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Must-See Attractions and Top Experiences Not to Miss in Porto


    Cais de Gaia, Porto
  1. Cais de Gaia
    The city's postcard skyline and the birthplace of one of the world's most famous wines.

  2. Serralves Museum, Porto
  3. Serralves Museum
    Two buildings that are as much a work of art as the collections they exhibit inside, surrounded by a magnificent park.

  4. São Francisco Church, Porto
  5. São Francisco Church
    One of Europe's most extraordinarily lavish church interiors, completely covered in gold.

  6. Ribeira, Porto
  7. Ribeira
    Atmospheric, colorful, World Heritage riverfront medieval district.

  8. Porto Cathedral
  9. Porto Cathedral
    The 12th-century fortress-cathedral where Prince Henry the Navigator was baptized.

  10. Clérigos Tower, Porto
  11. Clérigos Tower
    Porto's tallest monument and an iconic landmark overlooking the city.

  12. Palácio da Bolsa, Porto
  13. Palácio da Bolsa
    The exuberant interior of the former Stock Exchange Palace.

  14. Dom Luís Bridge, Porto
  15. Dom Luís Bridge
    Before the Eiffel Tower, there was this ironwork showpiece.

  16. Casa da Música, Porto
  17. Casa da Música
    An architectural masterwork by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.

  18. Soares dos Reis Museum, Porto
  19. Soares dos Reis Museum
    A notable national art museum named after one of the country's top artists.



Top 10 Experiences

Look at a "World's Most Beautiful" list and you'll most likely find a refrence to Porto under "world's most beautiful book stores," "world's most beautiful train stations" and "world's most beautiful cafés". Here are the world beauties and other experiences you shouldn't miss in this city:

    Lello Bookstore, Porto
  1. LIVRARIA LELLO
    Go inside this beautiful bookshop, a historic space with a Neo-Gothic interior featuring a grand staircase and stained glass.

  2. Café Majestic, Porto
  3. CAFÉ MAJESTIC
    Have a drink at this classic European Art Nouveau café, which is a Porto landmark.

  4. Tiles in São Bento Station, Porto
  5. GIGANTIC TILE MURALS
    Admire the gigantic tile panels inside São Bento Station and on the façades of Carmo and Capela das Almas churches.

  6. Douro River Cruise, Porto
  7. DOURO CRUISE
    Take a cruise or a tour down the World Heritage Douro Valley.

  8. Rua Miguel Bombarda, Porto
  9. ART GALLERIES STREET
    Check out the contemporary art down Rua Miguel Bombarda.

  10. Porto shop
  11. TIME-WARP SHOPS
    Shop at the retro shops downtown, many preserving wonderful Art Nouveau façades. Recommended: A Vida Portuguesa and Pérola do Bolhão. More info about them and others on the Porto shopping list.

  12. Bolhão Market, Porto
  13. THE LOCAL MARKET
    Browse through the colorful Bolhão Market.

  14. Foz, Porto
  15. THE BEACHES
    Take a stroll by the sea in Foz.

  16. Avenida dos Aliados, Porto
  17. THE MONUMENTAL HEART OF THE CITY
    Watch the world go by on Avenida dos Aliados.

  18. Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto
  19. THE GARDENS OVERLOOKING THE CITY
    Relax at the Crystal Palace Gardens.



10 Great Places to Stay

Porto remains a relatively inexpensive city, and you may stay at some great hotels at half the price of other major European cities. Here are ten of them:

    The Yeatman Hotel, Porto
  1. The Yeatman
    In a stunning location across the river, this wonderful wine hotel has breathtaking panoramic views of Porto and is an experience worth the trip to the city.
    More details and bookings »

  2. Palácio das Cardosas, Porto
  3. Palácio das Cardosas
    This renovated 18th-century palace places you in the heart of Porto. You wake up to a view of the city’s monumental main square, and are within walking distance of most attractions.
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  4. Palácio do Freixo, Porto
  5. Pestana Palácio do Freixo
    The beautiful baroque Freixo Palace dates back to the 1700s but has a modern decor surrounded by the stately architecture. It’s right on the river’s edge and is perfect for those looking to relax on a city break.
    More details and bookings »

  6. Pestana Vintage, Porto
  7. Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel
    Found in the atmospheric Ribeira district, right on the waterfront, the walls of this romantic hotel date back to the 1500s. There are views of the river, and the Douro cruises depart from right outside the front door.
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  8. PortoBay Hotel Teatro, Porto
  9. PortoBay Hotel Teatro
    Those who like to stay in style, should choose this theater-inspired design hotel. It’s right in the center of the city, close to some of the best restaurants and nightlife.
    More details and bookings »

  10. Flores Village, Porto
  11. Flores Village
    In a renovated building from the 1700s in the city’s most beautiful pedestrian street, this hotel mixes rooms and apartments in contemporary and classic styles, and offers a wellness center and an indoor pool.
    More details and bookings »

  12. Le Monumental, Porto
  13. Le Monumental Palace
    A monumental building from 1923, in Porto's most monumental street, is now this (literally) monumental hotel, featuring a luxurious interior blending Porto and Paris styles.
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  14. Pensão Favorita, Porto
  15. Pensão Favorita
    Right in the heart of the gallery district, this charming hotel combines contemporary and retro-style furnishings. It’s a favorite of those who prefer more intimate spaces.
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  16. Hotel Infante de Sagres, Porto
  17. Hotel Infante de Sagres
    This classic has been able to keep up with the times. Although it has a palatial setting, it manages to have a contemporary feel.
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  18. NH Collection Batalha, Porto
  19. NH Collection Porto Batalha
    Facing the city’s main classic theater and looking over Batalha Square, this hotel has light-filled rooms in a simple contemporary style.
    More details and bookings »


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