Aliados Avenue is the main street in Porto. It is considered the city’s “living room”, where most public festivities happen: public concerts, New Year’s Eve fireworks, and university celebrations. The avenue, built in the beginning of the 20th century, is flanked by tall highly-decorated granite buildings, which use to host the headquarters of important banks, insurance companies, fancy cafes and hotels.
At the top of Aliados is the imposing City Hall, a marble and granite palatial building with a 70m high tower! Just in front of it, you can see a statue of Almeida Garrett, a famous Portuguese writer. As you go down the avenue, you will find other statues, like Juventude (1929) and A Abundância (“Abundance”), made by Henrique Moreira. At the opposite side is Praça da Liberdade, with the equestrian statue of D. Pedro IV.
Curious fact: at Aliados you can find the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world – yes, that’s a thing! We invite you to explore Aliados Avenue with us and discover what’s so special about it. We will tell you lots of stories ond show you hidden secrets :)