Have you ever visited a place where you feel like you just can’t get enough of?!
Porto is the city for me. It will put a spell on you conjuring up a nostalgic feeling inside of you. It is known for being a picturesque riverside city. From the romantic Ribeira to getting lost in the narrow cobblestone alleyways. Explore the rustic charms of this UNESCO-listed city one photo at a time. Below you’ll find some instagrammable hot spots.
I’ve grouped them by colorful places off the beaten track and the popular hot spots around Porto. You’ll find the coordinates for these hidden gems. For the popular hot spots, it is easily googleable :).
Off the Beaten Track Hot Spots
Arte Urbano Conejo de Bordalo II
Tv. de Cândido dos Reis Staircase Art mural, Vila Nova de Gaia
Climb the staircase of Travessa de Cândido dos Reis, you will hit R. do Gen. Torres. On this main road, you’ll have a fantastic view of Porto. Some other spots nearby, include Jardim do Morrow, Miradouro da Serra do Pilar.
This is in the fishing village of Afurada located on R. Costa Goodolfim. It is a bit out of the way when you are in Porto. If you plan to go to Aveiro, you could get similar photos like this in Costa Nova.
Quem Es Porto?
This translates to who are you Porto? This is a cool mural because it is made up of 3000 Portonians response to this question on azulejos.
Infante Sagres Hotel
Go have a drink at Vogue Cafe and wander over to the hotel lobby where you’ll find this beautiful work of art.
Escada das Verdades (Stairs of Truth)
If you follow these ‘Stairs of Truth’ down to the Ribeira you’ll find some pretty photo opportunities along the way as you get lost in the historic alleyways.
Popular Instagrammable Landmarks Around Town
Cais da Ribeira
Liveria Lello Bookstore
The Azulejo wall of the Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas
(corner of Praça de Carlos Alberto and Rua do Carmo, and this is 2 minutes away from the Lello bookstore)
A Pérola do Bolhão
Sao Bento Station
Sao Ildefonso Church
Best Views of Porto
There is saying in Porto, “The only good thing in Vila Nova de Gaia is the view towards Porto.” Here, you really can’t get a bad view when you are alongside the riverfront. Below are some of my favorite spots to catch a view of Pretty Porto.
- Upper Deck of the Ponte de Dom Luis I Bridge
- *Jardim do Morro (Once you cross the upper deck you’ll find this park in Vila Nova de Gaia)
- The Rooftop of Porto Cruz (Vila Nova de Gaia)
- The Yeatman Hotel (Vila Nova de Gaia)
- Porto Cathedral (Sé) Square (on the Porto side)
- Rooftop of Guindalense – Here you’ll find cheap drinks with a superb view from the Porto side
- Jardim do Palácio de Cristal gardens (on the Porto side)
- Miradouro Ignez (on the Porto side)
- *Parque das Virtudes (on the Porto side)
* Where locals gather and have a sunset picnic/drink.
Have you been to Porto? If so, let me know where your favorite Insta spot is! And if you haven’t been and is planning to go, feel free to reach out if you have got any questions!