20 Best Instagram Spots in Porto – Including Hidden Gems!

Instagram Photos in Porto, Portugal

I’ve lost count of how may times you’ve asked me about my pictures from Porto. It’s one of the most instagrammable cities in Europe, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit it several times, summer and winter. As a result of these trips, I’ve visited already all its famous instagram spots but also its remarkable hidden gems.

If you’re looking for all the instagram locations in Porto, search no more. Here you have the most complete guide with all the instagram spots in Porto – including hidden gems – with exact locations!

You won’t miss any instagrammable place on your next visit to the most romantic city in Portugal.

Instagram Photos in Porto, Portugal

Scroll down to read my Instagram guide to travel in Porto.

20 Instagram spots in Porto (with all the locations in the map!)

All photos taken with Canon 80D and Canon 10-18mm f/4 and Canon 50mm f/1.8

Capela das Almas

Rua de Santa Catarina, 428

Probably, the most famous facade in Porto.

I remember when I first posted this photo, it went viral on Instagram! Ever since, it’s become a must for travel instagrammers when visiting Porto. It’s quite difficult to photograph as it’s located in a busy corner that is often in the shade.

This pic was taken in summer around 2pm – it was too hot so nobody was around and the building had a great lighting then!

Igreja do Carmo

Rua do Carmo

Another instagram-worthy facade in Porto is the one from Igreja do Carmo: it’s tile paradise!

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Suddenly stepped into a postcard 💠 #Porto

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Sao Bento Railway Station

Plaça Almeida Garrett

This is probably the most beautiful railway station ever created.

Sao Bento Railway Station is always crowded, both with passengers and tourists. This photo was taken in winter time before 9 am, right before the crowds arrived! Go as early as possible if you plan to take a picture like this. The light inside the building is truly mesmerizing.

Disclaimer:
this picture is edited – the true colors of the tiles are of a darker blue.
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The most beautiful railway station. Ever. 💙 #Porto ~ I’m lucky to live close to Porto so I try to plan my visits when the weather is especially nice. However, if you’re visiting and it starts raining, there are still a lot of things to do (apart from eating delicious food!) ~ These interiors are really photo worthy: + Sao Bento Railway Station (as pictured!) + Livraria Lello + Palacio da Bolsa + Casa da Música + Porto Cathedral (especially its cloister) ~ However, don’t let bad weather ruin your trip – Porto looks even more romantic under the rain! 🥰 #visitportugal ~ *Disclaimer: the photo has been edited for colors (real ones are of a darker shade of blue) but I haven’t used Photoshop to delete people, just showed up early in the morning!

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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas, 144

Another must in Porto is Livraria Lello. It’s supposed to be the library that inspired J.K.Rowling to create Harry Potter’s universe and it’s always full of visitors, so if you’re planning on visiting, bring a bag of patience.

Tip: entrance fee is 5€ that will be discounted if you buy a book. So buy the book!

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Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira

There’s nothing more iconic in this city. Ribera has a charm like no other!

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Ribeira, I recommend you staying at Pestana Vintage. Check here rates and availability.
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💛 #lugaresimperdibles

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Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

Rua de Santo Ildefonso, 11

The church you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Porto for the tiles!

Sé do Porto

Terreiro da Sé

Porto’s cathedral has a beautiful view to the city and the Douro: it’s another must!

Don’t forget to visit its cloister: it’s beautiful!

Clérigos

Rua de Sao Filipe de Nery

Clérigos Tower is one of the numerous icons in Porto.

If you can, go up the tower for an unforgettable 360º view to Porto.

Avenida dos Aliados

Avenida dos Aliados

Avenida dos Aliados is commonly known as Porto city center and also its most monumental avenue.

Play the tourist visiting the most beautiful McDonalds ever, located in this avenue!

Kitties Rock – Sunset Spot

Nearby Rua de Cabo Simao

This place is just awesome!

It’s a bit tricky to find, as it’s at the top of a huge rock somewhere near Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar. I’ve pointed the exact location on the map.

I’ve called this place Kitties Rock because there’s a cat colony right there (but it’s not its real name). I’m happy that someone is taking care of them! They have little houses, blankets, water and food and plus, one of the best sunset views in Porto.

This is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Porto. If you can, bring a picnic with you to make it even more special! The view to river Douro and Luís I Bridge will leave you speechless. Cheers to that!

Palacio de Cristal

Rua de D. Manuel II

Seriously, the sunset from up here is totally insane!

Plus, this is not a famous spot yet. It’s located at the gardens in Palacio de Cristal (look for Parque da Quinta Macieirinha).

Recommended stay nearby Palacio de Cristal:
Eurostars das Artes.
Check here rates and availability.

Candyland

Largo da Pena Ventosa

Porto is not just about tiles and miradouros (that’s how viewpoints are called in Portuguese).

Get lost in its beautiful alleys, especially at Ribeira district. It’s a colorful playground for photographers! That’s why I called it Candyland.

Stairway to heaven

Passeio das Fontainhas

This spot is not easy to find either. And yet again, I gave it a name so we van recognize it.

We didn’t know the exact location of this place before arriving to Porto, but once we were there we went to the bridge and followed our intuition, without worrying if we were getting lost or taking wrong directions. We casually found this and more beautiful places for photos!

Now you have the exact location on the map!

Trams

Carmo Tram Stop

When in Portugal, apart from tiles you need to photograph the beautiful and old trams!

There are many routes where you can take photos to the Portuguese yellow trams all over the city. Carmo Tram stop is especially beautiful during sunset.

Pérgola da Foz do Douro

Av. do Brasil, 694

My favorite side of Porto – especially during summer!

Most of tourists just miss the seaside of Porto, Foz do Douro. Don’t make the same mistake!

Recommended:
Sunset drinks with a view at Praia da Luz.

Farol das Felgueiras

Jardim do Passeio Alegre

One of my favorite places in Foz do Douro, where you can feel the power of nature.

Steak’n’Shake

Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 67

I love it when buildings come to life with art.

That happens at Steak’n’Shake, a restaurant that got insta-famous thanks to its wall, featuring a colorful mural painted by the artist Joana Vasconcelos.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Serralves Foundation (Museum & Gardens)

Rua de Serralves, 1052

Porto is not just about blue tiles, wineries and views to river Douro.

There are many cultural and green spaces, and I encourage you to discover more places like Casa Serralves and its gardens.

This city has so many hidden gems that are waiting for you!

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A Pérola do Bolhao

Rua Formosa, 209

Not only its façade is insta-famous! It’s also popular between foodies.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to A Pérola do Bolhao and buy local delicatessen to bring back home!

Teleférico de Gaia – Estação Jardim do Morro

Calçada da Serra, 143

The view from up here is incredible. Try different angles –  they’re all awesome!

Disclaimer: Some instagrammers are sharing pictures sitting on this edge, which is totally forbidden and of course dangerous. Please don’t do anything for the gram – you know I love this kind of pictures too but only do it when it’s safe, and here it’s definitely not.

Capela do Senhor da Pedra

Praia de Miramar, Gulpilhares (Gaia)

This unique church was built on top of the rocks in Miramar Beach in Gaia.

Its uniqueness lies not only in its location and beauty. If you look closely you’ll realize it’s a rare find as the entrance is not facing the sea.

How to get to Capela do Senhor da Vedra from Porto? You can reach this area by bus from Sao Bento Railway Station but I really recommend you going on your own car.

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16 Comments

  1. 9 February, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    Porto has been on my list of places to get to for ages now, but I think you just bumped it to the top! Your photos are absolutely stunning, can’t believe that’s a train station!!

    • dianamiaus
      Author
      9 February, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Yes the train station is outstanding. I hope you can make it, Porto has this and much more to offer!!

  2. Meredith Fulford
    9 February, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    I’m dying to go to Porto after reading your post! I visited Lisbon earlier this year but this is truly inspiring me to go back. Your post was so helpful with the locations, definitely saving this one for my future visits!

    Meredith

    • dianamiaus
      Author
      9 February, 2019 / 8:03 pm

      Happy to help!

  3. 9 February, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    Totally amazing! We’re actually trying to choose between Porto and southern Spain holiday for April. I think Porto just won. Thanks for making our decision easier.

    • dianamiaus
      Author
      9 February, 2019 / 8:03 pm

      Haha so good to hear this! I think both options were fantastic tho

  4. 9 February, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    I wish I had this guide a month ago when I visited Porto, found almost all of them but Candyland For your next visit, add Palacio da Bolsa Totally recommended!

  5. 9 February, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    how perfecto! all of your gorgeous photos make me want to go back to Porto pronto! Thank you for sharing this! Definitely need to go back and see Teleférico de Gaia – Estação Jardim do Morro, stunning!!

  6. 9 February, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    Wow! Porto looks stunning! You’ve found some amazing spots! Thanks for sharing where to find them! <3

  7. 10 February, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Your photos are stunning as always! The pastel colors are absolutely amazing! I’ve always wanted to go to Porto but never had the chance. I should go someday. Thanks for sharing

    • dianamiaus
      Author
      10 February, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      Once you go let me know and if I can I’ll meet you there!

  8. 10 February, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    Your photos are so dreamy! I was in Porto many years ago when Instagram didn’t even exist. I’d love to go back, since I live in Spain I hope it happens soon!

  9. Oana Rogozea
    10 February, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Thank you for this article and the locations, I will visit Porto in October for the first time, I will stay there for a week.And this is very helpful!

  10. elviajemehizoami
    30 May, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    Muchísimas gracias por este post!!! Nos encantan todas las fotos y nos acordaremos mucho de ti mañana que vamos hacia Oporto!! un abrazo

  11. gianlucafiore
    20 August, 2019 / 9:17 am

    I’ve just back from Porto and I missed 3-4 of those beautiful places. Surely a good reason to book a flight back as soon as possible 😀
    Thanks for this article!

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