Porto Car Hire
The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located in the heart of
the industrial north of the country, 11km from the city of
Oporto, making it a privileged access point to this valuable
Having undergone intense renovation work, the Francisco Sá
Carneiro Airport now receives passengers and other users in
the greatest of comfort, taking up the role of primary
travel hub for the north-western corner of the Iberian
The airport terminal offers visitors a wide selection of
services including cafeterias and shops.
Come discover this capital of the north with all its
splendid traditions and in the company of friendly, outgoing
locals. Along the banks of the River Douro lies the area
where footwear, furniture and clothing companies have long
been operating, bringing economic life to the country.
Porto Airport Facilities
Banking and Insurance
Porto Airport Accesses
If you plan on arriving at the airport using your own
vehicle you may use on of the following motorways, depending
on your point of origin.
> Nacional Highway 107
> IC 24 (Secondary Road)
Assistance for Passengers
with Reduced Mobility
The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has lifts/elevators and
toilet facilities that are wheelchair accessible.
The principal urban centre of northern Portugal and the
country’s second largest city, Oporto is well-known for its
exquisite cultural heritage. On a daily basis, more than a
million people make this bustling “capital of the north”
their workplace, which adds a very special vitality and
energy to the city.
After its year of being designated European Capital of
Culture, the city of Oporto continues to attract
international tourists thanks to its architectural jewel,
the Casa da Música, a unique and magnificent concert hall
which is part of that privileged circuit of distinguished
cultural landmarks that cannot be missed.
The brainchild of Rem Koolhaas and erected in the Boavista
neighbourhood of the city, this astounding and exceptional
modern building is reminiscent of a diamond in the rough,
with its large irregular sides and smooth surfaces. Without
question, the Casa da Música has become a must for any
visitor to the north of Portugal.
Porto Airport Contacts
Telephone (+351) 229 432 400
Places to Visit in Porto
IShould you have some time and wish to acquaint yourself
with what Porto has to offer, we suggest a one day tour
through the Historical Centre.
Begin in the shopping area whose hallmark is the Rua de
Santa Catarina (street). In this area you will find a large
and varied selection of shops, some of which are of Art
Nouveau architectural style. Of these, be sure to appreciate
the greatest achievement of this artistic movement; the Café
Magestic. Here you can drink a "cimbalino", the name given a
traditional coffee, and taste the city's confectionery.
Descend the Avenida dos Aliados (avenue) where you should
not miss the Câmara Municipal (Municipal Council Hall) of an
architectural style dating from the beginning of the 20thC.
Pass by the Igreja dos Congregados (a church of the end of
the 17thC and beginning of the 18thC) and make a stop at the
Estação de São Bento (railway station) to appreciate the
historical blue glazed tile panels.
Follow Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques and climb up to the Sé
(cathedral). Nearby are the Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro
(house-museum) and the Igreja de São Lourenço or otherwise
named Grilos church of mannerist style.
Descend towards the Ribeira (riverbank) by the Escadas das
Verdades (The Steps of the Truths) from which you can
observe a notable view of the Ponte Dom Luís (bridge). Then
walk through the Barredo quarter.
The Casa do Infante, an archaeological centre and museum in
a building with mediaeval foundations, is an obligatory
stop. It was where the great impeller of the Portuguese
Discoveries, Prince Henry the Navigator, was born in 1394.
In the Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais (Regional
Centre of Traditional Arts) in the very heart of the Ribeira,
you can acquaint yourself with the handicrafts of the north.
Then climb up to the Praça Infante Dom Henrique (square) to
visit the Igreja de São Francisco (church) and the Palácio
da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace).
In Rua Ferreira Borges (street) you will find the old market
building, now an exhibition hall whose ironwork architecture
is worthy of admiration.
Continue to climb up to the Igreja dos Clérigos, a baroque
monument finished in 1773 and a city hallmark.
End your tour by climbing the 240 steps of the Torre dos
Clérigos, one of the viewing points that provides one with a
global view of the mediaeval city.
Our publication - "Your Guide" - distributed free of charge
at Porto Airport contains other suggestions of tours you can
do in and around the city.
> Buses and Trams
Journeying by bus or tram is the best way to get to know the
city. Chose one, or all, of the four suggestions bellow:
Tram 1E: Along the river until the sea. Circuit: Marginal,
Foz, Castelo do Queijo e Boavista (30 minutes)
Bus 78: Through the city. Circuit: Castelo do Queijo, Foz,
Boavista, Baixa, Antas e Hospital de S. João (70 minutes)
Bus 88: Next to the river. Circuit: Hospital S. João,
Circunvalação, Marginal, Ribeira e Alfândega (35 minutes)
Bus 20: Through downtown. Circuit: Praça da Liberdade,
Palácio, Boavista, Constituição e Marquês (45 minutes)
> Cruises on the River Douro
Enjoy the fine landscapes of the Douro riverbanks from a
river cruise. There are a choice of cruises to suit every
pocket, with itineraries varying from a few hours to several
days in length. Between Régua and Porto there are various
points of interest, especially the slopes grown with vines
and the different Port wine lodges.
River cruises companies:
Barca Douro - Tel: (+351) 222 008 882
Douro Acima - Tel: (+351) 222 080 677
Douro Azul - Tel: (+351) 223 402 500
Endouro - Tel: (+351) 222 084 161
Rent Douro - Tel: (+351) 224 646 352
Rota do Douro - Tel: (+351) 223 759 043
Tomáz do Douro - Tel: (+351) 222 082 286
Turis Douro - Tel: (+351) 223 708 429
Via D'Ouro - Tel: (+351) 222 081 935
> Monuments: the Basics
Casa do Infante (Prince's House)
Place where tradition believes Prince Henry was born. A
former costumes house of Porto it is presently the municipal
Rua da Alfândega
Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos (Cleric's Church and Tower)
One of the most significant monuments of the city. Church
and tower were built between 1732 and 1750 in a
baroque-style. The imposing structure of 75,6 m high, make
Clérigos Tower one of the best belvederes in town.
Rua São Filipe Néry
Igreja do Convento de S. Francisco (Church of the Convent of
Gothic church was begun at the end of the 14thC. The 15thC
mural paintings and baroque altarpiece of the 18thC are
Rua do Infante D. Henrique
Palácio da Bolsa (The Stock Exchange)
A building in neo-classical style built in the middle of the
19thC. Of particular interest inside are: the metallic,
windowed and covered atrium and the famous Arab Hall.
Rua Ferreira Borges
Sé Catedral (Cathedral)
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral treasury
displays ritual accessories, vestments, silverware and books
of the most interest.
Terreiro da Sé
Casa-Museu Fundação Eng.º António de Almeida (António de
Almeida Foundation Museum)
Diversified collection of items collected by the founder:
furniture, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, paintings,
timepieces, and an important numismatic collection of Greek,
Roman, Byzantine, French and Portuguese coins.
Rua Tenente Valadim 237
Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (Guerra Junqueiro House Museum)
Installed in a 18thChouse, the museum presents a collection
of art brought together by the founder. Includes; furniture,
silverware, statues and low reliefs in stone, wood and
alabaster, Portuguese and foreign ceramics and faience.
Rua D. Hugo 32
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Serralves
Contemporary Art Museum)
National and international contemporary art, as well as a
permanent collection of works from the late sixties to the
Rua D. João de Castro 210
Museu do Carro Eléctrico (Tram Museum)
Exhibition of vehicles, machinery, photographs and tickets
from the end of the 19thC to the present day.
Avenida Basílio Teles
Museu Romântico (Romantic Museum)
Installed in the interior of an affluent dwelling of 19thC,
the museum reconstructs and displays the different
decorative arts of the period.
Rua Entre Quintas, 220
Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis (Soares dos Reis National
Installed in the Carrancas mansion (1795-1800). Collections
of Portuguese paintings (16th to 20thC), foreign paintings
(16th to 19thC) and Portuguese Sculpture (16th to 20thC).
Rua D. Manuel II
Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações (Transport and
Situated in the historic centre. Permanent exhibitions are:
"The automobile in space and time" and "Communication of
knowledge and the imagination". Cultural events are
Rua Nova da Alfândega, Edifício da Alfândega
The city possesses excellent green areas. Amongst the
diverse parks and gardens are the Serralves Foundation Park
and the City Park in the western area; the São Roque Park in
the eastern; and the Palácio Garden in the centre. In these
places one can discover the wealth of the region's natural
heritage and the charms of reconstituted surroundings of the
Jardim da Cordoaria (Cordoaria Gardens)
Campo Mártires da Pátria
Jardim do Passeio Alegre (Passeio Alegre Gardens)
Foz do Douro
Jardim Quinta da Macieirinha (Quinta da Macieirinha Gardens)
Rua Entre Quintas, 220
Parque da Fundação de Serralves (Serralves Foundation Park)
Rua D. João de Castro, 210
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