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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

Excellent day out, views amazing, food excellent and tastings great

Carla our guide was awesome and made our day. Port tasting was excellent with a fantastic view from the tasting room. Lunch exceeded expectations and it was the owners birthday so we got a glass of champagne too, no shortage of white and red wines. Douro river cruise was so pretty but unfortunately we had rain made better with a glass of port. All in all a memorable day in the valley. Highly recommended. Thank you Carla and team.

Outstanding - views, trip, guide, food and drink!

An absolutely wonderful trip! Best tour I’ve been on and would recommend to anyone who likes wine and port! The river cruise through the centre of the Douru Valley was absolutely outstanding and with a glass of port it was charming! The portuguese restaurant provided delicious traditional dishes which everybody enjoyed! This trip proves amazing value for money and our guide Riccardo was hilarious, very welcoming and could not have tried harder to make us all feel welcome. The knowledge of the tour guides is amazing and the vineyard visits were fascinating, educational and delicious! This is a once in a lifetime trip, definitely worth a punt!

Great experience, highlight of our trip!

We loved our time with Carla! Clean car, great set up for our kids in the van, and smooth ride out to Duoro Valley. The boat ride was such a fun way to meet other people and enjoy port and views. Carla was very knowledgable and even helped play with our kids while we enjoyed our meal. We couldn't recommend this experience more!

This Douro Valley Tour far exceeded our expectations!!!!

What a wonderful day we spent with our tour guide Sara. We loved every aspect of this tour of the Douro Valley. Sara was so knowledgeable, kind, calm and friendly. It really shines thru that she genuinely enjoys what she does and she does it well! Please don't hesitate to book this beautiful day in the Douro. We learned so much about portuguese wines and the sites were gorgeous, the lunch was outstanding and the guide was great! Thank you for one of the best days we spent on our trip to Portugal!! Obrigado Sara!

Worthwhile excursion to see the outer parts of Porto.

Get to see so much more than just the centre of Porto. Great if youre just there for a short break. Bikes are easy to ride and comfy and a very leisurely pace too.

Porto: Bike Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Ali, 04/03/2019