Ribeira area, a not to miss spot in Porto city
Ribeira area is one of the main highlights of Porto city. Set by Douro River offers magnificent views and is famed amongst tourists from all over the world.
Ribeira area is one of most emblematic places in Porto city along with magnificent monuments like Clergy Tower or Sao Bento train station. With a perfect location by Douro River, Ribeira area is part of the Historic Center of Porto, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1996.
Spreading alongside the Douro River, Ribeira is a vital area of Porto since the Middle Ages. Since its early years it has been a center of commercial and manufacturing activity and Ribeira sqaure used to be famed for its shops selling all sorts of goods.
Ribeira square was destroyed by fire in 1491. After the reconstruction of the area, the square had a new pavement of stone slabs and its buildings had acquired their characteristic arcades in the ground floors.
However, today’s look of Ribeira Square was only completed after the improvements carried out to face the increasing flood of people and goods. This changing process that had several steps was only concluded in 1821 when the medieval walls Muralhas Fernandinas were destroyed, opening Rieira Square to the river.
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Ribeira area, my favorite place in Porto
Ribeira is my favorite spot in Porto. In fact, every time I visit Porto, I love to sit there enjoying the hustle and bustle of the tourists, walking back and forth with maps on their hands, while listening to the sweet sound of the river running to the sea.
The main highlights of Ribeira area
Ribeira square, one of the oldest squares in the city, already mentioned in documents dating from the 14th century. It is also known as Praça do Cubo (Cube Square);
Rua da Fonte Taurina, one of the oldest streets in Porto where it used to be a famous fountain, that supplied water to many of the Porto’s inhabitants;
Muro dos Bacalhoeiros (Cod-Fishing Boats´Wall);
Casa do Infante, the house where Henry the Navigator is thought to be born in 1394. Henry the Navigator was the mind behind the Portuguesse Discoveries.
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Main photo credits
Photo by angelaguedes