one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a historical centre classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Located on the northern bank of the Douro river, discovering this city is to find many surprises. Increasingly contemporary and creative, the city of Oporto has a rare beauty, which is fruit of its landscape, the harmony of its lines and its urban structure. As soon as you start your visit, you will discover the hospitality of its inhabitants, so characteristic in the North of the country, and you will feel this entire atmosphere in the streets, in the architecture, in the monuments and in the museums, as well as in its leisure spaces, in its terraces and in its commercial areas.
Places of interest
Casa da Música
Casa da Música is located near Boavista roundabout, a few minutes away from the HF Tuela Porto and HF Fénix Porto hotels, right next to the Casa da Música metro station. This venue is considered the main concert hall of Oporto and was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas for the event Porto - European Capital of Culture 2001. However, this project was only concluded in 2005. Internationally, Casa da Música has received many positive reviews due to its architecture.
Museu da Fundação de Serralves
Along with the Villa and the Park, the Museum is also part of the Serralves Foundation and it is already regarded as a national and international reference on contemporary art exhibitions. The building of the Serralves Museum was designed by Siza Vieira, an internationally recognised Portuguese architect. While you visit the Museum, don't miss the chance to visit the Villa, which is a unique example of Art Deco architecture dating back to the 1930s and located in the highest point of the Foundation's property. A walk through the Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, is also not to be missed.
Mercado Bom Sucesso
Located next to the HF Fénix Porto and HF Tuela Porto hotels and at less than 5 minutes walking from the HF Ipanema Porto hotel, the Bom Sucesso market is one of the must visit tourist attractions for those who love gastronomy, oenology and the urban concept. With an old history, which is part of the city, the market suffered a rehabilitation process due to the need of readjusting to the new city rhythm and trends. In 2014, it reopened to the public with a current and diversified offer, which comprises a gastronomic market, a fresh vegetables market, a restaurant and shops.
Ponte Luís I
Built between 1881 and 1888, D. Luís I bridge connects the cities of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Built by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, it replaced the old suspension bridge, which existed in the same place, with the goal of making the trade exchanges easier between the two cities. 395 metres long and 8 metres wide, its arch is still today the biggest arch in forged iron in the world. Nowadays, it is still one of the most important crossings of the city, with the upper deck being used by the metro line that connects the two cities and the lower deck used as a road crossing that connects the two river banks of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia.
Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos
With 250 years of existence completed in 2013, this monument, designed by the architect Nicolau Nasoni, is considered the ex-libris of Oporto. Its tower has six floors, 75 metres of height and 240 steps that take you to the top of the building, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Douro. Recently, a lift was built to enable the access to the top of the building, and the church was remodelled to maintain its original trace.
Livraria Lello & Irmão
Built in 1869, it was remodelled and improved by Francisco Xavier Esteves in 1906, assuming the aspect we can see today. Known by its neo-gothic staircase, it was this staircase that inspired J. K. Rowling in the creation of the Hogwarts scenarios. It was considered in 2011 the third best bookshop in the world and described as a «pearl of Art Nouveau». Nowadays, it is one of the most visited monuments of the city for its beauty and originality. Take some time to also admire its stained glass windows and its literary spoil. Let this unique experience take you away, right in the heart of the historical centre.
Oporto by bike
With a view over the river and the sea or strolling through the park, we love biking! If you share the same passion, take a look at some of the paths that we suggest and which you can explore while you are here. At the HF Ipanema Park, HF Ipanema Porto, HF Fénix Porto and HF Tuela Porto hotels, we have available for you bicycles for adults and children so you can leave to discover Oporto in an ecological and quiet way.
Port wine cellars
Meet Croft, the oldest Port wine house in activity, and learn more about this wine through an educational visit to the ageing cellars, including three Premium Port wine tastings. Seize this chance and try the Croft Pink, an exclusive wine by this brand. It is open all year from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. In July and August, the cellars are open until 7.00 pm. You should be at the cellars at least one hour before closing time in order to participate in the last visit of the day.
Explore the main attractions and points of interest with a pleasant and fresh boat ride along the Douro river or in a double-decker panoramic bus. Also, you cannot miss the opportunity to make a guided visit to one of the most famous Porto wine cellars, the Burmester. The tour's schedules change throughout the year. During summer, the first departure is at 9.00 am and the last at 6.30 pm; in winter, the departures are at 9.30 am and at 5.30 pm, respectively.
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There is always time for a city break!
Located on the northern bank of the Douro river, discovering this city is to find many surprises.
Increasingly contemporary and creative,, the city of Oporto has a rare beauty, which is fruit of its landscape, the harmony of its lines and its urban structure..
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Normal tolls: payable at the toll plazas. Take a ticket upon entrance; pay the ticket at the exit. Electronic-only tolls: EASYtoll service (bought directly at the Welcome Point terminals; A28 - service area of Viana do Castelo; A24 - 3.5 km away of the Chaves/Verin border; A25 - service area of Alto de Leomil (Vilar Formoso); A22 - Vila Real de Santo António); Toll Card (can be bought online or at CTT post offices); Toll Service (Spain - Oporto airport, via A28 or A41 (round trip)); Spain - Faro airport, via A22 (round trip)); A24 service areas; Oporto and Faro airports; Ikea Matosinhos.