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hello, we are going to stay at porto for 5 days in the end of july with our sweet baby. What places do suggest us to visit that we all will enjoy (at least she will not destroy the trip)

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Thinking of you and your family, see this suggestion: An adventure on foot around the city´s origin

Leaving the Tourism Office and duly prepared for the adventure, start a walk along the city centre streets, down the Avenida dos Aliados, passing by the Bolhão Market and Rua Santa Catarina, the major commercial street, where you will find the famous Café Majestic.

At the end of Rua de Santa Catarina, heading down Rua 31 de Janeiro, you will find the São Bento Railway Station, famous for its approximate 20.000 tiles that illustrate episodes of the Portuguese history, transports, traditions and customs.

Going up the Rua dos Clérigos, pay attention to the Church and Tower of Clérigos! Here you have a first challenge: to climb the 240 steps of the Tower to get to the top. The prize – a breath-taking view! The children will love it! (Those of you who don´t dare to climb, can visit the Portuguese Centre for Photography located just next to the Tower. It is a former Prison where Camilo Castelo Branco wrote his most famous novel: “Amor de Perdição” (Doomed Love). Nearby, you can’t miss the Lello Bookshop, one of the most beautiful in the world- with an almost magical atmosphere that inspired the writer of Harry Potter to produce her works!

And then? What about a lunch break to get more energy? Stay around the city centre and look into the excellent restaurants, try the francesinha…codfish…and other Porto´s typical dishes!

Full of energy again? Let´s use it for strolling through the streets and picturesque backstreets of the historical centre, the zone classified as World Heritage, a lively place where the past with its old buildings and its narrow alleys harmoniously meets current daily routines. Smells, sounds and many colours: smell of homemade food, fado music that is heard while passing by! In all houses there is a window-mounted drying rack that gives a final touch to this webbing dabbed with joyful colours! You will all love it! To visit: the Cathedral, with its Cloisters, and also the Treasure of the Cathedral!

We now leave the area of the Cathedral and head towards Ribeira, through hidden streets and stairs, at a slow pace in order to travel in time and breathe the history! This is what our Porto feels like…

Ribeira, the city´s best known area for tourists! Have you seen the river yet?... What about the Rabelo boats? The kids will shortly be asking to go on a boat tour along the river! It is an excellent idea for all! A 50-minute panoramic circuit on a boat whose origin is linked with the Vikings’ vessels (a detail that the young ones will love to find out about) and that will take you to see the 6 bridges that unite the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where the Port Wine cellars are located .

Get off the boat and walk just a bit to visit the Casa do Infante (free/Porto Card), were supposedly Prince Henry, the Navigator, the impeller of the Discoveries to whom Portugal owes a lot of its history, was born! Through the miniature model of the city you will be able to see what Porto was like in the Middle Ages.

You can have dinner at Ribeira, at one of the many traditional restaurants overlooking the river.

Enjoy Porto!

Edited: 13 July 2014, 10:36
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