5/5 - Excellent
Verified travellerNov 24, 2019
Beautiful city. Friendly, great shopping, great dining, beautiful sights.
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.
Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019
Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2019
Delight in the rich flavors of Portugal’s finest Porto wines, marvel at views over Porto and explore historic cellars at this charming 225-year-old port lodge.
Listen to classical and popular music concerts or dine out in style at one of Portugal’s most modern performance spaces.
This superb cathedral combining Gothic and Romanesque styles features a wealth of religious sculpture and painting.
Explore the picturesque Douro Valley where the sloping land is flecked with grape vines that supply the delicious local vineyards. Visit charming towns and take a cruise along the river. Then enjoy a tasty lunch followed by samples of award-winning regional wine.
Explore the best of Porto and its nearby districts from the top of a double-decker bus. With 2 extensive bus routes, a scenic river cruise, and admission to Calém Wine Cellars, this 48-hour ticket allows you to discover the marvels of this delightful city at your own pace.
Take a walk through the city that introduced port wine to the world for an introduction to some of its best and oldest brands. This tour lets you became an expert in the tastes and history of a signature Portuguese wine as a dedicated guide shows you some of the city's most prominent wineries.
Step off the usual tourist track to see and taste your way around Porto and get a look at the real city life. Learn what makes Porto's cuisine so enticing as you sample Portuguese culinary delicacies, discover historic architecture, and check out some of the most popular areas among residents.
There's a lot to see amid Porto's hustle and bustle. Follow your guide through alleyways away from the touristy roads and get a chance to explore the city as the locals know it. Discover hidden viewpoints over the river, pass by lesser-known landmarks, and enjoy a walk in a charming local park.
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Verified travellerNov 7, 2019
Lovely city except November is the month that rain a lot. Bring umbrella with you the whole time