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InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas

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ROGERIO MARTINS
Head Concierge

We are delighted to welcome you to our beautifully restored, 18th-century palace, located in the centre of Porto. Whether you are here on business or to enjoy a city break, we will do everything we can to make your stay as relaxing as possible.

Things to do
The Perfect Day

Morning

Start your day in comfort with a delectable buffet breakfast in our restaurant, before taking a leisurely stroll to the historic Clérigos Church. If you are feeling energetic, climb to the top of its landmark 75-metre bell tower for an amazing view. A few steps away, you can peek inside famous Lello's bookshop, a fabulous old store with a lavish art nouveau interior which is said to have been the inspiration for Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter books.

Afternoon

Head down to the Ribeira district and you can enjoy an authentic Portuguese lunch at one of the many eateries by the River Douro. After savouring some local specialities, head over the bridge into the southern district of Vila Nova da Gaia and take a tour through one of the many port wine cellars that fill the streets near the river. You can learn everything about the making of one of the world’s most famous wines, and also sample a glass or two. Cap the day off with a scenic river cruise.

Evening

Rejuvenate yourself after a busy day sightseeing by dining in style at the hotel's exclusive Astória Restaurant. Our specially designed menu can take you on a culinary tour of Portuguese classics, with each dish given our own modern twist. After dinner it may be time to head out and experience Porto’s vibrant nightlife. You could return to the lively Ribeira district, or explore the side streets near the hotel, where you'll find plenty of traditional bars alongside modern nightclubs.

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Did You Know?
  • 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.

  • Livraria Lello

    In 2011 this bookstore, rated third best in the world by Lonely Planet This somptuous bookshop inspired (yes, that’s it !) the Harry Potter’s library in Hogwarts. In fact, J.K Rowling lived in Porto teaching English in the early 1990s Fall in love with this fabulous bookshop and the totally unique spectacle of an amazing interior architecture

  • São Bento Railway Station

    Visitors who travel to Porto by rail are rewarded with murals of 20,000 hand-painted tiles depicting naval battles and other historic scenes. Dozens of visitors, with no apparent plans to purchase train tickets, stared at the walls and ceiling in awe, capturing photos and selfies for friends back home. Lonely Planet elected São Bento one of the world's most beautiful train stations

  • D. Maria Pia Bridge

    Commonly known as Ponte Dona Maria, is a railway bridge built in 1877 by Gustave Eiffel in Porto Majestic

  • Douro Valley

    Two hours by car from Porto , is th birthplace of Port, is one of the oldest and most beautiful of the historic European wine regions and the Douro Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001

What to Pack