Prepare to make some new friends! Approximately 250,000 people reside in this part of Norte.
The nation's capital, Lisbon District, lies 170 miles south of Porto, while Guetim can be found 9 miles to the south.
You almost certainly know this by now, but the Sandeman Cellars is not to be missed by visitors to Porto. As far as iconic attractions go, it's one of the best.
After some family-friendly activities? Excite the kids with a visit to Funny City and Magikland. Piscina das Mares is another exciting attraction that everyone is sure to love!
Say hello to the critters of the mysterious blue at Sea Life Porto and Estacao Litoral da Aguda Aquarium.
Take the kids to the St. Ignatius Zoo or the Maia Zoo and watch their eyes fill with awe! They can get up close to some interesting animals and learn about the importance of caring for our wildlife while they're at it.
Do you know your shiraz from your cabernet sauvignon? Whether you're a wine collector or a novice who simply fancies a fine drop, you'll learn something new at Cockburn Smithes Cellars and the Ramos Pinto Cellars. For an even deeper look into the winemaking process, continue to the Real Companhia Velha Cellars and the Rozes Cellars.
To kick start the party, stop by the Casino da Povoa or the Casino Espinho. Play some cards or simply go for a wander and absorb the glimmering lights and lively atmosphere.
Places like the Botanic Garden contribute to both local and worldwide plant preservation efforts. The wide-ranging botanical collection found here is both impressive and exquisitely presented.
Get comfy with your favourite book, throw a ball around or just watch the clouds float by at Crystal Palace Gardens and Boavista Square. Alternatively, spend the day outdoors at Jardim de Torrao Park or Cidade do Porto Park.
To really discover a place, there’s nothing like picking up some local knowledge. Whatever you need, the friendly staff at Maia Welcome Centre should be able to put you on the right track.
If you're craving some time out, find a seat by the water and enjoy the scenery at River Douro.
Your holiday wouldn't be complete without an outing to the seaside! Rally up the kids, pack some games and enjoy a leisurely day at Redonda Beach or Vila do Conde Beach. Also consider going for a slow stroll along Matosinhos Beach and Leca da Palmeira Beach.
Ask the friendly staff at the Museum of Port Wine or the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art about one-off happenings. With so many captivating displays, you'll want to ensure you don't miss out. Stock Exchange Palace and the Centre for Portuguese Photography are also worthwhile institutions.
As every explorer knows, our orbiting planet is an unbelievable place. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the overflowing cabinets and displays at the Municipal Museum Abbot Pedrosa and the Terra da Maia Historical and Ethnological Museum.
With such a variety of terrific art exhibitions to select from, you might need a gentle push in the right direction. We suggest picking up a strong coffee and heading over to the Guerra Junqueiro House Museum or the Soares dos Reis National Museum. If you're feeling inspired, you can also feast your eyes at the Portuguese Photography Centre and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea.
Find out about the impact that Porto's past people and events had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Romantico Museum and the Penafiel Municipal Museum. For even more insight into the days of old, also think about visiting the Espinho Municipal Museum and the A Casa Colombo - Museu de Porto Santo.
Visiting important historic sights is a good way to gain a deeper understanding of times gone by. Uncover Porto's past at the Convento de Santa Clara and Porto City Hall. Cividade de Bagunte and the Vila do Conde Aqueduct are also worth checking out.
Dom Luis I Bridge is a fixture of the urban landscape here. While the local citizens may seem to take it for granted, most visitors leave impressed by this relic of of a different time.
Those with a thing for military history shouldn't skip Queijo Castle and Sao Joao Baptista da Foz do Douro Castle. Picture the dramatic clashes that happened there and learn all about the clever defensive features that made them so hard to attack.
Intrigued by religion? Get to know the city's relationship with spirituality at Porto Cathedral and Church of Sao Francisco. Clerigos Church and Carmelitas Church are also key pieces of the city's religious identity.
It's better to think back on your life and say, "Did I really do that?," rather than, "I wish I did that." So, while you're here you shouldn't miss the chance to see some of the less frequented sights, such as the Valongo Municipal Library and Aliados Square. Don't forget about the Palacio das Artes and Rua Santa Catarina either.
Our customers tell us they enjoy Mercure Porto Centro Hotel's quiet location. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Porto Cathedral. Features include ...
Hotel staff are very friendly and helpful, breakfast is fine. Rooms are somewhat tired looking. Square is a little seedy with some people down on their luck around the hotel but once you relax into it the location is really good. close to major shopping street and only a 10 minute walk down to the ...
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The shopping around Pestana Vintage Porto - Hotel & World Heritage Site gets good marks from our customers. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Ribeira ...
I was particulary impressed by the helpfulness of the staff - always ready to research/book activities and give advice. I would recommend that visitors go for the more expensive rooms giving a view onto the river - you really feel at the centre of things. The downside for some is that these rooms ...
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The sightseeing around InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas gets good marks from our customers. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Porto ...
Beautiful hotel in marvellous location for exploring Porto. Could not fault Staff or room.
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Our customers tell us they enjoy Pestana Palácio do Freixo - Pousada & National Monument's good location. During your stay, you'll be close to Porto Cathedral. ...
Whilst being out of the centre of Porto the hotel more than makes up for the slight inconvenience! Fantastic welcome, glass of port whilst checking in, Oscar explained where everything was and showed us to our room. Breakfast with fizz!! Good selection. We had room service and also had a special ...
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