine
The cellars are on the south bank of the Douro, in Vila Nova de Gaia, granting an astonishing view of the Ribeira, one of the many old wharfs of the town. Port wine is sweet, fortified and is produced from grapes growing in the Douro valley and shipped to the cellars where is prepared and aged. Here you can visit the cellars and taste this delicious and aromatic single wine in the whole world.
Porto’s Cathedral (Sé Catedral)
It was finished in the 17th century and is profusely decorated with beautiful gilded carved wood, paintings, sculptures, a Romanesque rosette and a beautiful baptismal chapel. This is remarkable church with a treasure of religious art worthwhile seeing.
Tower of Clérigos (Torre dos Clérigos)
The tower of the church of Clérigos is a symbol of the town. It is the work of the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni dating of 1763. This is the highest tower of this sort in the country and you can have the pleasure of climbing the 225 steppes and enjoy the magnificent views of the town from high above. This is one of the finest examples of the Baroque and Rocaille architecture.
Casa da Música
This is a modern and dynamic concert hall planned to celebrate music as well as a centre for cultural visits, built for the event “Porto European Capital”, in 2001.
Palácio da Bolsa
The Stock Exchange Palace was built in the 19th century and it is known for the neoclassic façade, and the Arab Room decorated in the Moorish style inspired by the Alhambra Palace. The decorative motives include sculptures, paintings and frescos of Portuguese master craftsmen and painters of the time.
Museum of Serralves
The museum has a large park with beautiful gardens where events take place, all year round. The museum of Contemporaneous Art is the work of the architect Siza Vieira and has a remarkable collection of national and international works of art from after 1960.
Rua Miguel Bombarda
This street is famous for the art galleries and alternative shops.
Market of Bolhão
This is the most emblematic and renowned market place of Porto, built in a neoclassic style. Here are for sale several types of fresh products, vegetables, meat, fish, fruit and flowers.
Market of Bom Sucesso
Not long ago, this market served the west side of the town but some years ago it was recovered is now full of food shops, as well as fish and meat, vegetables and flower shops. The great majority of these shops are unique and different from the ordinary ones.
Foz do Douro
This is one of the parishes of Porto, also known as the old Foz. Foz Velha is a choice region for the upper class to live. It is known for the magnificent walkway along the sea where you can go for a stroll, ride a bicycle or skate but you can also stop to have a drink or eat at one of the many outdoor cafés and restaurants. You can visit the Cantareira wharf, the lighthouse chapel of S.
Miguel-o-Anjo and the fortress of São João Baptista da Foz.
The Wharf Area (Zona Ribeirinha)
This is one of the oldest and typical places of Porto and is part of the classified heritage by UNESCO. Here you can find several bars and restaurants distributed along the banks of the Douro River. Among other spots to visit you have the Square of Ribeira, the street of Fonte Taurina, the wall of Bacalhoeiros and the House of Infante.
The old Jail House (Cadeia da Relação)
The old building of the Court of Appeal is one of the outstanding buildings of this town. The building works started in 1765 and the triangular structure of the building was planned as a jail house. Among the famous inmates of this jail house was, in the 19th century, the romantic writer Camilo Castelo Branco.
Garden of St. Lazarus (Jardim de São Lázaro)
This is the oldest public garden of Porto and is right opposite the municipal library. It is full of ancient linden trees, magnolias and wattle trees, beautiful sculptures, a gazebo and a fountain that belonged to the convent of St. Dominic.
The Garden of Passeio Alegre
Located in Foz do Douro, it has many ancient and precious trees. In here you can find a fountain by Nicolau Nasoni and the famous Swiss Chalé café, the meeting point of intellectuals, in the end of the 19th century.
In Porto and surroundings you can find a variety of shops with traditional and modern places of all sorts.
Rua Santa Catarina (town centre)
Rua de Cedofeita (town centre)
Rua Miguel Bombarda Street(town centre)
Senhora da Luz Street(Foz do Douro)
Avenida Brasil (Foz do douro)
Cidade Do Porto Shopping Centre (town centre)
Galeria Peninsula (town centre)
Arrábida Shopping (Gaia)
Norte Shopping (Matosinhos)
Mar Shopping (Matosinhos)
Outlet of Vila Do Conde/Mindelo
To enjoy a relaxing moment from the town buzzle there are several places to choose from.
The hotel has a modern and cosy Spa offering the best treatments available of high quality.
This clinic of alternative medicines offers massages and other treatments.
This hotel has a Spa, an oasis of tranquillity and wellbeing. You can have a massage or try the Wine Therapy with the different Caudallie products treatments, containing ingredients extracted from the grapes with anti-oxidant properties.
In Porto you can find all sorts of restaurants at a great variety of prices, from Nouvelle Cuisine, to Italian food, fantastic fish and seafood restaurants but also Japanese, Chinese, Italian as well as Portuguese traditional cuisine and the famous Francesinhas.
Quinta de Freixieiro suggests the following restaurants:
Restaurant Porta Rossa
Restaurant Alforno da Foz
Restaurant O Toupeirinho Marisqueira Antiga de Matosinhos
Casa Da Foz Restaurant
If you look for a different way to spend your evening, with stimulating and enjoyable music, you came to the right place, the town centre offers a variety of Bars and Discotheques (e. g. Galerias Paris, Eskada Porto) that can also be found in Foz do Douro by the sea (e. g. Twins, Indústria.).