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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  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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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