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Mercado do Bolhão

Mercado do Bolhão: Our most recommended tours and activities

Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

1. Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

Learn about the history of Porto as you walk along its medieval streets on a 3-hour guided tour. Discover its most important buildings, visiting monuments dating from the 12th to the 19th century. Admire the Cathedral, Clérigos Church, the São Bento railway station, Aliados Avenue, the Bolhão Market, the Carmo and Carmelitas church, the Lello bookshop and others. See the wooden rabelo boats that have been used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River. Marvel at the interior of the Lello bookshop, often called the most beautiful library in the world.

Porto: 3-Hour Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Porto: 3-Hour Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Experience a walking tour through the streets of the historical center of Porto, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the city through its neighborhoods, buildings, and streets on a 3-hour guided trip. Enjoy old palaces, charming churches, and lively neighborhoods. See the famous iron bridge, engineered by Teófilo Seyrig, the Port wine cellars, and the characteristic Rabelo boats lined up along the quay which preserve the memory of old times when they used to transport the wine casks. Your guide will explain how, in the 12th century, the city grew around the construction of the cathedral, and has survived several Moorish and Castilian invasions as well as the French military invasions in the 19th century. Along the way, stroll along Aliados Avenue to the place that served as a backdrop to the first proclamation of the Republic of Portugal.

Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

3. Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

Experience the rhythm of Porto as you explore the city's local eateries and markets on this authentic Porto food tour. Start your morning with a visit to a traditional cafe to have breakfast as the Portuguese do. Afterward, see old shops, taste their fresh products, and visit a charming market to eat Iberian ham, sardines, cheese, and wine from the Northern region of the country. Continue your culinary adventure with a local lunch and have the most typical, yet delicious dish of Porto with drinks included at a bar or restaurant loved by the inhabitants of Porto. This tour takes approximately three hours and visits five different spots, one of which where you'll have the chance to try a succulent green wine. All establishments visited are local and traditional businesses. See iconic places like Liberdade Square and the Mercado do Bolhão along the way.

Porto: Walking Tour, Lello Bookshop, Boat and Cable Car

4. Porto: Walking Tour, Lello Bookshop, Boat and Cable Car

Embark on a full-day tour through Porto, designed to showcase the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. Begin with a walking tour through Porto's bustling streets, as your guide shares insights into its past and present, bringing stories to life. As you meander through the city, uncover its hidden gems and well-known landmarks, including the majestic Sao Bento Railway Station, the lively Bolhao Market, and the historic Ribeira district. Stop at Livraria Lello and discover the amazing interior of this renowned bookshop building. After exploring the city’s charming streets, take a leisurely cable car ride. As you ascend, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Porto, the Douro River, and the surrounding landscapes. Continue the adventure as you reach the riverfront. Board a boat for a river cruise that offers a unique perspective of Porto. Glide under the city’s iconic bridges, including the famous Dom Luís I Bridge, and admire the picturesque riverside dotted with traditional Rabelo boats and colorful houses.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

5. Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, and learn its rich and diverse history, from the 4th century when Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula, to its modern day renaissance. Start by exploring the "Bairro da Sé," to discover the heart of Porto's roots in the Ribeira. Admire the traditional architecture that earned the city status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and wander past historic store fronts and ancient plazas that were built over Roman ruins. After immersing yourself in Porto's history and local culture, visit one of its most famous wine cellars. Located in the historic heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia, it’s here that you can enjoy the chance to sample some of Portugal’s world renowned wines from age-old vineyards.

From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

6. From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover the historic center of Porto and the surrounding area on a private tuk tuk tour from Matosinhos. Walk through Cordoaria's Garden, see the tallest granitic tower in the city, and admire the architecture of churches. Celebrate your trip with a glass of Porto wine by the Douro River. Starting your trip in Matosinhos at Leixões Port, a fishing area with golden sand beaches where you can regularly find local surfers. Spot the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade before continuing along the coast to Foz. Ride along the right side of the Douro riverbank, passing under the Arrábida Bridge towards the center of Porto. Once at the city center, stop at the Cordoaria’s Garden, one of the green spaces in town, located behind Porto University. In the proximity of the garden, see the Portuguese Center of Photography, the Justice Palace, and the Santo António Hospital, then head to the Torre dos Clérigos, built in the 18th century. Climb 225 steps to take in a 360-degree perspective of the city center and surroundings. Next, make a brief stop at Livraria Lello. Built in 1906, it's a mandatory stopping point for anyone visiting Porto. Cross the Praça dos Leões, see the beautiful Carmo and Carmelitas Churches, then continue along the narrow alleys of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods, Miragaia and Vitória. Head to the city center and pass by the most emblematic square in Porto, Praça da Liberdade, flanked by Avenida dos Aliados. Visit the most commercial area of Porto, the Bolhão area, and discover a traditional market with local products and shops of all types and for all tastes. Arrive at the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina, where you’ll find the most luxurious café in Porto, Café Majestic. Stop at the Sé do Porto Cathedral, a 12th-century building with a mix of architectural styles, dating back to the city's origins. At Sé do Porto Cathedral, see some of the historic Sé neighborhood that surrounds the cathedral. This area is the oldest in the city and remains faithful to Porto's traditions and customs. Next, visit São Bento Train Station, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Here you can appreciate the approximately 20,000 hand-painted tiles that line the interior and illustrate part of the history of Portugal. Passing by Praça do Infante, which houses the Palácio da Bolsa, the São Francisco Church, and the old Ferreira Borges Market, land in Ribeira, the last neighborhood of the 4 oldest in Porto that you’ll visit. Cross the Dom Luis I Bridge to make a brief stop at the Serra do Pilar Monastery. Round off your adventure by enjoying a glass of Port wine as you contemplate the Douro River and the City of Porto on the other bank. Experience one of the most beautiful views in Portugal before returning back to Matosinhos to end the tour.

Porto: Private Walking Food Tour with Tastings

7. Porto: Private Walking Food Tour with Tastings

Join this tour to enjoy the city of Porto to it's fullest. Stroll down the narrow and hilly streets while you learn about the history of Porto. This tour gives you a chance to try some of the best products from the north part of Portugal, like cheese, chorizo, prosciutto, wine, and more. Learn about the roots of Porto and it's history and its importance through the centuries. See the new temporary Bolhão Market and it's frenzy with all the vendors and the local products. Then stroll down towards the historical neighbourhood to try some local products and some wine. The streets call for another walk and the tour continues towards the Douro River for a delicious tapas meal. Join a professional guide for a lovely morning or evening where you will feel like a local while strolling down the streets, getting to know the history behind the buildings that go back as far as the XII century and of course sitting down and tasting local products.

Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

8. Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

Explore Porto on a half-day city tour that emphasizes the history of the area. Begin at Pena Ventosa, the birthplace of the city of Porto. Visit the cathedral, built in the 12th century, before continuing to the S. Bento train station. This station is known for its tiles representing important moments of Portugal's history and culture. Next, see the Clérigos Church. Clérigos, built by the famous architect Nasoni, is known for its Classic Renaissance style. As for the Lello, it has a Neo-Gothic facade and remarkable plaster interior. During the tour, you will be given important information regarding several streets and places in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, the Majestic Café, the Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Then continue to visit a few neighborhoods located by the water before heading to a Port wine cellar in Gaia. Learn how this national drink is produced, bottled, sold, and tasted, then enjoy a tasting of your own.

Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

9. Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get beneath the skin of Porto, Potugal’s impressive 2nd city, on a half-day walking tour that takes in the most emblematic monuments of the city center, and discovers lesser known attractions. Meet your local guide on Praça dos Leões to see the Bank of Tiles. Then, go to the stunning Igreja do Carmo (Carmelitas Church), part of a 17th-century convent with a classical façade. Stop at the Lello Bookshop, one of the most beautiful book stores in the world, before walking to the Torre dos Clérigos bell tower of the Igreja dos Clérigos. Here, you will also find an Oriental grocery store popular with locals. Get breathtaking city views from the Vitória mirador. Continue along Avenida dos Aliados towards Liberdade Square. On Avenida Santa Catarina, pause to taste a typical Portuguese custard tart in a local coffee shop. Savor the aromas of Bolhão Market, where Porto residents stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Next, wander over to the São Bento Railway Station, where the mosaic walls depict scenes from Portuguese history. Admire views of the Douro River and Sé Cathedral.

Porto: Local Market Tour and Cooking Class

10. Porto: Local Market Tour and Cooking Class

Visit the most authentic municipal market in the city, where the guide will introduce it to the influence of Portuguese products worldwide while experiencing the traditional environment of one of the most important buildings for the city's population. On a 5 minute metro trip, passing the upper level of the iconic "Luis I" bridge we we will reach "Jardim do Morro ", with one of the best views about the city of Porto. From there it is less than 5 minutes walk to our kitchen space. Then you will learn how to cook the Portuguese traditional meal. We encourage our guests to help/learn, but if you just want to watch, enjoy the meal and the conversation it's perfectly fine. Food you will have during the tour: - Olives, lupines, grilled sausages, Alheira with marmalade mayonnaise, Cod dish, Pastel de Nata. Drinks included: - Water and juices, local wine, espresso. Portuguese food (provided during the tour) is not suitable for vegetarians and lactose intolerant. The tour starts at the time scheduled, with no exceptions.

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What people are saying about Mercado do Bolhão

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4.6
(388 reviews)

our guide Silvio was adorable, attentive, his information was useful. this city is fantastic and rich in culture, pretty places along the Douro. so was the river walk. I really like visiting using this system. Thank you Stéphanie and John

Flavio was an excellent guide!!! He explained to us a lot of history of every street we walked through. The activity did include all the traditional things you wan to do when coming to Porto.

Pedro was an excellent guide. Great overview, very informative. He recommended a couple of restaurants and we tried both. Both were great

Magda was excellent and extremely knowledgeable about Porto. She was super sweet and I highly recommend a tour with her ❤️❤️

Very good, complete and the guide Flavio is very good