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LET’S GO TO OPORTO’S RIBEIRA!

Ribeira do Porto_Oporto's Ribeira

LET’S GO TO OPORTO’S RIBEIRA!

It’s one of the visit cards of the city. Oporto’s Ribeira, in Portugal, is one of the most beautiful local neighborhoods and a mandatory stop for anyone passing through the city.

Inevitably I got there when I visited the historic center (see here 4 Amazing Stores in Oporto). I came from the Church of San Francisco area, walking along the waterfront when I got to Ribeira and was impressed with all the excitement.

The place is very busy; since it’s from here that the traditional boats departure for the trips on the Douro River. Also the various terraces are perfect to spend the afternoon contemplating the view in the company of a cold fino (local name for beer).

And what a view! Over Gaia and the area of the Port Wine Cellars, and the D. Louis Bridge, where some intrepid kids jumped into the water in that hot day that I chose to wonder around.

Oporto’s Ribeira is synonymous of tradition

This is one of the oldest neighborhood of the city and that’s evident in the buildings that we find there, with charming architecture and, at the same time, giving a touch of color with its painted facades.

Any time of year is good to visit Oporto’s Ribeira . Of course if you choose to go with good weather you can enjoy it more.

Now, if you don’t mind the confusion and you’re a fan of local traditions, nothing like visiting the place on the night of the St. John celebrations. The fun is guaranteed, with lots of music, food and drink, and of course, memorable fireworks.

Oporto Ribeira

The view over D. Louis Bridge

Oporto Ribeira

The neighborhood buildings

Oporto Ribeira

The D. Louis Bridge

Oporto Ribeira

Kids jumping from the D. Louis Bridge

Oporto Ribeira

The neighborhood buildings

Oporto Ribeira

The view over Gaia

Have you ever visited Oporto? What did you think of the city? Tell your experience, what you liked about it, in the comment box below.

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Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures, in Portugal, destination on which she writes for Portuguese digital publications, as in the World. It's not uncommon for her to travel to new countries and discover new cultures.

Comments

  • March 24, 2017

    I would love to see the festival there!

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  • March 24, 2017

    The view behind D. Louis Bridge is so colourful! I’ve never been to Oporto before, and to be honest, I’d never heard of it, so this was a really pleasant read. Thank you!

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  • March 24, 2017

    Ahhh… I’ve been to Porto just once and only for 8 hours, during a flight connection. I need to go back to see more things because I really liked the place.

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  • March 24, 2017

    Wow I would love to visit this city. It looks so so stunning. Thanks for sharing such details.

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  • March 24, 2017

    I’m hearing for this place for the first time. Actually, it turning out that I don’t know almost anything about Portugal. However, this place looks lovely, and I would love to visit it. So, thanks for sharing.

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  • March 25, 2017

    Wow, the photos of Oporto are wonderful. I have never been to Oporto Ribeira but Portugal is a must on my bucket list! I could see myself drinking a cold fino and enjoying the view, hopefully not on a busy day 🙂

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  • March 25, 2017

    I am so sad that I missed Porto when I went to Portugal. Your photos are great!

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  • March 25, 2017

    Portugal is definitely on my bucket list and this city looks fabulous!!!

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  • March 26, 2017

    These photos are incredible. I haven’t been to Portugal and have never heard of this place but adding it to my list now!

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  • March 26, 2017

    I visited Porto last year and loved it, so many hills though. Between the stunning views, winding streets and, of course, the delicious Port, a great place to get lost in for a few days.

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  • March 26, 2017

    I was there a few years back. It really is gorgeous. Your photos are beautiful 🙂

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  • Micki
    March 27, 2017

    I love the great photos; those colorful buildings are so fun! I can’t wait to visit Portugal. Thank you for sharing!

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  • March 27, 2017

    I loved Oporto! I have fond memories of looking at that bridge. And I was there just before St. John.

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  • March 27, 2017

    Great post! We are planning to visit Portugal in May this year. Been to Portugal before and did the Algarve, This year we want to visit Oporto, Lisbon and drive down South again before driving further to Spain.

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  • March 28, 2017

    It looks like a fun city to walk around. The boat trip sounds like a great option as well to see all those colourful buildings by the water. Portugal is a great country for architecture.

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  • March 28, 2017

    I adore Portugal! I truly think it’s the most underrated country in Europe, but posts like this remind me that it won’t be underrated for much longer, that’s for sure!

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  • March 31, 2017

    Beautiful pictures. I would love to be a part of the festivals there.

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  • March 31, 2017

    Never heard of Oporto before. The looks like a cool city to walk around and the view is just splendid!

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