Porto Travel Guide - (4K video)
Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions, and a buzzing nightlife, and outstanding tourist facilities. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city will appeal to a wide range of visitors.
Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River.
This guide will provide an introduction to Porto, by answering some of the common holiday planning questions and offering links to further detailed tourist information.
At a minimum, it takes two full days of sightseeing to discover Porto. The first day would explore the historic centre (Se district), the Baixa district and Ribeira district, and could include a short boat cruise along the Douro River. The second day would visit Vila Nova de Gaia (on the southern banks of the Douro river) and the Foz district, and could include a tour of the Port cellars and Port tasting.
The evening could be spent in the lively restaurants of the Ribeira district, or for a more party-focused night, head to the bars and clubs close to the university and the Rua Galeria de Paris (affectionally, known as bar street!).
Note: One day is not enough time to visit Porto, and we always recommended at least two days.
In general, Porto and northern Portugal tend to be cooler and wetter than the rest of the country. The peak season is from June to the end of August, and this season offers hot and dry weather, which is suitable for spending time on the beaches.
The tourist season of Porto begins in May and continues until the end of October, and the weather in the spring/autumn is ideal for sightseeing and day trips. In the winter there is a very high possibility of rain, but as Porto is a major city, all restaurants, bars and hotels remain open.
Porto is a popular backpacking and budget holiday destination, as there are many excellent hostels, inexpensive restaurants and lots of similarly minded worldly travellers. The nightlife of the city is lively and liberal, and the city always has a bustling atmosphere. There is always a good backpacking community and attracts a wide range of nationalities.
Top Tourist Attractions in PORTO:
- Torre dos Clérigos,
- Palácio da Bolsa,
- Porto Bridge Climb,
- Igreja de São Francisco,
- Cais da Ribeira,
- Ponte Dom Luís I,
- Sé (Cathedral),
- Vila Nova de Gaia,
- Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis,
- World of Discoveries