Experience the Invicta City of Porto
Portugal is a country teeming with culture, incredible architecture, delicious food, and jaw-dropping scenery. In this guide, we will be focusing on Porto, a city famous for its wine that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
You need local insight and expertise to explore the north of Portugal truly. Check out our guided tours from Porto to see the variety of places we like to take visitors to highlight our extraordinary food, wine, history, and scenery. If you have any questions about our region tours, please get in touch.
For now, buckle up, and we will tell you everything you need to know about Porto before your trip…
Portugal has such a temperate climate that you could visit any time of the year! That said, here are the times of the year that most people prefer to stay.
March-May: Capture the country waking up after winter when our flora and fauna start to blossom and nature comes alive again. The temperature during this period ranges from 16 degrees centigrade (60.8°F) to 26 degrees centigrade (78.8°F), making it very comfortable for most visitors.
May to September is the best time to visit if you prefer to visit when it’s a little warmer. The nearby beaches will help you stay cool and help you catch those rays you have missed at home!
We get this question a lot, so let’s go through an ideal packing list for visiting Porto…
Porto is a bustling city, which is ideal because there are plenty of transport links for you. You can travel around Porto either by bus, on foot or on the metro.
The city’s transportation system is designed for the ease of use of tourists. Whether it’s the tram, metro or bus, they are relatively inexpensive, convenient and take you to the most popular tourist destinations.
One of the most important things to consider when planning your holiday is your budget. Luckily, Porto is one of the least expensive cities in Europe and one of the best value-for-money city breaks you can get!
We recommend that your accommodation budget be around £50 ($55) per night, although some accommodation prices can be as low as £15 ($16.50).
Make sure to have a total budget of around £100 ($111) a day; this will cover you for attractions and grabbing a bite to eat!
Porto is a classic, historic Mediterranean city with cobblestone streets, quaint coffee shops, winding paths and plenty of history.
Here are some things you can’t miss when visiting Porto…
Porto is world-renowned for its Port Wine, also known as vinho de Porto. It’s a sweet, fortified red wine that pairs well with cheese, chocolate, pickles, and olives.
Make sure to plan a relaxed wine and cheese evening to experience one of our best and most beloved regional specialities!
(Join our Porto Private Tour to enjoy a wine tasting in a traditional cellar bar.)
Fancy a trip out of the city? Take a trip to the jewel in Northern Portugal’s crown: Peneda-Gerês National Park. Explore its imposing mountain ranges, breathtaking waterfalls and hiking trails.
For the best experience in this beautiful spot, look at our Gêres Private Tour, which includes food tasting and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage!
If you’ve ever had the privilege of trying Portuguese cuisine, you’ll know it’s something truly special. There’s plenty to choose from, whether it’s Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts) or Arroz de Pato (duck rice).
Here are two restaurants to get you started when in Porto…
Taberna Dos Mercadores is a classic Portuguese restaurant that proves it doesn’t always have to be quality versus quantity. Sometimes you can have both!
Relax in their laid-back setting and browse their extensive wine range, which decorates the walls. If you’re unsure what to go for food-wise: we recommend our regional dish, the “Arouquesa” meat pot.
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If you want a fine dining experience, then Le Monument Restaurant is your place in Porto. This Michelin-starred restaurant that specializes in contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is, predictably, pricey, but it’s certainly worth it for the experience!
Make sure you try their raw seabass with horseradish and dill, and – for the vegetarians – you mustn’t miss their green asparagus from Guimarães scented with mint.
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For a truly local experience, check out our all-inclusive Porto Private Tour.
On this tour, we will try Porto wine in our very own wine caves and enjoy a delightful traditional lunch.
You’ll leave having embraced our food, wine, and culture all while enjoying the views of Porto.