Declared by UNESCO, in 1996, as World Cultural Heritage, Oporto is a cosmopolitan city and at the same time, typical and popular. And it is in the heart of the historic city centre, near the Avenida dos Aliados and São Bento station, that one can find the Casa dos Lóios.
The Casa dos Lóios is located just a few metres from the Praça da República [Republican Square] and the Avenida dos Aliados, recently redesigned by world-renowned architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. It is at the top of Avenida dos Aliados that stands the illustrious Porto City Council. It is also in this avenue that the folk of Porto celebrate life’s special moments within the city of Porto.
The best way to get to know the city centre is on-foot. Five minutes from the Largo dos Lóios is downtown Porto and some of the most iconic commercial arteries of the city. Let yourself be dazzled. If you enjoy a more typical and traditional scenery, the central area is ideal.
On-foot, walk through the roads of the Ribeira [Riverside], along the mouth of the Douro and the D. Luis Bridge. End the afternoon by the river, be it Porto or Gaia, you will not regret it, whatever the choice.
And for those who like shopping, you will not be disappointed. Look for the centennial shops in downtown Porto or walk through Santa Catarina, an area of traditional commerce where you can also find some of the best shops in the city. And, once there, visit the Majestic, one of the most iconic coffee shops in Porto.