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Portugal’s second-largest city captivates visitors with its rich history, award-winning wines and grand architecture.

Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Europe’s oldest and best-preserved cities. Set upon the steep banks of the Douro River, the city blends Old World charm with a passion for fine wines.

For a look into the grandeur of Porto’s past, tour the ornate Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s 19th-century neoclassical stock exchange. Next door, you’ll find the Gothic Igreja de São Francisco. In contrast to the church’s dark exterior, the interior is almost entirely covered in gold leaf.

Walk up the hill or take the cable-car railway to admire the uniquely Portuguese mosaics called azulejos that adorn the cloister walls of the Sé do Porto and the nearby São Bento Train Station. Be sure not to miss the bookstore Livraria Lello & Irmão, a Porto institution considered one of the most beautiful shops in the world.

Closer to the Douro, step back in time as you wander the narrow passages of the Ribeira district. The buildings in this medieval neighborhood are old and colorful, and the streets teem with people. Enjoy Porto’s signature culinary delights, tripas à moda (a tripe dish) or francesinha (a meat sandwich drenched in a beer sauce) at one of the many restaurants along the river.

No trip to Porto is complete without experiencing port, the wine named after the city. Learn about the history of the wine trade at the Port Wine Museum. Cross the towering Luís I Bridge to visit the area’s many Port wine cellars. For a small fee, you can tour the cellars and sample some of the region’s best wines. If you have a few hours, cruise down the river on a rabelo (wine cargo boat) to gaze up at the terraced vineyards that line the hills.

Driving in Porto is not recommended. Instead, use the extensive metro, tram and bus networks. Be aware that many of the narrow lanes in Port’s older districts are accessible only by foot. This allows ample opportunity to study architecture and local culture as you explore the area.

Where to stay in Porto

Norte featuring heritage architecture, outdoor art and a statue or sculpture

Centro / Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(754 area reviews)

Centro / Baixa is highly notable for its stunning river views, and you might want to visit top sights like Porto Cathedral and Ribeira Square. See more of Vitória by jumping on the metro at Trindade Station or Aliados Station.

Centro / Baixa
Casa da Musica showing interior views

União de Freguesias do Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

União de Freguesias do Centro is highly notable for its stunning river views, and you might want to visit top sights like Porto Cathedral and Casa da Musica. See more of Vitória by jumping on the metro at Lapa Station or Trindade Station.

União de Freguesias do Centro
Dom Luis I Bridge featuring night scenes, street scenes and a bridge

Sao Nicolau

4.5/5Wonderful!(212 area reviews)

Sao Nicolau is beloved for its stunning river views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Ribeira Square and Dom Luis I Bridge.

Sao Nicolau
Casa da Musica showing interior views

Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos is popular for its lively bars, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Casa da Musica or Bom Sucesso Market.

Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos
"Azulejo" is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework. Azulejos are found on churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes. I photographed this beautiful artwork outside of the "Igreja do Carmo" church in Porto, Portugal.
trover photo by Jakub Bors

Cedofeita

4/5Very Good!(88 area reviews)

Waterfront views, gardens, and coffeehouses are just a few things travelers like about Cedofeita. Sights like Carmelitas Church and Lions Fountain are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Vitória area at Casa da Musica Station.

Cedofeita
Beautiful tiny cobble stoned streets.  Remind me of Alfama
trover photo by Portuguese At Heart

Bonfim

4/5Very Good!(59 area reviews)

Noted for its cafés and river views, there's plenty to explore in Bonfim. Top attractions like Military Museum of Porto and Garden of St. Lazarus are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Campo 24 Agosto Station or Heroísmo Station to see more of the city.

Bonfim

Top Hotels in Porto

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The House Ribeira Porto Hotel – S.Hotels Collection
The House Ribeira Porto Hotel – S.Hotels Collection
4 out of 5
Rua Infante Dom Henrique, 26, Porto
$78
per night
Mar 10 - Mar 11

Located in Sao Nicolau, this hotel is steps from Sao Nicolau Church and Ribeira Square. Porto Cathedral and Dom Luis I Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Sao ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (873 reviews)

"This is an excellent location, staff friendly and helpful. The room was small and had I realized would have booked a larger one. Also when we got to our room both the telephone and coffee maker were not working, which once reported were attended to. I would certainly recommend this hotel and if ever ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

The House Ribeira Porto Hotel – S.Hotels Collection
NH Collection Porto Batalha
NH Collection Porto Batalha
4 out of 5
Praca da Batalha 62, Porto
$103
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Centro / Baixa, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Coliseum, Aliados Square, and Porto Cathedral. Museum of Port Wine is 1.6 mi (2.5 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (673 reviews)

"Excellent location to shopping and main site seeing spots."…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

NH Collection Porto Batalha
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua do Choupelo (Santa Marinha), Vila Nova de Gaia
$239
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

This family-friendly Vila Nova de Gaia hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Taylor’s Port Cellars and Taylor Fladgate Cellars. Jardim ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (386 reviews)

"Rooms are delightful. Views excellent. However, local construction is unfortunate."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

The Yeatman Hotel

Popular things to do in Porto

Casa da Musica
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Casa da Musica

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Listen to classical and popular music concerts or dine out in style at one of Portugal’s most modern performance spaces. 

Porto Cathedral
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Porto Cathedral

4.5/5(393 reviews)

This superb cathedral combining Gothic and Romanesque styles features a wealth of religious sculpture and painting. 

Ribeira Square
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Ribeira Square

4.5/5(397 reviews)

Perched on the banks of the River Douro, Ribeira Square is one of Porto’s oldest and most exciting districts.

Dom Luis I Bridge
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Dom Luis I Bridge

4.5/5(460 reviews)

Enjoy fantastic city views from this fine old bridge and admire its intricate ironwork, reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. 

Matosinhos Beach
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Matosinhos Beach

4.5/5(92 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Matosinhos Beach, a popular beach in Matosinhos. Stroll along the marina or visit the spas while you're in the area.

University of Porto
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University of Porto

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to University of Porto, a well-known college in Vitória. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in the area.

Top activities in Porto

Small-Group Douro Valley with Lunch & Wine Tasting
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Small-Group Douro Valley with Lunch & Wine Tasting

98% of travellers recommend
$88
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Calem Cellar Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Calem Cellar Tour

90% of travellers recommend
$31
Per adult
Port Wine Walking Tour & Tasting
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Port Wine Walking Tour & Tasting

$38
Per adult
Peneda-Gerês National Park & Tahiti Waterfall Full-Day Trek
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Peneda-Gerês National Park & Tahiti Waterfall Full-Day Trek

98% of travellers recommend
$93
Per adult
Small-Group Walking Tour with Local Food Tastings & Lunch
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Small-Group Walking Tour with Local Food Tastings & Lunch

98% of travellers recommend
$71
Per adult
Hiking to a Hidden Waterfall Adventure
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Hiking to a Hidden Waterfall Adventure

$80
Per adult

Reviews of Porto

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 74.11630558722919%
4 - Good
202
4 - Good 23.033067274800455%
3 - Okay
21
3 - Okay 2.394526795895097%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.34207525655644244%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.11402508551881414%

5/5 - Excellent

Joana

Feb 16, 2020

Definitely buy a jersey from the hometown soccer team, FC Porto, specially if you visit Lisbon. (You will look sharp.)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 7, 2020

Very nice city and good port wine! Highly recommend for wine enthusiasts!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 2, 2020

Sort of a sleepy town. Awesome people. Wine excellent. Food exquisite.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Be in good physical shape. Lots of steep hills

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Front desk staff was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Stunning!!

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