Top Tours & Activities in Porto
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitFor pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!
Things to Do in Porto
Top Attractions in Porto
- 2Porto Cathedral
- 3Clerigos Tower
- 4Sameiro Sanctuary
- 5Avenida dos Aliados
- 6São Bento Train Station
- 7Ribeira Square
- 9Serralves Foundation
- 11Dom Luis Bridge
- 12Casa da Musica
- 13Livraria Lello & Irmao
- 14Rua Santa Catarina
- 15Palacio da Bolsa
- 16Museu do Vinho do Porto
- 17Liberdade Square
- 18Museu do Carro Electrico
- 19Porto City Hall
- 20The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Other Sightseeing Options in Porto
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What People Are Saying About Porto
We lucked out with perfect weather (crisp & sunny) for our tour & lunch at Lamego followed by the hour on the river & a visit to Croft Winery. The pace was just right with lots to see & learn without feeling rushed. Our guide Claudia was beautifully charming, very knowledgeable & very inclusive of all languages & cultures present. I highly recommend!
Was a great tour -- Andre was extremely accommodating and informative. Definitely would recommend!
Our guide and driver, Andre, was excellent. Please thank him for telling us about Park of Virtues as we loved it. We felt the half day tour was too short for what could be enjoyed in Aveiro and would suggest at least two hours for looking around before or after the boat trip.
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.
The guide was very knowledgable & passionate about Porto & Portugal & everything connected to it. Plenty of walking but that was fine, great value for money.