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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

Beautiful views of Porto that you might not see on another tour.

Philippa was an excellent guide. I had a few issues and she was right there to help me every time. I would recommend this tour. Thank you Philippa!!!

Porto Highlights E- Bike Tour Reviewed by Kathryn, 06/13/2019

Excellent best part of my trip to portugal

This was the best part of my whole trip. Lunch in the beautiful Douro valley was lovely. Our tour guide Catia was very nice and showed us a lot of hospitality. The views were breathtaking. They kept giving us delicious wine and I bought a few things to take back to NY. I absolutely loved the boat tour and how kind they were to us. Well worth this tour

Excellent tour, noting but praise for our guide Armelle

eableWhen learning something every 5 minutes is fun and relaxing your guide has a lot to do with it! Merci Armelle pour une excursion des plus agreables et enrichissantes. BRAVO

Porto: 3-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Serge, 06/07/2019

Highly recommended tour. Miguel was the perfect guide!

Good and long tour with a break at a really nice place. A lot of interesting street art with background information by our guide Miguel.

Porto: Half-Day Street Art Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/07/2019

This tour makes a good and enjoyable selection for a fado place.

The evening tour through the city was rather short but the the fado place including the atmosphere, show and dinner are highly recommended. The location is excellent: just imagine a kind of medieval environment located in front of the Porto cathedral with deemed lights and a good fado performance. An enjoyable experience. Additionally, they pick you up at your hotel!

3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner Reviewed by ENRIQUE R., 06/05/2019