Top attractions in Porto
Top sights 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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- For pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!
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What people are saying about Porto
Perfect tour with Patricia ! This is the second Tour I do from Porto with Excellence Tour. My mum and I literally enjoyed everything. This half a day tour is really well-organised : we were picked up from our hotel, Patricia is a safe driver and a very enthusiast woman. She knows everything there is to know about Portugal and her joy is contagious. She knows how to keep you interested and makes you want to discover more. Now, as for the tour, we stopped by the ocean near a lighthouse, saw the beautiful and picturesque houses from Barra, had a coffee and sweet in Aveiro and enjoyed a lovely boat ride on the canal. PERFECT day ! I saw this tour had absolutely no review but I don't get why, I'll keep on booking tour through Excellence Tour. Thank you so much for everything, we will be going back home with amazing memories ! Many thanks ! :)
Amazing night. Meeting one of the musician and getting explanations about fado was highly interesting and I think it truly helped appreciating the concert after that. Now, when it comes to the concert itself, I cannot express how touched I was by this music, by the undeniable talent of the two musicians and the passion of the singer. My mum and I bought their CD afterwards, and I'll be back with my boyfriend next week. A MUST ! So far, the best concert I've heard in Portugal (including Lisbon). It took me some effort not to cry as it got me very emotional. In one word : PERFECT !
This was a fantastic two hours tour, really informative and perfect for navigating all the steep hills which we would never have managed on foot Our guide was Dutch and spoke perfect English We certainly felt we got our money's worth It was good fun and we covered a lot of ground The meeting point was a little difficult to find because they are currently recovering from a fire and the signage was not very good Lots of stops for photos and general questions
What a lovely day my mum and I had, visiting the Valley, tasting port wine and cruising on the Douro. Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and patient. She was just giving the right amount of informations without overflowing us. She was also very funny and an excellent driver. On top of all our nice activities, we had a fantastic lunch. I'll probably be back if weather allows in a week or so with my boyfriend. A must to do while in Portugal !
Pick up from our Airbnb was convenient and prompt. Our tour guide, Ivo was knowledgeable and fun and answered all of our questions patiently. Douro Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and with the visits to 2 different wineries gave us good insight and knowledge about the area, Port wine making and families who have lived in the area for hundreds of years. Highly recommend the tour!