The Worlds Most Instagrammable City | PORTO

The Worlds Most Instagrammable City | PORTO

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PARIS, TULUM AND MOSCOW, IT'S TIME TO MOVE OVER.

WE'VE FOUND THE NEW CITY #HOTSPOT.

Portugals second city is filled with numerous photo opportunities that your IG followers won't be able to help but double tap.

From the colourful buildings that adorn its riverfront and the winding streets of its medieval heart, all the way to its iconic tiled churches - Lisbon’s sleepier sister boasts some of the best backdrops for selfies and scenic shots.

Here are four sights in Porto worthy of real estate on your feed.

SOUL CHAPLE

#BLUENWHITE #CHAPLE

On the corner of Rua de Santa Catarina and Rua Fernandes Tomás, it’s common to see tourists walking slowly, camera in hand, delaying those on their way to appointments...

The reason is the imposing Capela das Almas, an old monastery from the 18th century and a rare architectural find for anyone from abroad - purely because it is entirely covered with azulejos (painted tiles). 

The blue and white building, with 360 metres of walls covered with 15,947 tiles telling the story of Francis of Assisi, is an Instagram favourite amongst travellers and is said to be one of the best picture backgrounds in the city. 

THE RIBEIRIA DISTRICT

#COLOURFUL #POSTCARDPORTO #AESTHETIC

Ribeira is Porto's biggest heart-stealer. 

Its Unesco World Heritage maze of medieval alleys zigzags down to the Douro River and a promenade lined with slender, pastel-hued houses and hole-in-the-wall tascas (taverns), with front-row views of the spectacular Ponte de Dom Luís I and the port-wine lodges across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. 

Jam-packed with sights, shops and restaurants (and flocks of tourists), this historic neighbourhood is postcard Porto.

LIVRARIA LELLO

#HARRYPOTTER #MOVINGSTAIRCASE

We get it. Visiting a library whilst travelling might not be everybody's cup of tea but what if we said that Harry Potter was somehow involved...

Greeting you as you enter is JK Rowling's favourite feature...the winding staircase, which is said to be the inspiration behind the moving staircases at Hogwarts.

The library boasts a fusion of Neo-Gothic, Art Deco and Art Nouveau - a decorative façade that hints that there may be something more to Livraria Lello than first meets the eye.

Question is, will you stay long enough to explore, or will you just take your picture and leave?


SÃO BENTO TRAIN STATION

#ARTY #HISTORIC

Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to the São Bento train station...

From the outside, it blends into the surrounding sandstones facades, however, this 19th-Century railway station is well worth a visit just to poke your head around.

Incredible blue and white tiles illustrate scenes of former battles, whilst colourful azulejos (painted tiles) on the upper ceiling provide a history lesson in Portuguese transport in this historic station.


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