One of the oldest bookstores in the whole of Portugal is the Livraria Lello situated in Porto. The bookstore was founded by the Lello brothers in 1881 but didn't move to its current Neo-Manueline building that was the creation of architect Francisco Xavier Esteves until 1906. The bookstore is two storeys in height, it is known for its architecture as well as its quality in the field it operates. The bookstore has thousands of books that cover the walls of its two floors. The bookstore is seen as the main showcase of Portuguese literature and is a place where people can go to socialise and discuss their favourite authors and books.
The bookstore is a 5-minute walk away from one of the main transport hubs of the city ‘Porto Sao Bento’ which is accessible by train and metro. The 507 and 601 buses also stop a short walk away from the store.
Opening Times and Admission
The store is open to the public daily, 9.30am-7pm. In 2015 the bookstore started charging people to enter. Admission to the store is set at 5 euros per person.