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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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PORTO - Urban Portugal

Porto is the second portuguese city after Lisbon, It has 2,000.000 inhabitants in metropolitan area.
Porto is a historic city, the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I've visited Porto in august, a friday. I've tested the subway (Metro), a funicular, I've seen the old town, I've been in some monuments, in the commercial street, in the business area, in a little bit marginal areas, I've seen the Porto Beach, the famous bridges... etc.
Oporto is a fantastic city, very quiet and vibrant at the same time.

I've loved people from Porto, they are very kind with the tourists, if you're looking a map they come to help you!

P.S.: Sorry my bad english!
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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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Travel from Spain
In Spain:


We're in Portugal!


Sapatarias Rosemary (Rosemary Shoe Store)


A28 freeway


Povoa de Varzim skyline from A28


In Oporto MA:


First ring (VCI)


A suburb:




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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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Estadio do Dragão (Dragão Stadium) - Metro (Subway) - Aliados (Aliados Avenue)


Estadio do Dragão (Dragão Stadium)


Monte da Virgem torre de telecomunicaciones (177m) (Telecommunications tower)


Metro de Porto (Subway)






Aliados. Baixa do Porto. (Aliados Avenue. Baixa Area)













City hall palace:


Rua de Sampaio Bruno (Sampaio Bruno st.)


A "francesinha". It's very cheap! 6'1€ (9 US$) with a egg, potatoes and drink! In Spain you can't eat so cheap.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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Rua dos Clérigos y Livraria Lello e Irmão (Clérigos St. and Lello e Irmão bookstore)












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Old September 26th, 2009, 01:55 PM   #5
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Torre de los Clérigos e arredores (Clérigos tower and surroundings)
Clérigos tower, from XVIII century.
It's 76m high, you can rise for 2€ (3 US$).















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Oporto from Clérigos tower (76m)



North, city hall palace:


Boavista avenue, business area. First, Science faculty.




Vila Nova de Gaia West.


São Bento Station


Sé do Porto (Cathedral):


Gardens and the Atlantic Ocean:


Old town, Duero river and Vila Nova de Gaia skyline (MA)


Clérigos St.


Aliados, São João


Baixa do Porto. First financial centre in the city.


Science faculty and Lello e Irmão Bookstore.


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Barbosa de Castro and Belmonte Areas
These areas are a little bit marginals. But they have interesting and nice buildings.


















Coming from "Praça da Bolsa" (Stock market Square)


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Praça da Bolsa (Bolsa Square-Porto Stock Exchange Square)







Two pics of "Palacio da Bolsa" (Stock Exchange Palace)




Porto Cathedral


Associaçao Comercial do Porto (Porto Stock Exchange)






Infante's home (Archaeological Museum)




Reboleira St.
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Ribeira do Porto I (Riverside area)
The riverside area (Ribeira) is one of the most touristic areas. There are lots of boats making touristic trips.




Vila Nova de Gaua riverside area




Tourists




Wineries. Oporto has a very important wine.


Walls


Praça da Ribeira (Ribeira Square)


A curious neighborhood in this touristic area












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Ribeira II (Riverside Area II) - Guindais Funicular

Chez Lapin restaurant






Dom Luis I bridge


A coffee shop




Dom Luis I bridge and walls.


Duero




Another humble neighborhood.




Guindais funicular, Fernandinas walls and a neighborhood.












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Sé do Porto (Cathedral)

The cathedral exists since the 12th century. The king Juan I of Portugal married here.

Muralha Fernandina (Fernandina Wall)


Homens (Public Barthroom):


Ambulance


Sé do Porto (Cathedral)












Paço Episcopal (Episcopal palace)


Square


Vila Nova de Gaia


Porto old town and Torre dos Clérigos (76m)




Aliados Avenue and Commercial area


São Sebastião st.:


Vimara Peres avenue
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Rua de Chã (Chã St.) - Praça da Batalha (Batalha Square)
We cross to Praça da Batalha for Cimo de Vila st. and Chã St. We entered in a multicultural and interesting neighborhood, lots of moroccans, brazilians, chineses and pakistanis.
After that neighborhood we entered in a prostitution clubs area. I've never seen clubs clearly opened at afternoon!
After that we went to Praça da Batalha, a modern and cosmopolitan square.

Vila Nova de Gaia and Dom Luis I Bridge


Too cheap? (Bread: 0'09€ -0'13 US$- Coffe: 0'45€ -0'66 US$-)


Cathedral


Multicultural neighborhood








Cimo de Vila st.


Praça da Batalha (Batalha Sq.)


Teatro Nacional São João (São João nathional theater).


Urban tribes




Old cinema:
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Santa Catarina st.
Santa Catarina st. is the most commercial area in Porto. There are lots of people and shops.





Fnac


Café Majestic (Majestic coffe shop. Probably the most important coffe shop in the country).






The spanish shop Bershka




Another spanish, Zara


Swarovski




Zona de Peões (Pedestrian area)


Cortefiel, spanish too


Via Catarina Shopping






Adolfo Domínguez, I't spanish!


Rua de Alexandre Braga (Alexandre Braga st.)


Mercado do Bolhao. An cool and interesting market, but It was closed!


Media Markt


Misako (Spanish)
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Bridges - Ribeira de Vilanova de Gaia (Vila Nova de Gaia riverside area)

Metro de Batalha (Batalha subway station)


VCI


Duero




Dom Luis I Bridge


These houses are near central Porto, amazing!


Monastery


Dom Luis I


Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia Riverside.










The famous wineries.


Dom Luis I


Historic and abandoned nice neighborhood


The bridges city
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Foz do Douro
Foz do Douro is the neighborhood around the Porto beach.
In this area there are some luxury cars, mansions and big apartments. There are cool bars in front of the sea too.
I didn't take very good pics because I was in the car.

Duero mouth


Forte de São João Baptista da Foz (São Baptista da Foz castle)


Foz










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Boavista avenue
In Boaviste avenue we find some little towers and a business area.
Also there are some mansions and luxury cars! And some of the most modern buildings in Portugal.
At the end we saw the "Casa da Música" (Music palace).



And interesting building in a bad pic.








That pic makes me remember Miami
















Caixa Galicia (and spanish bank)


Santander Totta (Another spanish bank)












Casa da Música



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Old September 26th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #17
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Excellent shots all round, took a long time to look at all of those . Well done.
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Great tour of the city. Thanks.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #19
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Thank you!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bristol Mike View Post
Excellent shots all round, took a long time to look at all of those . Well done.
Yes, they're too... I know :S

Thaanks
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This «strange building» is the new Porto headquarters of Vodafone.


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