Welcome to Porto

Porto is an enchanting city, established on the hills at the mouth of the Douro river. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site for its historic buildings and outstanding monuments, highlights of Portugal’s second largest city include the formidable Porto cathedral, the Torre dos Clérigos and the conspicuous Port wine lodges that dominate the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia. Although largely industrialised, Porto offers a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions.

Top 10 Things To Do In Porto

One of the city's most characteristic symbols, Torre dos Clérigos you have one of the best views over Porto from the top of the tower. You can also visit the church from its tower, that is one of the most beautiful examples of religious architecture of the area.

Inaugurated in 1916, the historical station of São Bento is known for its tile (azulejo) panels that depict scenes of the History of `Portugal. You simply cannot miss this place during your visit to Porto.

3. Crystal Palace

This beautiful scenic park is dominated by a huge domed pavilion built in 1956 which replaced the 19th century iron-and-glass "Crystal Palace". Overlooking the Douro River, there is also a multimedia library, an auditorium a cafeteria and the Romantic Museum.

The brothers Lello opened the bookshop in 1906, a symbol of Porto for all those who visit it. It is one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal and was an inspiration for the writer J.K. Rowling, who, after spending time at the bookshop, pictured the stairs in Hogwarts for her Harry Potter series.

Casa da Música is a major concert hall space in Porto, which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras: Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. Casa da Música is the only concert hall in the world with two walls entirely made of glass.

6. City Park

The Porto City Park is the largest urban park in Portugal, with an area of 83 hectares that stretch out as far as the Atlantic Ocean. One of the 100 most remarkable works constructed in Portugal in the 20th century.

7. Serralves Museum

Designed by Siza Vieira, the Serralves Museum is considered by many of the most important contemporary art museums in the country. Here contemporary works of art are exposed alongside the typical flora of this region of Portugal.

Inaugurated in 1886, the Ponte Luís I crosses the Douro River and is a postcard of the citizen of Porto. It is a metallic structure with two trays, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. The team that designed it was led by the Belgian engineer Théophile Seyrig, student of Gustave Eiffel.

One of the oldest monuments in Portugal, Porto Cathedral is a Roman-Gothic structure with Baroque details. It is in the center of the historic area of Porto and well worth a visit.

The 2nd largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the river Douro has its mouth between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Famous since the era of navigations, the river until today is a route to transport the best wines, Port Wine, as it passes through the Douro Valley and its wineries.

Top Tours & Activities in Porto

Douro River Private Cruise – 2-Hour Boat Tour With Regional Products Tasting

Savor a tasting menu with typical Portuguese flavors accompanied by wines from the Douro and Port wine, while sailing on the Douro River on a private cruise to the rhythm of the conversation about the city of the river and wine.

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Gourmet Train Experience – The Best Gastronomic Experience Of Portugal

This is the best luxury experience in Portugal to bring the world's greatest culinary talent to the most beautiful corners of Portugal, on board the most incredible train in our history.

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2-Hour Guided City Tour In Porto By Convertible Beetle

Join us for a guided tour around in a VW Carocha cabriolet of 1974, with passage through the most emblematic places of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Let's go for a ride!

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Transfer From Porto Airport – Opo – To Porto – Hotel Or City Center

VIP private transport service. After picking up your luggage and disembarking at Porto Airport, our staff will greet you with a sign on your behalf and provide all the necessary information.

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Private Tour To Porto, Departing From Lisbon, Full Day

Situated on the right bank of the river Douro, near the mouth of the river, Porto is a city with a unique charm where the old one blends perfectly with the contemporary, cosmopolitan and intimate city at the same time. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

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From Porto: Full-Day Private Tour To Historic Minho

The Minho region, where the cities of Guimarães and Braga are located, owes its recognition, importance and name to the Minho River, one of the four largest rivers in Portugal. Come with us to Minho where we will find more and visit two of its most important cities, Guimarães and Braga.

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Tour Porto – The Port Wine And The Douro River At Your Reach!

Enjoy the river Douro and taste Port wine. A perfect match!

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From Porto: Full Day Douro Cruise With Lunch On Board And Farm Visit With Wine Tasting

The Douro vintage cruise lasts one day and takes you to know the beautiful landscapes of Régua and Porto, with visits and wine tasting among other activities.

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Good To Know

Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Time Zone
GMT
Country Phone Code
+351
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. Of course, autumn is another best time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.