10 Things to do in Porto, Portugal Travel Guide
Join us as we visit Porto, Portugal in this travel guide covering 10 things to do including attractions, food and experiences. Porto ended up being one of our favorite cities during our Europe trip with my parents and is completely different from Lisbon. From riverside barrios to Neoclassical buildings and tram rides to stunning views over the Douro you’ll find Porto is a city with no shortage of charm.
10 Things to do in Porto City Tour | Portugal Travel Guide: (Oporto)
Intro – 00:01
1) Visit the Blue Tiled Church “Chapel of Souls” (Igreja do Carmo -Capela das Almas) – 00:31
2) Shop for books inside Lello Bookstore (Livraria Lello) – 01:00
3) Set foot inside São Bento Train Station (Estação Ferroviária de São Bento) – 03:02 + Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto) – 03:35
4) Explore the Riverside Quarter of Ribeira – 04:10
5) Sample local dishes from Porto at Terreirinho restaurant – 04:24
6) Visit the Church of Saint Francis (Igreja de São Francisco) – 05:54
7) Visit the Bolhão Market (Mercado do Bolhão) – 07:09
8) Walk across Dom Luís I Bridge for the best views of Porto (Ponte D. Luís I) – 08:33
9) Drink Port wine at Croft (vinho do Porto) – 10:25
10) Take a boat tour, cable car, funicular or walk down the Douro River – 10:04 & 12:16
*Bonus* Eat a Francesinha Portuguese sandwich – 12:40
Outro – 16:30
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Our visit Porto travel guide documentary covers some of the top attractions including a food guide to Portuguese cuisine, top sightseeing tourist attractions including visiting churches, monasteries, parks, wineries, bridges, quirky neighborhoods and museums. We also cover off-the-beaten-path outdoor activities you won’t find in a typical Porto tourism brochure, Porto itinerary or Porto city tour also known as Oporto, Portuguesa.
10 Things to do in Porto, Portugal Travel Guide Video Transcript: (OPORTO)
Lisbon is beautiful, but Porto is magical. We arrived in Porto with our taxi driver’s words still ringing in our ears, and we’re happy to say, the city did not disappoint!
Our time in Porto was spent sipping on Port wine, soaking in the views across the Douro River, wandering through the hilly streets, and marvelling at buildings covered in blue tiles.
In this travel guide, we’re going to share a little bit of Porto’s magic with you, and also show you some of the things you too can see, eat, and drink when you visit Porto!
Known as the Chapel of Souls, this church is covered in tiles that represent moments in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Catherine.
This bookstore is a feast for the eyes. The bookstore was even frequented by JK Rowling when she taught English in Porto, and it’s reported to have been an inspiration in her Harry Potter series.
We continued our walk downhill until we reached the São Bento Train Station.
Porto Cathedral is one of the oldest landmarks in the city with cloisters where the walls are covered in blue tiles.
We reached the neighbourhood of Ribeira, which sits right on the shores of the Douro River. This neighbourhood is lined with many sidewalk cafes, bars, and restaurants, so it’s a nice place to rest your legs and do a bit of people watching. Feeling hungry we wandered down some of the back streets until we found a small restaurant serving up local specialities.
We made time for one more attraction: the Church of Saint Francis.
The Bridge we had all been waiting for was Dom Luis the first Bridge, which spans the Douro River. The lower deck carries regular traffic with narrow walkways for those on foot, and the upper deck is reserved for pedestrians and the metro lines.
For the best views of Porto, you need to walk the upper deck!
There was only one thing on our minds: visit one of the many wineries that line this side of the river! We ended up walking into Croft for a wine tasting without need for an appointment, and this turned out to be one of our favourite activities in Porto!
Filled to the brim with port wine, cheese and chocolate, we enjoyed a light stroll along the Douro River, watching the boats bob in the water.
That’s a wrap for our visit to Porto! We hope you guys enjoyed following along and that you got a few ideas for your own trip. If you have any other suggestions of fun things to do in and around Porto, feel free to share those with travellers in the comments below.
This is part of our Travel in Portugal video series showcasing Portuguese food, Portuguese culture and Portuguese cuisine.
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I really want to travel to Porto, so thanks so much for your wonderful tips. The bookstore looks so magical…Love your choice of music and how the video is shot, edited and narrated.
I can't wait to be in Porto. The food looks especially scrumptious. Good video
Oh wow. That sandwich looks incredible. I'm visiting next month so will need to find that place!
Never ever rent a 🚤 boat as they will scam you
I love your videos. What was the name of the local restaurant in Ribeiro and the name of the one where you had the Francesinha sandwich?
Eu e meu marido estamos a fazer um canal com dicas sobre o Porto, por favor confiram e caso gostem, se inscrevam por favor!
You guys are some of my favorite travel folks and definitely my favorite Canadians, even better than Neil Young! Thanks for your great advice. Would you live in Portugal?
Porto has so much to offer – from the most delicious wine in the world to beaches and cool architecture 😍😍😍
Wonderful information…where did you eat the tapas in Ribeira area of Porto ?
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Great look at Porto, my favorite city In Europe now after visiting there in 2017. A must see city. Thanks.
Hey guys , I loved the video! Do you mind share the name of the restaurant for francesinha? Thanks
Do you remember the name of the restaurant you ate the sandwich at 😊
The only think, we people from Porto don ‘t understand why now ? Porto was allways beautiful since long time a go , in fact nothing change in this last 20 years. Why only now the people start notest the beauty of Porto. Makes no sence. The internet, the lowcost ,our fault maybe , but we who lives in Porto we found this phenomenom awkard , in Conclusion you are allways welcome here in Porto, obrigado
Looks good, but everyone is wearing fairly robust jackets. What time of year was this, and is it typical? I thought it would be all sunshine and warmness near the equator, but I guess it is on the Atlantic…
Did you miss me, or were busy chatting with your girlfriends l
the cheese had hairs all over it
Currently living in Portugal and loving it but boy, Francesinhas are not for me. Chewy damp bread with processed meats… I personally don’t like it
Amazing video! Thank You
Dude, can you stop talking when Audrey's talking? Hugely irritating.
What time of year were you guys there? Going in May and hoping its sunny!
I travelled to Porto & Lisbon during the previous World Cup (& I believe it was Pride too). I’m from Liverpool! I want to live in Porto or Lisbon because, quite frankly, they are two of the best cities I ever have been to (& that includes places like New York).
I remember being at one of the bridges near Gaia & there were children charging small fees to “jump off.” I was envious. I wish I had this level of sun as a child, especially being a summer baby.
I adore this country (& your common sense to drug laws & drug addiction, unlike my country, lead by an obese scarecrow with horrific teeth).
This is a helpful video for planning a visit to Porto, as long as your tolerance for obnoxious influencers on camera is high
those blue tiles… do you know the name of that? You should, shouldnt you? Or just call it just those blue tiles.. behh..
Hey Guys , really enjoyed your post for Porto , what month did you go ? .
Thank you Guys
What time of year/month was this trip? Looks amazing I am going in a few weeks!