Portugal's second largest city, Porto is not as popular as its beautiful sister city Lisbon. Nevertheless, it does not lack assets, which can be discovered as you stroll around the friendly-sized city centre. It is very pleasant to wander around the small paved streets, spend a quiet moment in one of the Baroque churches, stroll through the gardens, walk along the river and shop in the ultra-trendy vintage shops. An ideal destination for a city-break, it attracts couples in search of a romantic weekend as well as friends in search of somewhere lively and festive to spend their holiday!
The colourful façades of the buildings. Some of them boast 'azulejo' tilework, the famous squares of blue and white ceramic.
The old districts of Porto, where you will find traditional shops: grocers, old bookshops (including the famous "Lello"), cafés (Guarany and Majestic), etc.
The many churches (Clerigos, Carmes, Carmel, Saint Francisco?) dotted around the city.
The old renovated administration buildings, modelled after the court and the prison which have been transformed into the Photography Museum.
A guided tour of Casa da Música, or the 'House of Music', designed by Rem Koolhaas. It has become an architectural and cultural symbol of Porto and visitors are free to visit its largest rooms, including the famous main auditorium.
A visit of the House of Art Nouveau and the Serralves Foundation Museum and Gardens.
A cruise on a traditional boat on the Douro River.
A shopping session in the district of Miguel Bombarda. You will find many trendy shops and shopping centres like the CCB (Central Commercial Bombarda).
A visit of the bustling Bolhão Market, with its jumble of fish, seafood, cooked meats, olives, flowers, etc.
+ A friendly-sized city
+ Plenty of activities: restaurants, museums, Porto wine cellars, etc.
- The sometimes dark façades of the buildings
- Like in all big cities, avoid walking around by yourself
Swap your high heels for a good pair of walking shoes. The city centre is not too big and so everything can be discovered on foot!
As in all large cities, beware of pickpockets and avoid walking around the cathedral alone. However, Porto is not a dangerous city.
Porto is full of restaurants and even has one with a Michelin star. Try to have lunch or dinner on the banks of the Douro River. They quays are overflowing with cute little establishments.
Also, don't miss out on trying the local specialities: Porto-style tripe (beef tripe with beans), Gomes de Sá-style cod (potatoes, cod, eggs, parsley), fresh fish in summer (grilled sardines but also sea bream and whiting), roasted kid, bread soup, seafood rice or even octopus with rice.
To bring back
It is impossible to come back without a bottle of the famous eponymous drink! Don't forget to pack it carefully in the suitcase that will be your hold luggage. In terms of gastronomy, try to remember to pick yourself up a bottle (or several) of olive oil from the Douro region and some Serra cheese made from sheep's milk.
There are many stores where you can find objects made of cork (umbrellas, purses, etc.), ceramics, earthenware tiles, embroidered linen (tablecloths especially), as well as ultra-trendy clothing and homewares.
These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Porto . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Porto so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Porto , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.
Overall rating 30/100
Temperature indicators4%Very cold
Maximum temperature not to exceed 16°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.
Bad weather indicators66%Light showers
Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.
Sunbathing indicators52%Sunny intervals
Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).
Sea temperature between 18°C and 20°C. Wind speed between 7 mph and 18 mph.
Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.