Porto: Walking through downtown

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Universidade do Porto on the right

On our last day in Porto we decided to take a walk through the historic downtown area. The city is not too big and perfect for strolling – given you don’t mind steps and inclines! It’s a shame we didn’t have better weather, but the clouds didn’t take away from the beauty and charm of the city.

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Igreja do Carmo

 

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Armazéns Cunhas, department store with a lovely 1930s art-deco front

 

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Flags on many streets downtown – not sure why?

 

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Parque Municipal das Virtudes – our driver from the airport recommended we go here to watch the sunset

 

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Parque Municipal das Virtudes

 

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View of the Douro River from the Parque Municipal das Virtudes

 

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The second belt of city walls was built in the XIVth century and finished during the reign of King D. Fernando. There were four gates defended by towers and fourteen narrow entrances. This imposing stretch of wall runs along the Caminho Novo Steps and continues on through the Rua Francisco Rocha Soares.

 

 

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The Douro River

 

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Taking a rest after so much walking and so many stairs

 

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Statue of St John the Baptist by sculptor João Cutileiro in Ribeira Square

 

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Porto Cathedral

 

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Walking along the top of the Dom Luís I Bridge

 

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Clérigos Church and Tower

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