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Porto
Travel Guide

Dom Luis I Bridge featuring night scenes, street scenes and a bridge

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

Eurostars Heroismo
Eurostars Heroismo
4 out of 5
Rua do Heroísmo, 235/237, Porto
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Bonfim, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Military Museum of Porto and Gardens of Nova Sintra. Majestic Café and Bolhao Market are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (912 reviews)
Weekend Break
"Second time I have stayed in this hotel. Room, bathroom all very clean. Excellent shower. Room does lack tea/coffee facilities. Very close to metro station."

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Eurostars Heroismo
NH Collection Porto Batalha
NH Collection Porto Batalha
4 out of 5
Praca da Batalha 62, Porto
The price is $105 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Centro / Baixa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Coliseum, Porto Cathedral, and Aliados Square. Museum of Port Wine is 1.2 mi (2 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (718 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. Very efficient staff and the hotel is in a great position for site seeing. Breakfast was a bit pricey at €22"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

NH Collection Porto Batalha
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida dos Aliados, 151, Porto, Porto
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $228 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, Ribeira Square, and Dom Luis I Bridge. University of Porto and Sandeman ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)
My trip in Porto
"Hotel is great & location is convenient. The restaurant & breakfast are so nice. I definitely will come back next time in Porto"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
BO - Fernandes Tomás
BO - Fernandes Tomás
Rua Fernandes Tomás 749, Porto, Norte Region
The price is $49 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Centro / Baixa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bolhao Market and Porto City Hall. Porto Cathedral and Ribeira Square are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (108 reviews)
"The property is right in the centre, super clean and has everything one might need when away from home. Would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

BO - Fernandes Tomás
296 Heritage Apartments
296 Heritage Apartments
4 out of 5
Avenida de Diogo Leite, 296, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia
The price is $118 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Located in Santa Marinha, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sandeman Cellars, Dom Luis I Bridge, and Ribeira Square. Porto Cathedral and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (250 reviews)
"wonderful location and apt"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

296 Heritage Apartments
PIPADOURO by YoursPorto
PIPADOURO by YoursPorto
Rua de São Miguel, 25, Porto
The price is $79 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in Centro / Baixa, this apartment building is steps from Miradouro da Vitoria and Sao Bento da Vitoria Monastery. Porto Cathedral is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (223 reviews)
"We very much enjoyed our stay at the apartments. The pool has a fantastic view of the city and there's a bar to serve drinks to enjoy from the sunlounger. The apartments are very central and easy walking distance to key attractions and plenty of bars and restaurants. The staff couldn't have been ..."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

PIPADOURO by YoursPorto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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