When staying at the Pestana Vintage Porto, rest assured that you are occupying a unique space in the geography and in the history of the city. As the hotel finds itself in blocks by the river, next to the Postigo do Carvão and the Cais das Padeiras Avintes, spend a few days immersed in the evolution and habits of local life.
The invincible city of Portugal, also known as Invicta, needs to be conquered in a subtle and elegant way to get to know all its secrets and crannies. Perched over the river, still protected in part by the ancient Fernandina wall, it follows the curves and wooings of the Douro river, in a millenial romance. The houses, narrow and colorful, separated by alleys and sidewalks, are an invitation to ambulation and to the discovery of a reserved nature, yet lively and welcoming.
Exclusive, luxurious and secluded, Pestana Vintage Porto is perfect for romantic couples and couples with time who want to discover a more alternative and sophisticated side of Portugal. With a very active cultural life, a gastronomic scene in constant renewal and a commercial environment that combines the vintage side with the most modern design, Porto is a truly hot European city.
You can easily take the funicular that takes you to Praça da Batalha or climb the stairs to reach the city center and the traditional retailing area, which will delight you with its variety of shops and products. Here you can visit one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, the Lello Bookstore; or discover the most avant-garde artistic expressions in the galleries of Miguel Bombarda.
With a unique landscape and a superb location, stay at the Pestana Vintage Porto with all the comfort and sophistication, which is certified by renowned international publications, who consider it the ideal city to spend a weekend or just a quick getaway. Stroll down the stairs, alleys, lanes and sidewalks and be enchanted by the street musicians. Follow the Porto rhythm of the day and do your shopping in the classic Rua das Flores or in the traditional Mercado do Bolhão. Visit the railway station of São Bento, built in the space of a former convent, which retains its structure of French influence and presents some huge tile painels known worldwide, which represent life in the North of the Country.
Take advantadge of the city's dimension to wander around and to get to know the rhythm of the locals. The night is very lively, either in the gastronomical sense, or in terms of bars and clubs where you can dance until morning. There are streets particularly dedicated to these activities, next to the Clérigos - which church and tower are also a must see - such as the Rua da Galeria de Paris and the Rua Cândido dos Reis.
The best way to start exploring the city is, undoubtedly, to stay at the Pestana Vintage Porto. Created from the recovery of two blocks of buildings dating back to the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is considered World Heritage by the careful conservation of the original features of the buildings.
Pestana Tip: The streets surrounding the Pestana Vintage Porto are well known by the bohemian life and by the nocturnal appeal. The hotel has some windows closed and double insulation in the windows, to ensure you can make the most of the hours of rest when you're in the room, while being in the center of the action.