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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

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

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

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

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

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)

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.

Photo: Alan Brown @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Super culinary experience shared with other world travelers

Amazing Charcuterie, pastry da nata, fish cakes, meat pasty, ports and wines. Also such a fun way to meet fellow travelers. Portuguese food is terrific.

Porto Delicious Food Walk Tour Reviewed by Kari, 09/17/2018

The Douro Valley was far above expectation!

The guide, Paulo, was exceptional! We had a wonderful cruise, wine tasting and lunch! Highly recommended!!

Excellent day!! Ricardo is fun and well informed

The day delivered excatly what was promised!! Our guide Ricardo played a big part of the success!! Communicated excatly what you want to know. The sites visit was also off high standard. Very good value for money

An excellent tour which I would thoroughly recommend for foodies.

My wife and I were the only people on the tour which meant that we had the full attention of our tour guide, Andreia. It was a very enjoyable 3 hour tour visiting cafes specialising in Portugese food, port wine and beer. I could not recommend the tour enough and Andreia was very knowledgable and informative about the food, drink and the history of Porto. She was also helpful with recommendations of local restaurants and places of interest to visit on our trip. Thank you Andreia. Tip - Don't eat much before the start of the tour as there is plenty of food on offer.

Porto Delicious Food Walk Tour Reviewed by Paul, 09/14/2018

A Hugely enjoyable experience, with a knowledgeable and fun guide

Ricardo, our very professional guide, made the entire day informative, and so much fun. His attention to the smallest details was great, and his joie de vivre and sense of humour were contagious. We can highly recommend this tour!