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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

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

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

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

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

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)

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
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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!

Planning Your Porto 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

An great insight on the history of Porto from a very passionate guide!

My visit to Porto was a gift to my parents and they absolutely loved it! The tour was perfect, we met at the given time and learnt so much about the history. The guide was a lovely gentleman who was very passionate about his city. He really made us feel welcomed, as my parents don’t speak English very well; he made the effort to learnt to greet them in Albanian and kept checking in on them which was very sweet. As we were the only ones from the group that had booked a cruise, he was so helpful and made sure that we got to where we needed to he and explained everything very well. Only thing I would say is that the tour finished at around 1pm therefore was not 8hrs but this was fine for my parents as it was very hot that day and they were getting tired!

Beautiful views of the countryside and good visits to wineries.

The wine and tasting at the first winery was delicious and the tour was very well done. It had beautiful facilities and was very relaxing to visit. We wish we could have better explanations at the second winery; they just briefly took us to the cellars and gave us wine to taste. However, the incredible lunch we ate there while we surrounded by the gardens and pool of the house made up for it. After going on this trip, we feel we received a very good introduction to the Douro valley. The boat trip was nice, but some might find an hour to not be enough time.

Great tour, lots of impressions with shaky roads.

Pedro is a great tour guide who really takes care of his customers. We were picked up at our location on time. Had great conversations with him all the time and he showed us a lot of nice spots in Geres. Waterfalls, view points, nice local meals is what is waiting for you. Only advice: The roads are a little shaky with lots of small serpentines, so take care of having some medicine with you, in case you are very sensitive to it.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Small Group Tour Reviewed by Jean-Pierre, 02/07/2019

This tour and Delphina were one of the best days of our trip!

We had an excellent day -- from pick up to drop off -- Delphina went above and beyond of us to have an excellent experience. The Douro Valley is a must see when in the area and this tour allows you to do that! At the second vineyard, we a truly delicious lunch in the most picturesque setting -- no one in our group wanted to leave. I highly recommend this tour!

Fast and dependable airport transfer service.

We used HiPortugal to take us from and to the airport last year and again last week. It is so nice being met right as you leave baggage claim and taken directly to your hotel. They tell you in advance what time they will pick you up at your hotel to bring you back to the airport. Fast and dependable service.