Here at Flat in Porto we consider Porto’s centre the area comprised between Campo 24 de Agosto and Rotunda da Boavista and from the river Douro (South) to Praça do marquês (North). Easily walkable, here you find the several historical and cultural points of interest. There are also public transports anywhere in town and outside.
Points of Interest in the Centre of Porto
UNESCO – historical centre of Porto – going up and down the lovely streets of Sé or Vitoria area, on it’s southern hill the stairs of Barredo is like getting lost in Porto’s past. The narrow houses rise up, close to one another light with their skylights. The remaining of the old Walls of the city or Nazoni architecture is a small walk away. There’s no excuse not to walk here if you come to Porto.
Lapa Church and Cemetery – Lapa Church need well over 100 years to be built. That was due to the shortage of funding as well as to the napoleonic invasion. Here is where is kept the heart of King D. Pedro IV (who was the first of Brasil as a country). Also not to be missed (ideally during a concert!) the monumental organ bought in 1995.
The cemetery is also worth a visit. It looks like a museum of Romanticism times. it was opened to bury the victims of cholera, but also became the last address of many of the rich and noble of the city in their funerary chapels. You can find here some of the important writers like Arnaldo Gama, or Camilo Castelo Branco.
Gardens and Squares of Porto’s centre – Porto’s centre hasn’t got so many public green areas, but if you look from the sky you’ll notice that many of its homes do have a little green area to their backyards. Nevertheless there are some worth a visit in the centre. To the west, after the hospital of Santo António you have the beautiful gardens of Palácio de Cristal; up north towards the end of Rua da Constituição there is praça do Marquês; near Lapa Church there is Praça da República; in the centre of Porto on its eastern hill near praça dos Poveiros, the nice Jardim de São Lázaro; also in the very heart of Porto but on the western hill you have the lovely Passeio das Virtudes and the garden of the same name. You can’t miss the jardim da Cordoaria, very close to the Torre dos Clérigos.
Cedofeita street – This street gets it’s name from the little church of São Martinho de Cedofeita (6th century). The street is far more recent. It was opened 1762 according to plans by João de Almada e Melo (who has a street named after him: Rua do Almada). By 1813 it is already present in the round map by Balck de 1813. Today a good part of it is a pedestrian charming street.
Romanic Cedofeita Church – The full name is São Martinho de Cedofeita. This lovely church goes back to the Swabian times and is thought of as the oldest church of Porto. It is not clear when it was built, some say it was by king Reciario (466), some others say it was under king Teodomiro. There is in fact a legend telling about this king and his ill son, Ariamiro. The king in despair, sent emissaries filed with offerings to Saint Martin of Tours. It was the bishop of Braga Martinho de Dume who brought back a relic, with which help it is said the son was healed. Teodomiro ordered that the church was built, and because it was built so quickly, people referred to it as Cito Facta, or Cedo Feita, which means early made. And hence the name Cedofeita!
Accommodation in Porto’s Centre
If you need a short term accommodation in Porto, and prefere the centre of town, check here the apartments. Click on the link if you are looking for the apartments in the historical centre of Porto.