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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.

Top Hotels in Porto

Premium Porto Downtown
Premium Porto Downtown
4 out of 5
Av. Rodrigues De Freitas 427, Porto
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $69 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dom Luis I Bridge and Ribeira Square. Crystal Palace Gardens is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Batalha ...

4.4/5Excellent! (493 reviews)

"Exceptional staff and customer service. Would highly recommend this hotel"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

Premium Porto Downtown
Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
4 out of 5
R. de Sá de Noronha 70, Porto, Porto
The price is CA $89 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Cedofeita, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto City Hall, Porto Cathedral and Bolhao Market. University of Porto and Ribeira Square are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (109 reviews)

"The room was very cozy and the staff was very helpful. The breakfast was also delicious and quite fulffilling."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2020

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
Eurostars Porto Centro
Eurostars Porto Centro
4 out of 5
Rua Sampaio Bruno Nº 77, Porto
The price is CA $90 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aliados Square, Porto Cathedral and Bolhao Market. Dom Luis I Bridge and Ribeira Square are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (316 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Great location. Nice and clean rooms."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

Eurostars Porto Centro
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

Spot Family Apartments
Spot Family Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua do Bolhão, 109, União de Freguesias do Centro, Porto, Porto
The price is CA $67 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

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! (466 reviews)
Porto Weekend Trip

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

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2020

Spot Family Apartments
Old City Design Apartments
Old City Design Apartments
4 out of 5
Travessa de Sao Sebastiao 51, Porto, Porto

Located in Centro / Baixa, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Cathedral, Praça da Batalha and Ribeira Square. Lions Fountain and Casa da Musica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)
Great apartment and personnel

"The appartment is very comfortable in every way. The facilities itselves are great, good pillows, great size for an apartment, bath tub instead of a shower, full equipped kitchen, etc. but the main positive thing is its localization, it couldn’t be more centric! As a last comment, I would say that ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2020

Old City Design Apartments
Douro Story
Douro Story
3 out of 5
Rua Santos Mártires, 53, Vila Nova de Gaia
The price is CA $117 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Santa Marinha, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sandeman Cellars and Dom Luis I Bridge. Ribeira Square and Porto Cathedral are ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Beautiful location, awesome rental, the greeting was great, got keys they explain a bit about the appartement, just perfect No complains on my end"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2020

Douro Story
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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