A UNESCO World Heritage site that plunges down the hills to the Douro River.

Porto is Portugal’s second city but is the queen of the north. Five bridges span the Duoro River, connecting Porto with the famous wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. 

Apart from Port wine and trips to the stunning wine-making Duoro Valley, the waterfront area (Ribeira) and the magnificent São Bento railway station are highlights easily visited on even a short visit.

The average time travelers spend in Porto is between two and seven days and you will find the best Porto itineraries on this page.

about Porto

Porto is often used as a base for trips to central and northern Portugal. Town such as lovely Guimarães, Braga, and Viana do Castelo.

Much of the charm of Porto lies in its culture. The historical Ribeira waterfront district is an interesting walk along narrow alleys with their little bars, restaurants, and shops.

Port-wine lodges and port wine tasting bars give you an idea of just how important port is to Porto. But magnificent Cathedrals such as the 12th Century Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto) point to a long history of religious worship and administration of the region by the Church.

Fado is popular in Porto and you will find dishes that have originated here such as the Porto sandwich (Francesinha). These cultural differences make Porto a fascinating stop after Lisbon and give you access to the surprising and beautiful small cities and towns of northern Portugal.

The most popular day trips are along the Duoro River to the Duoro Valley vineyards. Travelers based in Lisbon take advantage of the train network to take easy day trips to Porto.

Porto International Airport (Francisco Sa Carneiro) services direct flights from many European cities and is only 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the city. There are three main train stations but you can book tickets to any destination (no matter which station you will be departing from) at the São Bento railway station.

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where to go next

Continue your holiday travels in Portugal. After Porto, the most popular destinations are Lisbon, Sintra, and the Algarve.