Dragão Stadium#16 in Best Things To Do in Porto
While Portugal may not be as well-known for having avid soccer fans as Spain or England, the Portuguese still love their futebol. Porto's home team, F.C. Porto, is one of the country's "Big Three" – the three most successful multi-sports clubs in Portugal – and plays in Dragao Stadium. You can take a tour of the stadium: A guide will escort you to see the presidential box, locker rooms and players' benches. Or, skip the tour and explore the on-site museum, which highlights F.C. Porto's history and showcases trophies like the UEFA Cup and European Super Cup. But if you really want to experience the stadium come alive, get a ticket to a soccer match.
While tickets for games can be pricey, most travelers say it's well worth the cost to see the passionate fans and talented players. Indeed, some regard Dragao Stadium as one of the best to visit in Europe.
Tours of the stadium, which include access to the museum, cost 15 euros (about $17) and tickets to the museum only cost 12 euros (about $13.30). Tickets to games vary in cost, but can range anywhere from 25 euros to more than 200 euros ($28 to $220) depending on your seat selection and the opponent. Dragao Stadium is located in northeastern Porto, and can be reached via metro lines A, B, E or F (blue, red, purple or orange) to the Estadio do Dragao stop. For information on schedules, ticketing and more, visit F.C. Porto's website.
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#1 Dom Luís I Bridge
This iconic arching iron bridge straddles the Douro River, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Though Porto is known for having quite a few bridges, the Dom Luis I Bridge is especially renowned because it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Plus, at the time of its completion in 1886, this bridge was the longest iron arch in the world. The bridge accommodates cars on its lower level and Porto's metro on its upper level; pedestrians can walk along the bridge on both levels. Stroll along the upper deck of the bridge and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the edifices built into the hillside cliffs that line the river.
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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