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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
Photo: Alan Brown @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Great day out in a beautiful part of Portugal

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.

Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/02/2019

A spectacular day of countryside, wines, gastronomy - Thanks, Hugo

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!

Douro Valley: 3 Vineyards Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Katherine, 10/07/2019

Recommend this trip, especially with the guide Ivo!

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.

Douro Valley Tour: Lunch, Cruise & Wine Tasting Reviewed by Clyde, 10/05/2019

Very enjoyable day with something for everyone!

Diana, our tour guide was knowledgeable and quite lovely. The two vineyard tours offered a more complete understanding of port and wine making (and the olive press museum was fascinating). The family style restaurant for lunch had excellent food. The hour-long River cruise was relaxing and gave us wonderful views. Our group loved this tour.

We enjoyed both the train ride & boat tour.

The train ride was pleasant & the view of the Douro was too. The boat, drinks, lunch was dinner & very good as well as plentiful. The ride through the Douro Valley was pleasant & the views were great.