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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    Favourite Stop In Portugal

    I love a city with beautiful landscape - and Porto is no exception. Perched above at the mouth of the river Douro, with port wine producers on one side and bustling city on the other, and linked by pedestrian bridges. Walking around is so pleasant. There's a vast array of history, art, food and culture to soak up all within walking distance. 4-5 days is recommended, 3 was probably not enough. Though I didn't do it, a day trip out to the Douro wine region I hear is well worth it.

    Insider Tip:Forget Francesinha (though you should probably tick that box) - go for some charcoal chicken with Piri Piri sauce. As an Aussie, we have Portuguese charcoal chicken everywhere. Why it was so hard to find in the motherland I'm not sure, but we did suss out a few options. Would recommend either Restaurante Ze De Braga or Churrasquiera Domingos, on Rua do Rosario across from each other.

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    City of Porto

    Porto is just waking up from it's cinderella sleep. It's beautiful, lots of hidden charming places, most of all: wonderful portugese people. I don't know about partying and shopping, so I just gave an average rating. Might be excellence too.

    Insider Tip:Porto walkers city tour, fun, interesting, entertaining, based on donation.

  • 80%



    Porto packs a punch with heaps of culture and sites to see - you will definitely not get bored. I recommend doing a Port Wine tour at Sandeman's for example to learn how the wine is made and even do a taste test.

    Insider Tip:J.K. Rowling lived here for 3 years, so if your a Harry Potter fan make sure you visit Livraria Lello & Irmao.

  • 90%



    Porto is fantastic. It's beautiful, charming, people are nice, they take naps in the middle of the day, which is the time people in London come back from work, the lifestyle is rather relaxed, there is some amazing wines, and people don't go out until very very late.

    Insider Tip:Me and my friend stayed there for four days - it's definitely not long enough. rent bikes, go surfing, take naps.

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    I am absolutely in love with this city, mostly with the view of it from Gaia. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

    Insider Tip:Don't miss out on the Port! Nor the amazing food.

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