Nowadays the small traditional business is overall in crisis, but there are still activities that persist in Caldeireiros Street, where one can find items not considered profitable by bigger companies.
The old shops survive, surrounded by small restaurants, traditional “tascas” and famous “adegas”. (Tascas are equivalent to pub serving simple homemade food and adegas are small, cosy restaurants) as well as small Guesthouses.
Guesthouses open in Caldeireiros Street in Porto city center, offering accommodation with very particular characteristics of intimacy and charm, in privileged localization close to charismatic monuments. Examples include the Clerigos Tower, the cadeia da Relação, the bookshop Lello, the Rectory from the University, the churches of Carmelitas and Carmo, the Aliados Avenuee and many others located within 500 m distance. There is an invitation in the air to wander around their souvenir shops and continue to stroll Caldeireiros getting to Flores street that leads us to Palacio da Bolsa and Ribeira.
The nightlife which is particularly crowded at Fridays and Saturdays is already a city touristic reference for young cosmopolitans and is two steps away from Caldeireiros, although quite protected from the noise.
If you enter Caldeireiros street by Nicolau Nasoni and start going down, your eyes get caught immediately by the view of the church of Our Lady Silva (Nossa Senhora da Silva). According to Germano Silva “it was in the Ferraria de Cima street, today called Caldeireiros that blacksmiths, tinsmiths and fishing hook makers had their workshops”. The brotherhood of Our Lady da Silva in the church with the same name hosts a craft corporation still operating nowadays. The image of Our Lady can be admired from the street in a type of glass protected altar on the first floor.
Changes here do not destroy the spirit of the place, just introduce slight changed keeping the feeling of a traditional old town of crafts and business, translated into the identity of a working and independent place which remains to these days.
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