This bustling promenade lies at the heart of Porto, a Beaux-Arts beauty stretching between the imposing, landmark bell tower of the marble-and-granite City Hall and Liberdade Square to the south. As the boulevard makes its way downhill, it is lined with majestic civic buildings, luxury hotels and cafés, including the historic Guarany, where specialties include sweet pastries, strong coffee and a tradition of live music.
Porto’s main tourist office sits right by City Hall, and the courtyard statue in front honors Portuguese writer Almeida Garrett. A magnificent walkway – designed by Alvaro Siza Vieira, architect of Porto’s Serralves Museum – marches down the center of the avenue to Praça da Liberdade; this esplanade is the scene of much summer action and a popular venue for performers, pop-up cafés and street parties around the equestrian statue of King Pedro IV.
Take the metro to Aliados or Trindade to reach Avenida dos Aliados.