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Porto Top 10 Experiences

Porto Top 10 Experiences

With our Porto Top 10 Experiences list, we want you to visit and live Porto like a Local!

If you look to any “World’s Most Beautiful” list, you’ll most likely find a reference to Porto under “world’s most beautiful book stores,” the “world’s most beautiful train stations” or “world’s most beautiful cafes. Here are the world beauties and other experiences that you cant miss in Porto. Ready?


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1) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Lello Bookstore

We can’t say it for sure but, some rumours have stated that this Porto’s bookstore served as an inspiration for the world acclaimed Harry Potter novels. Believing or not you should go check out for yourself and make your own opinion. But, if you don’t care about the famous wizard, go for the more than a century old noveau pearl with gothic details bookstore. The exotic and gorgeous red staircase is worth your time. As it got more famous the bookstore now charges for the entrance – if you buy a book, the entrance fee is deducted. But, on the bright side, you can use that as a discount on any purchase you make.

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2) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Port Wine Tasting

The Port wine is kind of a big deal in Porto, and it should be! We can all agree that the best place to try something different is on the place where it was born. So, make time in your vacation itinerary to go to visit at least one of the Porto’s wine cellars. You can have a guided tour (see here the one that we recommend) to learn a bit more about the history and varieties. At the end, comes the most important part: a Port tasting.

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3) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Majestic Café

Going to have a coffee in café Majestic is like going back in time and feeling like you are a part of history. The place was built in 1921 and it stills breathes the 20’s air with all its political debates and Belle Époque. You could also say that none of this means anything to you. Then we would tell you to go anyway because it’s gorgeous just to look at… and there are also some quite amazing pastries!

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4) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Tile Murals

Scattered around town, you will eventually be face front with one of the tiled murals and be amazed by it. You have to take look at the ceramic tile murals at São Bento Station and to the ones at Carmo and Capela das Almas churches – they definitely worth a visit! You will see how the glorious tiles make a visit worthwhile!

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5) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Visit Porto Douro Valley

Douro Valley was not nominated a World Heritage Site for nothing, thurst us! Besides all the wine producing lands (Port wine and also table wine), you will find there the most amazing landscapes where the valleys meet the river.

Take a Douro Valle cruise from Porto or an exclusive tour from Porto down the World Heritage Douro Valley.

6) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Time-Warp Shops

As a gift from Porto or for yourself, there are quite a few interesting items that you can shop in Porto to take home as a souvenir. At GoOporto, we recommended A Vida Portuguesa and Pérola do Bolhão. There you can find traditional items, many of them hand-made and others more retro. There are quite a few retro shops downtown, many preserving wonderful Art Nouveau façades.

7)Porto Top 10 Experiences: Shop at Bolhão, Porto market

A market that sells fresh produce, what could be a better Portuguese experience. At Bolhão you will find farmers selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish but also Portuguese cheeses and sausages – and for sure one of Porto Top 10 Experiences that you can’t miss in the city. There are also the usual souvenir stores all in this lively and colorful environment. Go in the mid morning and have lunch at one of the cafes inside that serve a really tasty traditional Portuguese food for a hard-to-believe price.

8) Porto Top 10 Experiences: The Atlantic - Foz

You had lunch and are now wondering what to do in Porto? In case you find yourself in this situation, just go to the Foz and spend the afternoon walking around, enjoying the AtlanticEnjoy the view and when you tired, just sit in one of the cafes and have a drink. We’re sure you deserve it.

9) Porto Top 10 Experiences: Go to the beach

If you liked the stroll in Foz, you should reserve the next day for the beach . There are numerous beaches around Porto that are amazing for a day in the sun. There are choices if you want near the city, or if you don’t mind going a little bit further. If you want something more crowded or deserted. And if you want to have the full beach experience or just go to a cafe that is beach front 

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10) Gardens with city view

One of the most amazing things about Porto are the views. The city has a breath taking beauty that somehow it gets even better when viewed from the top. Whether you want to make a picnic out of it or not, there are quite a few gardens that are a perfect place to go, sit and just breath in the city. To say a few, and the best ones we dare to say, are the Crystal Palace Garden or the Morro Garden.