Porto's Ribeira Houses

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Praça da Ribeira


Down by the Rio Douro, narrow streets open out onto a plaza framed by austerely grand, tiled town houses overlooking a picturesque stretch of the river. From here you have fine views of the port-wine lodges across the river, as well as the monumental, double-decker Ponte de Dom Luís I.

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1. Casa do Infante

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In this handsomely renovated medieval town house, according to legend, Henry the Navigator was born in 1394. The building later served as Porto’s first…

2. Cais da Ribeira

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This riverfront promenade is postcard Porto, taking in the whole spectacular sweep of the city, from Ribeira's pastel houses stacked like Lego bricks to…

3. Jardim do Infante Dom Henrique

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Presided over by the late-19th-century market hall Mercado Ferreira Borges and neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa, these gardens are named after the…

4. Igreja de São Francisco

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Igreja de São Francisco looks from the outside to be an austerely Gothic church, but inside it hides one of Portugal’s most dazzling displays of baroque…

5. Palácio da Bolsa

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This splendid neoclassical monument (built from 1842 to 1910) honours Porto’s past and present money merchants. Just past the entrance is the glass-domed…


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From Praça da Ribeira rises a tangle of medieval alleys and stairways that eventually reach the hulking, hilltop fortress of the cathedral. Founded in the…

7. Ponte de Dom Luís I

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Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge’s top deck is now reserved for pedestrians, as well as one of the city’s metro lines; the…

8. 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…