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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 $119 per night

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From $114 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $97 per night
Average weekday price $103 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Porto is a beautiful city, though perhaps as a city...

June 22, 2022

Porto is a beautiful city, though perhaps as a city destination with very steep streets, not suitable for young children or the very elderly (I am 69). But for everyone else, there is something to like: culture, history, fabulous architecture, excellent bars and restaurants in all price categories, a superb (very cheap) transport system. And of course, River Douro - do not neglect the "other side" of the river with its Port Houses and cable car amongst other things. At the time of writing (June '22), the historical centre is undergoing change with disruption caused by a new metro line being built. As a result, certain touristic tram routes are suspended. Never-the-less, this remains an outstanding short stay destination or a starting point for a longer tour.

Robert United Kingdom

Porto is not a "secret" place but it is also not...

June 21, 2022

Porto is not a "secret" place but it is also not overrun. People who like city trips should definately consider paying a visit to Porto. The CLIMATE is perfect - winters not too cold, summers not to hot. We stayed from june 12th to tune 20th 2022 and temp was average round about 20°C - sometimes overcast sometimes sunny, occasionally rain. Very pleasent. Porto appeared to us a friendly city, portugese people are nice kind and decent.

Roland Austria

Absolutely loved!

June 20, 2022

Absolutely loved! It's so beautiful! I'm so glad we took a chance on catching the train and spending a few days there. So much to see, great restaurants, wineries, riverside attractions, come prepare to enjoy your walks!

Alice United States of America

Second trip to Porto and the city still is magnificent.

June 20, 2022

Second trip to Porto and the city still is magnificent. Expect lots of walking (typical of most European cities) however the architecture and general vibe of the city makes it easier to endure the hills and steps.

Taryn Australia

Beautiful city straddling the Douro, which is a very active...

June 17, 2022

Beautiful city straddling the Douro, which is a very active river and famous for its numerous wines. There are many excellent restaurants there to suit every taste. Most of them are located along either bank of the Douro but we felt that the South bank places were of slightly better quality. The river boats frequently ply up and down the river but there is no commentary to inform us of places of interest. The open top bus tour had some commentary but it was sketchy and difficult to hear at times. Otherwise, this city is easy to get around with frequent bus and tram services. There is nowhere in this city I would avoid on a future visit.

Jim Dunbar.
Jim Dunbar. United Kingdom

Charming and friendly location.

June 16, 2022

Charming and friendly location. Transport links are excellent and cheap. Lots to see and do, or chill out at an outside bar and watch the works go by. On a nice day take a tram, bus or metro to the beach area.

maria United Kingdom

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