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Page Contents

  • Welcome To Porto
  • Things To Do In Porto
  • Nightlife In Porto
  • Where To Stay In Porto
  • Getting To Porto
  • Safety In Porto
  • Food In Porto
  • And That’s A Wrap

Welcome To Porto

Bom dia! Welcome to Porto, a beautiful coastal city in Portugal that's a perfect destination for travellers like you. Get ready to experience a thriving travel culture, indulge in amazing seafood, savor delicious wines, and relax on pretty beaches. It's no wonder that Porto has gained a well-deserved reputation as a popular global travel hotspot.

Rooftops in Porto, Portugal

Personally, Porto holds a special place in my heart. It was the very first international city where I embarked on my remote work journey with my design agency, Supercharged. Additionally, it's where I caught my first wave while surfing—an unforgettable memory. So, you could say I'm a huge fan of this charming city.

On another note, Porto’s aesthetic is something I completely fell in love with! Those charming orange roofs and the stunning blue tiles are everywhere in the city, and they're such a delightful sight for the eyes.

I truly hope you enjoy exploring Porto and all that it has to offer!

Things To Do in Porto

Enjoy Porto’s Ribiera

Porto’s Ribiera is the city’s most famous spot right along banks of Porto’s very own Douro River. The Porto Ribiera is a lively riverside neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, and wineries. This part of town is always buzzing with activity and it’s fun spot to hang around or grab a meal.

Ribiera in Porto, Portugal

Make sure you walking across the "Ponte Luís I" bridge that connects Porto to Gaia over the Douro. It’s a classic way to see the famous orange rooftops of Porto with remarkable views of the riverfront.

Ponte Luis I Bridge, Porto Ribiera, Portugal

Sé do Porto

Sé do Porto, also known as Porto Cathedral in English, stands as one of the city's oldest and most significant Romanesque monuments. The Porto Cathedral is often regarded as one of the top attractions in the city, and it's definitely a must-visit during your trip to Porto.

Sé do Porto / Porto Catehdral, in Porto, Portugal

Oh, and the views from the cathedral are just incredible! You get this amazing panoramic view of the entire city that's absolutely worth seeing.

Torre dos Clérigos

Among Porto's many treasures, you'll discover the delightful Clerigos Church & Tower. This Baroque beauty graces the cityscape and is impossible to miss, thanks to its soaring 75-meter-tall bell tower known as the Torre dos Clérigos. This landmark paints a picturesque scene that captures the essence of Porto.

Clerigos Tower & Church in Porto, Portugal

This tower has a narrow spiralling staircase all the way to the top with the best view of the city. If you're a sucker of a bird's eye view, this is the spot to catch one in Porto. I recommend you go here on your last day in the city to recognize all the spots you've visited around Porto from up top.

Free Walking Tour of Porto

The morning after I arrived in Porto, I pronto signed up for a walking tour of the city with Porto Walkers. They did a great job of covering the main spots such as São Bento railway station, Santa Catarina, Batalha, Bridge Luis I and Sé. This tour gave me a quick taste of the Porto hotspots and helped me identify attractions I’d like to spend more time in during the rest of my days.

Classical Free Walking Tour Of Porto By Porto Walkers

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Enjoy The Beach

During your time in Porto, be sure to fully embrace the coastal opportunities at your disposal. Numerous beaches and oceanfront locations await you, particularly in neighborhoods like Foz and Matosinhos.

Matosinhos Beach in Porto, Portugal

In Gaia, the journey from Afurada to the beach promises a truly delightful experience. Likewise, in Porto, meandering alongside the river toward the beach provides an equally exceptional and enjoyable outing.

Surf at Matosinhos

Learning how to surf had always been on my bucket list. I managed to finally the check off that item in Porto with João at Porto’s very own Matosinhos Beach.

Surfing at Matosinhos Beach in Porto, Portugal

Porto’s weather’s a wee unpredictable, but on the right day, nothing beats a good surf session in Matosinhos. What’s better? You can find amazing cafes and seafood in Matosinhos for a post-surf snack.

Surfing With João In Porto

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I had never surfed before but João made sure I rode a handful of waves during our session. It was tons of fun!

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Catch A Sunset at Jardin do Morros

Jardin do Morros is highly regarded as the best sunset spot in Porto. Every afternoon its full with people watching the sun set over this enchanting city!

Porto has multiple scenic sunset locations. Honestly, any sunset by the Ribiera is memorable. Jardin des Virtudes also is an amazing spot to watch the sun go down!

Livraria Lello

Legend has it that J. K. Rowling got her inspiration for Hogwarts from this notable bookstore (not true, but people love to believe this legend). It’s a tastefull- architected indie bookshop that always has a huge line outside it. There’s a small fee to enter which can be used towards purchasing a book from the bookstore.

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Livraria Lello Online Tickets

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To save some time, I recommend buying a ticket to Livraria Lello online since the lines here get huge!

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Foz do Douro

Foz do Douro is famed for its sandy beaches, upscale locals, and a mix of charming eateries and unique shops. The scene is set with a picturesque lighthouse where the waves from Porto gently roll in. It's a favorite hangout for the residents, who often choose to spend a relaxed afternoon at a café in Foz.

Palacio de Cristal

The Crystal Palace, also known as Palacio de Cristal, has an alluring garden with captivating views just waiting to be discovered. This palace garden is conveniently located near Porto's city centre, offering breathtaking vistas of the Douro River and its iconic bridges. Best of all, there's no admission fee, making it a visit that's absolutely worthwhile!

Porto Wine Tasting

Walk across the Porto Ribeira to find some age-old port wine cellars that offer port wine-tasting experiences. Porto is known for port wine so you must do this. It’s an essential part of the Porto experience.

Port Wine Tasting In Porto, Portugal

Port wine, also known as "port” is a special type of fortified wine that comes from the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. What makes it stand out is its deliciously rich and sweet flavour, along with a bit of a higher alcohol content.

People love to enjoy port wine as a dessert treat, and it's a perfect match with cheeses, chocolates, and even nuts. Beyond that, it's woven into the fabric of Portuguese culture, showing up in all sorts of dishes and cocktails. It's like a sip of Portugal's charm and flavour in every glass!

Port Wine Tasting at Espaço Porto Cruz

Recommended Experience

For the perfect introduction to Porto's famous port wine, I highly recommend this wine tasting experience at Espaço Porto Cruz! Tried & tested, I had a great time sipping these wines by the riverside.

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Try Francesinha, Porto’s Eclectic Delicacy

Francesinha is a special guilty pleasure local food of Porto. It's a breaded meat sandwich that's served in a bowl of gravy. Yes, you heard right: it’s a sandwich that is submerged in gravy.

Francesinha, Porto's Eclectic Iconic Dish

People who try a francesinha usually have some strong opinions about it — some embrace it wholeheartedly while others despise it. However, it’s something you must try when you’re here for truly authentic local experience!

Admittedly, I didn’t love it, but I can see why people can rally behind this quirky sandwich. But I can appreciate all the noise around it so I’ll let you be the real judge of this one.

Nightlife In Porto

Get ready for an awesome time in Porto after dark! You can safely bet your nights are as vibrant as your days in this bohemian city.

Porto embraces Portugal's street party culture, transforming its streets into lively social drinking hubs with buzzing crowds. When the sun goes down, you can find the people of Porto gathering in local parks, squares, and streets with speakers and beers to dance the night away.

What's even better is that enjoying Porto's nightlife won't break the bank. You can grab a beer for just €1, indulge in cocktails for around €5, and usually, getting into clubs costs less than €10.

Porto is dotted with bars, pubs, and clubs that are consistent with Porto’s cozy and laid-back energy. The downtown region and the area around the Douro River is a hotspot for nightlife. You can find numerous bars and restaurants with scenic riverfront views.

Porto Pub Crawl

Recommended Experience

For a fun social experience, consider the Porto Pub Crawl, guiding you to the city's best watering holes with like-minded social travellers.

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Where To Stay In Porto

When making your accommodation choice, let's consider Baixa and Ribeira – two prime options that steal the spotlight for their central location amidst Porto's offerings.

If you're looking to dive straight into the heartbeat of nightlife and restaurants, Baixa is your go-to. This neighbourhood sets the stage for a dynamic Porto experience, making it ideal for those who thrive on the energy of city life (like me!).

However, if you're a fan of timeless charm and want to be captivated by Porto's aesthetics, Ribeira should be on your radar. Just remember, it's a hotspot for tourists, so while the charm is undeniable, the authenticity might be at a 100%.

Recommended Airbnb: Porto Central Studio Apartment

I stayed in a beautiful, cozy studio apartment I found on Airbnb. It was right in the heart of the city, close to the finest of bars and restaurants and just a quick walk away from the Ribiera.

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Recommended Hotels In Porto

Here are some of the highest-rated hotels in Porto's city centre.

🏨 InterContintental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas

🏨 Casa Dos Loios

🏨 Hotel Teatro

Recommended Hostels In Porto

Here are some of the highest rated hostels in Porto.

🛏️ Gallery Hostel

🛏️ Onefam Ribiera

🛏️ The House Of Sandeman

Getting To Porto

Flights

Porto has it’s own international airport with great connectivity within Europe. Check out some of the flights you can bag today 👇

Bus

Flixbus runs very regular buses from Porto to Lisbon at extremely affordable costs. It’s a 4 hour bus ride away and it’s the best way to internally get from either of these cities to the other.

🚌 Flixbus Route From Lisbon To Porto

Safety in Porto

Portugal stands as one of the safest global destinations, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Portugal consistently makes it in the rankings as one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime is pretty much non existent in the country. Day or night, You’re sure to feel safe in Porto when you visit.

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Though Portugal is super safe, I’ll never take a chance with my health. Especially since I’m travelling solo and trying out new physical activities like surfing which could cause injuries.

To stay protected, I make sure I’m covered by insurance at all times across the globe. For my last couple of travels, I’ve been using Genki for my insurance. Genki is an insurance company that is literally dedicated to world travellers. They’ll have you covered for every country with a flexible month-to-month plan and no long-term commitment.

Knowing that Genki has me covered makes life a little less stressful or me. If you’re interested, you can use my link and sign up for Genki with my link below.

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Food In Porto

Porto is truly a delicious city of taste! Though Portugal is renowned for its exceptional flavours, Porto’s vibrant foodie subculture hits the bullseye. Porto’s palette ranges from famous wines to succulent seafood to the intriguing local delicacy Francesinha.

Octopus Rice & Porto Tonico in Porto, Portugal

Porto’s gastronomical scene is mindblowing and mouthwatering. So much so it deserves it’s own dedicated blog post.

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And That’s A Wrap

To wrap things up, I can confidently say you’re bound to enjoy your visit to Porto and leave with a smile on your face. From exploring the renowned Porto Ribeira to relishing stunning sunset vistas at Jardin do Morros, and even embarking on a memorable pub crawl through its vibrant nightlife, Porto offers so much for you to cherish.

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Hey, I'm Niv and welcome to my blog! I've been travelling almost full-time for the past 3 years while running my business remotely. I'm here to share all I've learnt on my travels with you from travel advice to location recommendations as well as tips for solo travellers and digital nomads. So grab your bags and your laptop and let’s catch that flight ✈️

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