Casa do Infante in Porto

First established in 1325, the Casa do Infante (Prince’s House) was given this name after Prince Henry the Navigator, leader of great expeditions of discovery in West Africa, was born here in 1394.

The Casa do Infante (Prince’s House) is an important landmark in Porto. First established in 1325, it was given this name after Prince Henry the Navigator was born here in 1394. Prince Henry was an important figure during the Age of Discovery.

The Casa do Infante was the only royal building in Porto and it is where the royal family’s guests would stay during their official visits. Nowadays, it has been transformed into a small museum that features an archaeological site and the mosaic floors that once decorated the structure, since the house has been rebuilt and remodelled on numerous occasions right up until the twentieth century.

The historical house is situated very close to the riverbed, in Ribeira.

Could be better

The interior of the building is a little bare, but since it is one of Porto’s most important historical buildings, you might find it interesting.  

Another downside is that the explications throughout the museum are all in Portuguese, although you can ask for a pamphlet with information in English.

Schedule

Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30am – 1pm and 2pm - 5:30pm.

Price

Adults: €2.20 (including the temporary exhibitions).
Porto Card: free entrance.
Saturdays and Sundays: free entrance.

Transport

Bus: lines 1, 57, 91, 23 and 49.