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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

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Condes de Azevedo Palace
5 out of 5
Palácio Condes de Azevedo -, Rua Saraiva de Carvalho N93, Porto
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,217 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Clara Church and Porto Cathedral. Dom Luis I Bridge and Ribeira Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (144 reviews)
"Great location! Everything is within walking distance. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Pestana Palácio do Freixo - Pousada & National Monument
Pestana Palácio do Freixo - Pousada & National Monument
5 out of 5
Estrada Nacional 108, Porto
The price is ¥24,925 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Campanhã, this spa pousada is within 3 mi (5 km) of Porto Coliseum, Dom Luis I Bridge, and Ribeira Square. Porto Cathedral and Dragao Stadium are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (498 reviews)
nice stay
"Nice stay"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Pestana Palácio do Freixo - Pousada & National Monument
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua do Choupelo (Santa Marinha), Vila Nova de Gaia
The price is ¥35,518 per night from May 17 to May 17
This family-friendly Vila Nova de Gaia hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Taylor’s Port Cellars and Taylor Fladgate Cellars. Jardim do Morro ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (419 reviews)
"Swimming pool, great view, decent location,......."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

The Yeatman Hotel
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.
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 ¥11,217 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Clara Church and Porto Cathedral. Dom Luis I Bridge and Ribeira Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (144 reviews)
"Great location! Everything is within walking distance. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Oporto Street Aldas
Oporto Street Aldas
4 out of 5
Rua das Aldas, 13/15, Porto
The price is ¥7,283 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Centro / Baixa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, Ribeira Square, and Dom Luis I Bridge. Bolhao Market and Porto ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"Ideally located - right by the cathedral, with a lovely view down to the river. Great apartment, that was fully equipped. Wifi didn't work during our stay; had a quick response from the concierge but unfortunately no solution. Easy check in/out. Would stay again :)"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Oporto Street Aldas
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 ¥8,403 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (249 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful team. Had an upgrade with a view over the river, excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

296 Heritage Apartments
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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Reviews of Porto

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 27, 2020

It's such a beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 13, 2020

Porto was a wonderful city. I wish we would have stayed a bit longer. Due to the Corona craziness we came back to the states early. Porto has great sangria and delicious food. There are many wineries and tons of history. I will be back one day.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 4, 2020

It was good but not great. Go to Lisbon to see all the beauty

4/5 - Good

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Mar 2, 2020

There were so many wine cellars to visit but our favorite was Graham's. The tour is excellent and the view of the city is breathtaking.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 2, 2020

Nice town with friendly atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 27, 2020

Great city, lots to see. Must come back to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

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