Wondering where to stay in Porto Dropdown content? Not only is the city home to number 3 in our list of 9 of the best pousadas in Portugal Dropdown content, it has some of the country's finest hotels. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Portugal Dropdown content, your essential guide for visiting Portugal Dropdown content.
Portugal was a new addition to the most beautiful countries in the world – voted by you in 2022 Dropdown content and its atmospheric second city, which sits on the Rio Douro Dropdown content, is well worth a few days or more to explore Vila Nova de Gaia wine lodges and wander the narrow streets and alleys.
Porto's centre is all about broad squares, neoclassical buildings and Baroque churches, but not all about history. You'll find hip cafés and restaurants and a thriving art scene. Much of the city has been restored so you can take your pick of good hotels in Porto.
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Porto’s oldest streets lie below the Sé cathedral in the Sé district which is home to the Paço Episcopal. Igreja de Santa Clara and Igreja de Santo Ildefonso. It's also the area for São Bento station and if you want an eyeful of grand civic buildings, Aliados is the place for those.
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Ribeira Dropdown content is Porto's medieval heart where tall, colourful houses tumble down to the Douro and everything is designated a World Heritage site. Exploring is one of the best things to do in Portugal Dropdown content and the district has enormous appeal from its restaurants lining the riverbank to winding backstreets concealing historic buildings.
If you're looking for iconic photo opps head to double-decker Ponte Dom Luís I. The lower level is reserved for traffic, the Metro runs 60m above the River Douro on the upper level and pedestrians can walk either level to Vila Nova de Gaia Dropdown content.
Porto's lively Baixa (downtown) district is where you'll find many of the city's most famous sights. You can't miss the magnificent tiled facade of Baroque Igreja do Carmo, Torre dos Clérigos and Porto University are here too.
Baixa is also the district for legendary Livraria Lello. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds at this now world famous bookshop, and if you want more useful advice take a look at our 20 essential Portugal travel tips for year round trips Dropdown content.
Vila Nova de Gaia is Port's birthplace and where Porto's first wine lodges were established in the 12th century. Today the district still dominates the riverfront and if you want an overview take a cable car ride across the Douro.
Tours of the smaller lodges tend to be more personal, but they're all informative without exception so expect to know your Tawny from Ruby by the end of any one of them. Plus the lodges are lovely and another reason why Porto is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal to visit Dropdown content.
The riverfront faces Ribeira and its long docks lined with cafés and restaurants. Cruise boats moor on the esplanade and historic Barcos Rabelos still ply their trade on the water, transporting wine casks downriver from Douro estates as they've done for centuries.
Visiting the birthplace of port and not taking a Vila Nova de Gaia lodge tour is a mistake. Try the Cockburn's Cellar tour with premium tasting and pairing.
Masserelos is Porto's artistic district and home to Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis. Rua Miguel Bombarda is right at the heart of the area and if you want to see the city's creativity up close, this is where to browse excellent independent art galleries and visit craft workshops and ateliers.
Get to know the creative heart of the city like a local on an easy-going guided walking tour of Porto with wine tasting and snacks.
Take a city tram to Foz do Douro, with its attractive old town and sandy beach, it makes a great day trip or indeed a good seaside base for exploring Porto.
Although you wont find it on our 10 best beaches in Portugal list Dropdown content, Matosinhos Beach is fun and where locals go for seafood and clubbing and you'll find even more beaches an easy walk away at Leça da Palmeira.
When you want a day by the sea and some learning thrown into the mix, take a Porto to the Ocean tuk-tuk tour with local guides.
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