Porto Freedom

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+35 points of Interest
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Visit Porto in a free way on a 1-hour self-guided tour. Stroll along the Douro River or discover monuments in the Historic Center such as the Torre dos Clérigos

Activity Highlights

  • 1 hour to explore Porto freely, driving a 100% electric car
  • Discover monuments such as the Sé Catedral or the Torre dos Clérigos, or venture along the Douro River and Foz
  • Be independent and personalize your Tour - Go wherever you want
  • GPS and free Wi-Fi guide
  • Digital recording of the experience and live transmission via social networks
Tour Description

porto freedom

The Porto Freedom tour is for those who like to feel free to choose their own points of interest to discover and explore a city in their own way. 

Drive to the Sé Catedral, contemplate the imposing Torre dos Clérigos or cross the emblematic Dom Luís Bridge. Everything at your own pace. 

If you prefer, we can define a point of interest for you to visit at this time, such as Avenida dos Aliados, Praça da Batalha or even go to know the beaches of Foz do Porto. 

It's your choice! 

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Autonomy, Privacy and Customization

In this 1-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

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.

 

ELECTRIC CAR MUSEUM

Inaugurated in 1992, the Museu do Carro Eléctrico has a collection of electric cars and other support cars that circulated in Porto and that marked the history of urban transport on city rails. Also part of its estate is an example of American cars, of animal traction, that circulated for the first time in Porto in 1872.

Installed in the former Massarelos Thermoelectric Power Station, a building classified as of municipal interest, the museum also exhibits a series of original equipment that were intended for the production and transformation of the electric energy that fed the electric traction network throughout the entire century. XX.

The Museum offers different programs of educational and entertainment services and has a documentation and information center. It also offers space rental and electric car services and event organization.

 

CALEM GARDEN

Small garden space that is almost at the mouth of the Douro River.

It offers magnificent views over the river and it stands out the tall black poplars, as well as a monument that recalls the Ceuta expedition of 1415. The Garden extends through lined plane trees, which extend to the Passeio Alegre.

Along the way, in Sobreiras, some lawns and plantations of trees and shrubs expand the green space.

 

FOZ

Foz is a chic parish right at the mouth of the Douro. The real name is Foz do Douro, but the locals simply call it Foz. The coast has a mixed relief with rocky parts and sandy beaches, and there is an excellent geological walk with informative signs right next to the cafes and restaurants in the area. The São João da Foz Castle (an old fortress from the 16th century) is next to the sea, near a small lighthouse that marks the exit from the Douro to the Atlantic.

There is a style from Foz regarding attitude and fashion. Everyone in Porto knows what that means. The wealthy people tend to live here, but it remains a pleasant and inviting place, whatever their social level. One of Porto's historic tram lines ends at Jardim do Passeio Alegre. If you have time and feel like being by the sea it is worth going to Foz.

 

MATOSINHOS BEACH

Praia de Matosinhos, with an immense sand, offers spaces for the practice of various activities, such as volleyball and beach soccer, surfing and bodyboarding.

This beach has several supports for bathers, such as renting awnings, sunbeds, bars and toilets. Fishing is a very present activity on this beach.

The statues that exist there prove this, in a kind of homage to fishermen and families.

 

CHEESE CASTLE

If you head north from Foz along Avenida do Brasil (which later turns into Avenida Montevideu) you will cross Castelo do Queijo on the rocky coast.

The fort was named after the rocks on which it was built resembled pieces of cheese. The official name is Forte de São Francisco Xavier. The fort is very beaten by the sea. It is an excellent place to feel the sea breeze on your face. The Castelo do Queijo marks the end of Avenida da Boavista.

There is a plaque embedded in the center to commemorate the races of the Grand Prix of Porto (Boavista Circuit).

 

FELGUEIRAS LIGHTHOUSE

Neoclassical hexagonal lighthouse, ten meters high, dated 1886.

It has a balcony and red lanterns and a small annex building with plastered walls painted in white.

The designation "Molhe de Felgueiras" was attributed to it because it was built towards the Felgueiras rock, to the West.

It was modernized in 1945 and automated in 1979, being controlled at a distance from the Leça lighthouse. In the 90s it underwent conservation works.

Before its deactivation, in 2009, the beacon had a range of 9 nautical kilometers, emitting red lightning every 5 seconds.

Currently, it only maintains the audible signal.

 

ANEMONA ROUNDABOUT

Secure by three metal posts, this gigantic 42-meter diameter net moves with the wind, imitating the movement of anemones. It is a sculpture in constant mutation, and, for that reason, they gave the name She moves (It moves). But we treat her affectionately by anemone.

Unfortunately, our anemone has been experiencing some difficulties. In 2007 the structure started to deteriorate rapidly due to weather conditions. The Municipality of Matosinhos and Janet Echelman reached an agreement regarding the rehabilitation of the sculpture, and the artist promised to pay for the replacement of the network, since it had a 5-year warranty.

More recently, the night lighting system, which was in the garden under the sculpture, was vandalized, with a loss of € 20,000 in property damage. The Mayor appealed to the population to provide any information that would lead to the capture of the people who did this damage. For this reason, I believe that more than ever Anemone needs the nocturnal eye of the population, to ensure the safety of its beloved sculpture.

 

SERRALVES FOUNDATION AND PARK

Parque de Serralves houses a museum of contemporary art, the Serralves Foundation, near the park entrance. The museum exhibits avant-garde works by modern artists with facilities constantly changing. It has no permanent exposure.

The Serralves Park has a variety of plants and trees, plus a small lake, which you will find running down the steep hillside of this luxurious property. You will also find a large meadow, a small farm and a rose garden with square hedges. You can easily spend a whole day walking through this 18-hectare park. Carlos Alberto Cabral started designing the park and the pink art deco house in the thirties.

The Serralves Foundation is west of the center on Rua de João de Castro, immediately south of Avenida da Boavista. In spring, the museum organizes Serralves em Festa, a 40-hour non-stop activity festival.

Admission is free on Sunday but you will have to ask for a ticket anyway to enter the garden and the museum.

 

HOUSE OF MUSIC

And now for something more modern… Casa da Música was commissioned to coincide with the selection of Porto as the European Capital of Culture in 2001. Located at the Rotunda da Boa-vista, Casa da Música is a cube-shaped concert venue which contains a cafe, educational center, concert hall, music store and restaurant. This heavy concrete building is a modernist contrast in a city with Baroque architecture and granite facades.

The construction of the Casa da Música, which houses the Porto National Orchestra, attracted a little, was completed only in 2005. Dutch architect Rem-ment Koolhaass, whose work can also be seen at the Seattle Public Library, designed the structure. Some of the residents of Porto do not like the building, while others consider it a breath of fresh air. No matter what your opinion, it is always a topic of conversation. Visit Casa da Música and decide for yourself, or better yet, watch a show there.

There are 1300 people in the auditorium. The Kool restaurant is on the top floor. Curiously, the mobile telecommunications operator Vodafone built an office on Avenida da Boavista (further west) that resembles Casa da Música but on a much smaller scale.

 

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.

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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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