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Porto and its miradouros

Travelbooks: Portugal | published: 2020-04-28 | edited: 2020-04-28 | created by: Frank

What can you expect when you come to Porto? Port wine, an enchanting city and many viewpoints (miradouros). Some, like the famous miradouro at the Monastery of Serra do Pilar or the less known miradouro at the Castelo de Gaia, I will show you here. And no matter if the sun is shining or it is raining: Porto is really colorful. Just keep your eyes open and discover all the details. Like here the seagull at the miradouro Sé do Porto (cathedral).

porto miradouro sé do porto

shooting in the rain at Sé do Porto

porto miradouro sé do porto
porto miradouro Ponte Dom Luís I

Ponte Dom Luís I

Miradouro at the Castelo de Gaia

There is a beautiful viewpoint below the Castelo de Gaia (which is unfortunately not accessible). You have a great view to the Douro River, walk past an old shipyard and stroll through small alleys to the viewpoint. Unfortunately a bit hidden. But there we were all alone. And the best thing about it: you'll see Porto from a completely different and (for me) more interesting perspective.

Location of the miradouro.

porto miradouro

an old shipyard on the way to the lookout

porto miradouro

over the barricade and then let's go

porto miradouro

say Hi to this little friend

porto miradouro

let's go upstairs to the lookout

porto miradouro

great view over the roofs to the Douro River and Ponte Dom Luís I

Miradouro at the Monastery of Serra do Pilar

Best time to be there is about one or two hours before sunset. Porto then shines in a golden light. Of course there are many tourists, but you have a magnificent view to the Douro River and Ribeira. After sunset you can slowly stroll back over the Ponte Dom Luís I and see the old town entering the blue hour.

Location of the miradouro

Miradouro Monastery of Serra do Pilar Porto
Miradouro Monastery of Serra do Pilar Porto
Miradouro Monastery of Serra do Pilar Porto
Miradouro Monastery of Serra do Pilar Porto

Crossing the Ponte do Infante

You will find a completely different perspective on Porto when you walk across the Ponte do Infante. From there, you will see many abandoned buildings such as the Capela do Senhor de Além below the Monastery of Serra do Pilar. On the north side of the river you get a great view into the original streets of Porto.

Ponte do Infante Porto
Ponte do Infante Porto
Ponte do Infante Porto
Ponte do Infante Porto

The best thing you can do: stroll around

Very popular miradouros are located in the Jardins da Casa do Roseiral. There you should definitely walk the whole way. It doesn't make sense - but it's simply fun. Also very nice is the view from the Jardin do Museu Romântico. Or find some stairs. There you often get a nice view over the roofs and discover a lot of street art. Or just get lost like we did and then find an almost abandoned miradouro near the Jardins da Casa Tait. 

Jardins da Casa do Roseiral miradouro porto

Jardins da Casa do Roseiral

Jardin do Museu Romântico miradouro Porto

Jardin do Museu Romântico

Porto streets miradouro
Porto miradouro Jardins da Casa

Finally

Yes. If you want to see Porto in all its colours, you should definitely visit different miradouros. Porto has so much charm and a great vibe. A city where you just have to enjoy your stay. And don't worry about how to get from one place to another. Just walk. There is so much to discover. We walked about 15 km a day. It's worth it!

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