Tour Porto in 1 Day

Besides being the second largest Portuguese city, Porto´s history and sights are World Heritage sites. Even though Porto has not always been a very popular destination, in the last years since it won the award for Best European Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017, the city is a must for tourists.

When visiting Portugal, it would be great if you could find the time to visit Porto. One day is enough for those who have limited days on their trip. The city is truly beautiful and you fall in love with it instantly.

 

 

Sao Bento Train Station

If you are lucky enough to arrive in Porto by train, then embrace yourselves to get magnetized by the views. From one side you have the mountain with colorful houses and from the other side, a spectacular view of Ponte de Dom.

The train station is a piece of art on its own, with the walls being covered with the iconic blue tile of Portugal.  The moment you get out of the station is when you fall in love with a city you thought would never surprise you.

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Liberdade Square

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In the center of Porto, you will find this square, full of restaurants and cafes. 2 minutes from the Sao Bento station, makes it a great spot to pass by on your way to other sights. Usually, when a big event happens in the city, it will take place right there.

 

Livraria Lello

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This famous Portuguese bookstore, also known as Livraria Lello, is one of the oldest bookstores in Europe and one of the top bookstores in the world. The admission fee for entering is 5 euros, but if you purchase a book, it will be reducted from the final price.  It is definitely well worth the wait to get in, especially if you are a book lover.

What makes it even more special for the Harry Potter fans, is that the library in the Hogwarts Castle was inspired on the Lello bookstore since J.K Rowling lived in Porto when she was writing the first book of Harry Potter.

 

Porto Cathedral

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The cathedral is standing tall in the center of Porto. Being one of the most famous sights in Porto, it gathers visitors all day long. By going to the top, you can enjoy some amazing views and with a fee of 3 euros, you can get into the side building.

 

Palácio de Bolsa

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Known for its beautiful architecture, the Stock exchange Palace of Porto is an amazingly preserved building full of history and a World Heritage Site. From the inside, the sight is simply stunning and will make you feel like you take all its history in.

You can pick tours based on your preferred language throughout the day. The highlight of your visit would definitely be the Arab themed room.

 

Cais da Ribeira

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Ribeira spreads along the Douro river and is a stunning square full of life, with shops, restaurants and local goods.  It is a very touristy area, but on the bright side, you will be greatly entertained by all the street artists.

When you are there make sure to try the Francesinha, a local dish that is more or less a toast with different types of meats, like steak, sausage, and ham. It is usually topped with an egg and a spicy sauce made with beer and tomato, which is poured over melted cheese.

 

Ponte de Dom Luis I

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The city´s iconic sight is perfect for photographers since it can give you the best views of the city. A cable car (Funicular dos Guindais) will be ready to take you to the top of the 172-meter long bridge. If you more adventurous, you can climb the 65 meters tall bridge with professional equipment. That would be a unique opportunity since it is the only arch in Europe that people can visit.

The sight is filled with tons of people on a daily basis, that enjoy the views and the street performances. Around you will find many cafes and restaurants with fresh and delicious seafood.

 

Wine Quay Bar

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If you want to try the local wine with a view, then go to the Wine Quay Bar. It is located on the Ribeira Square and it is open from Monday to Saturday (16:00 – 23:00). The view is amazing, especially during the night. The service is great and so are the options of cheeses and meats to go with your wine.

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The Top Harry Potter Film Locations & Attractions in London

In 2001, the first Harry Potter film was released, creating a frenzy. Since then, it has become a brand that London has taken full advantage of. Fans are still obsessed with the wizarding world that was created and still buy different souvenirs, such as cups, scarfs, socks, and others.

When in London people want to visit the Harry Potter attractions. Some areas that you will definitely visit in London, you might not even know they were locations that the movie was filmed at or inspired by.

Warner Bros Studios

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A true fan of Harry Potter must visit the Warner Bros Studio, which is filled with props, costumes and the sets of the movie. Get ready to explore Diagon Alley, step into the Great Hall and explore the Forbidden Forest.

Location: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR

Hours: Monday to Sunday 08:00 – 22:00

Tickets: Prices start at £43.00 for adults

 

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

This is a two-part stage play created by Jack Thorne. The story picks up 19 years after the events of The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and follows Harry who is now an employee in the Ministry of Magic and his son Albus, who is just about to attend Hogwarts for the first time. The show is currently booking to 29 September 2019, and the next ticket release will be in Spring 2019. There are two parts of the play. You can either book them together or separately. Part One lasts 2 hours and 40 minutes, while Part Two lasts 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Location: Palace Theatre, 113 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5AY

Tickets: Detailed Info

King’s Cross Station

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The glorious Platform 9 3⁄4, which was used by Hogwarts students is located in the King´s Cross Station. The station has signs that will lead you there. The souvenir shop of Platform 9 3⁄4 is also located there. The opening hours are the same for both the Platform and the shop. Keep in mind that you can walk to the platform and take any pictures you want. If you want a professional photo taken, you will be charged £9.50 for 1 photo, £15 for 2, and £20 for 3.

Location: Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross, London N1 9AP

Hours: Daily 08:00 to 22:00

Sunday 09:00 to 09:00

Tickets: Free

 

St. Paul´s Cathedral

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In the Prisoner of Azkaban, students use the St. Paul´s Cathedral dramatic staircase to go to Professor Trelawney’s Divination class.

Location: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Hours: Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 16:30

(Galleries open at 09:30)

Tickets: £20 for adults, £17.50 for students & 60+,  £8.50 for children

 

Leadenhall Market

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The splendid Diagon Alley that all fans fell in love with, is located in the Leadenhall Market. When Harry and Hagrid visit the market for the first time, they later enter the Leaky Cauldron Pub through a blue door. This blue door is located at 42 Bull’s Head Passage and even though it used to be an empty shop, it is currently an optician.

Location: Gracechurch St, London, EC3V 1LT

Hours: Detailed opening hours of each shop – Stores

 

Piccadilly Circus

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One of the most memorable scenes in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is when Harry, Ron, and Hermione flee to Piccadilly Circus after the Death Eaters invade Bill´s wedding. Piccadilly Circus is one of the most famous areas to visit in London. You will end up there one way or another.

 

Millennium Bridge

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th movie starts with one of the most impressive scenes during which the Death Eaters destroy the Millennium Bridge. The bridge connects the Tate Museum to St. Paul´s Cathedral.

 

High Commission of Australia

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5 minutes from Covent Garden, you can find the Gringotts Wizarding Bank. The interior of the bank was the one that was actually used in the movie. The bank is as grand as it seems on screen. Sadly, you cannot enter the building unless you need an Australian visa, but you may be lucky and find a guard that will let you take a quick look.