Top Things To Do In Porto

Porto is a famous destination for staid wine town. If you come to this town, what will you do? Here are things to do in Porto recommended for all travelers having Porto vacations. 


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Rise above the rooftops

When you arrive in Porto Portugal, there’s no better way to get the lay of the land than to ascend the Torre dos Clérigos, a belltower whose 360-degree views over the red-roofed houses and Douro River have remained second to none since the 18th century. A triumph in Baroque construction for its height and exquisite stonework, the torre has endured as a symbol of the city. The €3 ticket grants access to the sixth-floor balcony as well as the Clérigos Church itself, a must-see if only to explore pathways above and behind the ornate marble chapel.

Eat Tapas, Portuguese style

Petiscos are to Portugal what tapas are to Spain, and thanks to their small size, you can taste a wide array of local dishes in a single meal. Although newfangled, innovative petiscos are becoming trendier by the minute, it’s worth starting out with some of Porto’s standby snacks. Start with a cauldron of fiery and satisfying pica-pau— a saucy, deconstructed francesinha—at Zázá, a gastropoub by Aliados metro station. Then meander down to Cantina 32, a relative newcomer on the scene that could pass as a Williamsburg or Kreuzberg hot spot, if it weren’t for its predominantly Portuguese cuisine that runs the gamut from bacalhau à bras, a salt-cod and shoestring potato scramble, to a surprisingly delicious amuse-bouche of country bread spread with banana butter. Wherever your petisco crawl my lead you, save room for one of Porto’s most heavenly mouthfuls, the pulled pork and sheep’s-milk cheese slider from Casa Guedes. 

Stroll along the Ribeira

The Ribeira, a medieval riverfront neighborhood and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Porto’s most iconic cityscape, with its shop-lined praça and colorful, postcard-perfect rowhouses. Try to snag a table at one of the many outdoor restaurants and take in the street performances, passing boats, and grand architecture with a glass of refreshing vinho verde (local white wine) in hand. Those wishing to delve deeper into the Ribeira’s 2,000-year past can embark on one of Roteiro do Douro’s informative riverboat cruises, whose hop-on, hop-off tours spanning Porto’s six bridges are a steal at 10 euros. 

Have Michelin-starred dining

There’s the down-home side of Porto dining—the spit-blackened sardines and slow-cooked offal stews best enjoyed with big hunks of bread—and then there’s the cuisine of Michelin-starred chefs like Pedro Lemos, who serves elegant, understated dishes like milk-fed lamb with artichoke gnocchi at his namesake restaurant. For seafood lovers, it’s worth making the pilgrimage to chef André Silva’s Largo do Paço, set in a 16th-century palace in the township of Amarante, to savor edible masterpieces that revolve around the catch of the day.

Discover Contemporary Portuguese Art

Porto is home to one of Europe’s most renowned contemporary art museums, the Museu Serralves, housed within the Serralves Foundation complex. Striking in its minimalism, Serralves’s geometric, all-white structure—designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira—hosts a rotation of cutting-edge exhibitions of leading Portuguese and international artists such as Tobias Rehberger and Claes Oldenburg. Recharge after your visit with a Chemex-brewed coffee at the Serralves Tea House, whose homemade jams make nice souvenirs.

Go out on the town

With study-abroad students comprising a large percentage of Porto’s population, there’s lots of nightlife to enjoy in Porto—well into the wee hours of the morning. For oldies fans, there’sDisco Swing, whose retro beats inspire crowds to dance and sing along to classics until past 4 am every night of the week. Plano B is the “it” spot for the younger set, all neon lights, disco balls, and heavy bass. But for a more sophisticated evening, start with cocktails and city views at Era Uma Vez before progressing to Maus Habitos, whose live performances range in style from house, to guitar, to fado (Portuguese folksong), depending on the night.

Learn to surf 

Downtown Porto may not exude beach-town vibes, but take the blue metro line due west, and you’ll arrive at Matosinhos, a seaside enclave on the Atlantic famous for its surf culture. Its long beaches and big swells lure wetsuit-clad surfers year-round, in spite of rainy weather in the winter. Get in on the action, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, with the help of Godzilla Surfcamp. Their individual and group lessons are straightforward, professional, and affordable.

Tuck into a Francesinha 

You can’t go wrong with a croque-monsieur— buttery, golden, and oozing with cheese— but there’s even more to love about the francesinha, Porto’s signature sandwich. Gratinéed and stuffed with ham, garlicky linguiça sausage, and a variety of roasted meats, the francesinha stands out for its last-minute soak in spicy tomato-beer sauce. At the hands of an inexperienced chef, the dish can be a stodgy belly bomb, but if you know where to look, there are plenty of excellent renditions to be found.

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