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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.

Tonight

From $36 per night

Next weekend

From $72 per night

Most popular time to visit August-October
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.19
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $82 per night
Average weekday price $85 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

My main advice would be not only to explore the city but...

June 10, 2021

My main advice would be not only to explore the city but also especially to get out of the city and into the Douro valley. It's a must see and especially if you enjoy wine/port you could easily spend a couple of days or up to a week in the area and have the time of your life. The scenery is breathtaking!

Ilse
Ilse Netherlands
8.0

Many places to eat drink shop etc.

June 8, 2021

Many places to eat drink shop etc.Lovely people.Many places to go -MUST GET A GUIDE .You must take a card to go on tram,to visit lellos bookstore MUST DO. Visit the river area,TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK. Many parks,VERY BIG TOWN WITH LOADS OF BIG HILLS,

john
john United Kingdom
10

We stayed for 6 nights in Porto.

June 6, 2021

We stayed for 6 nights in Porto. The city is really lovely lots of things to see & do. Bars and restaurants along the river. We crossed the bridge over to Gaia, great restaurants and bars here. The cable car is good fun. We did a port tour of Grahams which was interesting and the ports were lovely. There are boat trips to see the 6 bridges we took one from the Gaia, for 15 euros, really worthwhile and we got a free wine tasting. The Balso Palace is a great place to visit and the Torre dos Clerigos, is worth the climb for the views of the city.

Carol
Carol United Kingdom
8.0

Why, oh why, do cities impose a "Tourist Tax"?

June 3, 2021

Why, oh why, do cities impose a "Tourist Tax"? Porto charges 2 euros per person per night for the right to spend money in the bars, restaurants and hotels/apartments of their city. Why ruin an otherwise great impression of a lovely city?

Robert
Robert United Kingdom
10

I fell in love with Porto.

June 2, 2021

I fell in love with Porto...it’s a very beautiful place. Ideal for a romantic break or quiet time. Transport is very accessible and cheap. Not overly expensive either.... I will be back at some point.

Cath
Cath United Kingdom
10

My fifth football trip to Porto over 15 years.

June 2, 2021

My fifth football trip to Porto over 15 years...always worth coming back to visit this charming City on the River Douro Friendly people, World Heritage landmarks, fabulous food and wine plus the famous Port Lodges which offer great tours and fine dining experience...try Graham's Vinum restaurant and bar. Excellent Metro, ancient old trams, laid back atmosphere, slightly shabby-chic...and plenty of hills. A great weekend break.

James
James United Kingdom

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