Porto is a small but a very historical and famous city in Portugal. Nested in a hilly place, lies my hometown, with much to offer, from quiet gardens towards the sunny beaches and breathtaking views.
With so much to offer, it is complicated to choose among so many distinct spots to visit, but my tour would take us from the Sé do Porto, with an amazing view towards the Douro river and the city; going down to the São Bento station, a mark in architectural industrial age in the city centre, with its beautiful tilings; a short walk up to Igreja dos Clérigos, with its emblematic tower, Porto's ex-libris;
go for the Miradouro da Vitória, to enjoy a mesmerizing view from an opposite side of the Sé do Porto and watch the city busting with life towards the river, the centennial Luís I bridge (with design by Gustave Eiffel) and the hills of Gaia, crowned with the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar; ending our tour in the typical Porto area, Ribeira, filled with cafes, restaurants and many shops.
Its nice to appreciate the golden light when the sun sets, giving the city one of its warmest feelings.
Porto is a very hospitable city, as most Portuguese people generally are and like to be. You'll find that most city is very gay friendly, which can be seen in some places such as Maus Hábitos, a rooftop restaurant/bar that has its own shows, including drag shows and its own small art gallery. Or you can opt for a more restrict bar such as Lusitano, for a smooth night out or Zoom for a party night, both of them known for being gay clubs.
As for gastronomy, there are some places as a much to visit, such as Verso em Pedra, in Miragaia district, close by Ribeira, which serves the typical dish of Porto, Francesinha, a very spicy and heartwarming meal, or you can try one of Brasão restaurant, that serve, beside Francesinha, other typical Portuguese dishes.
Most of my favourite spots were already mentioned before, but I must add others, such as the Foz place, in the beach side of Porto, where you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and the picturesque housing; and the garden of Palácio de Cristal, which offers a beautiful view and a resting place for the city's noise.