Beautiful Porto

2011-02-12 5

Porto is an exciting city with a vibrant arty scene and lots of things to do and see. Take a look through my eyes and fall in love with it.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, with a population of about 1.3 million in its metropolitan area. The city is one of the oldest in Europe. It was an important Roman port and it is the origin of the name of Portugal. Porto has been a registered World Heritage Site since 1996.

The most obvious landmarks are probably the Ribeira and Dom Luis I’s bridge, the Cathedral, São Bento Station, Avenida dos Aliados (Allies Avenue), Clérigos Tower, and the wine cellars in Gaia. The Ribeira is just amazing. It is a row of old colourful buildings just in front of the river Douro. Its arcades bustle with great restaurants and cafés and it has a beautiful view of Gaia and the Porto wine cellars in the opposite shore. Dom Luis I’s bridge joins Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is an impressive mass of iron, designed by one of Eiffel’s disciples in the 1880’s. It has two decks, and both can be crossed by car, overground and on foot. Some of the best pictures of Porto can be taken from here.

Credits: basho

São Bento Station is famous for its tiled walls, the work of painter Jorge Colaço. The building is located on the site of a old Benedictine convent and has retained its old name. If you are interested, you can read this fantastic piece about the station from the archives of Lomography: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2009/02/18/s-bento-station-porto.

There’s also a good piece about the Avenida dos Aliados (http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2009/02/16/avenida-dos-aliados) which you should also read. It is the main venue in the city. The heart of everything and a fantastic place to walk, see the buildings and enjoy whatever may be going at the moment: a market, a concert or a book fair. Don’t miss the awesome Lomography shop close to this Avenue! The shop used to be an old warehouse and you can still see the rails running through it. I’ve been there several times and it’s one of my favourites.

Credits: basho

If you like high places and panoramic views and belong to the sporty type, climb the stairs in the Clérigos Tower. It is a slender beauty in Baroque style. It was designed by Nassoni in the 18th century. And yes, it has also been reviewed here before (http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2008/07/28/tower-of-the-clerigos-church-porto) so I’ll just add that the world famous Lello & Irmãos bookshop is almost at the base of the tower. This is one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwart school. Take a look inside, browse the books and climb its awesome winding red stairs but ask for permission before shooting with your camera there! They are so tired of tourists suffering from accidents that they don’t allow cameras into the bookshop anymore. At the back of the tower, there is another site which is not usually mentioned in the guides: the photography museum. The building used to be a prison and it holds a permanent exhibition about its history and an impressive camera collection, which includes some fine Lomo specimens!

Credits: basho

Apart from all that, one should not leave Porto without having walked along Rua de Santa Catarina, the nicest shopping street I’ve ever seen. Take a minute to visit the Bolhão Market and the cute vintage shops that surround it, including a coffee break at Confeitaria Baptista (25 Rua Formosa). And watch out for concerts at Porto’s famous rock venue, O Coliseu! A nice modernist building which was saved by the people of Porto some years ago when it was threatened with demolition.

Credits: basho

In Rua Miguel Bombarda you’ll find lots of art galleries and the “in” crowd of Porto. It’s really worth a visit, whether or not you’re into that kind of thing. This is Porto’s youth territory so expect a surprise at the turn of every corner!

Credits: basho

At night, take a stroll across the river and go to Gaia. The shore is teeming with restaurants, bars and a very animated scene. And the views of the city are awesome!

Credits: basho

written by basho on 2011-02-12 #places #porto #trip #location #portugal #personal-story #map-it-and-tag-it-rumble

5 Comments

  1. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    great work!! thanks for mentioning my articles, it's an honour! :)

  2. basho
    basho ·

    @paper_doll: thank you for writing them! They're great :o)

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great location!!

  4. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Fantastic! The Photography museum is great! Great article.

  5. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Nice one my friend, like all the details!

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomography NYC: Workshops & Events September 2017

    written by lomographynyc on 2017-08-31 #news
    Lomography NYC: Workshops & Events September 2017

    We have some exciting things planned to kick off our fall season, take a look!

    2017-08-31
  • Celebrating Women's Beauty: An Interview With Guillaume Gaubert (NSFW)

    written by Ivana Džamić on 2017-01-02 #people
    Celebrating Women's Beauty: An Interview With Guillaume Gaubert (NSFW)

    Guillaume Gaubert is a french photographer who certainly has an eye for beauty. Only a few years ago, he became fascinated with the whole process of taking photos and decided to dive into the world of photography.

    2017-01-02 3
  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Adrenaline Junkies Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Adrenaline Junkies Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins with these winning photographs from the Adrenaline Junkies category.

    2017-04-08 22
  • Shop News

    Discover endless creative possibilities with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System!

    Discover endless creative possibilities with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System!

    This lightweight and compact Art Lens System is three prime lenses in one. Shoot with a fixed focal length of 35mm, 50mm or 80mm and experiment with a wide range of f/stops and special aperture plates to achieve countless creative styles. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F or Pentax K mount!

  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Off the Grid Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Off the Grid Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Unplugged from the fast-paced world of technology and reconnect with Mother Earth through the winning photographs of the Off the Grid category.

    2017-04-08 8
  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Breaking Boundaries Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Breaking Boundaries Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Venture bravely into the unknown with these wanderlust-inducing photographs that topped the Breaking Boundaries challenge.

    2017-04-08 7
  • Tipster: Maximize Your Instants! (Part 1)

    written by lomographymagazine on 2017-09-01 #tutorials
    Tipster: Maximize Your Instants! (Part 1)

    There's so much to love about instant photography. The idea of a picture developing right in the palm of your hand is really amazing and exciting, but that's just the beginning -- what you do next with your instant photos will take your excitement to the next level.

    2017-09-01
  • Shop News

    Capture more for 20% less on Instax films when you purchase the Lomo'Instant Panama Bundles!

    Capture more for 20% less on Instax films when you purchase the Lomo'Instant Panama Bundles!

    Save up to 20% on Instax films when you buy the new Lomo'Instant Panama Bundles!

  • Summer Hotspots: Poland

    written by sirio174 on 2016-11-14 #places
    Summer Hotspots: Poland

    Through these photographs taken with my little Olympus XA2, I'll tour you around three important cities in Poland that I visited last summer: Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, all rich in history, art, and architecture. Take a look!

  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Now or Never Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Now or Never Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Celebrate the beauty and spontaneity of instant photography through these wonderful snapshots.

    2017-04-08 8
  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Game Changers Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Game Changers Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. See the world from a different perspective through these game changing photographs.

    5
  • Shop News

    Check out what's on discount!

    Check out  what's on discount!

    Save up to 60% on selected cameras, bags and accessories!

  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Urban Explorers Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Urban Explorers Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Celebrate chance encounters, beautiful coincidences and breathtaking simplicity that make everyday life extraordinary through the winning photographs in the Urban Explorers category.

    2017-04-08 7
  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Trial and Error Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Trial and Error Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Witness how photo experiments and happy accidents can produce striking, one-of-a-kind photographs.

    2017-04-08 14
  • TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Migration and Identity Winners

    written by Lomography on 2017-04-08 #news
    TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards 2016: Migration and Identity Winners

    The TEN AND ONE Annual Lomography Photo Awards is made up of 11 different categories. Through these 11 different categories — 10 unchanging and one modified every year to reflect contemporary global issues — we’re asking to see the world through your eyes and to share your experience as a human on this beautiful, bizarre and bewildering planet. Discover what "home" and "identity" mean to our winners.

    9
  • Find Out More About