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Suggested Porto itinerary
Morning - Whether you are travelling by train or not, the Sao Bento central railway station is worth visiting to see the fabulous collection of giant azulejo (tile) murals, depicting great events in the city’s history. From here you can walk up to the Se Cathedral, the main doors of which lead onto a pedestrianized square with a stone staircase that leads down into the warren of alleys, which is the labyrinth of Porto’s old town.
Lunch - Café Majestic on Rua de Santa Catarina, a wonderful 18th century gilt and mirrored city centre café is just perfect for a snack lunch.
Afternoon - Relaxed after lunch you can now head to have a look around the Palacio da Bolsa, either on your own or with a guided tour, and then onto the stunning church, Igreja de Sao Francisco. If you have time take a walk past the Feitoria Inglesa, a fine 18th century townhouse, the interior of which can only be visited by invitation from a member.
Dinner - Fantastic views and traditional food can be enjoyed at the Portucale restaurant, to be found at Rua da Alegria 598.
Evening - Visit Mal Cozinhado on Rua Outeirinho 13 to enjoy the top fado venue in the city (note this is also a restaurant) or perhaps you are feeling a little lucky and would prefer to visit one of the city’s casino’s.
Morning - The Cais da Ribeira are at the heart of the tourist area and is the place to head to have a wander around the stalls of the local open-air market and the view across the river to Vila Nova da Gaia, with the double-decker Dom Luis I bridge looming large a little way upstream, is spectacular.
Lunch - Have a walk along the quay and pick one of the riverside cafes to stop for lunch or if you fancy trying something a bit different you could take one of the short lunch time river cruises that take you on a tour along the city while serving you a tasty meal.
Afternoon - Now you must follow the quay up to the Dom Luis I bridge, crossing to visit Vila Nova de Gaia, home of port wine. Many of the port houses offer free guided tours and you can let your taste buds explore the many different styles of port on offer. Take Care not to stagger into the Douro when the tour has finished and you re-cross then river to Porto.
Dinner - At Postigo do Carvao, on Rua Fonte Taurina 24-34, diners can enjoy the best of traditional and seafood dishes on offer in the city and if you are lucky you can stay in your seats to enjoy the regular live music on offer.
Evening - If live music is not on at the restaurant you might decide you want to move on after your meal. A popular place to try must be the Hot Five at Largo Actor Dias 51 where some of the best musicians on the jazz and blues circuit entertain at one of the city’s most popular jazz clubs.