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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

Wonderful day spent in the Douro valley!

From the on time pickup to the wineries and lunch, everything was wonderful. Sergio was a great guide, very knowledgeable and fun to be around. He did a great job and the only problem the whole day was if you were sitting in the back of the mini van, it was hard to hear him. He needed a microphone~ other then that, well worth the money and we dwould do it again in a heartbeat!

Excellent day , will live long in our memories

Misty drive to reach the Douro but once there all was revealed . A short break to walk across a bridge and we headed on . Our excellent guide Philippe, took us first to the Quinto Tedo where we had our first introduction to the making of Port Wine. We then tried 3 young ports , a rose , a Tawny and an LBV. We then took a lovely 55 minute ride on a replica Abelo. More Port .... From here we headed to our last stop at Casa dos Barros for lunch and more tastings. The lunch was excellent and substantial with plenty of wine. After we headed hope full of good cheer and excellent memories.

Our guide was extremely professional and very nice as well.

We had a wonderful day, he was very easy to be with and he provided us with background history and knowledge of Portugal as well as the Douro Valley.

Douro Valley Tour - Wine Tasting, Lunch & River Cruise Reviewed by Antonietta, 01/30/2019

Steve is a wonderful driver and is very knowledgeable.

The Quinta Do Beijo winery was by far my favorite. It’s in a tiny town and family owned and operated. Being a small establishment our tour was given a unrushed in-depth tour and tasting. I’ll look forward to going there again. Lunch was very good and of course included wines and followed with a port tastings. Thank you Steve for a great day and all your Portugal travel tips and knowledge !

Douro Valley: 3 Vineyards Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Janyl, 01/26/2019

Very relaxed tour with enthusiastic guide

Diana is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tourguide that knows how to entertain her guests. We have learnt a lot during the 3 hours tour and had good fun. We will definitely reconnect when we are in Portugal again.

Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Maarten, 01/26/2019