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Situated on the enlivening Rio Douro, home to the port wine trade, Porto is a vibrant, forward-looking city with an alluring history and heritage. From quiet winding streets unveiling boutique shops and hip bars to over-the-top grandeur in the city’s famed churches and squares, Porto has much to offer travellers of all varieties.
Porto offers a wide variety of affordable accommodation options for parties of all sizes on both sides of the river.
Neighbourhoods of Porto
Porto has a number of neighbourhoods and districts, of which most visitors will travel to the following:
- Aliados & Bolhão: The bar, boutique and shopping area, you'll find attractive backstreets leading to a wealth of enticing eateries and vibrant bars.
- Miragaia: This area of cobbled hillside streets can be wearing on the knees but worth it for the journey. Experience a labyrinth of galleries and old-timey bars offering a glimpse into Porto of old.
- Ribeira: By far the centre of the tourist trade, the UNESCO World Heritage riverfront offers pastel-tinged architecture, head here for your picture-postcard Porto views.
- Gaia: Although technically separate from Porto city, Gaia is the home of the port trade and the perfect place to sample wine in one of the many historic port houses which dot the riverside. It also offers the best views of Ribeira.
What to see and do in Porto
Porto has fine museums and art galleries (like Serralves and Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis), enticing historical buildings (including São Bento Train Station and Palácio da Bolsa) and a number of impressive churches (Igreja de São Francisco and Sé) that are must on any itinerary. Fans of Harry Potter flock to Livraria Lello Save, a historic bookshop that resembles J K Rowling's Flourish and Blotts. For a break from the city's rich sights and sounds, head to Gaia for a port tasting overlooking the Douro.
What to eat in Porto
Porto is a foodie paradise, offering everything from cheap local street food staples like bifana, alheira and bolinhos de bacalhau, to inventive dining offering modern Portuguese fare. The two local staples here are Francesinha, a beast of a sandwich of ham and cheese (which we recommend you share between two) and Queijo da Serra da Estrela, an indulgent runny sheep's milk cheese.
Typical events and festivals in Porto
Porto has a number of religious, cultural and culinary festivals throughout the year, including Dia de Reis (January), the Porto Burning of the Ribbons (May) and Porto Book Fair (June). For wine-lovers, July brings the Porto Wine Fest, a perfect chance to try Douro-produced red, white and fortified wine.
How to move around in Porto
Porto has a metro system, tram and a thorough bus service which ferries travellers throughout the city and into the suburbs. Taxi cabs are also available along with online ride-hailing services.
The climate in Porto
Porto's summers are hot and fairly humid, bringing crowds and peak prices. Spring and autumn offer milder temperatures, while winter is both quiet and rainy.
More interesting facts about and sights in Porto
Look out for Porto's spectacular azulejos, hand-painted tiles which can be found throughout the city on the humblest of buildings. Walking around Porto unveils a wealth of attractive street art and unexpectedly modern architecture and sculptures.