Welcome to the InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas Concierge page! Before you start your search for amazing places to visit in Porto, we want to let you know that we have large concierge team at your entire disposal so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Concierge team is always available to answer all of your requests. Our information desk is just at the entrance and we have at your disposal all kinds of tickets, maps and unique tips so, feel free to contact us for any information about the city , schedules and/or activities.
A delicious buffet breakfast at our Restaurant Astoria is the ideal way to start your day in Porto as, the amount of wonderful things for you to do or see in Porto will definitely make you loose some calories. We suggest you to start by the Clerigos Church, then go to the Lello Bookstore or the Igreja da Se which are located right next to the Hotel. After that, don’t waste anymore time and go to the most authentic place in town, the Bolhao market here, you will feel Porto’s true essence.
After a typical meal next to the River at the Ribeira, walk across the bridge, and go for a Port Wine Tour, here you will be able to discover everything about one of the world’s most famous wines and even try some different blends. After getting a little bit tipsy, we recommend you to go and catch some fresh air while doing a boat tour along the Douro River where you will see all 6 bridges.
After tiring visits around the city center, we invite you to delight yourself at our Restaurant Astoria where our Executive Chef will make a special selection of dishes that will make you discover some less known Portuguese flavors. Then, after dinner go and explore Porto’s night life, around the Hotel there are plenty of bars and night clubs so do not hesitate to contact us so we can give you some hints on where to go!
Tipping in Bars & Restaurants
Tips are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
If you visit Porto during autumn or winter, be sure to bring an umbrella as it can be very windy or rainy on the other hand, is you visit during summer it is mandatory for you to bring a sun protector.
Portuguese ir our official language but, most of us Portuguese speak a second language like Spanish, French or English so don’t hesitate!
Although most street shops are generally closed on Sundays, big shopping malls spread all over town are open during the entire day. There you’ll be able to shop until 11:00 PM so do not hesitate to ask us where to go.
In most places Euros is the only currency accepted.
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Porto The City That Gave Portugal Its Name
Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European cities, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin for the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese the name of the city is spelled with a definite article as o Porto in English the port. Consequently, its English name evolved from a misinterpretation of the oral pronunciation and referred to as Oporto in modern literature and by many speakers.
What to Pack?
Porto is a city in which the four seasons are quite clearly defined. When travelling to Porto during summer or spring, you will definitely need to pack some light clothes as the weather can be quite warm, but do not forget to bring a sweater as nights here are always a bit chilly. If you come during autumn, you’ll notice right away that things can get a bit rainy and windy around here so be sure to be prepared. Comparing to autumn, winter in Porto is much colder and dry than rainy and humid, as we say here it’s a kind of cold that gets into your bones so instead of an umbrella you should bring a big coat, scarf and a beanie hat. Whatever the weather might be during your visit to Port, we are more than sure that you’ll blown away by Porto and everything it has to offer.
Take A28 direction to Matosinhos Porto A1, continue by Associacao Industrial Portuense then Avenida da Boavista, from Avenida da Boavista you will find City Centre signals. Take the Aliados direction, when you'll see a big white building you have arrived to the Hotel. Is right in the main square. GPS coordinates 41.145951 -8.611586.