City Guide Porto, Portugal

Visiting Porto

Famous for its six imposing bridges and its medieval old town, Porto is home to hilly streets, leafy park areas, golden beaches and friendly natives. Situated along the Douro River, this is the second most important city in Portugal and can be found in the north of the country.

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Porto City Reviews

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    Beautiful Porto

    A stunning, picturesque city that surprised us with its cleanliness, friendliness of locals and beautiful country side.

    Insider Tip:Visit the Duoro valley and do a wine and port tour with Cooltours. A really fun day. Do your own walking tour of the city, it's small and easy to navigate

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    Undiscovered treasure

    Porto has definitely been the big surprise of our trip through Portugal. The city is relatively unknown by tourists still, making it possible to really mingle around among the locals. Also the city itself is really cheap, dorms are around 20 euro's, while you can get an outstanding meal for 10 euro's.

    Insider Tip:Restaurant Miss Opo. Excellent dishes for excellent prices.

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    Warm, Welcoming - Great Food

    Porto is an amazing city. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and some of the best food I've ever eaten was there.

    Insider Tip:Check out Meet & Taste in Vila Nova de Gaia - amazing food!

  • 90%


    Porto, don't miss it!

    Stayed there for 3 days. First day was on Festa de São João, the biggest holiday in Porto! 2 days is definitely enough to see everything. The main area of the city is very walkable and everything is quite close together.

    Insider Tip:Do take a boat tour for 10 euros. Comes with multiple vouchers for free wine tasting.

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    Portal to Porto

    Porto has a lot to offer; wine tasting, winery tours, river boat tours, old churches, and rocky beaches. The city is a bit like an old run down fishing city. The buildings are somewhat falling apart and have a faint smell of mold but that adds to the old charm. Many of the building faces are covered in old beautiful tiles and the iron window coverings can be very ornate creating a style unique to Porto. Cafes and Pasteis shops can be found everywhere and there is no shortage of ham sandwiches.

    Insider Tip:Most restaurants especially by the water fronts serve fried cod or sardines or fried sausages, this is typical to Porto food. It is difficult to find other types of Portuguese foods. Check out the beaches not just the river. There are cafes and restaurants along the coast of the beaches in the north (idk about the south) and they provide a great spot for sunset! Praia da Luz is the beach name where I sat. Another piece of advise.. give yourself plenty of time to get to and from the airport. Bring umbrella!!

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