If you want to be in touch with the true essence of the city of Porto and its inhabitants, the Bolhão Market is one of the best places to visit. It is full of noise and colours. You will get to know Portuguese and Porto traditions. Its origins date back to the 19th century when a square was inaugurated, where later the Mercado do Bolhão was built, a project by the architect Correia da Silva. Construction began in 1914. Although the market is well preserved, due to its metal structure, a project for its restoration was approved in 2015, with the aim of modernising it and improving access. The restoration project is still ongoing, so if you visit Porto you will have to visit the temporary Bolhão market, which is in the same area. The main one will be closed. Even so, take the opportunity to visit the temporary one and to walk around the Bolhão area. The famous Rua de Santa Catarina is only 2 minutes away on foot. Be aware that the market is located in one of the busiest areas of Porto, where it is not convenient to circulate by car because the streets are very narrow and always crowded.