If you do not know anything about Porto this is the tour for you. We guarantee that at the end of this tour you will be an expert! Like Porto itself, this is a running tour with some ascending and descending sections: but it is worth it for the fantastic views on offer. We will run through Downtown to reach Torre dos Clerigos (www.torredosclerigos.pt) a church in the center of the city, recently restored (2014), and its tower with more than 200 steps, where Nicholas Nasoni, its builder, is buried.
Quickly head to Palacio de Cristal, known for its gardens, where we meet peacocks and have a view of the river Douro, followed by a run downhill to the river Ribeira. Ribeira is the oldest place in Porto, where the city was born side by side the Douro river. It was used in the past to transport our famous wine from the vineyards to the cellars. At Ribeira we can admire the old bridge built in 1888 by Gustave Eiffel (yep – the guy with the tower in Paris), which is still in use today.
We take a deep breath now as we have a lot of stairs to climb! The running tour then crosses the bridge into Gaia, with magnificent views of the city from this side of the river, making the stair climb more than worth it. We admire Porto down through streets surrounded by the Port wine cellars, which gives a great feel of the scale of the Port industry. We return to Porto via the cathedral and for a relaxing finish we stop at Estacao de Sao Bento, our gorgeous railway station.
The running tour then heads through the bustling city center and finishes where we started, at the City Hall.