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Ribeira Square

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

Explore the colorful, winding streets of Ribeira Square and find galleries filled with local art, gift shops selling handmade crafts and cafés serving tasty local dishes. 

Ribeira Square translates as “River Square.” This area was the city’s commercial hub during the Middle Ages. Industries providing bread, meat and fish were centered here, but in 1491 a fire destroyed much of the district and the majority of the houses and shops had to be rebuilt. Visit the modern bars and stores that have been added in a way that maintains traditional charm.

Stroll along the Rua da Fonte Taurina and admire the colorful tiles displayed on the wall. This is one of Porto’s oldest streets, a great place to begin your exploration of this charming district. 

Enjoy art at galleries exhibiting works of some of the city’s best painters and sculptors. Buy crafted goods such as clothing and bags from local traders and relax with a cold drink at one of the area’s cafés. Explore the square and admire the fountain on the northern side. This sparkling water feature rises three stories high and displays a sculpture by local artist Jose Rodrigues.

Be sure to return during the evening to sip a cocktail and watch live music acts at some of the city’s best bars. Enjoy local delicacies, such as grilled fish, or international cuisine at an array of restaurants. Savor the taste of dark red port wine, named for the town of Porto.

If you visit during June, don’t miss the annual Festival de São João. Dance to the music of local bands and enjoy colorful firework displays and food from street vendors. Don’t miss one of the country’s more unusual traditions, in which locals hit each other over the head with plastic hammers. 

Several bus routes go past the square. Alternatively, take a boat tour which will drop you off here. Be alert for petty theft when the square is busy during the holidays.


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Pestana Vintage Porto - Hotel & World Heritage Site

Pestana Vintage Porto - Hotel & World Heritage Site

Praca da Ribeira, 1, Porto
4.5
of 5, from 541 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro / Baixa, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of River Douro and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$46
InSitu Living

InSitu Living

Rua Formosa, 178, Porto
4.7
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This aparthotel is located in Porto (Centro / Baixa), close to Porto Coliseum, Porto Cathedral, and Sandeman Cellars. Also nearby are Museum of Port Wine and Casa da Musica.

$95
The House Ribeira Porto Hotel

The House Ribeira Porto Hotel

Rua Infante Dom Henrique, 26, Porto
4.5
of 5, from 348 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of House of the Prince and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$144
Hotel Teatro

Hotel Teatro

Rua Sa da Bandeira, 84, Porto
4.4
of 5, from 589 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Porto, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dom Pedro Monument and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$90
Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira

Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 1, Porto
4.3
of 5, from 764 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Sao Francisco and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$74
Cale Guest House

Cale Guest House

Largo de S. Domingos, 28, Porto
4.7
of 5, from 153 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro / Baixa, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Palacio das Artes and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$129
Torel AvantGarde

Torel AvantGarde

Rua da Restauraçao, 336, Porto
4.7
of 5, from 40 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Porto (Massarelos), close to Porto Editora, Museum of Port Wine, and Porto Cathedral. Also nearby are Sandeman Cellars and Casa da Musica.

$182
InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas

InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas

Praca da Liberdade 25, Porto
4.8
of 5, from 528 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Porto hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Dom Pedro Monument and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).