Surprise your loved one with a romantic walk through the parish of Bonfim! Discover unique romantic places that have a lot of history and are far away from the downtown frenzy. You can end your tour in one of the most beautiful balconies of Douro River: Fontainhas. Don’t forget your camera!
A - Arca de Mijavelhas
Address: Station «Campo 24 de Agosto» (subway)
GPS coordinates: 41.148470, -8.598714
The «Arca de Mijavelhas» or «Poço de Mijavelhas» is a water reservoir built in the 16th century situated at that time in «Campo de Mijavelhas» which is currently known as «Campo 24 de Agosto». This water reservoir provided water to the city of Porto by capturing water sources and conducting them to fountains all over the city. Over time, this important reservoir was forgotten due to the improvements and innovations in the water supply to the homes of people from Porto. (Learn more...)
B - Bonfim Church
Address: Alameda de Cláudio Carneiro, 4300-433 Porto
GPS coordinates: 41.1513876, -8.5928278
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. | Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Public holidays: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The construction of the actual Bonfim Church began on the 7th of September of 1874. The project drawn by José Luís Nogueira Júnior and António Sardinha was implemented in 1894, when the main façade of the church and its south tower were completed. The north tower was completed in 1902 by João Gonçalves de Oliveira Torres. Bonfim Church has a neoclassical style and is one of the most majestic churches of the city of Porto. (Learn more...)
C - António Carneiro House and Workshop
Address: Rua de António Carneiro, 363, 4300-027 Porto
GPS coordinates: 41.149619, -8.593856
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
In 1920, the painter and poet António Carneiro built a house to establish the family atelier and the residence of his musician son Cláudio Carneiro. The building was designed by Manuel Duarte Moreira de Sá e Melo and Álvaro Pinto de Miranda. Here you can appreciate the pieces of art and the objects that can be found in the exhibitions rooms, such as painting materials, documents, books, photography, and many paintings of António Carneiro and family. (Learn more...)
D - Nova Sintra Park
Address: Rua do Barão de Nova Sintra, 275, 4300-367 Porto
GPS coordinates: 41.144650, -8.589909
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nova Sintra Park is located in a property that belonged to the Reid family, of British origin. Its garden retains many original features: wide botanical diversity, dense trees, lush forests, many alleys and byways. Here you can find old fountains and drinking fountains of Porto displaced at the time of the progressive water piping in the city. (Learn more...)
E - Municipal Library of Porto
Address: Rua de Dom João IV, 17, 4049-017 Porto
GPS coordinates: 41.1461119, -8.6018792
Opening hours: From 15th of July to 15th of September – Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | From 16th of September to 14th of July – Monday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
The Municipal Library of Porto is located in the former Convent of Saint Anthony of the City, a building dating from the 18th century. This convent was extinct after the «Cerco do Porto» (Siege of Porto) along with other religious institutions. In 1833, the Municipal Library of Porto was founded by decree of D. Pedro IV, and initially it was located in Cordoaria. The Library was installed in this building only in 1842, after some adjustments. It is much appreciated for its special funds, from Middle Ages to the present day. (Learn more...)
F - Fontainhas Viewpoint
Address: Alameda das Fontainhas, 4000-235, Porto
GPS coordinates: 41.1428494,-8.6014588
The area of Fontainhas is located in the southern end of Bonfim and is a must-visit area for those who want to contemplate the landscape of Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia and the city of Porto itself. In this viewpoint you can enjoy relaxing moments full of breath-taking sceneries. You can see the Douro River and its activities; the margin of Vila Nova de Gaia and Serra do Pilar Monastery; and you can also see four bridges of Porto: Luís I, Infante, Maria Pia and St. John Bridge. The area of Fontainhas is also a popular location on St. John Festival. (Learn more...)