20 Things To Do In Porto That You Cannot Miss
With a stunning historic city center that was designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Porto‘s authentic charm makes it one of the best places to visit in Europe. Here you will find a lot of interesting sights and narrow streets to discover, a world-renowned wine stored in wine cellars on the back of the beautiful Douro River, and a trendy Foz do Douro where the river meets the sea. If you’re planning a city break but are not sure what to do in the city, WarmRental prepared a guide with the best things to do in Porto.
One thing you can’t miss is crossing the Ponte Dom Luís I. The bridge will take you from Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia where you can not only discover this beautiful town as well as appreciate the view of Porto. Completed in 1886, it has two levels: the lowest level allows cars and people to cross while the highest level is reserved for trains and people, where you can have a spectacular view over the Douro River.
Torre dos Clérigos is another landmark of the Invicta. WarmRental challenges you to climb the 240 steps of this Baroque church so that you can enjoy the beauty of the interior of the building as well as the fantastic view of the entire city.
Did you know that the author of Harry Potter, J.K.Rolling, teach English in Porto? And did you know what building inspired the creation of the Hogwarts Library? It was Lello Bookstore, in Porto. It is a stunning and magical place that deserves your visit!
Palácio de Cristal features a wonderful botanical garden where you can take a walk, relax, or have a picnic. You might even run into a peacock or two during your walk! There is also a fantastic view over the city of Porto and the Douro River.
Porto is a city famous for its world-renowned Port wine. Stored in wine cellars on the back of the beautiful Douro River, in Gaia you will be able to visit them and learn more about the tradition behind the Port wine and the Douro region. Aside from that, you can also take a sip of the various wines.
Located in Praça Infante Dom Henrique, Igreja de São Francisco is a dazzling Gothic church completed in 1425 that deserves your visit.
Sé was founded in the 12th century but was majorly altered six centuries later. However, you can still get a glimpse of the church’s Romanesque origins.
Honoring the city’s past and present merchants, Palácio da Bolsa is one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto and it was even classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Another thing you cannot miss is Serralves. It features the Museum of Contemporary Art – where you can find not only a permanent collection but also a great variety of exhibitions -, Casa de Serralves – is a stunning Art Deco property -, and beautiful gardens.
Designed by Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música is an impressive work of architecture. If you want to be in the heart of Porto’s cultural scene, make sure you see a concert at Casa da Música or simply hear the orchestra rehearsing.
On the longest night of the year, on 23th of June, the city of Porto celebrates São João (Saint John). People from all ages go out to the street, eat grilled sardines, dance while listening to live music, and watch the fireworks. It’s something you should do at least once in your life.
If you’re ever in Porto, make sure you sit at Ribeira district to enjoy a meal or a drink and people watch. Located by the river, Ribeira is one of the most popular neighborhoods and it is filled with energy.
A great activity to do in Porto is to go on cruise down the Douro River to discover the six bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Rabelo are the typical boats in the region and are a very unique way of discovering the region.
One of the most typical dishes in Porto is “Francesinha”. It’s a type of sandwich with meat and covered with melted cheese and spicy sauce.
Café Majestic is one of the most iconic cafés in Porto. This Belle Epoque-era café dates back to 1921 and will certainly mesmerize you!
Santa Catarina Street is the main pedestrian walkway in the city where you can find traditional businesses and high-street fashion stores. Along the street, you will also find lots of street artist performances and cafés.
Flanked by impressive buildings in a variety of architectural styles, Avenida dos Aliados is often considered the center of Porto. The main building in here is the town hall with a beautiful central clock tower.
Estação de São Bento is considered one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Inside, you can witness the beauty of the azulejo panels (tiles) covering the walls while depicting historic scenes. It definitely deserves a visit!1
The Douro’s last bridge before the river meets the ocean is Ponte da Arrábida. If you want to do something fun and unique and Porto at your feet, you can now book a bridge-climbing activity. It’s the perfect activity for those craving some adrenaline!
Another place to visit in Porto is Foz do Douro, where the river meets the sea. If you have the time, make sure to visit the coast and the beach. In the area, you will also find a great selection of restaurants and cafés where you can relax and enjoy a good meal.