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 neighbourhood are old and colourful, 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

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
4 out of 5
R. de Sá de Noronha 70, Porto, Porto, 4050-190
The price is Rs10,458 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (344 reviews)
"Stayed for 3 days, easy check in and check out. Everyone was super helpful and friendly. Hotel located in a bustling area with great restaurants and nightlife. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Hotel Moon & Sun Porto
Porto River Infante
Porto River Infante
4 out of 5
Rua Infante Dom Henrique, 36, Porto, 4050-296
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs13,911 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and in-room massages. Popular attractions Porto Historic Center and Ribeira Square are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Great stay, great location in Porto.
"Great stay. Great location. Rooms are small with no closets but beautifully furnished with great linens and towels. Fantastic breakfast and very nice and accommodating staff. Front door needs to be fixed so that guests can enter with their room keys. Was not working at all during our stay, but there ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Porto River Infante
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, 4000-322
The price is Rs19,270 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (900 reviews)
Lovely hotel and location
"Amazing 3-night stay, true 5-star feel. Nearby construction was a little inconvenient but it is fairly easy getting around the city, esp with uber fares usu under 4 euros! Doorstaff were always on hand to welcome or wish you good bye and help with directions and advice. The room, staff, backyard ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022

InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, an IHG Hotel
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.
Porto River Infante
Porto River Infante
4 out of 5
Rua Infante Dom Henrique, 36, Porto, 4050-296
The price is Rs13,911 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and in-room massages. Popular attractions Porto Historic Center and Ribeira Square are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Great stay, great location in Porto.
"Great stay. Great location. Rooms are small with no closets but beautifully furnished with great linens and towels. Fantastic breakfast and very nice and accommodating staff. Front door needs to be fixed so that guests can enter with their room keys. Was not working at all during our stay, but there ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Porto River Infante
Condes de Azevedo Palace
Condes de Azevedo Palace
5 out of 5
Palácio Condes de Azevedo -, Rua Saraiva de Carvalho N93, Porto, 4000-520
The price is Rs15,339 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the spacious rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (242 reviews)
"Friendly staff and knowledgeable about the area and good recommendations of different activities."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2022

Condes de Azevedo Palace
Porto River
Porto River
4 out of 5
Rua dos Canastreiros, 50, Porto, 4050-149
The price is Rs16,693 per night from 10 Sep to 11 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Porto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bathrooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (329 reviews)
"Great location and views over the river. Lovely old atmospheric building. The room is very nicely furnished ad spacious. Surrounded by great restaurants and easy walking into the old city. I did not have breakfast - I checked it out - 18 Euros seemed a little pricey for what I could see on ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022

Porto River
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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