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About Ribeira Square, Porto

The Ribeira Square (Portuguese: Praça da Ribeira) is a historical square in Porto, Portugal. It is included in the historical centre of the city, designated World Heritage by UNESCO. The square is located in the historical district of Ribeira (riverside in Portuguese), part of the São Nicolau parish. The Ribeira district spreads alongside the Douro river and used to be a centre of intense commercial and manufacturing activity since the Middle Ages. Also since that time the Ribeira Square was the site of many shops that sold fish, bread, meat and other goods. In 1491 the buildings around the square were destroyed in a fire, and the houses were rebuilt with arcades in their groundfloors. During this rebuilding campaign the square also gained a pavement made of stone slabs. In the mid-18th century the city needed new urban improvements to provide for the swift flow of goods and people between the Ribeira neighbourhood and other areas of Porto. In this context, governor João de Almada e Melo opened a new street, the São João Street, that connected the Ribeira Square and the upper town, and promoted the reurbanisation of the square itself. The project, executed between 1776 and 1782, is credited to John Whitehead, English consul in Porto. The square was to become enclosed on its north, west and east sides by buildings with arcades, while the south side of the square, facing the Douro, was enclosed by the mediaeval walls (Muralhas Fernandinas) of Porto. These walls were torned down in 1821, opening the square to the river. The northern part of the square has a monumental fountain, three storeys high, built in the 1780s and decorated with the coat-of-arms of Portugal. The niche of the fountain is occupied by a modern statue of St John the Baptist by sculptor João Cutileiro. The square also has a modern cubic sculpture by José Rodrigues (nicknamed the Cubo da Ribeira) over the remains of a 17th-century fountain. Nowadays the Ribeira Square is a favourite spot for tourists.


Overview of Ribeira Square

As you traverse the city of Porto, you'll stumble upon Ribeira Square. Ribeira Square is not the prime point of interest of Porto. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

Attractions like Rail Station Sao Bento, Zona Ribeirinha, Majestic Cafe, Clerigos Tower and Palacio Da Bolsa are the usual crowd pullers of Porto and you might easily miss out Ribeira Square amidst these top things to do in Porto.

Porto tours ideally do not include a visit to Ribeira Square.

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Porto Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Lisbon
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On a 2-hour guided wine tour, discover Quinta de Santa Cristina, a secular family estate, located at 45 minutes from Porto, in the demarcated region of Vinho Verde. Enjoy a tour through the surrounding vineyards to the winery, meet a garden of camellias and visit chapel of Santa Cristina. In the winery, built in 2012, learn all about Vinho Verde production. Then, you will have the opportunity to taste 3 wines and regional products on the terrace, overlooking the vineyard. Come to discover this unique wine in the World!

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Discover Quinta de Santa Cristina, a family estate, located at 45 minutes from Porto, in the demarcated region of Vinho Verde. Taste the local gastronomy in a picnic, appreciating the landscape of vineyards and mountains.

You can choose a guided tour or a free walk tour that crosses the entire property: vineyards, orchards and forest. Then, you can relax in the vineyard, enjoying a regional picnic and a bottle of good wine with family or friends.

At the end, you can still visit the winery and taste other 3 wines.

Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise
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Visit Portugal’s prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is indisputably scenic, with swathes of vineyards clinging to the hills around the Douro River. Admire the scenery around the village of Pinhão, enjoy a traditional lunch of regional specialties and visit a winery estate for a tasting session of award-winning local wines. To enjoy more of the countryside on the way to the Douro Valley, upgrade to include a sightseeing rabelo boat tour along the Douro River, departing from Pinhão.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

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