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
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Douro valley. We visited two small wineries and enjoyed wine tastings. We learned about the making of port and actually witnessed the wine making process as the wine harvest was underway. We were taken to some spectacular lookouts where we could enjoy the views of the Douro. We had a traditional lunch at a restaurant in Pinhão, where we also visited the beautifully decorated railway station. Our one hour cruise along the river was also very enjoyable. Our day concluded with another wine tasting in a spectacular location, overlooking the Douro valley. Our guide Diana was very knowledgeable and she made it a priority to ensure that all the guests were comfortable and enjoying themselves. I am so pleased that I did this trip.
Halfway up the Douro Valley the weather changed and we had pleasant, partly sunny weather from there our. Daniela (Tânia) was our guide and she made it so interesting and fun. We had 15 people in our group which was perfect. The lunch was amazing and the wine was delicious. They made me a vegetarian lunch which was passable. Get your Guide responded to all my emails and CM Tours was in contact via text and phone the morning of pickup as our street was too narrow for the bus and we had to meet them down the street. I would definitely recommend this tour.
This was a wonderful compliment to our stay in Porto. We enjoyed the day and learned a great deal. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Pick up was on time and the vehicle was spacious. The day was well paced and the stops were interesting. The only negative was the included luncheon. The choices were unique (fish risotto or lamb) and the family style portions were a bit on the skimpy side. Based on the cost of the trip, I was expecting higher quality. Overall though, it was an enjoyable day.
We (3 US folks) had fantastic Sunday with our guide Hugo. There were 8 in our group, with a range of interests. Hugo did a great job, working in English and Portuguese to provide information, explain activities and sights, and respond to some pretty interesting questions about history and culture. This was a lovely day from weather to itinerary to wines and a very well-presented lunch at the Manor House. All of our varied van full we’re delighted. Thanks!
This was a fabulous trip to the Douro Valley. We were picked up at our accommodations and dropped off so that made the trip less stress free. Ivo was an excellent guide since he grew up in the Douro Valley and knew some history about it. Loved that there were only eight people in the van so the tour was very personal. Had a wonderful tasting of port and an excellent lunch with wine. Beautiful country and the highlight of our trip.