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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

A fabulous day with a fantastic guide - thank you Carla!

A full day sampling the delights of the Douro Valley, with lovely food, wonderful wine and great people. The organisation and communication were superb, and the selection of places to visit, just great. I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone with a day to spare in this lovely part of the world. Carla, our guide was the perfect host for the day. Organising everything to ensure we enjoyed every moment and communicating seamlessly in both English and German to ensure that everyone had a fabulous day. Thank you!

A wonderful, memorable day with convivial traveler and excellent guide

Carla took good care of our group of eight travelers from four or five countries, expertly navigating twisting roads while giving Duoro Valley history in two languages. The day exceeded my expectations, and people who started out in the morning as strangers parted as friends when had enjoyed a unique experience together. Carla's sense of humor and people skills made that happen. The excellent Ports we tasted also helped!

Absolutely amazing day- highlight of our holiday

This trip completely exceeded our expectations and was the highlight of our trip to Porto! The value for money was incredible, we couldn’t believe the quality of the food and the amount of different wines/ports we were able to try. I would recommend this trip to anyone planning on visiting Porto and would love to go again. The service was amazing, everyone we came across was lovely and full of enthusiasm. One person in our group was a vegetarian and even though they don’t mention this on the website, the chef went out of his way to check whether she was veggie or vegan and ask whether he should make her a mushroom risotto with cheese! We were all amazed about the level of care (and got to try some extra risotto on top of our already incredible main dishes at lunch)! Thanks for this brilliant trip!

Douro Valley Tour: Lunch in Vineyard, Cruise & Wine Tasting Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/10/2019

Carla was excellent - great guide, well planned, good driver.

The four of us had an excellent day in the Douro valley. Our guide Carla was very friendly and fun. She was an excellent guide and very knowledgable. The day was well planned and the lunch far exceeded our expectations.

Totally recommend this specific tour, had a blast time!

Amazing experience, great tour guide and super friendly. Patricia is local speaking English perfectly and she had a lot to tell you during the trip up there. The food was local cuisine, with limitless refill. Really tasty! You have a lot to learn through the wine tasting part, very interesting and educative. Also, the wineries were great and the wines they would offer you to taste had unique flavors! Last but not least, every view was breath-taking and the river cruise great fun! Great value for money!!! Thank you for everything.