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.
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- For pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!
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What people are saying about Porto
This tour is probably the best tour we've done and funnest thing we've done in Portugal. All thanks to our very friendly and knowledgeable guide, Sophia, and the beautiful views/ drive. The port wines were tasty, but I would not say excellent. The pink port wine is tasty & interesting because it's not sold in the USA. The river cruise is scenic, but you're on a large, powered boat, not a small, hand-rowed boat as the description/ photos imply. Lunch was ok and drinks were provided. I felt cheated because the description stated 2 wineries, but instead we went to 1 winery and 1 olive oil ranch. We had 4 good tastings at the winery and 2 poor tastings at the olive oil ranch - the grape juice they provided tasted better than those 2 ports :-/ But Sophia's friendliness and knowledge made up for the one less winery. She explained many interesting facts with historical & scientific background. It was very easy to have a conversation with her. Sophia is a true professional guide.
This trip was really good value, the man in the office was super friendly and told us about a lovely little restaurant in the museum across the road (We had lunch here before the tour - highly recommend). The train ride was fine, much more comfortable than I thought it would be after reading the reviews. The wine cellar tour was interesting and not too long for our daughter - the tasters were a nice touch . The boat trip was lovely. Do arrive early for the boat trip, we did as advised by previous reviews and there was already a queue. The boat also left 20 minutes earlier than departure time. Would definitely recommend.
Booked online choosing this tour over the more populated tour in the hope there would be fewer people on our tours and it worked really well. Bus didn’t tell you stops but following map was fine. The port tasting tour was good as was the river cruise although we would’ve preferred longer than 50 minutes. We did the 48 hour option and glad we did as we did the 2 hour bus tour on one day then the port tour and cruise the next day. The lady in the booking office was really helpful and friendly.
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!
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.