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

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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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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Surf Lesson In Group At Oporto City

Learn to surf safely, in a relaxed environment!

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From Porto: Douro Valley Private Day Tour With Wine Tasting In Wine Farm

Spend a day dazzling a unique valley and visiting one of the famous farms where Port wine is produced. We will take you to know Amarante, Régua, Pinhão & Vila Real located in the Douro Valley.

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Rent A Scooter In Oporto

Have fun while visiting Porto with a scooter! We offer you the most amusing scooter rental at the best prices. Don't waste time in traffic and enjoy everything this lovely city has to offer!

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Half-Day Porto City Tour For Small-Groups With Port Wine Tasting

Dive in Porto history in this half day tour, through the tales and legends of its people and buildings. Our professional guides will show you the best of this great city, while we drive you on a comfortable air-conditioned van! Visit the Lello bookstore, a wine cellar and taste the famous Port wine.

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Transfer Between Oporto And Lisbon Airports

We exceed your expectations with this top quality vip transfer between oporto and lisbon airports.

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From Lisbon: Full Day Private Guided Tour To Porto

Visit Portugal's second capital on a full-day guided tour. Learn about the region, culture and people of Porto. Enjoy postcard views of the Douro River and the vineyards scattered along the hills.

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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.