Lives in Porto, Portugal
Since Dec 2008
35-49 year old male
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gift & Speciality Shops
Libraries, Parks, Art Museums
Architectural Buildings, Theatres
How cool is it that you can take your kids to the bookshop that reportedly inspired J.K.Rowling while she was writing the first adventures of Harry Potter? It’s well worth a visit. Take a good look around and enjoy the architecture, the old bookshelves, and the stained glass windows of this historic bookshop in Porto. It has been nominated the third most beautiful in the world, and if you are a book lover, you will certainly appreciate the details: the rails for the old book carts, and the historical references in particular.
Éclairs. Yes, they may be a french delicacy, but there is no way you can say no to one from Leitaria da Quinta do Paço. Of course, you can go for the traditional 'nata' (custard tart) but the eclair is the speciality and sure to be a hit with every member of the family. Plus, you can sit and enjoy a coffee or juice on the terrace. It’s right in the center, and within easy walking distance of some of the most iconic places in Porto.
If you are addicted to ice cream or just a fan of the occasional scoop, this place is a mandatory visit. The ice creams are soft and delicate and you can enjoy them on the outdoor 'terrazza.' The most difficult task will be to choose the flavor! Fruity? Sweet? Sour? Salty? Mr Sousa and Miss Manuela will welcome you with a smile and will not make your choice any easier. From the simplest ice cream cups to the sugary gaufres, not to mention the delicious crepes, they serve the most incredible and decadent range of delights for you to sample.
This is one of the best museums in Porto. Here, you’ll get in touch with the history of the city itself and its transportation through the evolution of the tram system, and it’s a cool museum for kids especially as they can touch and experiment. Plus, it’s located in one of the most beautiful places in Porto: half way between the Arrábida and the D.Luís bridges.
Hotdog is the word. Spicy. Delicious. Decadent. This is the best place for a hotdog in town, and believe me, this is not a well kept secret. Everybody knows about it and makes sure they tell everybody else. Just go in, ask for a hotdog and a beer (a soda for the kids) and enjoy the tasty art of hotdog making.
This museum and theme park is perfect for a family adventure. Learn about the Portuguese era of discoveries and experience time travel back to the XVI century. You'll travel from Porto to Africa, India, China, Japan, and Brazil.
This is one of the most well-known restaurants in Porto. If you see a queue, don't be scared: Ask for a table and wait, it will be well worth it! This family run restaurant serves delicious homemade, traditional Portuguese food, and you are sure to feel quite at home here. Waiting for a table is a piece of cake compared to the task of choosing what to eat however!
Serralves is the perfect place for a relaxed Sunday morning. Visit the art exhibitions at the museum and the house, explore the gardens, and visit the farm. There are plenty of quiet and mysterious corners to discover! This unique park has the perfect balance between art, nature, and history, and there are weekend family programs available too.
Casa da Música is the most loved and hated building in Porto. No matter what your opinion is, this building is likely to go unnoticed during your trip, and for that reason alone, it’s worth a visit. The inside is quite magical and there are all kinds of details to be discovered. The architecture and the choice of materials for the walls are particularly interesting, and if you get a chance, go to a concert here; the Suggia room has incredible acoustics.
If you're a fan of nature, romantic strolls, and relaxing time with the kids, this is the place for you. At Palacio de Cristal you can walk around and discover some of the best views in town. Discover the gardens, the exotic plants, and the famous peacocks, and enjoy the views over the river while sitting by the lake. This is definitely one of the most beautiful places in town.
A visit to the aquarium is the perfect family activity. Clownfish, sharks, rays, jellyfish, and many other species are waiting to be explored and observed here. Many of the species you'll find at the aquarium are on the list of endangered species, and crossing through the underwater tunnel is just one the the many awesome activities on offer. And have you ever touched a sea urchin? Or a starfish? Get ready for a day of new experiences, adventure, and loads of new information!
If you are a fan of quiet strolls, reading a book on a bench while the kids play, or enjoying a picnic on the grass together, this is the spot for you. Parque da Cidade extends from the city (halfway down Avenida da Boavista) to the sea (Praia de Matosinhos) and is the perfect place to keep the whole family entertained. Plus, there is a bar with a terrace on the premises where you can enjoy a relaxed meal with your family and recharge your batteries before returning to explore the city.
If you appreciate fresh fish, this is one of the best places to go. The owners are a traditional fishing family and the fish is as fresh as you can get — directly from the fishing boats at sunrise. Either for lunch or dinner, this is a sure pick for a family. Quality food in a relaxed restaurant.
This swimming pool was designed by Siza Vieira and has been open since 1966. It’s a National Monument, and is one of the best options if you want to lay in the sun and enjoy a relaxing day. You can take a swim in the swimming pool or just walk down to the private beach and dive into the ocean. The combination of nature and architecture is perfect - take some time off and just enjoy the sun and the salty water on your skin.
This small restaurant used to be a well-known tavern. In 2013 it was transformed into a small restaurant where you can now try Portuguese tapas (petiscos) along with some more elaborate meals. The food is delicious, the staff is really nice, and there is always a relaxed and homey feel to the place.