Top attractions in Porto
Best things to do 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!
1. 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!
2. 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!
3. 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!
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!
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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 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.
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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
Brilliant trip by Norberto! He picked us up from our hotel on time and was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Dropped us off at the start of the Paiva walkway and was there to meet us at the end to take us to a traditional Portuguese restaurant for a lovely lunch. We were then driven to Aveiro for a walk around the town (with a market) and had a nice 45 minute trip on a ‘gondola’ before making our way on to our final stop for the day, Costa Nova, with its brightly painted fishermens cottages.
We had an amazing day out in the Douro Valley. Our guide, Tiago, was very knowledgeable and great fun. We got to try lots of wines and I loved being able to see the difference between a large scale Port producer and a small, family-run winery. Also, the lunch restaurant was lovely and even able to make a good vegetarian lunch for us - something that is pretty rare in Portugal! All in all, it was a great day and all coronavirus precautions were taken.
Nous avons choisi de faire la visite française début janvier. Nous étions seulement 4, une visite super personnalisée, le guide était top, la visité a duré 1h30 au lieu de 45 min. Pedro parlait parfaitement français, c'est un guide passionné et passionnant. Merci pour cette visite !
Es war ein ganz besonderer Abend für uns. Aufgrund der aktuellen Situation waren wir die einzigen Gäste und konnten somit viel über den Fado erfragen und uns mit den Künstlern unterhalten, die sich auch für ein solch bescheidenes Publikum sehr bemüht haben. Toll.
Visita que sorprende gratamente, con detalles muy interesantes y fáciles de entender. La guía en español super maja. El lugar es uno de los puntos imprescindibles en la estadía en la ciudad.