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Welcome to Porto

Characterized by cobbled hills, colorful tiled facades, and a tumble of terracotta roofs, Porto is a laidback destination which blends old and new world charm with ease. From the modern Casa da Música and Don Luis Bridge to the steep streets of riverside Ribeira, historical Baixa—home to the Lello Bookstore—and trendy Cedofeita, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. After hours, sample decadent pastéis de nata (custard tarts) and smooth tawny ports; take a Rabelo boat ride down the Douro; or catch a late-night Fado performance in Portugal’s second city.

Top attractions in Porto for Spring

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Clérigos Church and Tower (Torre & Igreja dos Clérigos)

Clérigos Church and Tower (Torre & Igreja dos Clérigos)

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Standing atop a hill overlooking Porto, Portugal, are the Igreja dos Clérigos, an 18th-century church and one of the city’s architectural symbols, and the Toree dos Clérigos, its bell tower. Intricately carved baroque shells and garlands on the church reflect Porto’s seaside location, and the bell tower offers panoramic views of the city.More
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Dom Luis Bridge (Ponte de Dom Luis I)

Dom Luis Bridge (Ponte de Dom Luis I)

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Designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel—the architect responsible for the Eiffel Tower—Ponte de Dom Luis I marked a significant step forward in Porto’s economic growth at the time of its construction; before it existed, the only passages across the river were boats lashed together. Today, visitors can admire the Douro River and the Ribeira District from the pedestrian walkway of Porto’s most symbolic sight.More
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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

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Watching over the city from its hilltop spot, the imposing fort-like Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is a reminder of Porto’s diverse history. Featuring Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture, this is Porto’s oldest and largest church, a must-visit for architecture and history aficionados.More
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Liberdade Square (Praça da Liberdade)

Liberdade Square (Praça da Liberdade)

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Lying at the southern end of Porto’s majestic Avenida dos Aliados is Liberdade Square (Praça da Liberdade), which started its life in the late 18th century when the city began to expand beyond its medieval walls. If you stand in the centre of the square, you’ll get spectacular views of some of Porto’s architectural symbols, which include the Baroque City Hall (Câmara Municipal).More
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Palace of the Stock Exchange (Palácio da Bolsa)

Palace of the Stock Exchange (Palácio da Bolsa)

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Forming an integral part of Porto’s historic center, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of the Stock Exchange (Palácio da Bolsa is a marvel of neoclassical architecture. The 19th-century palace has played host to royals such as Her Majesty the Queen, and today can be explored only as part of a guided tour.More
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Casa da Música

Casa da Música

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Casa da Música is one of the top attractions in Porto for music and architecture fans alike. Modern and eye-catching from the outside, inside it houses a vast 1,300-seat concert hall used by the Porto National Orchestra. The rooftop restaurant offers drinks and dinner options that are as delightful as the views.More
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Church of São Francisco (Igreja de São Francisco)

Church of São Francisco (Igreja de São Francisco)

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Behind its comparatively stark Gothic facade, the Church of São Francisco(Igreja de São Francisco) harbors a trove of baroque finery: The interior has marble columns, intricate wooden carvings, and gold-covered walls. Highlights include the magnificent Tree of Jesse altarpiece, a 13th-century statue of Saint Francis, and eerily beautiful catacombs.More
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Ribeira

Ribeira

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Set on the banks of the River Douro, Ribeira is Porto’s oldest quarter. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the district’s maze of alleyways and pastel-colored houses rises up on a hill above the bay. The Ribeira’s modern waterfront—lined with restaurants, bars, and cafés—is a popular leisure hub and nightlife destination.More
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Porto Calem Wine Cellars

Porto Calem Wine Cellars

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Founded in 1859 by António Alves Cálem, Porto CalemWine Cellars are one of the most celebrated wineries in the Porto region. Located at the heart of the Douro Valley, the family-run winery produces some of Portugal’s finest port wines, using centuries-old production methods and offering a completely unique tasting experience for wine lovers.More
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Rua Santa Catarina

Rua Santa Catarina

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Stretching from Praça do Marquês de Pombal in the north to Praça da Batalha in the south, Rua Santa Catarina is Porto’s principal shopping street and social hub. The 1-mile (1.5-kilometer thoroughfare is lined with Art Nouveau buildings and serves as a perfect place to start your Porto sightseeing.More
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Serralves Museum (Fundação de Serralves)

Serralves Museum (Fundação de Serralves)

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Situated in a magnificent garden just west of downtown Porto, the Serralves Museum(Fundação de Serralves) has become a top city highlight and one of the most influential modern art museums in Portugal. Its permanent collection spans from the 1960s to the present day, with large sculptural pieces scattered throughout the grounds.More
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Porto Bridge Climb

Porto Bridge Climb

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Spanning the Douro River, Porto’s Arrábida Bridge was the largest concrete-arch bridge in the world when it was completed in 1963. Today, pedestrians can walk up the span’s archway with Porto Bridge Climb, the only bridge-climb experience in Europe. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective on the city and river below.More
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Matosinhos Beach

Matosinhos Beach

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On Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Matosinhos Beach (Praia de Matosinhos) is the city of Porto’s closest strand. With broad sands and a scenic promenade lined with fish restaurants, it’s a lively destination and a favorite among local families, as well as a notable surf spot.More
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SEA LIFE® Porto

SEA LIFE® Porto

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One of Porto’s top attractions for families of all ages, the SEA LIFE® Porto aquarium is home to dazzling displays of marine life. Visitors can enjoy up-close encounters with some of the sea’s most colorful inhabitants, including octopus, rays, sea turtles, and sharks.More
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Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto)

Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto)

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The Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto, or MMIPO) is dedicated to the long history and charity work of the Holy House of Our Lady of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto), which was founded in 1498. Connected to the 16th-century church of Igreja da Misericórdia, the museum displays artifacts and sacred art.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in Porto

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Top activities in Porto

Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Optional Cruise.
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Oporto Six Bridges Cruise

Oporto Six Bridges Cruise

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3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour
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Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
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Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto
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Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch From Porto with Pickup
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Complete Douro Valley Wine Tour with Lunch, Wine Tastings and River Cruise
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and River Cruise
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Douro Valley - Expert wine guide all day, Boat, Lunch and Tastings.All included
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Douro Valley 3 Different Wineries with Fabulous Lunch and Optional Boat Cruise
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Douro Valley Private Tour (All Inclusive)
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Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour - Guided Experience
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Private tour in the Douro (1 to 4 people) in a boat just for you
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Recent reviews from experiences in Porto

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Make the most of Porto in one day!
Rachael_L, May 2022
3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour
Perfect way to see Porto if you’re only in town for one day.
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Electric bike tour of Porto is five star experience.
Barbara_B, May 2022
3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour
Great way to see beautiful Porto and climb the hills.
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Nice walking tour
lisafavell, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems of Porto: Private City Tour
Was advertised as including a snack which we did not receive but had a good walk to see everything
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Very nice intro of Porto.
Miguel_H, May 2022
Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour of Historic Porto
If you are short on time this is a nice tour to see the major sites.
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Best tour ever!
Jane_C, May 2022
Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkway Day Tour from Porto
Great hike- beautiful waterfall, so peaceful hiking along the river.
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Great!
Amel_B, May 2022
Rent an Electric Bike
Very nice to see Porto by bike.
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Fabulous river trip
Fiona_M, May 2022
Porto Boat Tour
It’s definitely an amazing way to see Porto.
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Great way to see the city!
Alissa_P, May 2022
3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour
Great way to see the city highlights on our first day in Porto!
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Memorable Tuk-Tuk trip!
Penelope_H, May 2022
Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour of Historic Porto
This trip is great value for money and a brilliant way to see most of the city.
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Nice trip
Dawid_K, May 2022
Oporto Six Bridges Cruise
Very nice boat trip which allows to see a lot of interesting buildings and monuments as well as all Porto's bridges.
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Fantastic experience
Linsey_K, Apr 2022
Oporto Six Bridges Cruise
The boat tour was a fab way to see all six bridges of Porto.
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Interesting and fun.
Deborah_L, Apr 2022
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
Nice to see historical towns outside of Porto.
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Loved it!
Lindsey_H, Apr 2022
Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch From Porto with Pickup
This tour was the perfect way to see the Douro Valley in one day.
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Great way to see Porto!
Claire_B, Apr 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems of Porto: Private City Tour
While we saw most of the main attractions, we also saw so many neat areas off the beaten path.
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Great way to spend a morning
Liz_H, Apr 2022
3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience
Great fun and a wonderful way to see Porto.
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Best Private Guide
Sary_K, Mar 2022
Douro Valley 3 Different Wineries with Fabulous Lunch and Optional Boat Cruise
He spoke good english, gave us a history of Porto and the Duoro Wine Valley.
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Good trip, Claudia the guide is superb 👌
Colin_F, Mar 2022
Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise
Aveiro is about 1 hour south of Porto, and once you get there its a small walk to get to the Moliceiro that you ride the canals on, then off to Costa Nova to see the impressive house's, Claudia the guide was fantastic.
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Great experience when visiting Porto
Vincent_V, Mar 2022
Douro Valley Tour: Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Lunch From Porto with Pickup
You get to see a lot more of Portugal itself and the views are amazing.
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Great experience
Margaret_d, Mar 2022
Complete Douro Valley Wine Tour with Lunch, Wine Tastings and River Cruise
We were happy to see parts of Portugal that were so beautiful and distinctive to the country.
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Friendly and Knowledgeable!
Rebecca_H, Mar 2022
Guided Tour to the Historical Center on a Tuk Tuk
Spoke great English and also gave info on which areas were best for different interests as I am planning on moving to Portugal/Porto and was unfamiliar with the best places to live.

All about Porto

When to visit

Midsummer in Porto brings a different festival each week, with highlights including the raucous 600-year-old Festa de São João do Porto. Thanks to a temperate Mediterranean climate, even the coldest months in Porto are still warm enough to sightsee, and even if you do get chilly, warming up in a century-old port cellar is always an option.

A local’s pocket guide to Porto

Sílvia Ferreira Santos

Sílvia was born in Zurich, raised in Aveiro, and has lived in Lisbon for more than a decade but she dreams of moving to Porto, where most of her family and friends are patiently awaiting.

The first thing you should do in Porto is...

wear comfortable shoes. This is a very compact city and you can walk pretty much anywhere, but it is hilly!

A perfect Saturday in Porto...

starts at the Crystal Palace, followed by a visit to Ribeira neighborhood and a stroll along the river. Then, sample port wine before taking the cable car to Serra do Pilar for the sunset and a night out.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Francesinha, an unorthodox sandwich made with bread, beef, sausage, ham, bacon, and loads of cheese, then covered in a slightly spicy sauce.

To discover the "real" Porto...

visit in June during the Festival of São João, a city-wide street party during which people eat sardines and dance while hitting each other with plastic hammers. It’s as bizarre as it sounds.

For the best view of the city...

cross the Dom Luis Bridge and climb to the Serra do Pilar viewpoint. The view looks like a postcard—Instagram it!—and the sunset will make you want to stay in Porto forever.

One thing people get wrong...

Porto’s custard tarts are not the same as Lisbon’s famous pastéis de nata—they’re even better.

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