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Porto Vintage Tour
Valid for up to two days, this combo ticket allows you to explore Porto at your own pace, from the historic old town to the city’s beautiful castles. Hop on and off at different stops including the River Douro, Avenida da Boavista, Ribeira, Gaia Wharf and Matosinhos. The ticket also includes entry to a wine cellar where you can taste different ports and wines.
MagicTrain Tour + Wine Cellar Visit and Tasting
A chance to discover Porto aboard a slow-paced tourist train, departing every 30 minutes from Sé Catedral. Apart from this glorious Romanesque monument, you’ll also pass Porto's historic city centre and landmarks like São João National Theatre and São Bento train station. Your journey also includes a trip to Real Companhia Velha wine cellar, where you’ll taste and learn the rich history behind Portugal’s most famous port wine.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Boat Tour + Surfing School
This package tour involves a unique combination of activities: an open-top bus tour of the city centre, a cruise down the River Douro and a surfing lesson on Matosinhos Beach. There are three options available, with ticket validity ranging from one to five days.
Six Bridges Cruise
On this 50-minute tour, you’ll sail along the Douro River to some of Porto's best-loved attractions. On board a traditional Rabelo boat – a Portuguese wooden cargo boat – you’ll discover hidden corners of the city’s historical centre, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see the iconic bridges this city is famous for and sail beneath them. As the boat cruises outside of the city centre, you'll see the beach area of Foz and the vineyards of the Douro valley.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This double-decker sightseeing bus tour lets you hop on and off at various landmarks around the city, with two circuits to choose from. From imposing monuments and charming gardens to iconic bridges and striking street art, you’ll get to see all the highlights Porto has to offer.
Food and Wine Walking Tour
On this guided tour you will discover the old town of Porto, while you walk around its popular sites and indulge in the city’s gastronomy with delicious savoury and sweet bites, different types of wine and coffee. Taste local delicacies, such as the salpicão and Vinho Verde – a traditional white-green wine from the Minho region. Round off the tour with port wine and tonic at one of the best spots for panoramic views of Porto.
World of Discoveries Interactive Museum and Theme Park
The World of Discoveries museum explores the era of globalisation and the leading role that Portugal played in creating new maritime routes across the world’s oceans. The interactive style of the museum lets you relive the history in twenty thematic areas, each one representing a unique geographical region with its own cultural customs.
Livraria Lello – The Lello Bookstore
A Gothic architectural jewel, Livraria Lello has been a curator of Portuguese literature since 1881. During your visit, you'll experience over a century's worth of architecture, literature and culture. Your ticket includes two volumes of the book 'The World's Most Beautiful Bookshop', as well as unlimited access to all of the venue's public rooms.
0.6 miles from city centre
Lively nights come to a quaint end on the Bonfim promenade. The waterfront kiosks are the perfect after-party outposts for relieving late-night hunger. Go there for snacks like “bifanas", the region's trademark steak sammy. Bonfim also keeps a candle burning for Porto customs like “bailinhos”, where the young and old dance together on the street.
Places to stay from £4 per night
0.4 miles from city centre
Porto’s historic centre. In Sé, slim streets wind past stone houses, some painted in effulgent yellows. The narrow roads and clandestine allies are best seen by foot. Heritage is writ large in Sé Cathedral, which is a threeway mashup of romantic, gothic and baroque. It’s the perfect place to finish your pilgrimage through these streets.
Places to stay from £14 per night
Porto City Centre
In the city centre
The poster child for hip Porto. The Vida Portuguesa shop takes you back in time with its retro toothpaste and hair tonics. For a trendy place to imbibe, head to Champanheria da Baixa and toast with chalices of champagne sangria. The literati should take supper in Casa do Livro, a posh restaurant arranged inside a bookshop.
Places to stay from £4 per night
0.6 miles from city centre
This affluent area is awash in colourful facades. It’s a postcard moment everywhere you turn. Wander through the area’s unique bars and cafes, some of which are inside docked boats. Or head over to Alfândega, which topped 2014’s charts for best conference space in Business Destinations Magazine. It's a prime place to peruse a rotating set of global exhibitions.
Places to stay from £16 per night
0.6 miles from city centre
Take the scenic route. The best way to get down to Ribeira from downtown Porto is on the Guindais Funicular. As you descend, the River Douro glistens below, and Rabelo boats glide its cobalt currents. Colourful buildings add an artsy touch to the shoreline. Come with an appetite - traditional "tascas" abound and little local markets brim with bounty.
Places to stay from £19 per night
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||June–August|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.96|
|Average weekend price||£85 per night|
|Average weekday price||£85 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
A City with lots to do and see . The Ribiera (river) is a must , the walks over the bridge and the river boats are a must to do. Trams to the beach are so easy , Taxis are good value , also visit the wine and Port cellars on the south of the river. Cannot recommend highly enough. Also easy access from and to the Airport.
Porto is the first city that I feel I've fallen in love with. I almost don't want to recommend Porto because I don't want it to grow any more popular. The riverside is so beautiful I've never seen anything like it in my life. The Portuguese people are full of joy, and the city is welcoming with its value-for-money food/coffees and a huge variety of shops. You can get around with the Metro but in 30 minutes of walking, you can explore most of the city. There aren't any huge attractions that you must see, apart from the riverside which is totally free and just breathtaking. There are beaches as well as boat tours and plenty of museums and art exhibitions. The art and foodie scene here is also insanely good. From speaking to some locals, I heard that tourism in Porto has really taken off in the last few years. Some locals don't like that, and I already had a sense that it was a bit too busy with tourists. I hope Porto doesn't go down the path of Venice but I feel like it's about 5 years or less away from that.
Stayed at Hotel Dom Henrique, central , connected to metro straight from Airport, Hotel 18 stories, marvellous Terrace Bar on 17th floor, snacks and drinks, very reasonably priced. Recommendation to eat in the Hotel restaurant, really top class food for a hotel. Recommendation- Take Day long cruise up the Douro river price i think 95€ worth every cent and included breakfast and 5 course lunch with return train to Porto . Porto is a must see city, Suggest minimum stay two nights if not three. Would i go back ‘yes’
A very walkable city with lots to delight. It is well worth doing the river trip and a visit to a Port warehouse is a must. Sao Bento station has wonderful tiling which is quite stunning. Take the old tram out to Foz do Douro where the river meets the Atlantic. Lovely sands and surf there! Get a multi use metro ticket. Metro is very efficient as are the local buses. In Gaia ( opposite side of the Douro where the warehouses are) there is a place where they make the delicious custard tarts. Great views of the Porto cityscape from Gaia. Local tourist items are mostly quite classy. Lots of tiles, pottery and cork things at very reasonable cost. We found Porto so friendly. Everything seemed so cheap compared to other European destination. It is a city on the up with lots of renovation going on. Go there before it becomes just like anywhere else.
A city full of historical looking streets, hilly, clean pavements with no obstacles and good traffic system, plenty of crossings and both pedestrians and drivers seem to respect the process. Great cafes and cafes serving hot food everywhere, local wine good and cheap. Metro and bus service very efficient. Many districts each with its own character. Didn't get to the sea but the river's spectacular, worth walking down to from the old town.
There were not enough “ quality “ restaurants for people who are willing to pay for v good cuisine at a “ fair” price to reflect the quality. The hotel staff did not give out names of select good restaurants as recommendations. They just stated the streets where tourists go to . The main streets and pavements were quite dirty even tho the rubbish seemed to be cleared v regularly. And where the bins were it was very smelly .
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