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Clerigos Tower, Porto

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Climb to the top of Clerigos Tower, an iconic symbol of the city. This tower behind the Clérigos Church was built in the mid-18th century. Its design contains aspects of Roman Baroque architecture, though it is modeled after Tuscan-style bell towers. While this structure can be seen from various places in the city--making it one of the most recognized sites of Porto and a compass for lost travelers--you can't fully experience the tower until you ascend the 240 steps to its peak. Once you reach the top of this six-floor trek, you will be rewarded with incredible views of the ancient city. Plan to visit Clerigos Tower during your Porto vacation using our convenient Porto family vacation planner.
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  • This tower represents a major part of Porto. A busy destination for tourists but it shouldn't be overlooked. It gives you the anchor perspective one needs while navigating the city. Along a few other ...  more »
  • The stairwell can be annoying with the people going up and down art the same time on a narrow stairwell, but it's certainly worth putting up with for the breathtaking views of the city. The history of...  more »
  • Lovely building in a good location. Very steep in the surrounding streets though But truly stunning building  more »
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  • It is a nice tower with two viewing platforms. You really have a nice view above the city and the view is worth the 4 Euro entrance fee (includes the museum too). Unfortunately the stairs are really narrow and there is no one regulating the amount of people going up or down. Therefore it is a mess and really frustrating because you are often stuck. Going to the second viewing platform is even worse. If you are a bit claustrophobic I recommend not going up there. The bridge is a good alternative.
  • It's a bit of a climb, and you're going to have to breath in when passing those going in the opposite direction, but the 360 degree view is certainly worth it! There are two levels at the top of the tower, the first of the two offers a bit more space to move around. The very top can get a little tight, even with just half a dozen people or so up there. The view is just stunning though, you can see everything and the helpful panels on the wall help you understand what you're looking at on the skyline.
  • Nice view form the top part of the tower. Last steps are very narrow which enforce people to go up an down separately, below is better but far from good. Still it'd worth to get there to see panoramic view of Porto.
  • Worth a visit going to the top. The view of the city is great! There are only stairs, no lift
  • Easily the worst thing we paid for in the whole of Portugal. The view is nice, but there are plenty of great views all around the city. The problem was with the regulation of people going up and down the tower. It's a free for a all, and the stairway is simply too narrow to allow people to walk up and down at the same time. When you're actually at the top, people are shoving and trying to get by. Not with it to pay to go up.

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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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