German Version: Die besten Aussichtspunkte in Porto
Porto is located on the slope of the river bank of the Douro. Due to its hilly landscape the city has quite a few great viewpoints and some of them are free of charge. When being on a sightseeing trip, one of my favourite things to do is enjoying a great view over the roofs of a city. This is why I listed the best viewpoints in Porto in this blog post for you.
Best Viewpoints in Porto
1. Ponte Dom Luis I in Porto
Porto´s most famous bridge "Ponte Dom Luis I" offers a fantastic view over the Douro river, the old town of Porto, which is also called Ribeira, and the beautiful city Vila Nova de Gaia. The upper level of the bridge is located at an altitude of about 60 meters but also the lower level offers a great view at the old town.
2. Torre dos Cleridos in Porto
The bell tower Torre dos Cleridos of the church Igreja dos Cleridos is the highest viewpoint in Porto. For 4€ you can climb the 225 steps of the tower to enjoy a perfect 360° view at a height of over 70 meters.
Address: Rue de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto
Opening hours: daily from 9 am - 7 pm
3. Viewing Platform Miradouro da Vitoria in Porto
In the hills of the old town close to the beautiful church Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitória is a great viewing platform. From this platform you have a fascinating view over the roofs of the city, at the bridge Ponte Dom Luis I and above all at Porto´s main church Sé do Porto.
Address: Rue de São Bento da Vitória 11, 4050-018 Porto
4. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal in Porto
Just outside the old town of Porto, there is a beautiful park called Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. Some places in the park offer an amazing view over the river Douro and the bridge Ponte d'Arrábida. When there is a clear view, you can see far as the Atlantic.
Address: Rue de Dom Manuel II 282, 4050-378 Porto
Opening hours: daily 8 am - 7 pm
5. Bar Miradouro Ignez
The bar Miradouro Ignez offers a fantastic view over the river Douro. It is a great place for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dinner. Go there and enjoy the sunset in a relaxing atmosphere with a drink.
Address: Rua da Restauração 252, 4050-592 Porto
Opening hours: Sunday and Monday 10 am - 11 pm / Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 am - 0 am / Thursday and Friday 10 am - 2 am
6. River Bank in Gaia
Directly across from Porto´s old town Ribeira is the small city Vila Nova de Gaia. Cross the famous bridge Ponte Dom Luis I and you will be in Gaia within a few minutes. From the river bank you have a great view at the old town in Porto. Moreover, you will find the famous port wine cellars there.
7. Cable Car in Gaia
In Gaia, 800 meters from the bridge Ponte Dom Luis I (lower level), is a cable car station. You can take a ride with this cable car to the upper level of the Ponte Luis. During the 5 minutes journey you can enjoy a magnificent view at Porto´s old town, the Douro river and the Ponte Luis. That wasn´t high enough for you? Then walk 500 meters uphill to the viewpoint Miradouro da Serra do Pilar.
Address: Av. de Ramos Pinto, 4400-161 Vila Nova de Gaia (lower cable car station) or Rue Rocha Leão 236, 4430-210 Vila Nova de Gaia (upper cable car station)
Opening hours: High season (26. April - 24 September) daily 10 am - 8 pm / Middle season (24. March - 25 April and 25 September - 24. October) daily 10 am - 7 pm / Low season (25. October - 23. March) daily 10 am - 6 pm
Prices: 6€ (one way / adult)
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