Porto City Breaks
Porto is Portugal's second largest city, and one of Europe's most charismatic destinations. It is full of fascinating buildings and narrow twisting streets with houses once painted or tiled in colourful facades. The city possesses an appealing pan-Iberian atmosphere with many historic charms like the magnificent churches, spectacular bridges, monuments and interesting museums that line the streets.
The old city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site but Porto isn't all culture and history. It is also a modern European city full of the bustling energy of working people during the day and the liveliness of busy "tascas" and restaurants at night. It is an ideal destination if you're looking for a rich mix of culture and fun.
City Tour of Porto: 4 hours
Enjoy a visit of the most important landmarks in Porto.
Everybody says that Porto the most beautiful lady of Portugal and in 1996 the city was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit this beautiful and mysterious destination, one of the most ancient cities of Europe with plenty of historic and cultural memories. Take a unique and unforgettable tour through the Barrio da Se', the heart of ancient Porto's medieval roots. End this unforgettable tour in one of the famous Port wine cellars, in the historical heart of Vila Nova de Gaia and experience a journey to the past.
Full Day Douro Valley with Lunch and wine tasting: 11 hours
A must if you are exploring the North of Portugal! Visit the home of Port wine and marvel at the beautiful landscape and scenery that the Douro region has to offer. First, stop at Amarante, on the banks of the river, and you will find the Monastery of Sao Goncalo. The trip will continue to Lamego, where you will visit the shrine of Our Lady of Remedios. Have lunch with a magnificent panorama over the river Douro where on the slopes of the mountains give birth to the most famous Portuguese beverage: port wine. Wine tasting is included. After lunch, stop at Pinhao to visit its famous railway station with hand-painted tiles related to the region. Your tour concludes upon your return to Porto.
Coach transportation, guided visits, Porto wine tasting and lunch.
Did you know?
Before he was famous for his Parisian tower, Gustav Eiffel worked on the designs for two of Porto's bridges. However, he left the project for the Luis I Bridge as he didn't want to share the plaudits with his apprentice.
- Flight time from London: 2 hour 20 min
- Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport: 12km from the city centre; transfer time about 16 min
- Nearest railway station: São Bento Train Station
- Currency: Euro
The main shopping area in Porto is located along the Rua de Cedofeita and the Rua Santa Catarina, at the corner of Rua Fernandes Tomar. Some streets seem to specialise in particular goods. For example, the Rua da Fabrica is known for its bookstores, whilst the Rue Galeria da Paris is the best place to pick up some fine art in Porto.
Other shopping centres worth visiting include the Centro Comercial Peninsular and the Centro Comercial Cidade de Porto, on Rua do Bom Successo.
Porto has some of the best restaurants in Portugal, offering a variety of different menus that gives the visitor the choice of regional and international cuisine with plenty of seafood. However, most of the restaurants in Porto boast an array of gastronomic Portuguese specialities. These include rich tripe stews called tripas, which are known to have been a firm favourite with locals for around 600 years. Porto is home to port wine of course, so there are many wineries around the city where port wine is brewed. Often served with cheese and nibbles.
Some of the most popular spots in Porto are located around the Ribeira neighbourhood. Here you will see the World Heritage Site, the São Francisco church, which has a magnificent golden interior and should not be missed by anyone visiting the city. The Stock Exchange Palace nearby is also worth a visit; you can see the most impressive Arab room in the country. There are 6 bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro river, many of them providing an excellent view of the river.
Cais De Gaia's Port Wine Cellars
There are around 15 of these dotted around the Gaia area. Most of the world's supply of Port is stored and aged here. A visit to any of the warehouses should not be missed.
This is a pink Art Deco construction located in the surrounding formal gardens, which are magnificent in their own right. It is devoted to culture and particularly fine arts with constantly changing exhibitions.
Porto offers a good range of nightlife and entertainment options. These include its two casinos and plenty of cafés, bars and clubs to suit most tastes. Dance clubs always start very, very late, around 1-2am, and close around 6-7:30am. Nightlife is mostly concentrated around the Ribeira area.