Porto

Travel Guide
Dom Luis I Bridge featuring street scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

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 Rs11,072 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
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 17 Sep 2021

Pestana Porto - A Brasileira, City Centre & Heritage Building
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua do Choupelo (Santa Marinha), Vila Nova de Gaia
The price is Rs23,203 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
This family-friendly Vila Nova de Gaia hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Taylor’s Port Cellars, Jardim do Morro Park and Serra do ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (430 reviews)
"Can’t even fathom attempting to put into words how amazing this hotel is! Please know that everything I type next is most likely an understatement. Everyone was knowledgeable & respectful from the valet service, to check in service to waitresses and cleaning people. We were checked on multiple times ..."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

The Yeatman Hotel
PortoBay Flores
PortoBay Flores
5 out of 5
Rua das Flores, 27, Porto
The price is Rs13,841 per night from 13 Oct to 13 Oct
Located in Centro / Baixa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Historic Center and Ribeira Square. Porto City Hall and University of Porto ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (153 reviews)
"Very clean, modern and new. The lobby is beautiful and decor minimal but attractive. Right in the heart of the city so ideal for walking to the river and around the City!"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

PortoBay Flores
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.
Virtudes City Lofts
Virtudes City Lofts
4 out of 5
24 Rua das Virtudes, Porto
The price is Rs4,332 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
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 Church ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Beautiful perfect location. The host was amazing we got there early she let us keep our bags there and also gave us a map and told us where the best spots in Porto are. Would recommend to anyone"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Virtudes City Lofts
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 Rs10,828 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
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 8 Sep 2021

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
4 out of 5
Rua de São João, 48., Porto
The price is Rs6,936 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Centro / Baixa, this aparthotel is steps away from Porto Historic Center and Ribeira Square. Porto City Hall and University of Porto are also within ...
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 12 Sep 2021

Apartamentos The Arc Carrís
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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