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Porto and Gaia Guided Walking Tour
Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal
- Clerigos Church: Sundays and holidays allow a rare glimpse inside to see the rich gilding and polychrome marble altar. The 245-foot bell tower is a beloved symbol of Porto.
- Sao Bento Railway Station: Enter a Beaux Arts masterpiece from the golden age of train travel. Inside, its 20,000 painted azulejo mural tiles are just plain breathtaking.
- Vila Nova de Gaia: Walk the Dom Luis I bridge, designed by an Eiffel disciple, to cross the Douro River toward Morro Garden and Pilar Mountain in Gaia. Gorgeous views.
- Free time in Ribiera: Weathered by time and not too bothered by it, Porto's riverside quarter is perfect for shopping, dining, or just watching the Douro glide by from a bridge.
About this Oporto tour
Sundays and holidays have a rhythm of their own in Porto, and this tour makes the most of it. You'll set out with your GoBe guide from Cordoaria Garden into the historic city center. Along the way, expect to see large amounts of elaborate stonework – source of yet another Porto nickname: City of Granite.
Outside the opulent 1763 Clerigos Tower, you'll marvel at what was once the country's tallest structure, visible enough to have served as a navigation aid for many years. It remains Porto's enduring icon.
Its other half – Clerigos Church – is no slouch in the ornate department, either, sporting an intensely detailed baroque facade and multicolored marble altar. Inside, we'll see the many decorations that make this Nicolau Nasoni-designed structure a national treasure. Nasoni was an Italian architect and painter who left his mark – and quite a few baroque influences – on Portugal's 18th century buildings. He's buried here in the Clerigos crypt.
On broad Aliados Avenue, you'll stroll by elegant domed buildings and a statue-heavy central promenade. Inside São Bento Station, showplace from the era when railways ruled. you'll see famous blue and white azulejo tile murals that depict vivid history from floor to ceiling.
In ancient Ribeira, you'll have leisure time to wander this UNESCO World Heritage district piled romantically along the river's edge.
And you'll cross the Dom Luis bridge, which clearly looks like a study for the Eiffel Tower (it sort of was), to enjoy superb views of Gaia and Porto and a photo stop at Morro Garden, under the monastery on Pilar Mountain. The monastery's church dates from the 16th century; and services are still held here. Every Sunday.
Porto's 600-year-old block party
Holidays in Porto have a distinctive flair. Every June 23rd, the city throws a huge all-night blowout honoring John the Baptist, though some of the party's customs predate Christianity. Like young men seeking out attractive women to pelt them with garlic flowers – a throwback to pagan courtship rituals, they say. Other shenanigans include flame-leaping, eating barbecued sardines, releasing sky lanterns, and jumping in the ocean at dawn. The next day.
This tour departs and returns from the Port of Leixoes. Please proceed pier side to the port entrance and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
You will be walking for about 1.5 miles, up inclines and many steps and over cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Walking Tour
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems or you are pregnant, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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