InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas
A delicious buffet breakfast at our Restaurant 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!
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.
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
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