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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

Porto showing a city and a small town or village

Centro / Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(587 area reviews)

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

Centro / Baixa
Porto which includes signage, shopping and outdoor art

União de Freguesias do Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 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 Porto by jumping on the metro at Lapa Station or Trindade Station.

União de Freguesias do Centro
Casa da Musica featuring interior views

Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos

4/5Very Good!(100 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the lively bars in Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos. Spend some time visiting top spots like Casa da Musica, and catch the metro at Ponte Arrábida Stop or Encosta da Arrábida Stop to see more of the area.

Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos
Casa da Musica featuring interior views

Boavista

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Boavista. Spend some time visiting top spots like Casa da Musica, and catch the metro at Casa da Música Station or Carolina Michaelis Station to see more of the area.

Boavista
Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde, Porto, Porto District, Portugal

Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde

5/5Exceptional!(12 area reviews)

Noted for its beaches and river views, there's plenty to explore in Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde. Top attractions like Matosinhos Beach and Sea Life Porto are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Passeio Alegre Stop or Cantareira Stop to see more of the city.

Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde
Dom Luis I Bridge featuring street scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

Sao Nicolau

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Visitors to Sao Nicolau love its stunning river views, and you can check out Ribeira Square and Dom Luis I Bridge. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Infante Stop.

Sao Nicolau

Top hotels in Porto

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cathedral Design Apartments
Cathedral Design Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua Sao Sebastiao 31-35, Porto, Porto

Located in Centro / Baixa, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Cathedral and Ribeira Square. Holy Trinity Church and Sandeman Cellars are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (391 reviews)

"Stunning location, beautiful views, short walk to the historic areas, an absolute must visit."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Cathedral Design Apartments
PortoBay Flores
PortoBay Flores
5 out of 5
Rua das Flores, 27, Porto
The price is £147 per night

Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palacio das Artes, Ribeira Square, and Porto Cathedral. Dom Luis I Bridge and Bolhao ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"We had a perfect stay . Wonderful staff and great location . Superb breakfast . Right in the heart of Porto . We definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

PortoBay Flores
Gran Cruz House
Gran Cruz House
Praça da Ribeira, Viela do Buraco nº.19, Porto, Porto
The price is £94 per night

Located in Sao Nicolau, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of House of the Prince and Stock Exchange Palace. Fernandina Wall and Porto Cathedral are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

"This is an amazing hotel that I hopefully stay in again soon. Everyone is very friendly, the location is excellent, and the rooms are beautiful! The breakfast was excellent and so is the staff."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Gran Cruz House

Popular places to visit in Porto

Casa da Musica
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Casa da Musica

4/5(64 reviews)

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

Dom Luis I Bridge
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Dom Luis I Bridge

4.5/5(490 reviews)

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

Ribeira Square
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Ribeira Square

4.5/5(366 reviews)

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

Porto Cathedral
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Porto Cathedral

4.5/5(260 reviews)

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

Clerigos Tower
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Clerigos Tower

4.5/5(194 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Vitória when you make a stop at a top site such as Clerigos Tower. Visit the area's shops or amble around its waterfront.

Bolhao Market
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Bolhao Market

4/5(110 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Bolhao Market, a favourite shopping spot in Santo Ildefonso. Wander through the waterfront and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Porto

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Calem Cellar Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Calem Cellar Tour

£25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Secret Porto Half-Day Walking Tour
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Small-Group Secret Porto Half-Day Walking Tour

£23
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Douro Valley with Lunch & Wine Tasting
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Small-Group Douro Valley with Lunch & Wine Tasting

£91
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
World of Discoveries Interactive Museum & Theme Park
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World of Discoveries Interactive Museum & Theme Park

£12
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Paiva Walkways Full-Day Hiking Experience
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Paiva Walkways Full-Day Hiking Experience

£53
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hiking to a Hidden Waterfall Adventure
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Hiking to a Hidden Waterfall Adventure

£64
Per adult

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