This guide was designed by José Cardoso – also known as Tomba Lobos, and photographed by Ricardo Castelo. Both live in Oporto and recommend their favorite places and experiences.

José Cardoso/Tomba Lobos, Designer

Quinta do Cotovelo – Rua do Bolama

I consider this to be one of the best parks in Oporto to take your kids, to enjoy a walk through the woods or even to picnic. It’s ideal for special family moments.

Galeria da Biodiversidade

Rua do Campo Alegre 1191

A space where art meets biology and natural history, it stimulates a world of sensory experiences deliberately and carefully designed to celebrate biodiversity.

Planetário do Porto

Centro Ciência Viva – Rua das Estrelas

The best way of visiting space without leaving the city is, without a doubt, the Planetarium. Its recent fulldome digital projection system delivers an immersive experience that is hard to forget!

Ricardo Castelo, Fotógrafo

Miradouro da Capela de Santa Catarina

If you want to admire one of the most extraordinary views of the Douro River, you have to climb up to the Santa Catarina Chapel and Senhora dos Anjos viewpoint, in Lordelo do Ouro. Complete the visit by going inside this 14th century chapel.

Parque da Cidade

This is the largest urban park in the country, almost reaching the sea. It’s a privileged space for outdoor sports and family activities, and it has been a meeting-point for several generations.

Tripas à Moda do Porto

The traditional dish that gave name to Oporto’s locals as Tripeiros, or Tripe-eaters. There are several stories about its origin but the fact of the matter is that its true secrets lie in the sausages, the white beans, the guts… and in the hand of its cook!