Location on the map of Northern Portugal (Portugal)

Things to do in Oporto Portugal, the city along the Rio Douro

Portugal has received many, many travelers in recent years, and this is due to the fact that it´s affordable, it’s adventurous and above all it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Northern Portugal is where Port and Douro wines are produced and then sent worldwide.

One of the most interesting cities from this country is Porto. Because of its geographical location, the city has always played an important role in the trade through history.

Igreja Santo Antonio Dos Congregados Porto

Photo: Igreja Santo Antonio Dos Congregados Porto.


Porto, a World Heritage city, is the perfect place to start a journey covering the natural and cultural diversity of the Northern Portugal. This city is known for the Port wine and also for a beautiful heritage which combines old churches and modern monuments.

Porto - Portugal

Photo: Porto, Portugal.

Porto location and map

If you are wondering where Porto is situated on Portugal´s map, here you can find it and, on this other page, you can discover more about the Porto public transport.

Weather in Porto

The city has a semi-Mediterranean climate, but it’s affected by the Atlantic Ocean and this makes it a bit cooler. The temperatures can rise at 40 °C in August during the heat waves. Moreover, winters in Porto are mild, rainy and humid, and have some cold nights when temperatures can drop below 0 °C.

Porto, Portugal

Photo: Porto, Portugal.


If you are wondering what to do in Porto, let us remind you that this Portuguese pearl is home to many traditional restaurants and also for some of Europe’s most inspiring museums.

In Porto you definitely have a diamond destination

The best things to do in Porto are different ways to fall in love with the city.

Here are some ideas to choose from:

  • Explore the Ribeira, Bolhao, and Baixa districts

  • Stop by the world’s most beautiful bookshop

  • Climb over the Clérigos Tower

  • Visit the best museums here

  • Explore Porto by tram

  • Eat Porto’s most famous dish: francesinha

  • Stroll around Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

  • See the sunset at the Morro Garden

  • Take a cruise down the Douro River

  • Let your hair down at Casa da Música

Lello Bookstore Staircase – Center Of Porto Portugal

Photo: Lello Bookstore Staircase, Center of Porto Portugal.

Rio Douro

Rio Douro is translated from Portuguese as “river of gold” because when the sun is setting down the waters can gleam like liquid gold bars.

Douro River gets to Porto as final destination after traveling many kilometers from its source in the mountainous region of Picos de Urbión from Spain.

Rio Douro. Porto

Photo: Rio Douro. Porto.

Portugal tiles

When hearing about Portugal, a few things sound familiar: the Port wine, Lisbon, the seafood, and … azulejos. Set in Portugal’s history and culture, there are many wonderful examples of beautiful tiles.

These tiles date from the 13th century and at first, they were structures cut into geometric shapes in neutral tones. During the last couple of centuries, their use became very popular. Nowadays you can see them decorating churches, restaurants, railway and subway stations, as well as palaces and regular homes all around Portugal.

Portugal tiles

Photo: Portugal tiles.

Old town Porto

Porto´s heart lies in its medieval old city: Porto Ribeira. This district begins along the Douro River and reaches the hills behind. Walking around its streets is like taking a step back in time.

Porto can give you street charm and brilliant ancient architecture

Rua de Santa Catarina. Porto, Portugal

Photo: Rua de Santa Catarina. Porto, Portugal.

Don´t miss Lello Bookstore when in Porto

The Lello Bookstore is recognized as “one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world” by the magazines ´Time´ and ´The Guardian´, and by the travel guide ´Lonely Planet´ and it is also one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal.

For more than a century, Livraria Lello has been a showcase for the Portuguese literature and helped export this literature to the rest of the world.

This bookstore was frequented by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and it was an inspiration for her writing.

Rua das Flores from Porto

The Rua das Flores in Porto is one of the best attractions in this city because is lined with chic cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques that run down to the Igreja da Misericórdia, the Museu da Misericórdia do Porto, and also to the Largo São Domingos, which are all key point in the city.

Rua das Flores in Porto

Photo: Rua das Flores in Porto. Manuel de Sousa. Adapted under license (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Church of Santa Clara from Porto

Porto’s Igreja de Santa Clara is one of the best examples of historic Catholic churches. This church is austere and humble on the outside, but when passing through, you are overwhelmed by the opulent decor.

Inside the Igreja de Santa Clara there is a contrast because there is barely an inch of it that is not adorned with angels, saints, cherubs or some other decorative feature.

Igreja de Santa Clara

Photo: Igreja de Santa Clara. Alegna13. Adapted under license (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Igreja de São Francisco

San Francisco Church is Porto’s most important Gothic monument. Its Baroque interior is full of spectacular gilt-covered wood carvings that are definitely worth seeing. If you choose to visit one church in Porto, make sure it´s this one.

Igreja de São Francisco

Photo: Igreja de São Francisco. João Carvalho. Adapted under license (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Porto Cathedral

Photo: Porto Cathedral.

Praça da Ribeira

If you want to see the award-winning Historical Centre of Porto, then add Praça da Ribeira on top of the list. This place has always been a very busy area, due to the important economic activity and its proximity to the port. In the middle of it you can see the sculpture ‘The cube of Ribeira’ that reveals the existence of a 17th century fountain.

Praça da Ribeira

Photo: Praça da Ribeira. Jorge Franganillo. Adapted under license (CC BY 2.0)

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

This gorgeous botanical garden is one of Porto’s best escapes because of its paths spotted with sculptures, fountains, giant magnolias, camellias, and olive trees. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is actually a mix of small gardens that you can wander to relax.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. Porto, Portugal

Photo: Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. Porto, Portugal.

Porto is one of the most important cities in Portugal and also, one of the oldest city centers in Europe

Casa da Música

Casa da Música is home of the National Orchestra of Porto and it has a different faceted form. Inside, its Grand Auditorium has folded glass facades at both ends which give Porto a fascinating dramatic style.

Casa da Música. Porto

Photo: Casa da Música. Porto.

Casa da Música. Porto

Photo: Casa da Música. Porto.

Mercado do Bolhão: Traditional Market in Porto

Another point of interest is one of the most popular and lively markets in the city. The Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market) has several floors where you can see farmers and other citizens selling fresh and typical products from the region. This huge market holds the essence of the city and it is a great place to discover the “real Porto”.

Mercado do Bolhão in Porto

Photo: Mercado do Bolhão in Porto.


If you are a museums lover and Porto is on your travel inventory, take a peek at this list of the best museums to see in Porto.

And now let´s have a look at the most important museums from this city:

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

Porto’s best art museum has a marvelous collection starting with Neolithic carvings until Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the Palácio das Carrancas.

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis. Porto

Photo: Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis. Porto. Angelo Romano. Adapted under license (CC BY 2.0)

Serralves Museum

Serralves Contemporary Art Museum in Porto is the second most visited museum in Portugal. Fully dedicated to contemporary art, it is a great way to see the work of some of the most important artists from nowadays. Besides, a visit here is an opportunity to see Parque de Serralves, considered one of the 250 most beautiful gardens in the world.

Parque de Serralves. Porto

Photo: Parque de Serralves. Porto.

Parque de Serralves. Porto

Photo: Parque de Serralves. Porto.


Once you checked out Porto´s most important tourist attractions, it’s time to discover some other places around this northern Portuguese city.

And you have plenty to choose from, whether you want a day at the beach, a vivid adventure or you are keen to castles and medieval history. Some of the most fascinating day tours experiences from Porto can be: Braga, Aveiro, Douro River valley, Guimarães, Lisbon, Sintra, Peneda-Gerês, Amarante or even Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


Beyond Porto’s more famous charms (the river with its port and the historic center), this city has a glamour that makes it unique. Porto is shaped to explore it on foot, and you never know where those steps or back alleys will lead you. This is exactly what you will love about this city!

Captivating nightlife, some outstanding food, wine tasting, the street art and its avant-garde design… you name it, Porto has it all!


Now that you know what Porto can give you, enroll in this tour to visit its top attractions. Get ready to delve deeper with us and be surprised! Have you packed your bags?

Portugal tiles

Photo: Azulejos.

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