Welcome to Porto, Portugal! Once an outpost of the Roman Empire, Porto is steeped in tradition- including the fact that it gave its name to Port wine. Whether you’re exploring its narrow, colorful streets, sipping some Port wine, or enjoying panoramic views, Porto promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with cherished memories. Let us guide you through the highlights of this vibrant city:

Top 5 Things To See in Porto:

Female travelers enjoying the local market in Porto, Portugal

1. Explore the Historic Ribeira District:

Start your Porto adventure by exploring the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the colorful narrow streets lined with farmers’ markets, traditional houses, lively cafes, and charming shops. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere, admire the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge spanning the Douro River, and savor delicious Portuguese cuisine in one of the many riverside restaurants.

2. Tour the Port Wine Vineyards:

Porto is famous for its Port wine production, and a visit to the city would not be complete without a tour of the historic Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the wine-making process, explore the cellars, and indulge in tastings of different varieties of Port wine. Take in panoramic views of Porto and the Douro River as you enjoy the rich flavors and aromas of this renowned wine.

3. Meander through the lively Bolhão Market:

Wander through the city’s most famous market, the almost 200-year-old Mercado do Bolhão.
Order your favorite ice cream and explore the colorful, noisy market that carries every imaginable type of fruit and vegetable, olives, Portuguese specialty cheeses, homemade breads, deserts, fish, poultry, and meats. Engage with the friendly vendors, and soak up the lively atmosphere of this bustling market.

4. Peruse Livraria Lello:

Step into the enchanting world of Livraria Lello, a stunning bookstore that is often considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the exquisite neo-gothic architecture, intricate woodwork, and the iconic red staircase. Lose yourself in the extensive collection of books and soak up the magical atmosphere that inspired J.K. Rowling during her time in Porto.

5. Take a Douro River Cruise:

Embark on a scenic cruise along the Douro River and marvel at the breathtaking landscapes that surround Porto. Cruise past the terraced vineyards, charming villages, and rolling hills that make up the Douro Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the region’s winemaking traditions and enjoy a leisurely boat ride that showcases the beauty of the Douro River and its surroundings.

(💡 Insider tip: Voyage on the Douro River in a traditional Portuguese Rabelo boat and walk among vineyards with the winemaker on our Portugal Cultural Walking Adventure)

Top 5 Things To Eat In Porto:

Group of travelers in Porto, Portugal sharing a cheese board

1. Queijo Serra da Estrela:

This is one of Portugal’s most famous cheeses, hailing from the Serra da Estrela region. Made from sheep’s milk, this soft and creamy cheese has a distinctive flavor with hints of herbs and grass. It has a gooey texture and is often enjoyed by spreading it on bread or crackers.

💡 (Insider tip: Follow shepherds’ paths on the slopes of the Serra da Estrela mountains to a visit with a cheesemaker on his Quinta on our Portugal Cultural Walking Tour)

2. Bacalhau:

Portugal’s love affair with codfish shines through in this traditional dish. Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá is a casserole-style dish made with salted codfish, onions, potatoes, garlic, and olives, all baked to perfection. The combination of flavors and textures creates a comforting and hearty meal that reflects the country’s culinary heritage.

3. Pastel de Nata:

Although Pastel de Nata is a Portuguese delicacy found throughout the country, you can’t miss trying these delicious custard tarts while in Porto. The tarts consist of a flaky pastry filled with a creamy and slightly caramelized egg custard. Served warm or at room temperature, Pastel de Nata is the perfect sweet treat to accompany a cup of coffee or tea.

4. Caldo Verde:

This traditional Portuguese soup is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for cooler days. Caldo Verde is made with finely shredded kale, potatoes, onions, garlic, and Portuguese chouriço (smoked sausage). The result is a rich and hearty soup with a delicate balance of flavors. Pair it with some crusty bread for a complete and satisfying meal.

5. Francesinha:

A true Porto specialty, the Francesinha is a hearty and indulgent sandwich that will satisfy even the heartiest appetites. It typically consists of layers of different meats, such as ham, steak, and sausage, sandwiched between slices of bread. The whole sandwich is then topped with melted cheese and covered in a rich, flavorful tomato-based sauce, and often served with a side of fries. Prepare yourself for a deliciously satisfying meal!

Top 5 Things To Drink In Porto:

A traveler sips wine in a Portuguese vineyard with a local wine maker

1. Port Wine:

No trip to Porto would be complete without indulging in the city’s most famous drink, Port wine. Produced exclusively in the Douro Valley region, Port wine comes in various styles, including Tawny, Ruby, Vintage, and White.

💡 (Insider tip: ‘Only with Classic Journeys’, enjoy a wine tasting and gourmet al fresco dinner in an iconic vineyard on our Portugal Cultural Walking Adventure)

2. Ginjinha:

Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese liqueur made from sour cherries, sugar, and alcohol. It’s often served in small chocolate cups and is a popular after-dinner drink or aperitif.

3. Coffee:

Portugal has a strong coffee culture so you’ll find cafes all over the city serving up delicious espresso-based drinks like café com leite (coffee with milk) and bica (a strong espresso). Be sure to try a pastel de nata alongside your coffee for the perfect morning snack.

4. Vinho Verde:

Translating to “green wine,” Vinho Verde is a refreshing and slightly effervescent young wine from the Minho region of northern Portugal. It is characterized by its crisp acidity, light body, and fruity flavors. Vinho Verde comes in white, red, and rosé varieties and pairs well with seafood and lighter dishes. It’s an excellent choice for warm summer days in Porto.

5. Super Bock:

This is a popular Portuguese beer that’s brewed in Porto. It’s a light, refreshing lager that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day….saúde (that’s how you say cheers)!

Rabelo boats, also called "sherry boats" on the Douro River at the Ribeira do Porto waterfront across from Oporto, Portugal. | Location: Porto, Portugal.

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