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“You can't come to Porto and not go here”
Review of Cais da Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira
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$79.75*
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Full-Day Heart and Soul of Porto Tour
Ranked #3 of 246 things to do in Porto
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Austin, Texas
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“You can't come to Porto and not go here”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Winding, picturesque streets, views of the traditional port barges on the river and the stunning bridge, lots of casual sidewalk cafes on the waterfront--what's not to like? This is a perfect place to while away the afternoon drinking a Superbock and watching the river and foot traffic. There are good informal restaurants and some really nice ones, a bit more upscale. Navigating the streets down to the river can be a little challenging--some areas are steep with cobblestones, and be very careful with the cars, which can whip around corners at high speed. It's wonderful to stroll around during the day, though--perhaps hiking from the Se cathedral down through the old neighborhoods and ending up on the riverfront. I've heard from locals that it's not the safest place at night, though, so I would not go out exploring alone after dark.

Visited October 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful from afar, touristy up close”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Of course this is a tourist area, but it is a must visit. From the bridge the views of this area are spectacular. Once you actually get down to the area, its all shops and restaurants and of course they are all trying to bring you in when really you just want to stroll the river side and soak up the sun. Many river cruises leave from this area as well. This area is historic and beautiful. Be sure to see it from a distance as that really gives you the best view of the area.

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very pretty”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Very pretty area to walk along and explore but like most touristy areas the food and drinks were a rip off and low quality - despite this it is definitely worth a look around!

Visited November 2012
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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“A vibrant area of the city”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

This area is a real must visit. The riverside is lined with restaurants and shops and with the iconic Luis 1 bridge looming overhead and the great port lodges on the opposite bank in Vila Nova de Gaia, it is a photographers paradise. There are plenty of river trips on offer from around 10 euros. See the barcos rabelos, the sailing boats that used to bring wine from the Douro Valley to the port lodges. There is so much going on, you could never be bored, some great opportunities to eat fresh local food, particularly seafood or just sit with a beer, wine or a glass of port and watch the world go by.

Visited October 2012
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Newmarket, Canada
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“busy, touristy, but a must see”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Don't automatically expect all restaurants there to be good just because they are busy... make sure you pick one that doesn't use frozen battered fish sticks instead of fresh grilled seafood. Stroll the area, find a nice place for lunch or dinner or just a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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