First we explored the area around Porto and then it was finally porto’s turn. This city in Portugal has been on our wish list for a long time because there is so much to see. A few days in the city are enough to see the highlights. Here we like to show you what you should and especially not do in Porto. Have fun with this ‘What to do in Porto’.
What to do in Porto
1 Explore the Riviera Do Douro
The most famous place is of course the quay on the iconic Ponte Dom bridge. This quay is sometimes called The Riviera Do Douro. You will not only find countless cosy restaurants to eat here, but you can also just stroll and listen to the countless (good) street musicians. The atmosphere that hangs here is very nice. Especially in the evening it is very charming when the evening sun descends over the Douro.
2 Porto trials at Sandeman
What to do in Porto? Delicious porto tasting of course! Although you can do this pretty much anywhere at restaurant, it is still nice to visit the old wine cellars of the famous Sandeman Porto. In this tour you will get a full look at the process from grape to Porto. This only makes you more excited about tasting. The classic tour with two drinks equates to 13 euros and the premium tour with 3 drinks at 16 euros. Both tours are well worth this money in our opinion! There are also some more expensive tours of around 40 euros.
3 Churches and station spotting
There are so many churches in Porto that if you want to see them all you are still a sweet day. Even if you are not religious it is a must to visit some churches. The structure and drawings on the outside are hugely original and will leave you amazed. Pay attention! Some churches you can’t visit and others only before or after 12 o’clock. A building that fits nicely with this type of architecture is porto’s train station. All these places are free to visit.
4 Livraria Lello & Irmão
Livraria Lello & Irmão is perhaps the most famous bookstore in the world. And you can see that especially in the long queues to get into the store. We don’t quite know if it’s worth spending hours in front of this library/shop, but it’s definitely a highlight of this city. A nice alternative to this activity is a toy store located 50 meters away. This shop is decorated in the same style and also impressive to visit.
5 A boat trip on the Douro
When you say Porto, you automatically say Douro. Because these two have been connected for centuries, and they need each other. A boat trip on the Douro River should certainly not be missed on a city trip in Porto. Especially the wine region through which the Douro runs is well known and therefore an absolute must to visit as a wine or nature lover. You can book these tours from 20 euros per person. You can book these tours online, but looking for something on the spot in Porto seems to us the best and cheapest way.
6 Tram ride
Driving in one of the authentic trams through Porto is part of this city trip. You can find these trams almost all over the city and a ride will cost you 3 euros. This may seem like a lot for a tram ride, but it’s an experience to experience the steep slopes of this city like this. Any downside? Nowadays these trams are so popular that they are packed in high season and are no longer so pleasant to take.
7 Walking through the streets of Porto
Walking through the start of Porto is undoubtedly an activity in itself. This city has so many beautiful squares such as the Avenida Dos Aliados square. You’ll come across one beautiful building after another. One might be even more beautiful than the other. Certainly the buildings decorated with blue tiles are beautiful!
8 Trip to Braga
A trip to Braga is undoubtedly also a must do if you are in Porto. This town is barely 50 minutes’ drive from Porto and is exceptionally beautiful. You should definitely go to the Portuguese pilgrimage site Bom Jesus do Monte and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro. Both sights are impressive. The nature around it is lush and that gives these places a mystical look. In addition, these two sites are also completely free to visit. You can rent a car for this trip.
9 Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
A city trip can sometimes be busy and tiring. And that’s no different in Porto. A good way to escape all this hustle and bustle is to visit Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. This is a city park where you can rest and enjoy a wonderful view! In addition, there is also a playground for children and some other fun activities that are organized throughout the year.
10 Other trips
From Porto there are plenty of other trips to make. For example, you can go to the Venice of Portugal, called Aveiro, or to the cozy resort of Costa Nova. Or how about a trip to the student city of Coimbra or a train trip to Lisbon? Visiting one of the nature reserves in this region is also possible. Reason enough to stay in the region for at least a week. There’s plenty to do.
What to do in Porto?
This was our list of ‘what to do in Porto’. Hopefully these are enough reasons to move to this beautiful city. Do you have any questions? Reassure them in the comments. We’re happy to answer them. Additional tips are always welcome, so that this list can inform people even better.