Porto Tourism

Fire up the Porto itinerary planner and visit the hometown of Port Wine.

The second largest city in Portugal, Porto is located on the banks of River Douro. The earliest mention of Porto can be traced back to the 4th century. The region served as a Roman garrison town and was named ‘Portus Cale’. This Latin epithet is believed to be the root word for the name ‘Portugal’. In the early 10th century, Porto was occupied by the Moors as part of the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula but was soon recovered by the Christian forces. The region had an indispensable part to play in the formation of the Portuguese-English military alliance that dates back to the 14th century. It was in Porto that John I of Portugal and Philippa of Lancaster were married in 1387.

When you plan your trip to Porto, make sure to include the abundant World Heritage sites. The general pace of Porto is relaxed and can prove to have a very soothing effect on those who choose to explore it. Today, it is a major city both economically and politically speaking. However it has actively nurtured its tradition and culture and simultaneously encouraged newer ways of life.

Porto is central to the culture in Portugal. The first Portuguese motion picture was filmed in the town and also screened here in 1896. The city also has a vibrant music scene. Porto is also the home of FC Porto, one of three main teams in Portugal and a prominent European team. Experiencing the awe-inspiring monuments of this city is sure to bring out the artist in you. If that is the case, you can take some time out for workshops conducted by local craftsmen and try your hand at sketching, glass fusing, tile painting, gilding and what not. Although guided tours of the city are readily available, it is also a good idea to explore Porto yourself on foot any good Porto vacation planner ought to be enough to facilitate you in this.

Apart from the exquisite fortified wine, Porto is also a major manufacturer of cork. The town is called ‘O Porto’ (The Port) in Portuguese.

  • Porto Card: Any Porto trip planner will recommend that your get your hands on the Porto Card. It has a range of advantages for tourists. You can avail discounts on admission tickets and sometimes gain free admission at a number of attractions. The card also comes in handy at restaurants and guided tours around the city. Visitors have a choice between 1-day pedestrian card and 1/2/3 day standard card. Holders of the former cannot use it on public transports. The Porto Card is available at travel agencies, all tourist information centres and hotels.
  • Adante Card: Porto’s public transport system accepts the multimodal Adante Card on all buses, trams, metros and funicular. The card can be bought and refilled at all tram stations and some newspaper kiosks. It needs to be validated at ticketing machines for each use. Prices vary depending on which zone you wish to visit.

Essential travel information and Porto tips for your visit

  • Knowledge of Spanish, if not the native Portuguese, can come in handy.
  • The people of Porto are friendly but they have a very forth right and literal manner of speaking and answering questions. It may seem unpleasant to some but there is no cause to be offended.
  • When coming into Porto by train, do confirm any train transfers that you might have to make. The announcement systems on many routes have not been updated and may provide incorrect transfer information.
  • When purchasing the Andante card, be sure to have some form of a photo ID with you.
  • Take care of your belongings in crowded places.
  • In case of an emergency, call 112.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Porto

  • Know the pollution level of Porto before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 36.46 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.06 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 38.02 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20.59 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30.85 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 27.13 (Low)
  • How safe is Porto for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Porto.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.96 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.04 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.95 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 57.95 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 32.67 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.12 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 31.04 (Low)
    • Drug offense 44.35 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.44 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55.32 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.52 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.81 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.15 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Porto is 154.01 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 62.83 (High)
    • Climate Index 96.61 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 37.97 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.72 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 47.94 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 74.77 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.98 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.83 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Porto

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.53 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.05 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

* Some of the data on this page is powered by Numbeo