Porto Attractions: What to do in Porto

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Porto and Northern Portugal
have long been tourist hot spots – and who can question why with their rich culture, history exuding from every corner and tranquil beauty right at your fingertips? With our helpful guide, you can learn exactly what to do in Porto on your next holiday.

Best things to do in Porto

Whether it’s art and culture that catches your eye, or the idea of relaxing in a seawater tranquillity pool, Porto has a lot to offer. But, what are the best things to do in Porto?

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Porto Cathedral

Step right into the heart of the city and the history of Porto by visiting Porto Cathedral. A national monument, this iconic cathedral was built during the 12th and 13th centuries with a gothic inspired architecture. Considered to be the city’s most important church, you can soak up the stunning aesthetics this castle-like cathedral offers while enjoying the historic culture of the area known by locals as the “Sé”.

Inside, you can discover the medieval portrait of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Vandoma, while outside you can admire the main chapel’s frescoes and the delicately crafted turrets of the cathedral. Named as one of the best things to do in Porto, a journey around this Roman Catholic church is a must on your next visit.

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Crystal Palace Gardens

Translating into “Palácio de Cristal”, take a step away from city life and breathe in the fresh air of the Crystal Palace Gardens. Wander through eight hectares of tree-lined walkways while admiring the astonishing views of the Douro River. Hiking up to this secluded maze of greenery is well worth the visit – take in the delicately sculptured topiary, the intriguing hidden gems of foliage and the huge domed pavilion which is an iconic feature of the gardens.

Visiting Porto in September? Be sure to take a trip up to the Crystal Palace Gardens, the home of Porto’s annual book fair.

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Livraria Lello

And if you consider yourself a book worm, discover the Livraria Lello - named by The Guardian and Lonely Planet as the world’s third most beautiful bookstore. Marvel in its art nouveau pearl design and gorgeous gothic features. And if this wasn’t enough to entice you, its magnificent red staircase is said to have inspired the staircase of Hogwarts. JK Rowling wrote while in Porto from 1991 – 1993 while she was working as an English teacher – making this the ultimate place to visit in Porto for Harry Potter fans.

And even if you’re not so passionate about books or the wizarding world of Harry Potter, experience the magic of this book shop for its neo-gothic and art nouveau exterior and its carefully crafted interior plaster resembling wood, and a stained-glass skylight – enough to turn anyone’s head.

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Riberia

Journey back in time to visit the old city district of Riberia – with narrow cobbled streets to discover, small bars and eateries dotted across the district, and river boats to explore the city by water, visiting Riberia is one of the best things to do in Porto.

With an authentically Portuguese feel, this traditional area is the perfect day out when visiting Porto. Take in the rich culture with ancient multi-coloured houses creating a unique landscape, secluded plazas to discover while also exploring this UNSECO World Heritage site. Jump aboard a famous Rabelo boat and journey from Douro to Gaia, maybe stumbling across a wine cellar or two on your travels.

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Marés Swimming Pool

Situated in Leça de Palmeria and designed by famed Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, this luxury salt-water hot spot is built between the rocks and the ocean. The Leça de Palmeria beach plays host to one of the largest stretches of sand to be found in Northern Portugal - making it the perfect place for an idyllic salt-water swimming pool where visitors and locals can relax.

Considered to be one of the top things to do in Porto, bask in the salty water while enjoying the beautiful views of the sea and surrounding landscape; listen to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks; and experience the union of architecture combined with a natural setting.

Decided to visit Porto on your next travels? Learn more about what to do in Porto, Portugal – Long Travel can help plan your entire trip from start to finish. Find out everything you need to know about Porto, and our luxury holiday itineraries online today.

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Fabrica Do Chocolate Hotel

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

The century old chocolate factory serving as a unique hotel is certainly an experience to indulge and worth a visit. A transformed chocolate factory into a boutique hotel with thematic rooms is a real discovery in the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo, a northern city of Portugal with beautiful historic town, and magnificent coast. This is an exp

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Descobertas Boutique Hotel

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

Located in the Ribeira tucked away in a narrow street just a stone throws away from the waterfront is the Descobertas Boutique Hotel is a little gem waiting to be discovered. With just 18 rooms this hotel provides a sanctuary from the hustle and the bustle of Porto city yet right in the heart of it. The hotel is only 800 metres away from Avenida do

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Hotel Infante de Sagres

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

Hotel Infante de Sagres is the most prestigious hotel in Porto and has been a meeting place for the city’s élite and the residence of choice for discerning travellers and international celebrities for more than six decades. It is renowned for its stylish ambience, personalised service and unique blend of timeless elegance and contempor

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Hotel Minho

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

From the river cruising to bird watching, walking and cycling, this part is a paradise for people looking to be out and about and an active holiday in the Northern Portugal. This hotel is also a great location for people exploring the country on a multi-centre holiday. Located in the heart of Alto Minho, in Vila nova de Cerveira, the hotel is the

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Pestana Brazileira Porto

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

This charming hotel is the new face in Porto as it only opened its doors recently, but the building where the hotel is housed has been famous for Porto theatregoers and locals since 1903. The Pestana Brazileira Porto in the heart of the theatre district of Porto just a few minutes away from the beautiful Sao Bento train station where the city is co

Porto Bay Hotel Teatro

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

The building was originally inaugurated as a theatre in 1859. It has since been refurbished 160 years ago into a unique, refined boutique hotel in the heart of the historic town of Porto, within walking distance to many attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. It is not a surprise to see that the reception of the hotel is still designed as the box

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Rinoterra Minho Boutique Hotel

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

An excellent boutique hotel with fantastic location, beautiful garden and charming rooms. Excellent choice for people looking to explore Northern Portugal as well as Spain as the border is very close with great road networks. Rinoterra is located on a beautiful spot in Caminha town, which lies on the border between the Minho region in the nort

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The Vintage House

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

This five-star beautiful boutique hotel is located in an idyllic and tranquil riverside location at Pinhão in the authentic heart of the Douro Valley. The mad-made terraced banks of the river with wines provides a real beauty and charm to the scenery form the hotel. The Vintage House is in a splendid location, remote and undiscovered, offer

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The Yeatman Hotel

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

The Yeatman Hotel, member of Relais & Châteaux, is a luxury wine hotel set in landscaped gardens within the historic wine lodges, overlooking the city of Porto from its elevated position in Vila Nova de Gaia in 7 acres of land with extensive landscaped gardens, a serene retreat where guests can unwind and relax as they absorb the stunning

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Torel Avantgarde

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

Situated just half a mile from the Porto’s Old Town this hotel is walkable distance to some of the attractions. It is a stylish, 47 room boutique hotel, recently opened and sure to be one of the popular hotels in Porto very soon thanks to its great location. Modern, quirky designs, excellent facilities with river views from the restaurant ter

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Vidago Palace Hotel

Portugal, Porto & Northern Portugal

If you want to feel like royalty The Vidago Place Hotel is the one!, A sanctuary in the heart of beautiful park, surrounded by endless lush forest, walking and cycling routes and a magnificent palace worthy of its name. Ideal for people looking to get away from it all, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy fine dining in glamorous Art Nouveau accommodation.

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