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Casa da Musica - Officially the "Instituição dedicada à divulgação da música no Porto" and also referred to as the House Of Music in English this grand concert hall is one of the finest in Europe and is located right here in Porto.  Opened in April 2005 this highly regarded piece of architecture now has a regular schedule of world class events. Standing on a wide piatza in the heart of the city across from the Jardim da Boavista it overshadows the traditional buildings of the negbourhood Well worth visiting just to explore the area even if you are not attending a concert. website

Palácio da Bolsa - The Placio da Bolsa or Stock Exchange building is a historical structure in the city center.  Completed between 1850 and 1910 in various phases the palace is known particularly for it's Arab room in Moorish Revival style which was used as a grand hall for visiting heads of states until recently. website

Rivoli Theatre - The famed Art Decoe styling on this city theater in the town centre was first build in 1913 when it was called the National Theater or Teatro Nacional. After major renovations in 1923 brining up to date with the then current styles it has continued to offer Music, Theater, Drama and Dance. Not to be confused with the Rivoli Cinema which is now a hostel. website

Sea Life Porto - The Porto branch of the European Sea Life brand opened only in 2009 but immediately became one of the top attractions not just in the city but it Portugal.  See world class aquariums with educational and entertainment shows held daily. Adjacent to the green Parque da Cidade with it's massive lawns and quiet ponds this modern  ecologically aware Sea Life park offers Turtle Feeding experiences, group tickets, yearly passes and special deals for school outings. website

Funicular dos Guindais - Rising steeply from the footing of the Luis I Bridge this funicular railway is one of the most visited in Portugal. Opened originally in 1891it ran for just 2 years then was abandoned for over 100 years.  But in it still runs today every 10 minutes going up and down from the Batalha heights to the Ribeira quayside. Taking just 3 minutes to climb the hill it runs from 8am in the morning until 8pm in the evenings, with additional runs until midnight on weekends and holidays. Part of the city Metro system it can be accessed using the same tickets as for the metro and bus routes. website

Dom Luis Bridge - Also called the Luis I Bridge, the Luiz I Bridge this iron girder style bridge is one of the landmarks of the city as well as a major part of the transport infrastructure.  Dating from 1881–85 it is as impressive today as it was in the time of the Empire. The similarity in style with the Eifel Tower is not accidental, the bridge was designed by Théophile Seyrig, a colleague of Gustave Eiffel, both having studied at the École centrale Paris.

Other attractions:

  • Porto Cathedral
  • Maria Pia Bridge
  • Palacio de Sao Joao Novo
  • Church of Saint Ildefonso
  • National Museum Soares dos Reis
  • Episcopal Palace of Porto
  • Queijo Castle
  • Church of Sao Francisco