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Porto

Portugal’s second biggest city doesn’t disappoint with locals and views as sweet as the region's Port wine.

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  • Porto: Walking Tour and Fado Show

    1. Porto: Walking Tour and Fado Show

    This tour explores the beautiful historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your tour at Sé hill, where you can visit the Cathedral. The route will take you along old streets that were important thoroughfares for the traffic of people and goods in medieval times.  In Ribeira and Infante Square, learn more about the city’s connection to the international trade of Port Wine and how it became the stage of an important revolution in the early 19th century. Learn how the city survived the French invasions and the Civil War and understand the struggles of the contemporary era for the development of the Republic in Portugal.  Make stops to contemplate the iconic buildings of the Church of São Francisco, Palácio da Bolsa, and the Ferreira Borges Market. Your guide will reveal to you the mysteries and curiosities about the city's most emblematic streets, monuments, and buildi...

  • Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

    2. Full-Day Douro Wine Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

    Admire the beauty of the Douro Valley on a full-day tour from Porto. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, enjoy views of the picturesque landscapes. Visit 2 Douro Valley wine estates. Learn about the production of port wine, walk through the vineyards and later taste the wines. Continue to the village of Pinhão, where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant with traditional Portuguese food and DOC Douro wine. At the 18th-century railway station in Pinhão, marvel at the Portuguese tiles that depict the beauty of the Douro Valley. Take a 1-hour river cruise on a typical rabelo boat used in the past to transport wine along the river.

    I had an amazing time. We had a great tour operator, we went to several beautiful towns and 2 fabulous wine tastings.

  • Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

    3. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

    Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto at your leisure with a ticket that gives you access to 2 sightseeing bus tours for 2 days. You can hop on and hop off at any stop in the city, taking in attractions such as the Avenida dos Aliados and the neighborhoods of Santa Catarina and Batalha. Located in the north of Portugal, the city of Porto has a rich history that dates to the Roman occupation of Iberia. This is a notable port city, situated on the estuary of the Douro River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, Ribeira, to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quaint café nestled along the city’s medieval walls and discover Porto’s famous wines. Your ticket gives you access to the cellars of Cales Calém, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. You can also sample some of the goods, incl...

    It was great, the bus took a while to arrive but other than that, everything was excellent and I was helped through whatsapp when I needed.

  • Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

    4. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Wine Tasting, Cruise and Lunch

    Start your full-day tour in the center of Porto where your guide will introduce you to the rich history of the city and share some intriguing anecdotes with you. Travel in style in a comfortable minivan to Peso da Régua, in Northern Portugal for a short coffee break.  Next, head to the first winery stop on the itinerary. Discover and taste the region's famous wines while admiring the panoramic views of the vineyards that weave across the landscape. Around midday, you’ll move on to a restaurant for a delicious local Portuguese lunch. Choose from fish, meat, and vegetarian options. Continue your journey to the second vineyard where you will learn about the various stages of winemaking from a vineyard specialist and get to try out some of Douro’s finest Porto wine. As a special treat, stop at the Pinhão Railway Station, whose walls are beautifully decorated with blue glazed mosaic tiles...

    Great trip to the heart of the Douro valley wine producing region with visit to small Port producing estate. Excellent add-on to a short stay on Porto.

  • Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

    5. Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

    See the sights of Porto at your own pace with a Porto Card plus transportation, valid for 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. Enjoy up to 150 discounts and benefits, such as free entrance to 6 city museums, 20% off cruises on the Douro River, and a 2-for-1 port wine tasting at Espaco Porto Cruz. The Porto Card is your key to the city, offering price reductions at shows, theme centers, tourist excursions in Porto and north Portugal, restaurants, wine shops, and fashion shops. Created to provide easy access to the city’s sights, the add-on transport offer will help you save money and spend less time searching for spare cash. The following is a short list of some of the benefits you can enjoy: • Free Metro Do Porto (all lines) • Free Bus STCP (all lines) • Free Train CP Porto (Urbanos Valongo, Trofa, Espinho) • 50% of at Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars • Casa Do Infante-Museu (free entry) • Casa-M...

    It was a very enjoyable visit. The card is excellent because it gives us unlimited access to transportation as well as a discount on visiting tourist places in the city.

  • Porto: Magical Garden Entrance Ticket

    6. Porto: Magical Garden Entrance Ticket

    Visit Porto Botanical Garden at night and stroll through at a relaxed pace as you enjoy 17 different light displays. Get closer to nature, learn about botany and enjoy a nocturnal sensory experience, full of light, sound, and color. See displays representing countries around the world, like Egypt, Japan, India, and even the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Experience a unique family-friendly light show while immersed in nature.

  • From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

    7. From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

    Get out of Porto and into Portugal's gorgeous wine country. Take in views from the window of your luxury vehicle, visit vineyards and taste their wines, embark on a boat cruise, and more on this all-inclusive trip.

    Take advantage of morning pickup in a comfortable luxury vehicle. Begin your 9-hour tour with a stop at a viewpoint to enjoy the views across Porto. Then, sit back and relax as your vehicle hits the road for the Douro Valley.

    Enjoy an excursion which includes a visit to different 2 wine estates, with the opportunity to taste some of the different types of wine which are produced there. You'll also experience a typical (and delicious) Portuguese meal.

    Partake as well in a relaxing 1-hour ride onboard a Rabelo boat on the Douro River. Your excursion also includes being taken by your driver to what the BBC called one of the most beauti...

    The trip was well organised, although I booked 2 tickets and because the minivan was full we weren’t able to sit together. I know that for some people is not a big deal but if you spent almost 5 hours in a car we would prefer to sit together, especially it was my partner’s birthday. The tour guide was excellent, very funny and knowledgeable. Also went beyond my expectations when he asked us for a lunch preference and I don’t like meat or salmon, he made sure that the restaurant prepare something different for me and it was delicious!

  • Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

    8. Porto: Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting

    Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 75-minute program includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two port Wines (white and special reserve), which are served to you while you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female voices accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.

    A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

  • Porto: Palácio da Bolsa Guided Tour

    9. Porto: Palácio da Bolsa Guided Tour

    The Associação Comercial do Porto started the construction of the Palácio da Bolsa, its headquarters, and property in 1842. Over three generations, many masters and craftsmen worked to build this architectural jewel of the 19th century in neoclassical style. Great names in architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts contributed to the construction of the building, which is now classified as a National Monument and one of the main attractions of Porto e Norte, receiving more than 450,000 visitors annually. During this 30-minute guided tour with a certified guide from Palacio da Bolsa, you will visit the authentic and impressive rooms of a building that is now over 180 years old, has received governors from almost every country in the world, and which is the location of most of the official state receptions held in the north of Portugal.

    This tour was our first to take in on our arrival in Porto. The guides at the Palacio are very informative. Although its open all day until 6:30 pm, be aware and allow yourself time to join if your tour is to be given in a specific language as they begin every 30 mins and if you miss it you have to wait.

  • Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

    10. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

    Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail for 50 minutes along the river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and buildings of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Known as "Rabelo Boats," in reference to the old boats that transported wine from the Douro Valley, the cruise is the perfect chance to learn more about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

    It was really fun, the people were nice and we did not have to wakt long. There are 2 boats and one leaves every half hour. I would suggest taking one at 6 like we did, after the boatride we went for a hike to go up on one of the bridges and saw a beautiful sunset. We also had golden hour etc so we were really happy that we took the boat at 6. The people spoke excellent english! There is also a cable car ride by the boats. Wich is a really fun experience aswell!!

Frequently asked questions about Porto

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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.

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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 22,471 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, our guide Claudia was informative, interesting and amusing. She was always pointing out places or points of interest on our journey right to the end, making sure that we were Covid safe at all times. The hosts at the two wineries were also very informative and passionate about their product. The lunch provided was tasty and well presented with a beautiful view of the vineyards. The boat trip was a charming restful and relaxing interlude. We had a lovely day and would thoroughly recommend this tour to give you a wider appreciation of Porto and Portugal.

The trip was well organised, although I booked 2 tickets and because the minivan was full we weren’t able to sit together. I know that for some people is not a big deal but if you spent almost 5 hours in a car we would prefer to sit together, especially it was my partner’s birthday. The tour guide was excellent, very funny and knowledgeable. Also went beyond my expectations when he asked us for a lunch preference and I don’t like meat or salmon, he made sure that the restaurant prepare something different for me and it was delicious!

A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

It was a very enjoyable visit. The card is excellent because it gives us unlimited access to transportation as well as a discount on visiting tourist places in the city.

I was thinking that would be just some small wine tasting but it ended up being a super cool musical experience, totally recommend!