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
BUY THIS. The bus tour took us to all the parts of Porto that need to be seen, and gave us a good overview of the city. Then later we walked to all the parts that we liked from the bus. It was a bit hard to figure out the schedule (it is not really every 30 minutes), so we decided not to hop on and off too much, but rather walk. The boat tour was very nice, we enjoyed it a lot. The wine tasting was nice too. Amazing price for everything that you get. I just wish there was a website or something because it was hard to find out about the bus stops, where to do wine tasting, where to activate the voucher, etc.
The tour was really good, our tour guide Sara was super friendly with perfect English. The two wineries we went to were great and the whole tour was good apart from one thing. While the non-vegetarians got either sea bass or pork, the vegetarian option was just an omelette with some vegetables and dessert was some watermelon (as the dessert had gelatin in it), hardly the same in terms of cost to make. I honestly think they should give vegetarians some sort of discount or come up with a better alternative!
Blue Dragon tours, specifically Diana our guide, was fantastic! The company was well organized and provided very nice ebike equipment. Diana was friendly, calm and patient with our family of 4, always checking to make sure we were doing well and safe in traffic. The 3hr mid-morning ride starting at 10am was perfect since we didn’t have to wake up too early with teenagers and the streets weren’t as crowded. Highly recommend this outfit and don’t forget to ask for Diana!
Cheila-was excellent! Informative, courteous, thoughtful, and great when it came to customer service. Navigated small places with ease. Wow! I am an experienced driver but I wouldn't be able to drive the way she did. My hats off to her! The wineries we visited were great-learned a lot, lunch was good, the cruise was relaxing and enjoyed the scenery of various vineyards from afar. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you.
We had our trip with Alex and it was awesome! The landscape is so beautiful and we took baths at 2 super nice places nobody else was. Alex told us multiple storys about the nature, the culture and their will to make the places better ... I really hope those hidden place won’t become a touristic hotspot because it would be a pity! We loved the trip and Alex was the best guide! :)