What to do in Porto

Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal along the Douro river estuary. The 900 year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core (Ribeira) was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.


What can you do in Porto?

Enjoy a cruise on the Douro river close to its mouth into the Atlantic ocean. In the Ribeira area, you can purchase a ticket for an affordable rate which will take you on a beautiful cruise under the 6 Porto bridges. Enjoy the the picturesque surroundings and look for the ESB 2022 venue Alfandega which can be spotted from the boat as well! You might even get a free ticket for some Port wine tasting afterwards!

Tasting the Port wine is a must for any visitor. This sweet and fruity liquor will charm your taste buds in a way that no other liquor can. Port wine comes from only one region in the world – the Duoro valley in northern Portugal which is highly controlled and maintained to fulfill the highest standards. 

There are several types of Port wine:
red, white, rosé, and an aged style called Tawny Port

One of the most important places to see when visiting Porto is definitely Ribeira. Being located on the bank of the Duoro river makes it a wonderful spot for spending an evening, while enjoying live music and traditional Portuguese cuisine. While being at the most vibrant place of Porto, you can also cross the Dom Luís I bridge and visit wine cellars on the other side in Vila Nova de Gaia!

Porto can take pride in many beautiful beaches in and close to the city. Make sure to make some time to visit one of the beaches. Enjoy a nice swim or watch a lovely sunset with a glass of Port wine.

To name a few of our favourites:
Praia dos Inglese, Praia de Matosinhos, Praia do Carneiro, Praia da Aguda, Praia do Molhe, Praia de Lavadores, Praia do Homem do Leme

Another place with extraordinary views and beautiful scenery are “Jardins do Palácio de Cristal”; the Crystal Palace Gardens. They are part of a park which includes the Port wine museum as well as the Porto Romantic Museum. If you do not want to go inside, you can still enjoy the views over Porto, the Duoro river and the Atlantic Ocean, fresh air under the trees and the presence of animals like peacocks and ducks.

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