Miradouro da Vitória


Porto is reduced to postcard format at this viewpoint, perched high and mighty above a mosaic of terracotta rooftops that tumble down to the Douro. It's a highly atmospheric spot at dusk, when landmarks such as the Ponte Dom Luís I bridge are illuminated and the lights on Vila Nova de Gaia's wine lodges flick on one by one.

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1. Igreja Nossa Senhora da Vitória

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In Porto's medieval Vitória quarter, this church stands on land that once belonged to the Jewish community. Completed in 1539, it was given a baroque…

2. Casa da Rua São Miguel

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As you amble down the hill, keep a look out on the right-hand side for the Rua São Miguel. On the corner, at No 4, you'll see a panel of 19th-century blue…

3. Museu da Misericórdia do Porto

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The Museu da Misericórdia do Porto harmoniously unites cutting-edge architecture, a prized collection of 15th- to 17th-century sacred art and portraiture,…

4. Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória

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Note the sign in front of this former monastery apologising for the expulsion of the Jews in 1496 under the Portuguese Inquisition and the iron fist of…

5. Museu das Marionetas

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Porto's marionette museum turns the spotlight on the remarkable puppet creations that have taken to the stage at the Teatro Marionetas do Porto over the…

6. Palacio das Artes

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Rotating exhibitions of mixed media, sculpture, photo­graphy and video art are curated by the cultural ministry and are shown in the remains of the 13th…

7. Chafariz da Rua das Taipas

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One of Porto's handful of remaining public fountains, which were once a place to tap into fresh spring water and local gossip, the stone-carved,…

8. Centro Português de Fotografia

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This stately yet muscular building (1767) once served as a prison and now houses a photography museum. You actually walk through the thick iron gates and…