If you don’t 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 racing circuit with some ups and downs, but it’s worth it for the fantastic views it offers. We will walk through downtown to reach the Torre dos Clérigos (www.torredosclerigos.pt), a church in the city center, recently restored (2014), and its tower with more than 200 steps, where Nicholas Nasoni, its builder, is buried.
Quickly head to Palácio de Cristal, known for its gardens, where we find peacocks and have a view of the Douro River, followed by a descent to the Ribeira River. Ribeira is the oldest town in Porto, where the city was born next to the Douro River. It was used in the past to transport our famous wine from the vineyards to the cellars. In Ribeira we can admire the old bridge built in 1888 by Gustave Eiffel (yes – the tower guy 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 to Gaia, with magnificent views of the city from this side of the river, making the climb up the stairs worthwhile. We admire Porto through the streets surrounded by the Port wine cellars, which gives an idea of the size of the Port Wine industry. We return to Porto by the cathedral and for a relaxing end we stop at São Bento Station, our beautiful train station.
The running tour then continues through the bustling city center and ends where we started, at City Hall.