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 on-off bus is great we went on it first thing in the morning didn’t get off at any stops, but we did plan what we wanted to See and visit, after walking the top bridge had lunch, then did the bus stopped at location we want to see then on again several times, Calem port tasting was good as the boat trip and we did use our bus ticket for the two days, after seeing the Beach we will definitely spend more time there next time. Good value for money!!!
This was an incredible experience. Joao, our guide was beyond amazing and our entire group (5 ppl plus two additional) enjoyed an educational and memorable experience. Joao's knowledge of the history, geology, geography, gastronomy, and culture of the area was astounding and our experience, including pickup at our door, made this hands down, the highlight of our 5 day trip to Porto.
Drivers excellent and friendly. Excellent English. Local office does not reply to emails (more than one attempt). Central GetYourGuide customer care via WhatsApp is excellent, immediate and professional. Local office needs improvement in responding to Customers to avoid unnecessary worries, especially when this is about arranging rides to and from the airport
Topic says it all, the tour was a perfect amount of time, both winery tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions. Ivo, our driver and guide for the day, was amazing and even brought some port for us to enjoy on the river cruise. Transportation was comfortable. Do this tour you wont regret it
The tour was well paced and included many interesting sites. Patricia was an excellent guide. She told many stories that personalized the tour and made it very enjoyable. She effortlessly accommodated the needs of everyone in the group. The sites were very interesting, and included sufficient time at each stop.