5 things to do in Porto

From impressive churches to the train station decorated with thousands of azulejos, from fantastic city views to tasty food and famous wine. Porto has everything that you need for a perfect weekend.

1. Walk

Porto is small enough to be explored on foot, but be prepared to climb steep streets. You can stroll from one famous sight to another, and there are plenty of cafés and tabernas to stop for a snack and give your legs a break. Spend a lazy hour on the lively riverside, and then wander along the narrow cobbled streets.

Ponte de Dom Luis I
Ponte de Dom Luis I

2. Take photos

Wander the cobbled streets with your camera in hand. The charming narrow streets, churches decorated with azulejos and the colourful river front with the iconic double decker bridge all provide some great photo opportunities. Look out for street arts and seek out small unique shops and cafes.

3. Admire the views

Admire the 360° panorama from the top of Clerigos Tower or – if you don`t want to climb the narrow steep steps – there are some great viewpoints dotted around the historical centre. You can enjoy some of the best city views from the square by the Sé and from the top deck of Ponte de Dom Luis I (bridge).

Port wine cellar
Port wine cellar

4. Taste

Some of the local dishes might not be low in calories but as you spend a lot of time walking you can treat yourself to a famous pastel de nata (or two). Oh and coffee, the locals do know how to make a tasty strong espresso. For the best food look out for places where the locals eat. There are some typical cod dishes and of course you should try port wine.

Porto street art
Porto street art

5. Visit a wine cellar

Cross the Douro river (over Ponte de Dom Luis I bridge) and join a wine tasting tour in one of the many long-established wine cellars. Most of the cellars offer a 30-50 minutes tour where you can learn about the wine making process and at the end you can taste 2 or 3 different port wines. If you don`t want to do the tour you can usually opt for wine tasting only. And many of the charismatic bars also offer wine tasting.

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