Porto City Center

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Discover the historic center of Porto and stunning monuments such as the imposing Torre dos Clérigos or the old Cathedral, on a 2-hour self-guided tour

Activity Highlights

  • 2 hours to explore the historic center of Porto, driving a 100% electric vehicle
  • Visit Torre dos Clérigos, Sé Catedral or pass by Livraria Lello
  • Be independent and personalize your Tour - Go wherever you want
  • GPS guide and free Wi-Fi
  • Digital recording of the experience and live transmission via social networks
Tour Description

porto city center

The city of Porto is known for the river Douro and the famous port wine. Therefore, all the places where it is possible to admire the route of the rabelo boats are unmissable! 

In the Porto City Center Tour you will be able to reach the highest points of Porto and have a fantastic view over the Douro River and its two banks. Start your journey up to the gardens of the Palácio de Cristal with magnificent views of the Douro River and after passing by the garden of Cordoaria you can go up a little further, to pass by the Clérigos tower. 

Then you will head to the heart of the city of Porto, and between narrow streets full of history, with surprising tile facades, you will arrive at Livraria Lello. Lello Bookstore, opened in 1906, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, and famous for having inspired author J.K.Rowling for her Harry Potter book saga. With more time, you will have to enter to visit this unmissable place. 

At this time you will be in the historic center of Porto, and it will be the ideal time to move slowly through the city's avenues and squares to São Bento Station and the Cathedral.

After a brief stop it is time to cross over to the side of Vila Nova de Gaia where you can admire Porto in all its splendor at the Serra do Pilar viewpoint. Then, we suggest a chilling descent through the streets of Calçada da Serra to the bridge of the Dom Luís I Bridge, and when crossing it you will pass in the Bairro da Ribeira and the Palácio da Bolsa.

End your adventure by strolling through Alfandega do Porto and Cais das Pedras. 

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Autonomy, Privacy and Customization

In this 2-hour self-drive city tour in Porto, your independence and privacy are guaranteed. Do you wish to change your route and take an alternative road? Don’t worry, your tour is customizable! Go wherever you want. Just you and yours, no one else to disturb!

sustainability

All of this on board of the fantastic Renault Twizy, a little and funny 100% electric car made for 2. With this totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle we have managed to save tons of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, making the city and our world cleaner places. That is why we were considered the best “Sustainable Tourism” StartUp in the world in 2020, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

technology

The Twizy is equipped with a lot of technology that provides you all the comfort and independence you need in this experience. Free WiFi and USB charging points for your smartphones, a GPS guide with several points of interest in the city, and an amazing video camera installed on top of the car that allows you to livestream your entire experience via social media. At the end of the tour we also give you a digital record of your urban road trip to later remember.

safety (covid-19)

For your safety, and in accordance with DGS and WHO standards, we have implemented extraordinary measures to protect you from the Covid-19 pandemic. Live Electric Tours has adopted all published and approved standards so that you can enjoy your tour in a completely protected way. Our cars are disinfected at the beginning and end of each tour. This procedure is performed by our team, which complies with all the rules established for this purpose. We remind you that all of our tours are completely private, so you will not have contact with other people, except the friend/relative which is with you at the car. Interactions with our team will be reduced to a minimum, occurring only at the beginning and end of each tour, with all the security measures adopted.

 

you choose where to begin

Live Electric Tours deliveries the amazing Twizys wherever you want! You do not wish to come to our store? No problem! We offer pickup and dropoff service! Just write your accommodation address and our team will be there at the schedule time your city tour begins.
In alternative, you are always welcome to our installations - Rua da Restauração 70, 4050-503 Porto.

 

AdDitional Information

If you exceed the defined duration of your tour, there’s an extra cost of 20 euros per additional hour.

We are also present in other magnificent Portuguese cities such as Evora, whose historical centre is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Lisbon, the portuguese Capital, a city full of amazing views and a lot of heritage and history at every corner.

What’s Included
  • Rental of a Renault TWIZY (capacity: 2 people)
  • Civil Liability, Personal Accidents and Car Insurance
  • Tour with GPS guide 
  • Free Wifi in the vehicle
  • Livestreaming of your experience to share with friends and family via Social Media
  • Digital recording of the whole experience to later remember 
  • Pick up and drop off of the vehicle at your accommodation (extra 20€)
  • Vehicle Briefing Before Start
  • Assistance at any time
What’s Not Included

 

Points of interest

CRYSTAL PALACE GARDENS

Installed in the center of Porto and designed by Berliner Emil David (1839-1873), as part of the construction of the Palácio de Cristal building itself.

Currently, the original design is still preserved, the Jardim Emil David at the main entrance, the Avenues of Tílias and Plátanos, the forest and the design of the balconies over the Douro. On Avenida das Tílias, we find the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, the Concha Acustica and the Chapel of Carlos Alberto da Sardenha.

 

CORDOARIA GARDEN

Jardim João Chagas, commonly known as Jardim da Cordoaria, because of the strings that worked there (men who made or sold ropes), dates from 1924 and is located close to Torre dos Clérigos and the Santo António General Hospital.

With a triangular shape, here you can find trees classified as Public Interest and not only. For many, this garden is also an art space, as you can find sculptures along it. A funny statue is one that depicts thirteen human figures and is called 'Thirteen laughing at each other', the work of a sculptor from Madrid, Juan Muñoz and which was installed when Porto was considered a European City of Culture in 2001.

 

CLERIGOS TOWER

The Igreja dos Clérigos is a genuine baroque work from the middle of the century. XVIII, designed by Nicolau Nasoni, an architect of Italian origin who left his mark on many monuments in Porto and the northern region of Portugal. Nasoni is buried, at his request, in a small chapel.

The entire front of the temple has a very interesting Baroque decoration, which is worth appreciating in detail. The interior in granite and marble and covered with baroque carving also reveals the mastery of its architect. In the chancel, there is a polychrome altarpiece by Manuel Porto. But the most striking element of this set is the Tower built in granite stone that rises from the western top of the church's body.

Unmistakable ex-libris of the city and extremely slender in its 75m height, the Tower develops in rhythmic movements that end in a crown of Baroque decoration.

 

LELLO BOOKSTORE

A neo-Gothic style building built in 1906 houses Livraria Lello e Irmão. Inside, several ancient details manage to create an environment capable of transporting us a century ago. Its huge wooden shelves full of books go up to the ceiling and a beautiful carved wooden staircase reigns in the center of the store, while the stained-glass ceiling projects natural light, giving life to this unique scenario.

The magic that surrounds this bookstore is so great that it is said to have inspired the author of the Harry Potter saga.

 

CARMO CHURCH

The Igreja do Carmo, is located at the intersection between Praça Carlos Alberto and Rua do Carmo, in the parish of Vitória, in Porto. The church belongs to the Third Order of Nossa Senhora do Carmo and was built in the Rococo style, in granite, according to a José Figueiredo Seixas project.

The main façade is profusely decorated, both with plant elements and with windows and niches, and is crowned by a cross and the statues of the Evangelists. The side façade is covered with bluish-tiled tiles. Inside the Church there are several rococo gilded altarpieces, made by Francisco Pereira Campanhã in the 18th century.

It is one of the most important churches in the city, and it is located close to the from Jardim da Cordoaria. The Carmo church adjoins the Carmelite church.

 

ALIADOS AVENUE

Avenida dos Aliados is a wide avenue in the center of Porto. It is surmounted by the Porto City Council and flanked by a line of Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades.

The avenue is named after the historic alliance between England and Portugal at the end of the 14th century. There is a wide promenade that leaves the center of the avenue paved with gray stones although the original white stones can still be seen at the bases of the statues that are found at regular intervals along the way. The buildings on the avenue are mainly banks and hotels. Praça da Liberdade is at the bottom of Avenida dos Aliados with a large statue of Dom Pedro IV mounted on his horse in the center of the square.

Pay attention because the avenue is full of pigeons with very good aim.

 

SAO BENTO STATION

São Bento Station, just around the corner from Avenida dos Aliados, is the most central of the train stations in Porto. This Parisian-style building is well worth visiting. See the huge tile panels inside painted by hand and installed by Jorge Colaço at the beginning of the 20th century.

The panels that flank the entrance show the evolution of transport, the four seasons and several epic episodes in the history of Portugal, such as the reconquest of the south and the conquest of Ceuta by Infante Dom Henrique. Near the ceiling you can see the inscriptions Douro and Minho, which are the most important rivers in the region.

The station was named after the Benedictine convent it replaced. The construction only started when the last nun died and she died very old. São Bento Station hosts book fairs, concerts and dinners at the main entrance. The São Bento Metro Station is right at the door just below and to the left when you leave the station through the main entrance.

 

SÉ CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral is an immense structure that, due to its colossal size and location, could be considered a military fortress. It is on a hill next to the Dom Luís I Bridge, overlooking the Ribeira and Douro neighborhoods. The city you see today owes much of its growth to the Cathedral and its protective walls. The extremely narrow houses and alleys of the Sé neighborhood (nowadays a doubtful area of ??the city to avoid at night) were built this way to fit inside the old walls.

Bishop Hugo began building the Cathedral in the 12th century. The fortress underwent changes and reconstruction in the 18th century. In this place there are religious structures since the Visigoths and even before. There is some speculation about the history of this place.

The cathedral has an enormous Gothic rose window under the wide arch of the main entrance. On each side of this are two sturdy towers. With all the changes that have been made, you will find Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture here. Nicolás Nasoni, a prolific Italian architect who lived in Porto, designed the Baroque Sé loggia in the 18th century.

 

SERRA DO PILAR MONASTERY

This monastery is located at the top of the mountain that gives it its name, Serra do Pilar, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

With a magnificent and panoramic landscape, where you can see the entire riverside area of ??Porto and Gaia up to Ponte da Arrábida, as well as the historic center of Porto, Ponte D. Luís, Ponte São João and the Fontainhas area, this building it is a world heritage site and began to be built in 1538. Construction ended in 1670 and the Friars of Augustine of the Monastery of Grijó settled there.

During the period of the civil war and the famous Siege of Porto, between 1832 and 1834, the army of liberals settled in this monastery which, because of the constant attacks on which it was targeted, was destroyed. However, in 1834, with the creation of the Royal Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and in 1925, with the Group of Friends of the Serra do Pilar Monastery, this building was recovered.

With a circular shape typical of the Renaissance period, a vault surrounded by a balcony, and a circular cloister, with 36 Ionic columns - a unique example in Portugal -, the Serra do Pilar Monastery has been a Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1996.

This monastery opened to the public in December 2012 as ‘Casa do Património a Norte’. In this space there is the possibility to watch films about the four places classified as World Heritage by UNESCO (the historic center of Porto and Guimarães, the Alto Douro Wine Region and the Foz Côa Archaeological Park). Here you will also find a statue of the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques and there are also guided tours by an element of the Army, owner of most of this space.

 

D. LUIS I BRIDGE

The Ponte Dom Luís I is a true icon of the city of Porto and a marvel of 19th century engineering. The Dom Luís I Bridge spans the River Douro between Porto on the north bank and Gaia on the south bank.

Designed by German architect, Téophile Seyrig (1843-1923), a disciple and business partner of French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), the Ponte Dom Luís I had the longest span of any metal bridge in the world when it was completed in 1886.

Originally meant for road traffic, now the upper span carries Line D of the Porto Metro and a pedestrian walkway, while the lower deck is for road traffic and pedestrians with no fear of vertigo.

There are wonderful views over the 18th century skyline of Porto including Porto Cathedral and the Clérigos Tower from the top deck and from near Jardim do Morro metro station.

 

RIBEIRA SQUARE

It is one of the oldest squares in the city, located on the bank of the Douro River on the Porto side, an indispensable place to visit. 

Of medieval origin, it has always had a lot of movement, due to the great economic activity and the presence of a port a few kilometers away. It was, therefore, an important point of entry and exit for people and products. Over the years, urban changes took place, such as the opening of Rua de São João and a placement of the sculpture by José Rodrigues that still exists there today, ‘the Cubo da Ribeira’, located practically in the middle of the square.

Excavations carried out in the 1980s revealed the existence of a fountain from the 17th century (from 1601 to 1700). In 2000, a statue of São João Baptista, patron of the city, was inaugurated in Ribeira, and in 2001, a new urban intervention came to remodel the existing pavement and urban furniture. 

For those who want to know the award-winning Porto Historic Center, Praça da Ribeira is a must-visit place. The picturesque buildings that surround it and the fantastic proximity and views of the Douro River and Vila Nova de Gaia, as well as the bridges over the river, leave no doubt that it is a place of unparalleled beauty.

 

STOCK EXCHANGE PALACE

Right next to Rua do Infante Dom Henrique is the prominent Palácio da Bolsa, a gigantic neoclassical building that houses the Porto Commercial Association.

While the exterior blends well with the surrounding areas, it is the interior that truly impresses. This palace receives visiting heads of state as well as other important personalities.

The Stock Exchange Palace is a national monument. It was built on the site of an old monastery, Convento de São Francisco. After the monastery was destroyed by fire in 1832, Porto's mercantile class built an opulent stock exchange building to flaunt the city's wealth and enforce mercantilist laws. Skilled craftsmen have worked for years to build this grandiloquent building, working under the watchful eye of several architects. The bulk of the construction ended in the middle of the 19th century, but the final decorations were not complete until the early 20th century.More than 250,000 visitors a year enter the Palácio da Bolsa and for a small fee they can also participate in a guided tour.

This huge living room is full of tiled floors connected by fine woods brought from the colonies. Impressive frescoes, paintings and sculptures proliferate in different rooms and salons.

 

ALFANDEGA

Alfândega do Porto is right on the riverside west of Ribeira. This imposing structure occupies a good portion of land right under the Gardens of the Palacio De Cristal.

French architect Jean Colson built the old customs house in the middle of the 19th century on the site of Miragaia beach (looking at Gaia). Unfortunately, the sandy beach has disappeared. Alfândega do Porto was never widely used as customs.

The building was restored in 1993 and today contains the transport museum, a multimedia center and a conference center. Immediately to the west of Alfândega do Porto is a helipad for helicopter tours of the city.

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Renting Conditions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum of 2 persons (including the driver) per car. The Renault Twizy is a two-seater car.
  • At the begginng of the tour is required a guarantee deposit of 100€ (to be refunded at the end of the tour)
  • ID/Passport and Valid driving license required
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed for safety reasons
  • Youth (between 4 and 17) must be accompanied by an adult. A booster seat can be provided on request with no extra costs.
  • Final Price is per car
Cancellation policy
  • Free Cancellation up to 24h before your activity starts.
  • We guarantee Full Refund.
  • Possibility to reschedule the date and time of your city tour (subject to availability).

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