So, if you are enjoying the city center, but need a break to relax, here’s a great option! Downtown you have the ‘Jardim das Virtudes‘, a beautiful historical garden facing the Douro river and wine cellars. But in front of this garden you have the ‘Passeio das Virtudes’, where I often go to appreciate one of the best sunsets in the city, as it faces the opposite direction when compared to the garden (the garden closes at 19:00).
Passeio das Virtudes is a really cool spot to hang out with a group of friends, read a book quietly or just to cuddle with your better half embracing one of the best city views!
It has become an after work spot, where you can indulge the view from the river almost to the Atlantic sea, where the sun sets. Even though the sunset from here is amazing, during the day or at night this spot has a beautiful view, making it a must visit at any hour, as the experience is different according to the light. From here you can enjoy a privileged insight into the entire Jardim das Virtudes, but most of all the pituresque rooftops of Portuguese houses built down the hill. Just let yourself get lost in this view as there is so much to behold.
At the end of the street, there’s a very cheap café where I usually buy something to eat/drink and just go sit on the grass and appreciate the view.