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Porto, Portugal

Porto

An ancient port city

Porto is built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary and dates back to the 4th Century.  The Riberia district was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996 and boasts charming cobbled streets, ancient churches, art galleries and traditional houses.

There is a fascinating and diverse mix of architecture, modern buildings and twisting lanes to see and explore as well as plenty of bars and cafes where you can sample everything from rustic local cuisine to refined fine-dining dishes.

Take a stroll to Liberdade Square located in the heart of downtown Porto. This large square has a wealth of historic and architecturally interesting buildings, a statue of Dom Pedro IV and you can explore further using the hop-on-hop-off bus service. A guided walking tour is also a good idea as a knowledgeable tour guide can explain more about the history of Porto, talk about the city’s famous monuments and there’s often an optional extra such as a wine tasting or river cruise that can be added as well.

Other famous attractions Ribeira Square, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral’s Treasure Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and much more.

Of course, this is also the birthplace of port and you’ll find many vineyards in the area. Wine aficionados will be spoilt for choice with the selection of wine tasting and port wine tours on offer, often coupled with a tasty lunch of local specialties – absolutely perfect!

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Key Highlights
  • Porto is a wonderful choice for a couples holiday
  • Take a tram ride round the city to see the sights
  • Follow up your land tour with a relaxing river cruise
  • Indulge yourself with a wine tasting and leisurely lunch in the Douro Valley
  • If you have a head for heights, book the Porto Bridge Climb for amazing views!
  • Magnificent views can also be enjoyed if you visit the observation deck at the Torre dos Clerigos
  • Take in the baroque splendour of the Church of St Francisco
  • For a five-star stay, consider The Yeatman which has an impressive wine cellar and a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Stay on the waterfront at the wonderful Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

Situated on the northwest coast of Portugal, Porto offers pleasantly warm summers and mild but rainy winters. From June to September temperatures can reach almost 30°C but, on a rare occasion, 38°C is possible.

In winter, from December to February, expect temperatures of 13 or 14°C.

Short periods of rain, sometimes heavy, are to be anticipated.

Leisure & Activities

Palacio Da Bolsa
This stunning building, built between 1842 and 1910, recognises Porto’s past and present money merchants and was the former stock exchange. The inside of the building is reminiscent of a royal palace and the “Arab Room” is now a grand reception room used to receive heads of state and other VIPs to the city.

Beaches
The Porto area has many beautiful beaches including Molhe Beach which is 168m long. Other options are Matosinhos and Senhor Da Pedra beaches.

City Tram Tour
A ride on one of the cities trams is a unique way to discover the sights and sounds of Porto. The trip is relatively short and the trams travel at a leisurely pace giving you time to soak up the atmosphere.

Hotels in Porto