These guys are different. They are different from all the "normal" tourist guides by... everything.
They are different from the "unprofessional" free and pseudo-free tours because they are... professional.
Our guide, Pedro, was a professional architect with a passion for his city. Do you think anyone can have a bigger passion and love for their city than architects? Well, maybe poets, but poets' love is transient whereas architect's love is everlasting.
In his bag Pedro had a folder with clipouts of old papers, copies of books and extracts from scholarly research. The folder was shuffled all the time, revealing the history of the city, ideas behind urban planning and current developments. All this expanded our view of Porto.
Pedro brings your attention to the details you would never see otherwise, he shows exciting parts of the city that are not on the map in Lonely Planet. This city of Porto story is spiced by the socioeconomic, political and historic discussion.
This tour has more in common with talking to a tipsy philosophy prof in a bar rather than organised tourist grazing. Highly recommended.
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