Porto

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Dom Luis I Bridge featuring street scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

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

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
4 out of 5
R. de Sá de Noronha 70, Porto, Porto
The price is £83 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Located in Cedofeita, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto City Hall, Porto Cathedral and University of Porto. Bolhao Market and Ribeira Square are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (176 reviews)
"Great new hotel with kind staff. Great location. Traveled solo. Close to the nightlife and good bars. Very easy to walk to the train station and the shopping area. Felt safe. Recommend it for solo traveler or couples."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
PortoBay Flores
PortoBay Flores
5 out of 5
Rua das Flores, 27, Porto
The price is £148 per night from 22 Nov to 22 Nov
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is steps away from Porto Historic Center, Palacio das Artes and Sao Bento da Vitoria Monastery. Ferreira Borges ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (166 reviews)
"Beautifully renovated hotel in a great location on pedestrian street , service of a 5 star hotel with plenty of staff at all times and large quiet room made our stay extra special"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

PortoBay Flores
Porto Royal Bridges Hotel
Porto Royal Bridges Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Sa da Bandeira 53, Porto
The price is £83 per night from 20 Nov to 20 Nov
Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is steps away from Porto Historic Center, Dom Pedro Monument and Aliados Square. Majestic Café and Town Hall Square are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (122 reviews)
"The location is perfect. Too bad the parking was not free and breakfast was not included. Staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2021

Porto Royal Bridges Hotel
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Virtudes City Lofts
Virtudes City Lofts
4 out of 5
24 Rua das Virtudes, Porto
The price is £60 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in Centro / Baixa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, University of Porto and Museum of Port Wine. Holy Trinity Church ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (253 reviews)
"Veronica is very friendly and she’s always trying to do better."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

Virtudes City Lofts
Condes de Azevedo Palace
Condes de Azevedo Palace
5 out of 5
Palácio Condes de Azevedo -, Rua Saraiva de Carvalho N93, Porto
The price is £139 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Porto Historic Center, Santa Clara Church and Fernandina Wall. Porto Cathedral and Guerra ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (152 reviews)
"Great location, amazing accommodations. Front desk was very helpful. Would recommend this hotel to anyone."

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
4 out of 5
Rua de São João, 48., Porto
The price is £62 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
Located in Centro / Baixa, this aparthotel is steps away from Porto Historic Center, Grilos Church and Ribeira Square. Palacio das Artes and Infante Square are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (170 reviews)
"My fiancée and I stayed in the studio with balcony for two nights, and we absolutely loved it! The balcony was spacious, had a table and chairs, and offered gorgeous views. The apartments are located across the street from the main hotel, so there was no concierge or security directly downstairs, ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
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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