TRAMWAY NUMBER 1
The trams that continue to run through the streets of Porto give visitors the opportunity to travel into the past without a Delorean. The tramway network was built in 1872 and, although they’ve lost some of their presence due to the introduction of the metro system and other modern modes of transportation, their beauty continues to shine through their charming interior and the routes they follow.
Among the lines that continue to operate in the city of the Douro, one in particular stands out for its 30-minute route parallel to the river, stretching from the historic Ribeira neighbourhood to the estuary in Foz do Douro. The first stop of tramway number 1 is at Praça do Infante, only a few metres from Bluesock Hostels, and it ends at Passeio Alegre, a prominently residential area where you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.
If you have already fallen in love with this historic mode of transportation, you cannot miss out on the Museo do Carro Eléctrico (The Electric Trolley Museum). Located inside the old Massarelos thermal power plant, it offers visitors the opportunity to get a closer look at the history and evolution of this mode of transportation through an impressive collection of vehicles dated between 1872-1950.
SÃO JOÃO NATIONAL THEATRE
Attending a theatrical event or dance in Porto could be an even more fulfilling experience if you do it surrounded by history like at the São João National Theatre, whose walls have endless stories to tell.
You can sit comfortably in the seats of this beautiful building just to hear its story, which begins in 1794 with the construction of the original structure by architect Vicente Mazzoneschi.
The first building in Porto built specifically to host theatrical works, the Royal Theatre was officially inaugurated in 1798, coinciding with Don João IV’s birthday celebrations. The theatre lived its darkest days in 1908, when the building was completely destroyed by a fire.
The structure that currently stands in its place and is considered to be of public interest was designed by architect Marques da Silva and built in 1911.
Nowadays, the São João National Theatre, located in the Praça da Batalha, hosts fine arts events regularly, with high-quality shows that hold true to the history of the building. If you do not have enough time to see a show during your stay, you can also explore the São João National Theatre on one of the guided tours offered on Saturdays.