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

Pestana Porto - A Brasileira, City Centre & Heritage Building
Pestana Porto - A Brasileira, City Centre & Heritage Building
5 out of 5
Rua Sá da Bandeira 91, Centro/Baixa, Uniao de Freguesias do Centro, Porto, Porto District
The price is ¥16,471 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Majestic Café and Bolhao Market. Porto Cathedral and Porto City Hall are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (325 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel in the heart of the city! We absolutely love Porto."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Pestana Porto - A Brasileira, City Centre & Heritage Building
InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Praca da Liberdade 25, Porto
The price is ¥24,665 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
This family-friendly Porto hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Porto Historic Center, Ribeira Square, and Porto City Hall. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (812 reviews)
"Staff were extremely helpful. The room was immaculate under Lesye’s care. The location is perfect, too!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, an IHG Hotel
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida dos Aliados, 151, Porto, Porto
The price is ¥30,278 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, Ribeira Square, and Dom Luis I Bridge. University of Porto and Sandeman ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (211 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel in the center. The hotel is luxurious, and everything has been thought about for customer needs. The staff was accommodating and courteous at all t, and we. We had a great stay."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
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.
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
4 out of 5
Rua de São João, 48., Porto
The price is ¥10,385 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Centro / Baixa, this aparthotel is steps from Porto Historic Center and Ribeira Square. Porto City Hall and University of Porto are also within 1 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (169 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 Sep 12, 2021

Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
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 ¥16,250 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (151 reviews)
"Great location, amazing accommodations. Front desk was very helpful. Would recommend this hotel to anyone."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Condes de Azevedo Palace
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 ¥14,170 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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! (256 reviews)
"The view was AMAZING! Perfect location to get around. Beautiful Modern apartment. Lots of room. Parking is paid off site and there was no where to do laundry on site but a location nearby that was convenient. Highly recommend staying here. We will be back."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

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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