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 Once considered the edge of the known world in the Middle Ages, the industrious town of Porto clung to the side of Portugal looking out across the endless Atlantic Ocean, before adventurers risked it all to head to the new world. Half a millennium has passed since then, but Porto has retained much of that rugged adventurous and determined spirit. The cliché that Lisbon shows off and Porto works is a well-worn metaphor that fails to fully do justice to its real charms. With images of a past way of life hidden down every bustling alley, Porto is a place determined to hold on to its own distinct identity.

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Shops are usually open from Mon-Fri 10 am to 7 pm. Most shops close at 1 pm on Saturdays. Shopping centres tend to be open from 10 am to 11 pm or midnight all week.

Approximately 230.000

Central Tourist Information Office
Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25, Porto
Opening Hours:
June 21st-September 21st: Daily, 9am-8pm
September 22nd-June 20th: Daily, 9am-7pm
+351 223 393472

The City

Time has seemingly failed to touch some of the hidden corners of Porto, with many of its winding alleys full of shops and restaurants looking like a scene straight out of a medieval history book. The city is so soaked in the past that the historic area of Ribeira has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Add to this a backdrop of wrought-iron balconies full of flowers and the daily washing and an array of fresh white and blue ‘azulejos’ tiles and you have the perfect city for aimless wandering. However, the city does have a few key landmarks that are worth—in any tour, including the elaborately decorated Palacio da Bolsa or Stock Exchange Palace building and the medieval Cathedral and Clérigos Tower.

The other big draw for tourists is the tour of the Porto wine cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the Douro River.

The surrounding suburbs of the city also have something to offer visitors. Matosinhos is great for its array of seafood eateries and its small beaches stretching down the coastline. Amarante is another gorgeous colourful nearby town worth a day trip and the wealthier area of Foz do Douro, with its nightclubs and restaurants, is found just 5 kilometres northwest of Porto.

Do & See

In Porto there are so much to see and do and its beautiful surroundings are spectacular. Below you will find tips on where to go and visit the port wine caves, markets and museums.

Porto Cathedral


Torre Dos Clerigos

Port Wine Caves at Vila Nova De Gaia

Bolhao Market

Soares dos Reis National Museum

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Pedro Pitões Tower

Nova Sintra Park

Yellow City Cruises


Stock Exchange Palace

Estádio do Dragão

Sao Francisco Church

Ponte D. Luis I

Church of Santa Clara

Rail Station Sao Bento

Funicular dos Guindais


The people of Porto managed to acquire the name ‘tripeiros’ or tripe eaters after they shipped all their fine cuts of meat to feed their armies and traders adventuring across the seas in the 15th-century. However, nowadays there is a lot more on the menus than just offal, and much port to wash it down with.

Being on the coast, seafood restaurants are both ubiquitous and delicious. The city also has a good array of Brazilian inspired restaurants, reflecting its former colonial links with the South American country. The ‘Rodizios’ or Brazilian barbecues are a carnivore’s heaven!

Chez Lapin

Churrascão Gaúcho

ODE Porto Wine House

O Paparico

Yeatman's Restaurant

Book Restaurante


Praia da Luz

Al Forno Baixa

Lagosta da Mauritânia

Campo Alegre


There are many pleasant cafés in Porto where you can get a refreshing drink or coffee. Snack-wise, most cafés will serve you a ‘francesinha,’ which is a cholesterol-full delicacy made from meat, bread and cheese finished off with some spicy sauce.

Café Majestic

Café Guarany

Praia Da Luz

Lais de Guia

Confeitaria Tavi

Bars & Nightlife

In central Porto the liveliest place to head for drinks is Ribeira, the vibrant historic heart of the city, also a popular haunt for students. For a flavour of traditional Portugal, head to a Fado bar where you can hear a form of Portuguese blues, with melancholic artists singing of lost loves and regrets.

The distinction between bar and nightclub in Porto is slightly blurred with most bars being open to the early hours of the morning. But if you want to dance the hours away, Porto definitely has enough to cater for all tastes, from traditional ‘Fado’ evenings to dance clubs in converted warehouses.

Pipa Velha Petisqueira

Clube 3C


Plano B


The Wall Bar

Hot Five Jazz & Blues Club

Baxia Bar

Passos Manuel

Zenith Lounge


OPO Club & Lounge

Pitch Club


O meu mercedes e maior que o teu


Mal Cozinhado

Caverna Bar

The Gin House


Porto’s main shopping street is the pedestrianized Rua de Santa Catarina in the city centre. Usual international brands are found here along with the large Centro Comercial Via Caterina shopping centre. However, the small streets off the main streets are also worth a visit, brimming with independent shops selling fresh bread, cheese or cakes, interspersed with bookstores and traditional shoe stores.

Porto’s open-air markets are also worth a visit to get a taste of daily Portuguese life. The most well-known market, the Mercado do Bolhao runs from Monday to Saturday, selling fresh food, spices and flowers in Rua Fernandes Tomas. To pick up local delicacies such as chocolates and sugar almonds, the Arcadia patisserie on Rua do Almada, 63, is worth a look, as could A Perola do Bolhao on Rua Formosa, 279.

Gold jewellery is also another speciality of Portugal, a reflection of its colonial past and its conquests of gold-rich lands of South America. Recommended jewellers are David Rosas, on Avenida de Boavista, and Elysee Joias on Praca Mouzinho de Albuquerque. Pedro A Baptista is also a good option for its collection of antique and modern jewellery.

Bolhao Market

Rua de Santa Catarina

Centro Comercial Via Catarina

Open-air markets

Arcadia Patisserie

A Perola do Bolhao



Massimo Dutti

A Vida Portuguesa


Casa Da Guitarra

O Arco Da Ribeira Gourmet

Livraria Lello

Garrafeira do Carmo

Mercado Bom Sucesso


Taylor's Port

Essential Information

Porto Airport

The Porto Airport is called Aeroporto Francisco Sa Carneiro and is situated 11 kilometres north of the city. To reach the airport you can use the lightrail. It departs every 30 minutes.

From here you can also take buses number 601, 602, 604 and 3M into the city centre.

There are also shuttle buses and taxis available at the airport.



Taxi Antral
+351 22 5353350

Address: Porto Airport, Porto

Phone: +351 22 943 24 00


Public Transport

Porto has a good bus and tram network with routes serving all the key tourist spots and is operated by STCP.

The city also has a Metro system that is still clean and efficient. A metro ticket can be bought at the station and in other sale spots.

You can buy tourist cards that allow you to get around Porto on all means of transportation. There are also daily ticket and a 3-day ticket.


More Information:


Taxis in Porto are very convenient and also great for airport transfer.

Taxis Invicta
+351 22 507 64 00


Phone: +351 22 507 39 00



To find a post office in Porto, look for the red sign saying CTT. Letter boxes are also red.

Post Office:

Address: Rua da Boavista 34, Porto

Phone: +351 22 207 3290



Chemists are normally open from 9 am-1 pm and from 3 pm-7 pm. All areas have one chemist open all night or on Sunday. A white cross on a green background marks out the chemists.

Farmácia Sá da Bandeira:

Address: Rua Sá da Bandeira, Porto

Phone: +351 22 207 4040



Country Code: +351

Area Code: (0)22


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