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Porto buzzes with a special energy and an appetite for all the good things in life – especially food and wine.

The best way to learn about its thriving culinary scene is by diving straight in. Pick a restaurant along the banks of the Douro River and enjoy the city’s al fresco dining culture. "Bacalhau" (salted cod) and freshly grilled octopus pair perfectly with a glass of dry white port – though 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 find the best varieties in the city.

After you've had your fill, walk it off by exploring all of Porto’s impressive architecture. Visit the São Francisco Church for its baroque interior and gilded carvings, then discover the stories depicted in the blue and white-tile facade of the Chapel of Souls.

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 in the heart of the city. There's also the golden sands and crashing waves at Matosinhos Beach to keep any surfer or sun-lover happy for an afternoon.


From $132 per night

This weekend

From $269 per night

Next weekend

From $140 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $110 per night
Average weekday price $115 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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It was graduation week so that may be part of my feelings as...

June 6, 2023

It was graduation week so that may be part of my feelings as it was super crowded and busy. Fun to see their celebrations but did seem crowded and dirty on the streets from all the people, People and coffee and desserts are great. Obvi the port is too if you like it which I did. Some great restaurants and bakeries. Overall, a place to visit


Loved Oporto very much and my 4th time there.

June 6, 2023

Loved Oporto very much and my 4th time there. Love the Ribeirinha and the Port tasting surrounded by. Its a great place and so much to see. Loved the local areas and the Churches. There was nothing at all that I didn't like.

Joao United Kingdom

Porto is an interesting historic city.

June 6, 2023

Porto is an interesting historic city. Lots of interesting buildings and a winding river to set the scene. The food and wine selections were particularly good and very reasonably priced. Fresh fish was abundant. Many interesting Port houses to visit. We went to Cockburns and also enjoyed an educational tour including a visit to their cooperage. We also did a river cruise which was relaxing and interesting.


A beautiful, unpretentious city which is the perfect size...

June 1, 2023

A beautiful, unpretentious city which is the perfect size for a city break. The Porto walking tour is a great way to acclimatise yourself with the city. Watch the sunset, taste the port, eat the Bacalhau and the custard tarts at The Coffee House Experience. I found the Portuguese friendly, unassuming and really helpful and I stayed in an excellent hostel - The Gallery Hostel


Very good location, very clean and they had coffee.

June 1, 2023

Very good location, very clean and they had coffee. We ate at one restaurant, can’t remember the name and it was excellent. One other one we ate at was not very good, but they were one of the only ones open at 10:00 at night. Sintra is a charming town. Got a bus pass for the day but very frustrated with the service.

sosa Costa Rica

The cobblestone streets were hard for the feet.

May 30, 2023

The cobblestone streets were hard for the feet. some of them were not repaired making it uneven causing people to trip and fall. The city itself was pretty and shopping was reasonable. People were overall friendly and helpful. Just wish the government would fix those narrow streets with broken cobblestones.

Liz Lam
Liz Lam United States of America

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