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Matosinhos Culinary & nightlife

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Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

1. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

Explore the districts of Porto at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Learn about the sights you see with an included audio guide. Upgrade to include an optional river cruise ticket and/or a visit to port wine cellars. Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, River Douro, and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this ticket, you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia, and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses or a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the historical and cultural significance of producing port wine along with a free wine tasting if you choose the optional upgrade to wine cellars. 

Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Burger Tour

2. Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Burger Tour

Enjoy the highlights of Porto with this 48-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket. Discover the Baroque side of the city with its sepia tones, the rich glazed tile panels on the façades, churches and São Bento Station. Visit the old Cathedral and Clérigos, and dive into the history of Porto. Visit the Lello bookshop where fantasy awaits you, or travel back in time in the Palácio da Bolsa to be amazed by one of its most luxurious halls, the Arab Hall. With your tour ticket, receive a Port wine tasting experience in Quinta da Boeira and Poças Júnior cellars or hop-off in Matosinhos for the best gastronomy. Don't forget to taste the seafood specialties. For the ocean lovers, don't miss a visit to Sealife. Show your tour ticket and receive a discount upon admission. Drive back along the Atlantic ocean toward the Douro river again. Stop for a drink in Ribeira or take a leisurely stroll in the downtown area. To compliment your sightseeing experience, enjoy one of the legendary hamburgers at the Hard Rock Cafe Porto, where the greatest music stars are honored, all within a character-filled building from the 19th-century.

From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

3. From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover the historic center of Porto and the surrounding area on a private tuk tuk tour from Matosinhos. Walk through Cordoaria's Garden, see the tallest granitic tower in the city, and admire the architecture of churches. Celebrate your trip with a glass of Porto wine by the Douro River. Starting your trip in Matosinhos at Leixões Port, a fishing area with golden sand beaches where you can regularly find local surfers. Spot the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade before continuing along the coast to Foz. Ride along the right side of the Douro riverbank, passing under the Arrábida Bridge towards the center of Porto. Once at the city center, stop at the Cordoaria’s Garden, one of the green spaces in town, located behind Porto University. In the proximity of the garden, see the Portuguese Center of Photography, the Justice Palace, and the Santo António Hospital, then head to the Torre dos Clérigos, built in the 18th century. Climb 225 steps to take in a 360-degree perspective of the city center and surroundings. Next, make a brief stop at Livraria Lello. Built in 1906, it's a mandatory stopping point for anyone visiting Porto. Cross the Praça dos Leões, see the beautiful Carmo and Carmelitas Churches, then continue along the narrow alleys of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods, Miragaia and Vitória. Head to the city center and pass by the most emblematic square in Porto, Praça da Liberdade, flanked by Avenida dos Aliados. Visit the most commercial area of Porto, the Bolhão area, and discover a traditional market with local products and shops of all types and for all tastes. Arrive at the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina, where you’ll find the most luxurious café in Porto, Café Majestic. Stop at the Sé do Porto Cathedral, a 12th-century building with a mix of architectural styles, dating back to the city's origins. At Sé do Porto Cathedral, see some of the historic Sé neighborhood that surrounds the cathedral. This area is the oldest in the city and remains faithful to Porto's traditions and customs. Next, visit São Bento Train Station, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Here you can appreciate the approximately 20,000 hand-painted tiles that line the interior and illustrate part of the history of Portugal. Passing by Praça do Infante, which houses the Palácio da Bolsa, the São Francisco Church, and the old Ferreira Borges Market, land in Ribeira, the last neighborhood of the 4 oldest in Porto that you’ll visit. Cross the Dom Luis I Bridge to make a brief stop at the Serra do Pilar Monastery. Round off your adventure by enjoying a glass of Port wine as you contemplate the Douro River and the City of Porto on the other bank. Experience one of the most beautiful views in Portugal before returning back to Matosinhos to end the tour.

Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

4. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

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What people are saying about Matosinhos

We were not able to take advantage of the bus because the schedules did not coincide, but what we walked was very interesting. The boat ride really beautiful. I did not go to the warehouse. Keep in mind that you must first have the purchase validated on the bus, before being able to take the boat ride. It is very important to keep the ticket that is given to you on the bus for the entire time (24 or 48 hours) to be able to access the next times and to the boat.

The bus ride was very good, explanation also, you could drive to the sea! The boat trip on the Douro was also great!

Very good tour to get to know and get an idea of the old and modern city. Tour of its beautiful beaches.

Knowledgeable, wonderful history, lovely guide. Made the visit the best! Well planned agenda and tour.

This tour is a good way to get to know the city in a very broad and fast way.