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Best Things to Do in Porto

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Lora's Travel Tips for Porto

What are the best places to eat and drink in Porto?

Can there be a better way to know a city, its people, and its culture, than through a culinary food tour? We met Marlene of Bluedragon Tours at the C'alma Specialty Coffee Room at Rua de Passos Manuel shortly before 10:00 am. Almost fresh from graduating from college at 22 years old, Marlene was bright-eyed, friendly, engaging, and passionate about people and places. I'm not sure if there is anyone better than Marlene to show us the watering holes to find the best local cuisine. She was simply perfect, the best person to guide anyone who knows very little about Porto. The first stop was the meeting place, C'alma coffee room, where we had Colombian coffee and pastel de nata, the perfect way to start a weary traveler's day. The next stop was the busiest commercial street in Porto called Rua Sta. Catarina. At Confeitaria Império, we were served the local pasteis de bacalhau and vinho verde (green white wine). These are made from green grapes that have not reached maturity. This worked so well with our codfish cakes. As they say in Portuguese, "Saúde!!" And where do the locals go after a hard day’s work to enjoy spicy bifanas? At Sol e Sombra, only the brave will add their local chili sauce to heat your taste buds further. I am not a beer-drinker but is Super Bock outstanding, or does the bifana pairing make it an excellent booze of choice? For another authentic Portuguese charcuterie experience, Quejaria Amaral served their in-house sheep cheese, goat cheese, smoky chorizo, and prosciutto with pumpkin jam. Paired with Gravuras do Côa, this deserves another toast to life!! Finally, our last stop was the newly re-opened Mercado do Bolhão, a must-see public market in the city center where you'll find fresh fish, meat, fruits, veggies, and flowers, not to mention a sampling of the famous liquor Porto is known for, port wines. Francesco was kind enough to explain how these sweet liquors are made and the different kinds to choose from: ruby, tawny, white, rosé, or vintage. I returned to our apartment with a smile, and despite being slightly intoxicated, we were delighted with our authentic Portuguese experience. Thank you, Marlene, for showing us around:)

What are the best things to do in Porto?

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What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Porto?

Sorry, I didn’t travel with kids.

Visited Porto in December

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Jessica's Travel Tips for Porto

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Porto?

Cable car, and tram rides

Visited Porto in October

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Lindsay's Travel Tips for Porto

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Porto?

Bring a good carrier and light travel stroller!

Visited Porto in October

Photo Shoot Location: São Bento Train Station

Nathalia in Porto for Flytographer


Deepti's Travel Tips for Porto

What are the best places to eat and drink in Porto?

Cantinho Avillez

What are the best things to do in Porto?

Just strolling through the streets and alleyways

Visited Porto in July

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Luis in Porto for Flytographer


Alastair's Travel Tips for Porto

What are the best places to eat and drink in Porto?

The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant - stunning views and great tasting menu with wine pairings. The perfect spot to celebrate an engagement!

What are the best things to do in Porto?

Sailboat cruise, walking the coastline, Graham's Port Tasting and Tour

Visited Porto in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for Porto

What are the best places to eat and drink in Porto?

There were lots of places with big outdoor terraces. Sitting at any of them and enjoying the city views or people watching was a lot of fun

What are the best things to do in Porto?

Seeing the city from the river. I watched the sunset from the Jardim do Morro and it had such a fun ambiance. Locals and tourists were hanging out while musicians played and enjoying the city views. It was also beautiful crossing the bridge at night and seeing the city all lit up.

What is the best tip for solo travel in Porto?

The city is on the smaller side, so things are pretty accessible. I really enjoyed scheduling a walking tour of the city and a day trip to go wine tasting in the Duoro Valley.

Visited Porto in May

Photo Shoot Location: Ribeira do Porto

Nathalia in Porto for Flytographer


Becca's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Sit along the river at sunset and enjoy all the wine and cheese!

Visited Porto in February

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Luis in Porto for Flytographer


Anne's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Bring comfortable shoes! While it's a small city and easily walkable there are a lot of hills.

Visited Porto in October

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Danielle's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

You must see Pena Palace. The history and castle are a must-see. Absolutely incredible.

Visited Porto in September

Photo Shoot Location: Ribeira do Porto

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Sarah's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

I would highly suggest staying in Gaia which is just on the other side of the Duoro river from Porto. The views of Porto from this side are amazing. Also, all the Port wine tasting cellars are on this side and it is a quick 5 min walk across the bridge to get to Porto.

Visited Porto in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Anthony's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Give yourself at least 3 days in Porto.

Visited Porto in June

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Nathalia in Porto for Flytographer


Nancy's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Get outside and enjoy! The city is incredible and the landscape is beautiful. The river really makes this city unique. The views from below or above any of the bridges or higher points are breath taking any time of day.

Visited Porto in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Luis in Porto for Flytographer


Angela's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Book at least 4 days in Porto. 2 full days will be plenty to explore the city but an additional day to cruise up to wine country and another to explore Aveiro would be ideal.

Visited Porto in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Susanne's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Eat a franceshina! 

Visited Porto in July

Photo Shoot Location: São Bento Train Station

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Julie's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

My top travel tip for this city is to spend a day in the city but also to check out the outskirts of the city to see authentic porto and not just the tourist sites. We visited a ceramist and learned about Portuguese tiles and even made some. The studio was 15 minutes outside of the city and it was a beautiful neighborhood! Porto has such an amazing art culture so it was fun to be part of it in this way! Oh! one more thing - visit the Miguel Bombarda area - the city's art district. You will find unique souvenirs here!

Visited Porto in July

Photo Shoot Location: Dom Luis Bridge

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Pauline's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Our favorite restaurant was Tapabento on Rua da Madeira. This restaurant perfectly melded together Portuguese dishes with a fun and playful Asian flair. Coming from Hawaii where we have a lot of Asian influence on our food, we were able to appreciate the inventive use of the ingredients.

Visited Porto in March

Photo Shoot Location: Ribeira do Porto

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Ana's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

Hire a flytographer! Just walk around and see the tiles.

Visited Porto in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


Stephanie's Travel Tips for Porto

What is your best overall travel tip for Porto?

The food in Porto is absolutely amazing. Every meal we had was out of this world, so definitely come hungry! :-) (Oh, and bring comfy sneakers. Truly — those hills are no joke!)

Visited Porto in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ivo in Porto for Flytographer


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