Things to do in

Porto

Portugal’s second biggest city doesn’t disappoint with locals and views as sweet as the region's Port wine.

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Best things to do in Porto

Forged by some of history's leading architects, Porto's majestically adorned valleys combine Latin charisma, Baroque flair, and a perculiarly British streak as sweet as the region's Port wine. Here's what to see in one of the world's most charismatic cities!

  • Dom Luis Bridge

    1. Dom Luis Bridge

    Gustave Eiffel's Dom Luis Bridge is as spectacular as the views from it. Cross the Duoro to the famous Port wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia for sun-soaked panoramas of both cities!

  • Clerigos Tower

    2. Clerigos Tower

    The highest point in a low city, sailors once used the Clerigos Tower as a guide into the riverfront square. Great views await if you can manage the 240 steps to the top!

  • Porto Cathedral

    3. Porto Cathedral

    The imposing facade is one of Porto's oldest monuments, but the time-honored Gothic and Baroque alterations of its chapel have made the unique Porto cathedral a sightseeing essential!

  • Douro

    4. Douro

    Tour the banks of the Port wine-producing river Douro for breathtaking landscapes and a glass or six of the region's beloved purple tipple – straight from the barrel!

  • Casa da Música

    5. Casa da Música

    This colossal cubist bubble quickly became an icon for the city when it was finished in 2005. The Casa da Música offers guided tours of its many features, as well as a dynamic performance program!

  • Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)

    6. Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)

    The arrogance of an empire exerts itself in this pompous Stock Exchange Palace Palácio da Bolsa. Splendid sculptures and frescoes round off a breathtaking historical curio.

  • Livraria Lello & Irmão

    7. Livraria Lello & Irmão

    Is this the most beautiful bookstore in the world? It's certainly up there. Pick a book and read it over coffee on the first floor, as JK Rowling did when she lived in the city!

Frequently asked questions about Porto

What top attractions are a must-see in Porto?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Porto is almost permanently warm and sunny between April and September, and it's usually a good gamble to book at either end of that long tourist season if you want to avoid higher prices. However, if you want to see the city at its most festive (and crowded!) arrive for the Saint John Feast in mid-June.

  • Where to stay?

    The city center is actually quite affordable and booking a hotel there will suit most tourists. For those more interested in Porto's relaxed beaches and cafe culture though, the sophisticated district of Foz is the best area in which to stay.

  • How many days?

    You could cover most of Porto's top attractions in 3 days, however, it's well worth booking a couple extra to tour the Douro river and explore some of the scenic towns just a short trip away.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    For pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 22,471 reviews

Very nice trip to the Douro whine valley. The landscape is breath taking, the tours in two whine estates are nice. The lunch and boat trip in a small vilage are good. Our guide Ricardo was easy going and funny.

Great wine tour with Sofia. She was a wonderful guide. Wineries were beautiful. Boat ride was wonderful and relaxing. Definitely recommend

Great tour with beautiful views, a nice lunch and plenty of wine! Would definitely recommend to friends and family for their next trip!

The tour was fantastic. I specially loved lunch and the small vineyard. Our guide, Sergio, was fantastic.

Very nice nature and frendly guide/driver. Ameizing wine tour and oliv oil press museum.