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Porto Travel Guide: The Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink

Last updated: November 2019*

I always love going to Porto. I first visited it as an adult back in 2007, and it’s amazing to see just how much the city has changed. 

Although I’ve spent more time in Lisbon, I do think Porto is the more beautiful city of the two and I always recommend it as one of my top places to visit in Portugal. 


There’s so much to see and do in Porto. From historical attractions to Port tasting, you’ll probably finish your trip to Porto wishing you’d had more time here. Every time I come to Porto, I always find new interesting shops, attractions, and hidden gems all around the city.

In this travel guide to Porto, we’ll look at everything you need to plan your trip including:

  • What to see, do, eat, and drink in Porto. 
  • Where you should visit after Porto.  
  • A few FAQs about Porto like when is the best time to visit, how many days you need, and where to stay.

There’s a lot of info in this guide, and I’ve written several other guides to Porto as well. If you enter your email address below, I’ll send you links to all of the articles as well as some other tips for planning your trip to Porto. 

What to SEE

Ribeira Neighbourhood

Verdict: See it!

View of Ribeira from Luis I Bridge
Look at Porto, and especially the Ribeira area down by the riverfront

Although very touristy, the riverside neighbourhood of Ribeira is one of the most beautiful parts of Porto. From here you get great views of the Dom Luís Bridge as well as the Port Houses on the other side of the river in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Restaurants, cafés, and bars are naturally more expensive here, but there’s definitely a good buzz especially during the summer months. You may want to save your cash for establishments that are better value for money, but do still take the time to walk through the neighbourhood. 

Vila Nova de Gaia Riverfront

Verdict: See it (and visit a Port House or two as well)

Like Ribeira over in Porto, the riverfront area of Vila Nova de Gaia is also quite touristy. But, even though there are a few throngs of tour groups, it’s a small price to pay for the beautiful views you get across the river of Porto and of the Dom Luís I Bridge.

While you’re here, be sure to visit at least one of the Port houses. If you get hungry, the Mercado Beira-Rio is a good place to stop for a snack, a coffee, or a glass of wine.

Dom Luís I Bridge

Verdict: See it! Try and walk across both the top and bottom level at some point on your trip.

It’s hard to miss this magnificent bridge: head to Ribeira (Porto’s riverside area) or over to the riverfront in Vila Nova de Gaia and it’ll be right in front of you. You can also walk across the top of it, and you do get some really great views from the top.

Construction of the bridge was completed in 1886, and not a moment too soon either. Prior to that, there was a makeshift bridge made from rabelo boats that were tied together.

The architects of the bridge were François Gustave Théophile Seyrig and Léopold Valentin, but what everyone seems to remember is that Seyrig was a former student and business partner of French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower.

There are plenty of places to get a good view of the Dom Luís Bridge. I particularly like Ribeira, by the Port Houses in Vila Nova da Gaia, and up slightly higher by the Património a Norte museum. 

Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)

Verdict: See it!

It doesn’t always have the flowers – they were preparing for a wedding when I visited.

The words stock exchange might make you think of grey carpets and neon tickers displaying the price of coffee or orange juice, but that’s definitely not what you’ll find at the Palácio da Bolsa. Even though that was a part of this building’s history, the building itself really is a palace and a beautiful one at that.

You can only visit as part of a guided tour and, because tours fill up quickly, you’ll need to buy your tickets early in the morning or the day before. Tickets cost €10, which is expensive, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto.

The Arabic Room – definitely not what you think of when you think of stock exchange.

Tours are available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English.

Tips:

  • You need to visit as part of a tour: you can’t visit alone. 
  • Tours sell out really fast during the busy months. 
  • Get there early to book your tour for later that day or, even better, book it a day or two in advance. 
  • The tours in English sell out the fastest. If you just want to look and take pictures, and aren’t concerned with the content of the tour, you are allowed to book onto a tour in another language like Spanish or Portuguese (which don’t sell out as fast). 
  • While you can buy tickets online, you still need to go in to confirm 

Details

  • Address: Rua de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal (map)

Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral)

Verdict: See it!

The Sé do Porto is one of the most popular attractions in Porto and for good reason. It’s an incredible building with beautiful cloisters and a small but interesting collection of artefacts such as frocks, books, and religious ornaments.

There isn’t a lot of information once you’re inside the cathedral so, if you’re interested in its history, it’s worth reading up on it in advance.

Tips

  • There are usually queues to go in. If you want to avoid them, try to get there early. 
  • You can get a 2-in-1 ticket that allows you to see the cathedral & the Episcopal Palace (Bishop’s Palace).
  • If you climb to the top of the tower, you get a fantastic view over Porto.

Details

Address: Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal (map)

Episcopal Palace (Bishop’s Palace)

Verdict: See it if you have time – especially as you can get the 2-for-1 ticket.

Despite being included in the 2-for-1 ticket, the Episcopal Palace doesn’t seem to get as busy as the cathedral.

The rooms inside the building are housed with beautiful furniture, paintings, and artefacts. It’s all so luxurious that you’ll probably find yourself Googling “how to become a bishop.”

Tips:

  • The building closes for lunch, so you’ll need to either visit in the morning or afternoon. 
  • You can get a 2-in-1 ticket that gives you access to both the Episcopal Palace and Sé do Porto (they’re right next to each other).

Details

Address: Terreiro da Sé SE, Porto, Portugal (Maps)

Igreja de São Francisco

Verdict: See it!

igreja de sao fransisco exterior

The Igreja de São Francisco is an incredibly beautiful and ornate church. It’s common for Portuguese churches to have gold-painted carved wood around the altars, but at the Igreja de São Francisco it’s everywhere: up the walls, up the columns, and even along the ceilings.

You’re not allowed to take photos inside and that was one of the things that I love about it. Rather than clambering to take photos (which being honest are probably never going to turn out very well for most people) everyone was just sitting and enjoying the unique beauty of this church.

The ticket to the church also includes a visit to the catacombs. Although not as full-on as the bone chapels in other parts of the country, these are still quite creepy. 

Details

Address: Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Capela das Almas de Santa Catarina

Verdict: It’s beautiful. See it if you’re passing that way, but it’s not the only beautiful blue-tiled building in Porto.

Often known as the “blue tile church,” this beautiful church is situated in the heart of the city centre on Rua de Santa Catarina. It features blue and white tiles that depict biblical scenes, something that’s common in Portuguese churches but usually it only covers a small portion of the church walls.

It’s an incredibly beautiful building, and worth visiting. Although you’re welcome to go inside as well, the exterior is definitely more interesting than the interior – the interior is quite plain in comparison. 

Details

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 428, 4000-124 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Igreja do Carmo (and Igreja dos Carmelitas)

Verdict: As with the Capela Das Almas De Santa Catarina, see it if you’re passing that way.

Another church known for its beautiful blue tile exterior, the Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas are located a little further away from the city centre (about 15 minutes’ walk from the riverfront) but it’s worth it.

It would be easy to assume that this is just one church, but it’s actually two: one for the Carmo monks (on the right) and one for the Carmelite nuns (on the left left). Diving the two churches is a 1-metre wide house, which has to be one of the narrowest houses in the world.

The churches are also beautiful and ornate on the inside as well, and so it’s worth going inside.

Details

Address: R. do Carmo, 4050-164 Porto, Portugal (Map)

São Bento railway station

Verdict: See it! It’s in the city centre, so you’ll pass it at least once on your trip.

Portugal has some beautiful train stations, but the São Bento Railway Station has to be one of the most beautiful.

From floor to ceiling, the walls are lined with colourful blue and with azulejos that depict rural scenes, battles, and transportation scenes. In total, there are more than 20,000 tiles in the train station.

Details

Address: Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Casa da musica 

Verdict: Not an essential part of the Porto experience, but an interesting tour.

Casa da musica is one of the main concert halls in Porto. It’s set in an extremely unique and modern building, both on the inside and on the outside. If you’re a fan of modern architecture, you definitely need to see this building.

There are daily tours of the building. A €10 a ticket, I was a little hesitant to take a tour but it was actually really interesting. The guides show you how to the building is constructed, in particular the materials and designs used to control sound.

Tours are available in English and Portuguese, normally at 11 am and 4 pm. Between June 1st and September 30th there are additional tours at 11 am and 5 pm.

Details

Address: Av. da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto, Portugal (map)

Livraria Lello

Verdict: Unless you’re visiting in the low season, or you’re a big Harry Potter nerd, you can probably give this a miss.

Livraria Lello
Livraria Lello with no people (Stock Photo). Unfortunately, it never looks like this.

Livraria Lello is beautiful and yes, it’s really cool if you’re a Harry Potter nerd.

But (and there’s a big but here) it’s also always packed. Everytime I walk past there are queues of 100-200 people just waiting to get in and, although the shop did a reasonably good job of controlling the amount of people inside, it was still uncomfortably busy. 

If you’re hoping to get a good photo of the shop, don’t. There are just too many people in there and, besides, there are plenty of great photos of Livraria Lello without any people inside on the internet anyway.

All of that aside, if you do still want to visit Porto’s most famous bookstore then go for it. Tickets cost €5 but, if you buy something, you get €5 off.

Tips

  • You can skip the line by visiting the bookshop on this walking tour of Porto
  • Buy your tickets in advance as they do sell out. 
  • The best times to go are early morning or very late afternoon (Opening hours are normally 9:30AM–7PM) 

Details

Address: R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal (map)

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Verdict: Visit the gardens if you’re in that part of town.

The Crystal Palace Gardens are beautiful, peaceful, have a very interesting history, and also offer stunning views over the Douro River. It’s a great place to take a break from sightseeing, or to take some photos, and so I always try to stop in if I’m in that part of town.

I say that part of town because the gardens are a little out of the way and, with the exception of the Museu Romântico da Quinta da Macieirinha (the Romantic Museum), there aren’t many other attractions nearby. Depending on your time constraints, it may be a little out of the way for you. 

Details

Address: R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Street Art

Verdict: Porto’s street art scene is incredible but you don’t normally have to go looking for it: you’ll stumble upon it.

Portugal, and Porto especially, has some fantastic street art. Street art is quite a unique part of Portuguese culture as it’s encouraged rather than deterred.

In Porto, the street art is dotted around the city and there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon some of it by accident. If you don’t want to leave things to chance, however, you could take a street art tour.

Not only will the guides take you to the different pieces around the city, but they’ll also be able to tell you a little about the artists and how these pieces came to be.

What to DO

Climb Clérigos Tower

Verdict: Do it if it’s a good day and it’s not peak tourist season (June – September).

Clérigos Church and its tower is one of the most popular attractions in Porto. The church itself is worth visiting but the main attraction is usually Clérigos Tower. It’s an important part of the Porto skyline, and it offers some fantastic views over Porto as well.

There are quite a lot of steps – 240 in fact – and you’ll be climbing to a height of 75.6 metres. If you’re feeling brave or you’re just needing to work off that Francesinha, it’s definitely a rewarding workout. 

Details

Address: R. de São Filipe de Nery 4050-546 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Shop at Bolhão Market

Verdict: See it (but support the sellers by buying something).

I’ve put Bolhão Market under things to do rather than to see. While it is very interesting to see a traditional Portuguese market, and Mercado do Bolhão is definitely one of the most interesting, this isn’t really meant to be a tourist attraction.

I’m not saying don’t go, but rather support it. If you are staying in an Airbnb or an apartment, do your shopping here. Buy some fresh fish, meat, or vegetables, and cook a meal at home. You’ll get much more of a real experience of the market, and you’ll be supporting local small businesses as well.

If you’re staying in a hotel or just don’t want to cook, there are plenty of other things that you can get there including cakes, flowers, you name it. 

Note: Bolhão Market is undergoing refurbishments until May 2020 (that’s just an estimate, it could be longer). In the meantime, there is a temporary market on 506/508 Rua de Fernandes Tomás.

Details

Address: R. Formosa, 4000-214 Porto, Portugal (maps)

Stop for a snack at Mercado Beira-Rio

Similar to Lisbon’s Time Out Market, but on a much smaller scale, this food market is a great pitstop for foodies in search of a snack, lunch, or just a drink. Although there is a section selling fresh fruit, veg, and meat, the majority of the market is made up of modern stalls selling Francesinhas, bifanas, leitão sandwiches, Portuguese cheeses, cocktails, and bacalhau. 

Details

Address: Av. de Ramos Pinto 148, 4400-261 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (Maps)

Take a trip up the Douro

boat on the Douro river
Boat on the Douro River near Pinhão

If you have enough time, it’s worth taking a day trip from Porto into the Douro. The Douro is a wine-growing region just outside of Porto that’s beyond stunning, and one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. It’s also the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Once in the Douro, you can visit some vineyards, take a boat ride up the river, or take part in other activities like hiking, kayaking, or cycling.

You’ll need an entire day if you want to visit the Douro, and at least a day and a half if you want to do an overnight. There are several ways to get there, including by train, boat, or tour, and there are several different recommended towns that you could choose to spend the day at.

If you’re thinking about visiting The Douro, my article about Pinhão, one of the most popular towns in the Douro, is a great place to start. 

Have a coffee at Majestic Café

This isn’t one of those things that you have to do. Like Livraria Lello, Majestic Café has become extremely touristy and that means it’s crowded, expensive, and you’ll often have to queue to get in.

Now when I say expensive, I don’t mean it’s twice the price of anywhere nearby. It’s a lot more expensive than that. Expect to pay €5 for an espresso (normally around 0.50-0.80) and €3 for a pastel de nata (normally around €1).

All of that aside, this is a beautiful café and it’s where J. K. Rowling is believed to have written some of the first few chapters of Harry Potter. The café, which opened just after the first world war in 1921, is luxurious on the inside –  a reflection of the decadence of the roaring 20s.

Tips:

  • TripAdvisor reviews suggest the food isn’t particularly good. Have a coffee or a drink instead. 
  • Majestic Café isn’t the only heritage café in Porto. For a similar but less touristy option, try Café Guarany (Map)
  • Get there early or go there in the evening to avoid the queues at peak times. 

Details

Address: Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal (Map)

Take a day trip to Matosinhos

Verdict: Unless you want a beach day, give it a miss.

If you’re in need of a day at the beach, then Matosinhos is just a short metro, bus, or taxi ride away.

It’s just a beach, though. While it serves its purpose as a place to swim and work on that all-important tan, there are much nicer beaches in Portugal – including some that are within driving distance of Porto.

Details

Address: Av. Norton de Matos, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal (Map)

What to EAT

There’s so much to cover here, that I could write an entire article just about food in Porto. So, I have: The Foodie’s Guide to Porto.

I cover a lot more dishes in that article as well as a few that aren’t quite from Porto but are from Northern Portugal. Here are a few highlights. 

Bifana

Verdict: Eat it!

A bifana from Conga in Porto
A bifana from Conga in Porto

Bifanas à moda do Porto (bifanas in the Porto style) are not only my favourite type of bifana, but one of my favourite sandwiches in Portugal.

Here are a few places to get a good bifana in Porto:

  • Conga (map)
  • O Astro Cervejaria Petisqueira (map)
  • Sol e Sombra Bifanas (map)

Francesinha

Verdict: Some people love it, and some don’t get the fuss. If you’re in Porto, you need to try one at least once.

Francesinha with chips

The Francesinha isn’t Porto’s main traditional dish, that’s Tripas à moda do Porto (tripe). However, since very few people actually like tripe and it’s not something anyone is going to recommend to a tourist, the Francesinha has become the de facto dish of Porto.

Made from chunky slices of bread, ham, sausage, steak, and melted cheese, and served in a beer and tomato sauce along with french fries, this is a monster of a sandwich. Some might say its fame comes from its novelty, but the people of Porto would disagree: to them this is a culinary masterpiece.

If you’re visiting Porto, you should try a Francesinha once – or at least get someone else to try one and take a bit of theirs.

The following are some of the top places to try a Francesinha in Porto:

  • Bufete Fase (map)
  • O Golfinho (map)
  • Café Santiago (map)
  • Lado B (map)
  • Yuko (map)
  • Francesinha Café (map)
  • Capa Negra II (map)

Éclair

Verdict: Try one!

cream-filled eclair

I’m not a huge fan of cream-filled pastries, so I didn’t have high expectations for the éclairs at Leitaria da Quinta do Paço but I loved them and would happily eat another one. Unlike traditional French éclairs, which use vanilla pastry cream made from eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, the classic éclairs at Leitaria da Quinta do Paço use just whipped cream.

Tips

  • Although Leitaria da Quinta do Paço is the place that brought éclairs to Porto, it’s definitely not the only place that sells them. 
  • As well as their main shop on Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47 (map), you can buy Leitaria da Quinta do Paço éclairs at their other stores including one in Downtown Porto, one at the Bom Sucesso Market, and one at Matosinhos. 

Sande de Pernil

Verdict: Not quite as good as the bifana, but definitely a good meaty sandwich.

Sande de Pernil
Sande de Pernil with queijo da Serra da Estrela – taken at Casa Guedes in Porto

The Sande de Pernil isn’t something you see very much outside of Porto and the surrounding towns so, if you want to try it, do it while you’re in Porto. Although there are an increasing number of places that offer this sandwich, there really is one place to go for it: Casa Guedes (map).

Tips

  • Casa Guedes usually gets busiest between 1-2 pm and then again at around 8-9 pm. 
  • It’s busiest at the weekend, particularly on Saturdays. 

Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

Verdict: Try it!

You can’t leave Portugal without trying at least one bacalhau dish and, seeing as you’re in Porto, it might as well be the regional bacalhau dish: Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá.

This regional dish is made from bacalhau, potatoes, eggs, olives, olive oil, and onions. It’s simple, but tasty and one of the best-loved bacalhau dishes in Portugal (there are apparently more than 365).

{That’s not a complete list of all the typical dishes that Porto has to offer: just a list of my favourites. There are also dishes like tripas (tripe) and cachorrinhos (hot dogs), which you can read about in the longer foodie’s guide to Porto. Obviously, if you have the time to try everything, you should. 

Other Portuguese dishes

If you’re visiting other cities in Portugal, you might as well focus on the Porto dishes for now. However, if you’re only visiting Porto, you mightn’t want to limit yourself to just regional dishes as it would mean missing out on things like pastéis de nata, bifanas de vendas novas, cataplanas, etc.

  • Other bacalhau dishes like bacalhau com natas, bacalhau a lagareiro, and bacalhau com broa.
  • Polvo a lagareiro.
  • Piri-piri chicken (best found in the Algarve)
  • Cataplana (another Algarve dish).

You can see a full list of those dishes in my more general guide to Portuguese food.

What to DRINK

Port

Verdict: Don’t just try one style of Port, try a few.

Port bottles on port barrel

Port is a very underappreciated drink outside of Portugal (and even within Portugal). Very few people go into a bar anywhere in the world and order themselves a glass of Port.

Well, your perceptions and your appreciation of Port are all about to change. This is a city where you can walk into a bar and not only order a glass of simple Tawny or Ruby Port, but you can actually order a 10, 20, 30, or even older vintage Port in many bars.

And, of course, you can visit all of the Port Houses – all of those familiar names like Taylor’s, Graham’s, Niepoort, and Kopke are all located in Vila Nova de Gaia and they all offer tours.

These tours offer a good introduction to Port and allow you to taste a few different styles: Usually a Tawny, a Ruby, something with a bit of age, and, increasingly, a wildcard like Rosé Port. There are normally two prices, one for basic Port and one for slightly better Port, and it’s definitely worth paying a few Euros extra to try the better Ports.

Many of the garrafeiras or wine shops offer tastings as well. Depending on the shop and the tasting, it can give you an opportunity to try even better quality Ports than you get at the tours.

Tips:

  • It’s worth going on at least one Port House tour. 
  • Many bars serve Porto Tónico, a simple Portuguese contender to the gin and tonic. Try it! 

Super Bock

Verdict: Not the world’s best beer by any means, but it does the job.

Super Bock bottle and glass

Sure, it might seem like just a pale lager but it’s also the beer of the North of Portugal (Sagres is the beer of the South of Portugal). It’s light and simple but, in a climate like Portugal has, that’s exactly what you need.

Portugal, for a very long time, only had two beers and you either drank Sagres or Super Bock and defended your position with pride. You’ll probably struggle to find Sagres in Porto, but never mind: Personally, I think Super Bock is the better of the two beers anyway.

Tips: 

  • In Portugal, most people order a 20cl beer which is called a fino in Porto. 
  • If you want something bigger you can get a caneca (50 cl), which is just slightly smaller than a British pint. 
  • In the summer, it’s better to order finos rather than canecas to ensure your beer stays colder for longer
  • In the South of Portugal, and especially in Lisbon, a fino is called an Imperial. 

Sovina

Although Portugal’s beer culture is still essentially Superbock or Sagres, there’s a large craft beer scene here and Porto is one of the best places in the country to try some beers from indie breweries.

Sovina is one of the biggest names in Portuguese craft beer, and it’s locally produced here in Porto. Two of the best places to try it are at Armazém da Cerveja (map), a bar and shop, and Catraio Beer Shop (map), a beer shop with a good selection of craft beers. 

Coffee

Verdict: No trip to Portugal is complete without at least one trip to a traditional Portuguese café.

Portugal is a big coffee drinking country, and visiting the local café is something some people do several times per day. If you’re visiting Porto, take the time to sample what’s probably Portugal’s favourite drink with a nice Portuguese cake in a local pastelaria. 

As well as traditional Portuguese coffees, you’ll also find plenty of hipster coffee shops in Porto serving up flat whites and Aeropress coffees, along with smoothies and pancakes.

Be sure to try some of the traditional Portuguese coffees as well, though. While you can find lattes and flat whites anywhere in the world, you can only get a galão or a meia de leite in Portugal.

Tips:

  • A café (espresso) is called a cimbalino in Porto, whereas it’s called a bica in Lisbon. 
  • You won’t find lattes and mochas on a Portuguese coffee menu: you can read a list of the different types of coffee here. 
  • If you want a decaf, ask for a “Café Descafeinado.” 

Looking for more typical things to drink? The drinks above are more specific to Porto, but Portugal also produces plenty of other great drinks like Medronho and even Portuguese gins. Read more in my guide to Portuguese drinks

Where to visit next

With the exception of Lisbon, most of the following towns, cities, and destinations, are all very close to Porto. Since you’re going to be in Porto anyway, it’s worth taking a look at these destinations to see if you want to visit some of them as well.

  • Braga (55 km)
  • Guimaraes (55 km)
  • The Douro (around 70 km)
  • Amarante (59 km)
  • Aveiro (76 km)
  • Lisbon (313 km)

FAQs about Porto

How much time do you need for Porto?

3-4 days is probably a good amount of time to dedicate to Porto. You might not get to see everything during that time, but you’ll get to see the majority of the attractions and get a very good feel for the city. 

When is the best time to visit Porto?

Porto has a different climate to Lisbon and especially to the Algarve in the South of Portugal, which is to say that winters can be very grey and wet. If you can, try to visit Porto during the warmer months – say from May to September.

July and especially August can be very busy as lots of people travel to Porto at this time. If I had to pick a best time to visit it would be either June or September. If you’re coming in June, try to time it with the city’s main festival: Festa de São João do Porto.

That said, I often visit Porto in December. For someone who normally lives in a warmer part of the country, I quite like the wintery feel that Porto has. And, while it’s cold, it’s not too cold. 

Where should I stay in Porto?

I’ve stayed in lots of different parts of Porto: right in the city centre, in the North of the city, in Vila Nova de Gaia, just about everywhere.

Having now stayed in lots of different parts of the city, I usually try to stay somewhere in the city centre: between the river and as far north as the Lapa neighbourhood (roughly).

If I can’t find anywhere I like there, I might stay a little further out but always try to stay near a Metro line. If you’re on a metro line, you can get anywhere easily.

The last time I stayed in Porto, I stayed at Vibrant Porto Apartments and can definitely recommend them.

What is Porto famous for?

Porto is famous for many things including:

Is Porto expensive?

Although prices have risen considerably in the past few years, Porto is not considered expensive when compared to other European cities. 

Accommodation will be your biggest expensive, so it pays to shop around and compare hotels in order to get the best deal.

Can you walk around Porto?

Yes, you can walk around Porto: it’s extremely walkable. In fact, this is the best way to get around Porto.

Is there a beach at Porto?

While there’s no beach in Porto City Centre itself, you can easily take the metro, bus, or a taxi to Matosinhos – the nearest beach to Porto. 

Which is better Lisbon or Porto?

That’s a difficult question to answer. Personally I think Porto is better in many ways: it’s more beautiful, it’s slightly cheaper, it’s a little more authentic than Lisbon, and many would argue that the people are friendlier. If I was just going to visit one of the two cities, it would be Porto.

Lisbon has the advantage of the better weather, particularly in winter. It’s also a larger city, with a larger international community, which makes it a better choice for living for many people. 

Is Porto safe to visit?

Portugal is actually one of the safest countries in the world and, yes, Porto is also safe to visit. Even at night you should feel very comfortable wandering around by yourself.

Pickpocketing can be an issue in some of the more touristy parts of Porto (the same is true in Lisbon), and it’s important to be sensible with your belongings.

How many days do you need in Porto?

It’s possible to get a feel for Porto in as little as a day or half a day, but to see all of the different attractions you really need at least three jam-packed days. If you plan to do a day trip up the Douro, you need another full day for that.

Of course, if you’re not constrained by time, it’s much better to take your time and really get to appreciate the city. So, if you can spend longer in Porto, do it. Between all of the things to see, do, and eat, there’s plenty to keep you occupied here. 

Is there Uber in Porto?

Yes, Uber is available in Porto along with other taxi apps like Kapten, Bolt, Free Now, and Cabify. Many of these apps offer a discount code (listed below) so, if you’ve never used these apps before, your first ride will be free (or very discounted). 

Discount Codes

CompanyFree CreditCode/Signup Link
Kapten (Chauffeur Privé)€ 6JAMCAV
Cabify€6jamesc130
Free Now (MyTaxi)€ 5james.cav
Bolt (Taxify)€ 32Y3QU
Uber£3Link

What should I wear in Porto?

During the summer months, most visitors wear casual summer clothes like shorts and a t-shirt. Although some older Portuguese people will dress a lot more conservatively, you won’t have any problems dressing casually in Porto.

Temperatures often drop in the evenings, and so it’s always a good idea to have a few extra layers.

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