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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

Nicely balanced tour of Porto- Highly Recommended

Well-rounded tour of Porto: friendly guide and covered the city extensively from land and water.

Excellent option for those short on time wanting a taster

The performance was excellent, very professional and entertaining. The short intermission and glass of port was a nice touch. We had visited Lisbon earlier and the only shows involved you committing to a meal and minimum spend and as we were unfamiliar did try. We were pleased in Porto that this short taster experience was available. Definitely recommend the experience.

Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine Reviewed by Trevor, 05/18/2019

Very nice show. Neat solid voice and musicians perfoers

Broad well selected variety of Fado songs performed by the singer Ana Margarita showing the purity of her voice at a very nice acoustic set of Casa da Guitarra.

Porto: Fado Show with Port Wine Reviewed by Nelson, 05/18/2019

Excellent tour, well organised, great experience and good tour guide

This was a great value and highly recommended tour. The scenery and the boat cruise were spectacular. The wine, olive oil and honey tasting very good, and meal was really lovely. The only thing I can think of to improve the experience would be for the driver/tour guide to have a microphone so that passengers in the rear of the van could hear the commentary. It was a big day out but very well paced.

Excellent day tour so see the Peneda-Geres national park

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in outdoors, adventure, country side and anyone looking to get out of Porto for a day. This is a great tour to see the Peneda-Geres national park. We had a fanastic and helpful tour guide; Luis. He speaks good english and is very familiar and educated about the area. The tour took us to a view point, 2/3 waterfalls and included lunch (and water throughout the day).