Top attractions 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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitFor pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!
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What people are saying about Porto
I will recomand this trip for any wine lovers! It was a particulal good moment, good for learning, good for seen beautiful landscape, good for drinking good wine! Thanks Steve and all the staff of the wineries for this moment!
Our guide, Diana, picked us up at our hotel promptly at the scheduled time. She pointed out guide posts as we drove from Porto to the Duro Valley and she responded charmingly to all questions and enhanced all replies with fun and humor, as well as with brief historical context without boring time lines. We visited local wineries and local restaurants with a wide selection of local food with local ambiance. This was the best tour in my past 10 yrs of travel!
We enjoyed the tour with our guide who did not hesitate to run the extra mile for us ensuring to give us full potential of the tour and Porto. Thank you for this great experience with a very personal touch
Great trip. Very well planned and executed. Our guide Tania was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She also has a wonderful sense of humour. Her approach was unique. Made the experience very good. Strongly recommend this tour.
Our guide Pedro provided excellent customer service. He was personable, answered all of our questions, and was a gracious host to all of our stops. I enjoyed the tour and recommend it to others.