Porto has become one of the trendiest destinations in 2019 and one of the most instagrammable European cities thanks to its colors, blue tiles and clear charm. Plus, it’s an affordable destination, friendly and welcoming, and it’s really well connected internationally with direct flights.
Do you need any more reasons to visit Porto?
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Porto: what to do, what and where to eat, where to stay, shopping recommendations and packing tips!
Porto Travel Guide 2019: Things to Do in Porto
Porto must visit places
These are the 10 places you can’t miss during your trip to Porto:
- Cais da Ribeira
- Luís I Bridge
- Clérigos Tower – book here your ticket in advanced
- Sao Bento Railway Station
- Capela das Almas
- Igreja do Carmo
- Igreja de Santo Ildefonso
- Porto Cathedral
- Lello bookshop
- Monastery of Serra do Pilar – one of the best sunset spots in Porto (read more about that here!)
After many visits to Porto, we always try to go the extra mile and find new places off the beaten path.
These are some of our favorites, some of them have become instagram-famous:
- “Kitties Rock”
- A Pérola do Bolhao
- Largo da Pena Ventosa
- Passeio das Fontainhas
- Jardims do Palacio de Cristal
- Bolsa Palace
- Foz do Douro
- Capela do Senhor da Pedra (Gaia)
Recommended Food & Restaurants in Porto
Porto is not only a paradise for photography aficionados, but also for foodies! Food in Porto is quite affordable and comes in big sizes.
These are the foods you need to try when in Porto:
- Francesinha: a sandwich that features sausage, steak, cheese and lots of stuff. It’s a bomb!
- Bacalhau a grelha: if you enjoy fish, cod is a must try when in Portugal.
- Pasteis de Chaves: head to A loja dos pasteis de Chaves near Clerigos Tower to learn how these cod pastries are made.
- Dozinhos: my favorite pastries are really good! They’re available at a small stall in Sao Bento Railway station.
These are our recommended restaurants in Porto:
- Traditional Portuguese: Bota & Bira, Cantina 32, Tapabento, Casa Guedes.
- Restaurants with a Michelin star: Antiqvvm, Pedro Lemos, The Yeatman Hotel.
- Vegan restaurant: Cultura dos sabores, Árvore do Mundo, Da Terra.
- Cute cafés in Porto: Rota do Cha, Cafe Majestic, Vogue Café.
- Cat café in Porto: O Porto dos Gatos
- Beach side terrace: Praia da Luz.
Where to stay in Porto
I don’t recommend staying at an airbnb in Porto as they are currently facing gentrification. If you decide to do so, please make sure the property is owned by Portuguese.
These are our recommended places to stay in Porto by areas:
- Ribeira: Pestana Palacio do Freixo
- Clérigos: Hotel Infante Sagres
- Barrio das Artes: Eurostars das Artes
- Foz do Douro: Flattered Apartments
- Gaia: The Yeatman
Shopping in Porto
Porto is a real paradise for shopping addicts, too!
Our shopping recommendations in Porto:
- You’ll find well known international shops in Rua de Santa Catarina – do not miss Bolhao market nearby to get a sense of the real Porto!
- A beautiful shop that I like to visit when in Porto is A Vida Portuguesa, not far from Lello Library. It’s my favorite place for souvenirs, travel accessories and it also has some Portuguese designers’ creations.
- My absolute favorite shop to visit is Armazem, not far from Alfandega do Porto: an old warehouse with antiquities shops, an art gallery and a tapas bar.
- If you prefer to visit a shopping mall to spend the day shopping and go to the movies (because in Portugal they play movies in the original version) then pay a visit to Norte Shopping or any other mall you may prefer. Most of them close at midnight!
- In Gaia, El Corte Inglés offers a free shuttle service from the Cable car station.
5 items you should pack for your days in Porto:
- Comfortable shoes
- Day bag
- Camera: you won’t stop taking pictures!
- Pack for the weather: weather in Porto can change rapidly from rainy and cold to sunny and warm. Check the weather forecast before your trip and pack layers!
- Reusable water bottle – tap water is drinkable in Porto.
- If you’re planning to take instagram photos, pack yellow and red outfits to create the best color combinations.
- You may need an umbrella during your days in Porto: you can borrow one from your hotel or buy a cheap one on the spot.
Getting around Porto
It’s easy to walk around Porto and reach all the touristy spots on foot and in fact that’s one of the best things about Porto. However, keep in mind that Porto is quite hilly, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
To reach further places you can uber or use public transportation. To use metro, buses and trams, just buy and recharge an “andante” card at the ticket machines at any metro stop. It’s also the cheapest way to go to/from the airport!
All the locations in the map
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Best day trips from Porto
Portugal is perfect for a road trip: there are so many amazing places to visit every few kilometers.
If you visit Porto, make sure you get to visit some of these places!
- Douro Valley
- Aveiro & Costa Nova
- Viana do Castelo
- Vila Real
- Geres Natural Park
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