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There’s a special kind of energy in Porto: one that buzzes with an infectious appetite for all the good things in life – especially food and wine.

The best way to get to know this fabulous culinary scene is by diving straight in. Choose a restaurant along the banks of the River Douro and settle into the city’s al fresco dining culture. ‘Bacalhau’ (salted cod) and freshly grilled octopus pair perfectly with a glass of dry white port – but the star of Portuguese cuisine is the original, sweet red port. Take a tasting tour of the wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia or get lost in the maze-like streets of the medieval Ribeira district to seek out the best varieties in the city.

After quenching your thirst, let your attention turn to Porto’s breadth of impressive architecture. São Francisco Church wows visitors with its lavish baroque interior and gilded carvings, while the blue and white-tiled facades of the Chapel of Souls captivate with their intricate picture stories.

For the best views in town, cross Dom Luís I Bridge from São Bento railway station, or climb the 240 steps to the top of Clérigos Church, an 18th-century tower located in the heart of the city. Meanwhile, the golden sands and consistent swells of Matosinhos Beach will keep any sunbather or surfer content for the afternoon.


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Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit May–July
Local currency € 10 = £9.13
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price £69 per night
Average weekday price £69 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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I loved the river view from the apartment.

19 October 2020

I loved the river view from the apartment. The 5 bridges cruise was beautiful and informative and the hop on/off bus is good. Loved the OFado evening. And the funicular was a great help with getting to the historical centre from the river for those less able. I will come back as there is such a lot to see and do in Porto.

Pamela Spain

Gorgeous city, very gothic and atmospheric with lots of good...

18 October 2020

Gorgeous city, very gothic and atmospheric with lots of good food and drink. We enjoyed for food Zenith, Tapas & Friends, Chez Lapin, Nola Cafe, Base Porto, Real Thai and Majestic Cafe! We mostly walked everywhere but Uber is also very cheap. Maybe avoid Libraria Lello as it was very touristy and not many good books to buy for English speakers.

Niamh United Kingdom

What a city!

8 October 2020

What a city!!!! Absolutely stunning - everything within walking distance if you can manage all the hills! Amazing architecture and places of interest to visit, there is no end of things to do. The views across the river are breath-taking, I could have sat with Porto cocktails looking at it all day long. Lots of good value tours to enjoy if you like that sort of thing, and lots of wine tasting tours or activities to enjoy. The beach is a mere tram ride and a short walk away and lovely to visit. Reasonably priced bars and restaurants and lovely friendly people. We had a wonderful time.

Sarah United Kingdom

Beautiful, relatively compact old city.

3 October 2020

Beautiful, relatively compact old city. Much to do, especially if you're interested in Port/wine, good food and wandering to see what you find. The upper Douro valley was amazing. Rather than take the cruise up the Douro (which appeared to us expensive, time consuming, and a long way before you get to the best of the scenery) we took the train to Regua. It initially went through uninspiring countryside, but the last half hour or so was right beside the river in stunning scenery. We then took a short cruise along the river which was informative and beautiful. If you have time (which we did not) going on to Tua by train or boat would, I'm sure be excellent. But overnighting at Regua or Tua might be necessary to fit it all in. On certain days between June and October there is the Douro Historical (steam) Train which runs between Regua and Tua. Sadly we were not able to time it right.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Beautiful city, exuding character and charm.

28 September 2020

Beautiful city, exuding character and charm. We loved walking the old district, and also the area around the Dos Clerigos Tower, making quick stops for a coffee, a pasteis de nata or a nice glass of port. We had an amazing lunch at Graham's winery restaurant, with a beautiful view of the city and Douro river, and before leaving the city we drove around Foz and the beaches on the northern side, we wished we had had more time to spend in this area, but can't complaint, Porto in any case is a great place for a getaway.

Juan Spain

Downtown is like an image of Copenhagen.

20 September 2020

Downtown is like an image of Copenhagen. With restaurants by the river. The infamous Porto wineries along the river. Passed thro downtown with my cousin's family with a 4 year old and a 2 old year. They enjoyed themselves thoroughly there.

Chun Voon
Chun Voon Singapore

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