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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.

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From $120 per night

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From $123 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $112 per night
Average weekday price $117 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8.0

Porto is 'old' but I'm not sure that is an...

June 21, 2024

Porto is 'old' but I'm not sure that is an excuse for some of it's 'tattiness' in places, however I have done two trips there and I like it. The food was good, even in some unlikely looking places, the staff in bars, restaurants, attractions etc were always friendly and spoke English. The official taxis are surprisingly reasonable. It is a very hilly place, and I would not recommend it for anyone with mobility problems. I love the port houses and a tour is definitely recommend (I have done Sandeman and Ferreira, both easy to get to).

Howard Kerr
Howard Kerr United Kingdom
10

Porto is beyond magnificent and I wish I'd had more time...

June 20, 2024

Porto is beyond magnificent and I wish I'd had more time there. Doing a walking tour was a great way to make a new friend as well as learn an extraordinary amount about the city and its history. I loved every single minute of my stay. A must do is crossing the bridge to watch the sunset each night, and staying in historic accomodation high in the old town area meant my walk back afterwards was swift. The place is exceptionally photographic, and everyone I met was kind and helpful. This was my favourite city in Europe.

Deborah
Deborah Australia
10

Absolutely enjoyed the vibe of the city, the history,...

June 18, 2024

Absolutely enjoyed the vibe of the city, the history, beautiful views, even the hilly walks. The only thing I did not enjoy is coffee, could not find one place where they made decent coffee that was not just espresso.

Michaela
Michaela Slovakia
8.0

Lots to see, easy to walk around, faded but you can see its...

June 17, 2024

Lots to see, easy to walk around, faded but you can see its former glory. We loved the market and had lunch there. We did a walking tour which I recommend. The boat trip was nice and we enjoyed a tour of the port cellar. There was a lot of building/road building works going on and lots of graffiti everywhere. People were really friendly.

sarah
sarah United Kingdom
10

Lots of culture, interesting places to visit and good...

June 17, 2024

Lots of culture, interesting places to visit and good activities. great range of places to visit nearby with great transport links (do try the buses). Getting round was easy - metro nearby - and walking options. with one exception (which was bit mediocre), we used the excellent Hotel Cristal restaurant for dinner. Out of Porto we went to Arouca 516 on an excellent tour from Detours and Guimaraes. Pity the water taxi between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia wasn't in operation

Carole
Carole United Kingdom
8.0

Everything around the Duoro is magical - Ribeira, river...

June 15, 2024

Everything around the Duoro is magical - Ribeira, river cruise, walking on Gaia side, Luiz I bridge. Porto as a city is a bit beaten down with lots of construction happening (in 2024 at least), most of the historical buildings are not well maintained, some are abandoned, which is a great shame because the layout of the city with lots of small streets going up and down provides it with a unique setup and lots of potential. The food scene is amazing, lots of cocktail bars, wine bars, we found a graet shisha place next to the municipal building. It's very lively full of tourists but also young locals. Ubers are plenty and very cheap to get around because it is not a big city. Also highly recommended heading over to the beaches north west of the city. One day we had lunch at Xiringuito beach club and then walked around the beach and it was amazing.

Bogdan
Bogdan Switzerland

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