The Casa da Música is as much of an architectural attraction as it is a musical attraction. The Casa da Música was completed in 2005, but is already considered an iconic structure of Porto. This 1,300-seat concert hall is home to three of Northern Portugal’s renowned classical musical groups — the National Orchestra of Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. The Casa da Música also hosts other musical performances like choir and visiting artists ranging in genre from jazz to solo piano to rock.
The ultra-modern, sleek building is a rare example of modern architecture in historic Porto and it attracts visitors just for the sake of its unique design. Sharp angles, geometric patterns, sweeping staircases and massive glass windows, including two entire walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, are among the visual highlights.
On the top floor, there’s a swanky bar and restaurant, part of which is open-air and has incredible views of Porto. The wonderful food and modern décor make it an atmospheric place for a pre-concert drink or dinner.
The Casa da Música is located at Av. da Boavista 604-610 in Porto. It is open Monday–Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are guided visits both in English and Portuguese every day at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. for 7.50 € for adults and free for children under 12.