Ribeira is one of Porto’s most well-known neighbourhoods. In the centre of the old town, it is one of the most authentic and picturesque portions of the city. At night, this portion of town comes alive and is a great place to spend your evenings. Ribeira is full of traditional restaurants with bustling terraces where you can sample some of Portugal’s delectable traditional foods while taking in views of the Dom Luis I Bridge and Vila Nova da Gaia’s illuminated dungeons. The Rio Douro runs through Porto and borders the Ribeira district on the south end; you can’t visit Ribeira without seeing the river Douro. Take a stroll down the river’s banks to take in the sights of Ribeira’s vibrant Portuguese architecture while keeping an eye out for passing fishing boats.
6 Bridge Cruise
The 6 Bridges Cruise is one of the most popular things to do in Porto. It’s a 50-minute river cruise on the Douro River that begins either at Ribeira’s quay (in Porto) or Vila Nova de Gaia’s quay and takes you past Porto’s breathtakingly magnificent six bridges. It is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes early to guarantee that you are among the first to board the boat, as this will ensure that you are seated near the bow rather than on the inside. During the 6 bridges tour, you may take in the breathtaking views of Porto and Afurada, the magical fisherman hamlet that will come on your left.
Jardim do Palacio de Cistal
The Gardens of the Palácio de Cristal are located on a hilltop near Porto’s city centre. A beautiful garden of 8 hectares with spectacular views of the city and the Douro River below. The gardens were designed by prominent German landscape gardener Émille David near the end of the nineteenth century. Within Portugal’s second city, the gardens are a tranquil haven. There are fountains and statues strewn over the park, and paths wind between the perfectly maintained botanical gardens and lawns.
Porto Moniz 4WD Jeep Full Day Tour
This full day 4WD Jeep experience is perfect for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore stunning natural beauty. You’ll be able to access hard-to-reach off-road areas that you wouldn’t be able to get on your own if you travel in a 4WD. Cross the beautiful Laurisilva forest, get ocean views, witness waterfalls, and visit volcanic beaches, among other things. Serra d’Agua, Paul da Serra, Fanal, Porto Moniz, and Seixal are among the highlights.
Small Group West Tour Waterfalls and Peaks
Natural sea pools, ancient fishing communities, soaring cliffs, and lush forests may all be found along Madeira Island’s western shores, but getting to the best spots requires local expertise. Travel by air-conditioned minivan from your hotel in Canico, Funchal, or Machico to the locations on this tour. On this small-group tour, restricted to 16 people, visit areas of significance like as Câmara de Lobos, Porto Moniz, and the Ribeira Brava, and receive personalised attention from your guide.
Adega Sao Nicolau
Adega So Nicolau is one of the top restaurants in Porto and one of the most well-known in the Ribeira. The tables outside on the Escadas de So Nicolau, as well as the Portuguese foods served here, are in high demand. Try the bolinhos de bacalhau (cod and potato cakes), filetes de polvo com arroz do mesmo (octopus fritters with octopus rice), and galo à bordalesa (chicken cooked in red wine), all washed down with a fine local wine.
D. Tonho Restaurant
D. Tonho is a stylish and suave restaurant in Ribeira. This fine-dining refuge, which boasts some of the best riverbank seating in the neighbourhood (thanks to those wide floor-to-ceiling windows), complements the views with a menu of beautifully prepared meals that mix innovation and Portuguese heritage.
Jimao Tapas e Vinhos Restaurant
Jimao Tapas e Vinhos serves traditional Portuguese tapas, is an excellent first stop for any traveller interested in learning more about the city’s unique food. Platters of seafood and meat will be served, all prepared with a characteristic Portuguese flair. With timber tables and fantastic views over the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, the environment is just as good as the cuisine.
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