In a happy and unlikely balance between tradition and modernity the City presents itself with an unusual diversity.
The contrast between the old medieval town, the traditional popular markets, the old Art deco cafes, the City Park, the beaches of Foz do Douro and the visual sharpness of buildings like Koolhaas's Casa da Musica and Alvaro Siza’s Museum of Contemporary Art at Serralves Foundation. All these elements combined with the proverbial hospitality of its people contribute to a state of harmony between the City, the Douro river and the Atlantic Ocean.
The City has a perfect dimension for visitors. It is not difficult to walk around the Old town and the entire area of “Baixa” (Downtown). For those more adventurous and in better physical shape you can always walk your way along the riverfront from D. Luiz bridge to Foz do Douro.
Still, for those who prefer forms of transportation that do not involve physical exertion, there are plenty to choose from other forms of transportation. The most friendly and quaint will undoubtedly be the Old Historical Tram. With three available lines still active, covering the riverfront from Ribeira to Foz do Douro and much of the city center. You can also take a cruise on the Douro River in a Rabelo boat. Also try the cable car in Gaia and the Guindais funicular.