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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 June–August
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Local currency € 10 = £8.96
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price £85 per night
Average weekday price £85 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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A City with lots to do and see .

13 July 2019

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.

Philip United Kingdom

Porto is the first city that I feel I've fallen in love...

13 July 2019

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.

Nelson Germany

Stayed at Hotel Dom Henrique, central , connected to metro...

12 July 2019

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’

Dave Ireland

A very walkable city with lots to delight.

11 July 2019

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.

Rona United Kingdom

A city full of historical looking streets, hilly, clean...

11 July 2019

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.

Anonymous Thailand

There were not enough “ quality “ restaurants for people who...

10 July 2019

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 .

Low United Kingdom

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