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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

Top Hotels in Porto

Solar Antigo Porto Aeroporto
Solar Antigo Porto Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Avenida do Aeroporto, 288, Maia
The price is ¥6,507 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maia Zoo, MAR Shopping, and Quinta de Santa Cruz Winery. Matosinhos Beach and Maia Welcome ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (306 reviews)

"Pleasant stay at the Solar, staff are friendly and helpful and the room i stayed in was perfect. The bed was super comfy and breakfast in the morning was just what you need to start the day, fantastuc presentaion of the breakfast as well."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Solar Antigo Porto Aeroporto
PortoBay Flores
PortoBay Flores
5 out of 5
Rua das Flores, 27, Porto
The price is ¥11,712 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)

"I loved everything about this hotel - the location, the decor, the friendliness of all the staff, I couldn’t fault anything and believe me, that is rare."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

PortoBay Flores
 Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
5 out of 5
Avenida dos Aliados, 151, Porto, Porto
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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! (208 reviews)
My trip in Porto

"Hotel is great & location is convenient. The restaurant & breakfast are so nice. I definitely will come back next time in Porto"…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Porto

Virtudes City Lofts
Virtudes City Lofts
4 out of 5
24 Rua das Virtudes, Porto

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (236 reviews)

"It's always a slight worry that the property images won't live up to the reality - no such problems here. The apartment is exactly as shown - tastefully decorated and with all the extra space that comes with an apartment instead of a hotel room. Lovely bathroom too with a great shower. There are ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Virtudes City Lofts
Spot Family Apartments
Spot Family Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua do Bolhão, 109, União de Freguesias do Centro, Porto, Porto
The price is ¥6,507 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in Centro / Baixa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Trinity Church, Bolhao Market, and Porto City Hall. Porto Cathedral and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (474 reviews)
Porto Weekend Trip

"Very clean location. What they offer, the excel at. Good location."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Spot Family Apartments
FLORES BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA
FLORES BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA
4 out of 5
Rua das Flores, 139, Porto
The price is ¥9,583 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

Located in Centro / Baixa, this spa aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, Palacio das Artes, and Grilos Church. Church of Sao Francisco is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (300 reviews)
The Roman bath

"We enjoyed our stay very much, the stuff were great , and the facilities were very good, just not having elevator to the upper part of the hotel will make it hard to older people and not having parking, these issues with out knowing this up in front reduces our satisfaction"…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

FLORES BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA
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

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

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

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