O Porto a Penantes - Passeio

A walk through Lordelo do Ouro
6 March, 2020 / ,

We are going to start our “painstaking” tour of Lordelo do Ouro, let yourself be dazzled by one of the most beautiful and picturesque places of Invicta, where the Douro River meets the Atlantic.

We start at Rua Nova da Alfândega, next to the Church of São Francisco, taking tram 1 to Passeio Alegre, to enjoy the magnificent route along the river.

Going up Rua da Sr. da Boa Morte, we reach the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, passing through Bairro João do Carmo, with a mandatory stop on its beautiful stairs.

After passing through the gate of Quinta da Murta, we turn into the alley of “stairways”, which for not having a name like that was baptized by the locals.

At the viewpoint, you can enjoy its beautiful views, observing the Douro that ends its journey, in an enveloping silence that transports us to other times …

If you want to visit the Chapel of Santa Catarina and N. Srª dos Anjos (Sec. XIV), on Saturday afternoons, there is a mass celebration at 5:30 pm.

After recovering from the steep climb, we will go down the Travessa de Luís Cruz, until the intersection with Rua das Condominhas, going to the neighborhood with the same name, where all the streets are named after Portuguese beaches.

We enter Rua do Estoril, then go down Rua da Figueira da Foz, to find Rua das Condominhas again that will take us to Jardim do Calém.

The walk continues on Avenida D. Carlos I, better known on Avenida das Palmeiras and ends at the relaxing Jardim do Passeio Alegre in communion with the birds that live there.

If hunger strikes, there is a lot and a good offer nearby. Lordelo do Ouro has always been a rich area of ​​restoration. Whether from the so-called “tasco” to the restaurant with more service, more care.

Foz Velha
13 August, 2018 /

Between the River Douro and the sea, the Foz Velha (old Foz) sometimes seems like its own city.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, this fertile area for agriculture and fishing was always inviting for shepherds, fishermen and farmers, but also members of the clergy.

In the 19th century, Foz, which until then did not belong to the city of Oporto, began to be visited for leisure activities, especially in the summer season. The wealthier families built summer homes there, and gradually the demography itself was altered making it the noblest area of ​​the city.

Strolling through Foz Velha is to discover narrow streets and centuries-old houses, but also unique landscapes and corners where the sea lurks.

The author of the page Porto a Penantes shows us, through images, all the beauty of Foz Velha.


The Art of Wrought Iron
20 July, 2018 /

As you stroll through Porto, make sure to stop along the way to look at the balconies, doors and windows and discover true works of art in wrought iron.

Present in major works, such as the D. Maria and D. Luís I bridges or the Ferreira Borges market, iron was not only used in architecture and engineering. Wrought iron, because it is more malleable, has been (and continues to be) used in more delicate decorative pieces. It is made in an artisan way and with a knowledge that has been passed down through generations.

Walking through Porto you will discover hundreds of small works of art present on the doors, windows and balconies. Geometric motifs, flowers, plants and animals “carved” in wrought iron, decorate houses making them unique. In some you can even see, among the iron lace, the date of the construction or the initials of its owner.

The author of the page Porto a Penantes has toured the streets of the city and in this edition shares some examples of the beauty of wrought iron.


Doors of Porto
18 April, 2018 /

Landscapes and monuments are not the only reasons to stroll around Porto. There are details that deserve more than a glance and require extra attention. The doors and the artistic way some are worked on, often turn them into true works of art.

Several doors from Campanhã to Foz draw special attention due to its color, wood work or the way the glass and metal are worked on.

The author of the page Porto a Penantes stopped to observe and photograph many of the most beautiful doors in the city during on of his strolls through the streets of Porto. In this issue, we share some of these images with our Hey readers.


Art on the doors
13 March, 2018 /

A stroll through the streets of Porto, even for those who know the city, always reveals surprising details. Closely looking at the doors of older buildings might actually reveal an art almost forgotten: the door stops.

Before the invention of the bells, visitors were announced by knocking on doors. To ensure an audible sound and for the visitors not to hurt their hands, it was necessary to create an accessory placed in the door itself. The stops are often authentic works of art, representing hands, flowers and even animals. Using materials such as bronze, iron or brass, the stops were quite popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Aluminum doorbells and doors have made this object almost unnecessary, but there are still many houses that with them, even if they are no longer used.

The author of the page Porto a Penantes toured several points of the city and photographed some of the most original examples: from Foz to Baixa, passing through the historic area, there are many stops that adorn the city gates.

When you walk through the harbor, it’s worth spending some time discovering these little details.


Walking – Chapel of Fradelos
7 November, 2017 / , , , ,


“O Porto a penantes” – Penantes is a typical Porto expression that means “walking” – it is a personal project of Joaquim Lino, who likes to walk and photograph some of the corners of the city. He will be sharing with Hey Porto! readers every month some of these tours, leaving suggestions so that those who visit the city can discover secrets that often, not even the people of Porto know.

Recently, in one of these walks through the city, he entered the Chapel of Fradelos, a small late-19th-century church, located at the intersection of Guedes de Azevedo and Sá da Bandeira streets, which is generally off the main tourist routes but deserves to be known. On the main façade and in the interior there are tiles by Jorge Colaço, the same author of the tiles that decorate the Station of St. Benedict and the Church of St. Ildefonso. The stucco ceiling decorated by gold center medallions stands out.