Welcome to the Leixoes Cruise Port Guide. Leixões is the name of the port closest to the city of Porto. The port is about 9 km / 5,5 miles from the city centre. Porto has approximately 240.000 inhabitants and it is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Many, including ourselves, truly think Porto is the most beautiful, charming city of Portugal. This is the town where you can expect anything typically Portuguese; countless houses decorated with Portuguese tiles, Gothic cathedrals, fado restaurants and amazing food. The city is so incredibly colorful and there are so many things happening on every street corner. Just a walk through the city or along the famous Duoro river will give you a taste of this beautiful Portuguese city has to offer. The Portuguese culture in all its glory will never fail to impress in Porto and therefore this entire city centre is also listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. Make sure this one is on your itinerary on a cruise to Portugal. Go for a city walk, explore the countless churches decorated with gold and tiles or enjoy the Port wines made here in the area. There is something to do here for everyone. Find out below how to get yourself from the cruise port to the city centre in our Porto cruise port guide.
Does it get any more Portuguese than this? It probably doesn’t. The alluring district of Ribeira is a network of medieval streets that take you back in time. Enjoy the laundry hanging on the balcony’s, the cobble stoned streets and the terra cotta rooftops.
Walk on the boulevard along the Duoro river. On the other side you’ll see Porto and it just is that picture perfect walk.
While the exterior of the building is already impressive it is the interior that will blow you away. The station shows you 20.000 splendid azul glazed ceramic tiles that depict the history of the city. A piece of art that took 11 years to make. You’ll find it right in the main hall of the station. This is also where bus line 500 comes in.
If you take a taxi into town this is the spot to ask for. This is the best location to start when exploring Porto’s city centre. It is high up, so it provides beautiful views over Ribeira, the city centre and it will provide that great first impression of Porto. You can visit the cathedral itself, which was built in the 12th century. After your visit to the cathedral make sure to start exploring the network of little market squares and alleyways.
Casa da Música houses the cultural institution Fundação Casa da Música. The building is known for its non traditional shape. Designer Rem Koolhaas faced the challenge to design a building that would literally think “outside the box”. This building is a must visit for those interested in architecture.
This former 17th century Carmelite church together with its 18th century Carmo church is iconic for Porto. In between you find the world’s narrowest house that is about 1 meter wide.
Walk this street along the river side to get a feel for Porto. It’s simply impossible not to fall in love with Porto when you are on a location like this.
Serralves in Porto is known for its mansion, museum and gardens. Contemporary art from the 60’s until present day are showcased at this beautifull museum.
This historical building in the centre of Porto is known if its beautiful interior. Make sure to visit the Moorish room inside.
This bookstore was built in 1906 and has world wide fame because it is in the top 5 of most beautiful bookstores in the world. There are no pictures allowed inside so the interior will have to remain a surprise for you. There are Portuguese and International book titles for sale in the store.
This 18th century tower is a well known tower in the city of Porto and a great navigational marker as is it visible from many parts of town.
When in Porto…. You have to taste the Port wine. This fortified wine is made in the Duoro valley exclusively since the British found out to add liquor to the wine to make sure the wine wouldn’t be spoilt after the long journey from Portugal to Britain. Make sure to stop by one of the tasting locations.
The church of São Lourenço is built in Baroque-Jesuit Mannerist style. The interior is decorated with gold and a baroque altar.