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Porto's showpiece is the UNESCO World Heritage area around the Ribeira waterfront, an ancient labyrinth of intimate squares, hidden gardens, scenic alleyways, and gorgeous town houses. Don't miss the extraordinary architecture of buildings such as the Baroque Sé Cathedral, Torre dos Clérigos, the São Bento Railway Station, and the old Stock Exchange. The city gave its name to port wine, so it's only fitting that you should tour at least a couple of port wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro River. Back in Porto proper, check out the city's stellar blend of old and new. The art collection and gardens at Museu Serralves are a must-see, as is a performance at the Rem Koolhaas–designed Casa da Música concert hall.

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Trams, Porto

One of Europe's most exhilarating forms of public transportation, the Porto tramway formerly plied a network of routes across the city but now runs only between...more

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Torre Dos Clérigos, Porto

For Porto's best panorama, climb the 250-foot-high Baroque Torre dos Clérigos. The views from the top encompass the entire city as well as Vila Nova de...more

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Sé Catedral, Porto

The formidable cathedral dominating central Porto is worth a visit for its ornate interior and its mixture of architectural styles. Despite attempts to...more

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Port Wine Tasting, Porto

Across the river, in the southern suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia, more than a dozen port-wine lodges are open for tours and tastings (most of them daily, except...more

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Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto

The most successful of the city's stabs at contemporary cultural relevance is the Museu Serralves, a cultural center at the heart of a glorious garden just...more

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Mercado do Bolhso, Porto

Situated east of Avenida dos Aliados, this main market is a don't-miss experience. Screeching, cheerful ladies offer everything from seafood to herbs and honey;...more

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Art Deco, Porto

For fans of clean lines and jazzy typefaces, Porto is an Art Deco delight. The style caught on here in a big way from the 1920s onwards, and the city is full of...more

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