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

  • 90%


    Interesting Little City

    I went to Porto for a few days over our spring break from studying abroad in Italy. The beach and waterfront were a little disappointing but the city center itself proved to be quite pretty, and had an endearing comfortable feel. The nightlife (bar crawls) were fun and it felt pretty safe even late at night.

    Insider Tip:Alheira is delicious.

  • 100%


    Free walking tour

    The city is small and the free tour is separate ond old and new part of city, the guide are very inteligent and spoke me about a lot of thinks. I really liked.

    Insider Tip:please, do the free tour.... The city is beautifull, but if you want to understand the essence of city you really need to do the free tour.... because there are a lot of curiosity.

  • 100%


    A nice slice of Porto

    I loved the city. Clean, affordable, and great public transportation. The riverside area is especially nice, and the architecture here is some of the best in all of Europe.

    Insider Tip:The best, and cheapest restaurants are the smaller, mom-and-pop places. They may not speak much English, but they are happy to accommodate you. Also, these places may be hard to find (the touristy places are always big and obvious, and more expensive) so don't be afraid to ask at the reception. Tell them you want a real taste of Porto!

  • 80%


    Best city in Portugal

    Porto is the best city to visit in Portugal, especially if you are going as a couple. The city offers many atractions for free or for a very low price and is extremely beautiful.

    Insider Tip:I recommend a free walking tour to know better the history of Porto, to eat a "francesinha" or "alheira" (two main dishes of the city) and the ride on the tram ("elétrico").

  • 90%


    Gorgeous views, food, wonderful people

    The city is very hilly, so be prepared to climb. There are some nice museums, good food and shopping, and a lot of old world charm. You can see across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia from many places; The cathedral offers some of the best views. A book store that inspired some elements of Harry Potter is in the university area, and is worth a look.

    Insider Tip:Take one of the free walkin tours. They're very informative and fun. Take a walk across the river and do a tasting in one of the port wine cellars. Taylor's is supposed to be one of the best, but there are several. Many close for lunch from noon to 2 or so, so beware before taking the walk over.

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