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Avenida da Boavista, 604-610

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5

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  • 2.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Casa da Música, a modernist concrete concert hall designed by famed Dutch architect Remment (Rem) Koolhaas, opened in 2005. In addition to serving as the home of the 94-member Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the building hosts smaller ensembles. It also contains its own restaurant, a cafe and two bars as well a shop and an educational center. The main auditorium has 1,300 seats.

While the structure's angular design appears to provoke either love-it or hate-it responses, most agree that the Casa da Música is a world-class operation with top-notch performances and facilities.

The Casa da Música opens every day at 9:30 a.m. It stays open until 6 p.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. all others days – or until shows end on performance days. Visitors can reach the attraction via metro on lines A, B, C, E and F and numerous STCP buses service the area. The facility has its own parking structure. Approximately hourlong guided tours of the Casa da Música are available in English at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily (with additional 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. tours during summer months). Tours cost 10 euros (about $11) per person. For current programming and other information, visit the Casa da Música website.

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#1 Dom Luís I Bridge

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Admiring the bridge's composition and the views it offers is something all visitors to Porto must do, travelers consistently attest. A visit here would pair well with a stop at some of Porto's nearby wineries across the bridge in Vila Nova de Gaia. Another option would be to hop on a Douro River cruise or boat tour, which would allow you to see all six bridges in one go.

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