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The charms of Porto are as delicate as a good aged port, which you can discover and taste in the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, reachable after a brief walk on the majestic Luiz I Bridge, inaugurated in 1887 and designed by Théophile Seyrig, disciple of Gustave Eiffel, with striking similarities between this work and the Eiffel Tower, by
Possessing an architectural ensemble of exceptional value, the historic center of Invicta has been a World Heritage Site since 1996 and the greatest proof that the buildings of the past can live harmoniously with the modernities of the present. The city respects sustainable growth and rehabilitation standards that favor the remnants of other times, namely the preservation of historic balconies, perfectly framed windows and tiles, which are scattered throughout the city and find their maximum exponent at São Bento Station. There are about twenty thousand tiles by Jorge Colaço, representing historical and ethnographic moments of Porto: the colorful frieze surrounding the atrium tells the history of the means of transport in Portuguese lands, from the earliest times until the appearance of the train. Underneath, the large bluish panels show us vivid scenes from the history of Portugal.
Very close to São Bento, you will find the Clérigos Tower, National Monument since 1910 and obligatory stopping point. The Church and the Tower are part of an 18th-century Baroque-inspired building that profoundly marked the city's urban setting. Nicolau Nasoni has thus created a landmark building, in which the Tower's 225 steps stand out, which require some commitment on its route, but whose goal is to reach almost the sky and have an unmissable 360º perspective over the whole city.
If after the tour you think it's time to regain energy, there is no shortage of places to enjoy Portuguese cuisine. But if you are in Porto, then you have to behave with a true Porto: no visit is complete without trying the famous francesinha, classified as one of the 10 best sandwiches in the world.
And before the day is over, and to end a true Porto experience, a visit to the City Market is imperative. This is the most emblematic market of the city and its construction dates back to 1850, with a unique structure of two floors, characterized by the monumentality of the neoclassical style of architecture. Think fresh produce and here you will find everything: fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, flowers, sold by people who have the genuineness of the city in their soul.
The city of Porto lives side by side with the Douro River, which gives it a geographical position that has greatly marked its history. In past centuries, the city's commercial activity passed through the river, which also functioned as the main gateway to the city. Today, the scenery is different and the Douro is the scene of romantic boat rides, is filled with people who bathe in the river on hot days and provides some of the most beautiful photographs you can take in a lifetime. But as an image can not contain the sensations of strolling the Ribeira, the smell of fresh fish being prepared in any family restaurant, the colors of the painted houses that seem to be joking, the best thing is to plan a few days to discover this city with secrets. that can only be shared with those who visit.