Things to see in Porto

Por­tu­gal’s sec­ond largest city has amaz­ing sights – here’s the top five. By Time Out Porto ed­i­tors

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1 Torre dos Cléri­gos

The Cléri­gos Tower is in­dis­putably Porto’s most fa­mous land­mark. Built dur­ing the first half of the 17th cen­tury by Ital­ian Ni­co­lau Na­soni (check out more of his work around the place), the tower is the city’s most im­por­tant Baroque build­ing. Brace your­self and climb its 240 steps. You won’t re­gret it when you reach the top. If you think Porto’s street-level views are spec­tac­u­lar, you ain’t seen noth­ing yet. Òrua de São Filipe Nery, Porto, Por­tu­gal. www.torre­doscle­ri­gos.pt. Daily 9am-7pm.

2 Ponte Luiz I

An­other city icon, this cast iron bridge in the mid­dle of Porto’s old town was com­pleted in 1887 to a de­sign by Téophile Seyrig, a dis­ci­ple of Gus­tave Eif­fel. To­day its up­per deck is a pop­u­lar place for tak­ing snaps of the city, while in the sum­mer its lower level serves as a div­ing board for lo­cal kids jump­ing into the Douro. Òbe­tween Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Por­tu­gal.

3 Casa da Música

You’ll spot this strangely shaped build­ing on loads of post­cards sold around town. Since open­ing in 2005 the ‘House of Mu­sic’ has be­come a Porto icon and is well worth a visit. It hosts fre­quent con­certs, and has a so­phis­ti­cated restau­rant on its top floor and an eclec­tic café on its ground floor. Take a guided tour of the build­ing and get to know this mas­ter­piece by Rem Kool­haas from the in­side.

Òavenida da Boav­ista, 604/610 Porto, Por­tu­gal. www.casadamu­sica.com/agenda. Mon-sat 9.30am-7pm; Sun (and hol­i­days) 9.30am-6pm.

4 Teatro Na­cional São João

This na­tional the­atre, in­au­gu­rated in 1920, has a clas­si­cal charm re­plete with so­phis­ti­cated de­tail and sym­bolic or­na­ments. It also boasts one of the city’s best con­tem­po­rary per­for­mance spa­ces, with a pro­gram of well cho­sen and some­times chal­leng­ing works. There are guided tours of the whole build­ing from Tues­days through to Satur­days. Òpraça da Batalha, Porto, Por­tu­gal. www.tnsj.pt. Tue-sat 1- 7pm; Sun 2-7pm.

5 Fun­dação Ser­ralves

This mul­ti­fac­eted oa­sis of­fers plenty of ways to spend a few hours. Start with the gor­geous Art Deco house, then ex­plore the sprawl­ing park and wind it all up with a visit to the Con­tem­po­rary Art Mu­seum (un­til Jan­uary 2018 you can see Live Uncer­tainty: An Ex­hi­bi­tion Af­ter the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo from Brazil). There’s also a shop with de­signer pieces, an art

book­shop, a restau­rant and a café. Òrua D João de Cas­tro, Porto, Por­tu­gal. www.ser­ralves.pt/en/. Daily 10am-7pm.

6 Foz do Douro

Foz is al­most a mini-city within Porto. In the 19th cen­tury it was a sea­side re­sort where Brits and well heeled Porto res­i­dents went on hol­i­day. Nowa­days, visit for its beaches (sev­eral of them have a Blue Flag, ie they're cer­ti­fied for wa­ter qual­ity and safety), sea­side-y out­door cafés (try the ones at the Praia da Luz and ibar’s, lo­cated among the rocks), or a stroll in the sun along the Avenida do Brasil with its view of the At­lantic. Nearby is the Queijo Fort, the Pas­seio Ale­gre Foun­tain, the Felgueiras light­house, the Molhe Break­wa­ter and the Old Foz (an older, quainter part of the district). You can eat very well around here: try chef Pe­dro Le­mos’s epony­mous restau­rant (for a splurge), Casa Vasco, Cafeína or a burger at Peebz. Òporto, Por­tu­gal.

Fun­dação Ser­ralves

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