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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!

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!

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!

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!

Douro

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!

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!

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.

Photo: Alan Brown @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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 Porto 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

fantastic tour to scenic nature of Geres

Our guide Fred took us to two stunningly beautiful waterfalls within the nature of Geres national park. It was a truly fantastic outdoor activity with walking by small rocky rivers and on steep hills. To swim within these waterfalls is really amazing! Afterwards we visited a small village to bake some traditional bread and have a tasty lunch with beautiful view of the mountains.

From Porto: Gerês Park Tour Adventure with Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/20/2016

The guide was brilliant, only 5 of us like going out with friends.

The guide was very knowledgable & passionate about Porto & Portugal & everything connected to it. Plenty of walking but that was fine, great value for money.

Porto: Wine Tour Reviewed by Romayne, 10/28/2016

Claudia was knowledgable and the tour was wonderful!

Our guide Claudia was fabulous with giving us historical information as she drove us to the Douro Valley for our wine tour. It was a great use of time and she was very knowledgable and extremely nice. The tour was informative and a good mix of winery/process style. We enjoyed it very much.

Spectacular scenery matched with very good wine tastings

Our guide John(Joao) was very knowledgeable and very friendly. It was fun to taste the wines with no pressure to buy. Highly recommended.

Segwaying around Porto are two great experiences.

We were a group of 8, my wife and I are both 60+ and had ridden the Segway previously in Lisbon. However the other 6, aged 36 and under, really enjoyed this new experience whilst also taking in the sites of Porto. They were up and running on their own within minutes. Excellent guide who spoke perfect English. At €50 for about 3ish hours with a drink represents very good value for money.

Best of Porto by Segway Reviewed by Patrick, 10/13/2016

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