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Things to do in Porto

The list of things to do in Porto is endless, so much so that you’ll struggle to squeeze them all into your first visit. This picture-perfect riverside city combines the atmosphere and charm of the past with all the relevance and vibrancy of the present.

With its ancient Port, steeped in history and the UNESCO world heritage listed riverfront, scattered with colourful houses and traditional sailing boats. The city is known for its monuments – such as Gustave Eiffel’s Dona Maria Pia Bridge. Its exciting wine heritage, which can be explored on tastings and tours. And the colourful culture that is well-represented by the cafes, bars and restaurants that reside under the sheltered medieval arches of Cais Da Ribeira.

Shopping in Porto.

Shopping in Porto

Shopping in Porto presents many options, from the multi-storey shopper’s paradise, El Corte Ingles to A Vida Portuguesa with its retro souvenirs. Portosigns puts an interesting twist on traditional souvenir shopping. While at La Maison des Porto you’ll find over 200 bottles of Port that you can try before you buy – well, it is one of the city’s most famous attributes.

Sightseeing in Porto.

Sightseeing in Porto

Visit the National Museum Soares dos Reis, a former neoclassical palace that now houses a comprehensive art collection. Take a trip to the Estadio do Dragao, home to the famous F.C Porto or embrace its iconic winemaking status with tastings and tours of the city’s most famous export, Port.

Dining out in Porto.

Dining out in Porto

Enjoy a romantic meal overlooking the Douro River at tapas wine bar, Wine Quay Bar or sample contemporary Portuguese cooking at ODE Porto Wine House. For an excellent vegetarian menu (and plenty of meat options) head to Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano or feast on authentic roast pork, peri peri chicken and more at casual eatery, Casa Guedes.

Nightlife in Porto.

Nightlife in Porto

From karaoke night on Thursdays at Caffe IN to happy hour at Bar Hiva-oa – the nocturnal scene in Porto certainly won’t disappoint. For an unforgettable night out head to Pitch, an uber-trendy fashion club with three floors and plenty of atmosphere. Or hangout with the hipsters and celebrities at Twins – it’s the place to be.

Porto sightseeing

Looking for things to do in Porto? Why not browse our carefully selected experiences.

Panoramic Porto tour.

See the wonders of Porto on this panoramic tour – it’s a great way to view the sights and learn about the city’s well-preserved treasures – with monuments from the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classical style. You’ll visit the Cathedral, Real Companhia Velha Port wine cellars, Clerigos, Foz and Boavista, as well as enjoying a walking tour through the oldest quarter of Ribeira.

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Porto hop-on hop-off tour with optional river cruise and wine tasting.

The hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour is a great way to see Porto’s historic sights, castles, beaches and port. You won’t miss a thing with the two included routes, one that covers Porto and another that goes to the neighbouring coastal towns of Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia. Admire all the sights from an open-top double-decker bus and explore at your own pace, hopping on and off as many times as you like.

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Porto sightseeing tour at night with Fado performance.

Soak up the atmosphere and take in the commentary as this guided sightseeing tour takes you past some of Porto’s incredible monuments and landmarks – lit up for the evening. This experience combines the mesmerising sight of the city’s glowing avenues, churches and Douro River with a typical Portuguese meal and a two-hour performance of Fado, the emotionally charged music that captures the spirit of Portugal.

See the sights of Porto by night

Fatima and Coimbra day trip from Porto.

Take some time to see the areas that surround the city with this day trip from Porto - see the pilgrimage site of Fatima and the university city of Coimbra. This full-day tour includes a visit to the national shrine, Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, with attendance of mass inside the sanctuary's basilica. And an afternoon in Coimbra, seeing the university and Old Cathedral. You’ll have the opportunity to explore at leisure and see other attractions (at an additional cost), concluding your tour in the early evening at the city centre.

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Douro valley small-group tour with wine tasting, Portuguese lunch and optional river cruise.

Visit Portugal's Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto. Famous for its production of Port, the valley is picturesque, with swathes of vineyards clinging to the hills around the River Douro. Travelling in a small group of no more than eight people, you'll admire the scenery around Pinhão and then enjoy a traditional lunch accompanied by award-winning wines and a 30-year-old Port.

Visit the vineyards of the Douro Valley

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