Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar
Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO958 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We walked across the Ponte de Dom Luís I bridge one morning, and decided to walk up to this area for some photos. You can get a really good view of the city with the bridge in it from this site. Access to the site (at least the part with the view) is free. Highly recommend taking the extra time and walk if you want some excellent photos of the beautiful city of Porto.
Written November 24, 2023
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,128 contributions
Nov 2022
We arrived at the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar by walking across the upper deck of the Dom Luís I Bridge. Continuing along Av. da Republica we then went up to the Monastery along the short Rampa do Infante Santo. The large area in front of the Serra do Pilar circular church is simply fabulous for the view of Gaia on one side and the Douro River on the other. The two sides of the square are very long and therefore the presence of other tourists does not interfere with the photos you want to take. From here you have a perfect view of Gaia, Porto and the surrounding areas as well as an aerial view over the Douro River from the Infante Dom Henrique Bridge to the Arrabida Bridge. An excellent place for photos. The full name of this monastery is Mosteiro de Santo Agostinho da Serra do Pilar and given the position overlooking the river this religious building has also had military uses over time and it is currently used as a religious, cultural and military site.
Written December 30, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,756 contributions
Jun 2022
Serra do Pilar Monastery stands across the Douro river, just to the left when you cross the iconic Dom Luis bridge. It's visible from almost everywhere in Porto standing dramatically on top of the cliff.
Portugal has many monasteries which are absolutely stunning, however this is not the case with this one. This one is one of those which is better from outside than inside. There's a small fee of 2 Euros to enter it, but after seeing others it is pretty underwhelming and in need of restoration.
Contrary to that the views of Porto town across are the absolute best.
Written August 9, 2022
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JS
Boernsen, Germany1,334 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Was a monastery but now some part are used for military purposes. Entrance fee is 2€ but there's nothing much to see. Just think of the 2€ as a donation for them to manage / maintain the place.

The positive side is: the view from the monastery, overlooking Luis Bridge, it's beautiful!
Written April 9, 2020
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Valéria
Porto, Portugal748 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I strongly recommend going to the Monastery at night! You will have such a spectacular view from Porto! It’s breathtaking!
Written July 18, 2021
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Simon E
Porto, Portugal12 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The view from the square is really nice and can be enjoyed for no charge. The walk around the cloisters shows nothing of interest. For an extra two euro you can visit the church which is not worth viewing. It is mould ridden with an air of neglect. There is a walk up the tower but this takes place when a soldier is available. Timings cannot be relied upon and the organisation is woeful. The receptionist deliberately misleads you about the timing of the tours. We waited 1 hour to go up the tower and then were told it was another 20 mins as a soldier was not available. I would avoid this place.
Written August 6, 2019
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Christina S
Stockholm, Sweden520 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The view is marvelous but don’t waste your money to go in because there is only the round Cloister which is open and should be free to see!
The military has disposed everything! No water in the fountain and no toilet! So just admire the view!!! And that’s still for free!
Written July 16, 2019
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Sasha-and-Rachel
Sydney, Australia96 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We loved the viewpoint, but didn't understand the 2 euro we paid to watch a video on nothing really. We thought we would get a little more of a look into the monastery, but that must have been included in the 4 euro tour.

Thankfully the viewpoint and the walk back across Dom Luiz was worth it!
Written January 7, 2018
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Simon R
Bromley, UK182 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
This hilltop monastery has actually been in military hands since the Peninsula War (1807-14). There are two key issues: when to go and how to get there? There are hourly visits from 10.30 to 12.30am and 2.30 to 5.30pm. The best way to get there? Undoubtedly, either taxi or, more exciting, the cable car (Teleferico de Gaia) from the Vila Nova de Gaia waterfront. The latter costs 4 euros one way and deposits you in the park (Jardim do Morro) across the road from the monastery, leaving you a short climb up. The 3 euros entry to the monastery is remarkably good value as you get a highly amusing and informative tour. Why go ? Two reasons: the circular cloister is beautiful and the more or less circular church contains several little gems, for example the ingenious chairs the monks used to sit on which allowed them to appear to be standing during the service! The second reason is the spectacular view from the top of the tower, admittedly 104 steps up a spiral staircase. Not for the faint-hearted or infirm but a wonderful little visit (except that you should be warned that the bolts on the two available toilets are broken !!!)
Written July 22, 2016
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Stephanie T
45 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
Just a short climb after crossing across main the bridge takes you to the Monastery, steeped with history! The views from the top are unparalleled, and free of charge...
Written October 12, 2015
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