What to do

Porto by the River Douro


The centre of Porto is a place full of life, an ambassador for Portugal’s northern region. And the lively riverside area is always an excellent place to stroll, have a drink with friends or even do some sport. The river will accompany you throughout, and the views are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Look over to the other side: those neat roofs shelter the Port Wine Cellars. You will be able to visit the Port Wine Cellars and find out a little more about the history of this renowned wine which is so typical of the north of Portugal. A different way of discovering the history of Port Wine is through a trip to Peso da Régua on a typical Rabelo boat.

The banks of the River Douro are rich in historical monuments. The Church of São Francisco is full of rich architectural details which are interesting to discover: wooden sculptures, murals, painted wooden panels and tombstones.

Feel the heartbeat of the city in the street cafés at the Cais da Ribeira. Watching the boats, sailing or just observing the street artists who are sometimes present are all great ways of enjoying the area. The Luís I Bridge will be to one side, and once lit up we are certain that its beauty will bring a tear to your eye. If you’re after a more radical experience, the jetboats are a different way of moving around the River Douro.

When hunger rears its head, you’ll have no problem: it’ll be easy to find a restaurant where you can treat yourself and discover typical Portuguese dishes and the best dishes of the north of Portugal. Don’t miss the Francesinha which is so typical of Porto.

We are convinced that you will fall in love with the mixture of tradition and modernity which the city offers, just as you will fall in love with its historical monuments. Will you accept our invitation? We’ll be waiting for you by the river.



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