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Porto Holidays & Hotels

Hotels in Porto

Move over Lisbon: it’s time for Porto’s time in the spotlight! Tourist numbers for this coastal city in northwest Portugal has boomed in recent years, with tourists drawn in for its laid-back Mediterranean vibes, colourful buildings and endless food and drink possibilities.

You’ll find a whole mix of accommodation in Porto: there’s everything from 5* spa hotels to boutique rooms and family-run guest houses. Whether you’re in town for just a short weekend or a longer spell, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your Porto adventure!

Where to stay

Porto

From the colourful riverside neighbourhood of Ribeira to the downtown area of Baixa, Porto is full of colourful pockets. Ribeira, with its charming cobbled streets and pastel-coloured houses, is one of the most instantly recognisable areas in the city, and is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to be surrounded by all things traditional. For those short on time, Baixa is in the heart of the city, just a short walk from many of the popular landmarks.

Porto has accommodation that’ll please everyone, whether you’re travelling with mates, a loved one, or just by yourself. The city is teeming with luxury 4* and 5* hotels boasting chic interiors and relaxing leisure facilities such as a spa and pool; alternatively, there are affordable chain hotels in the centre of the city, as well as traditional inns in historic buildings.

What to see

Stretching out over the River Douro, the 19th-century Luís I Bridge is the most famous sight in Porto and one that’s impossible to miss. The bridge links the Vila Nova de Gaia area with the bustling Ribeira district, and is best viewed during a ride in the funicular dos Guindais. This funicular is the easiest way to navigate your way around between the city centre and the Ribeira neighbourhood.

History lovers will be in their element with the wealth of centuries-old buildings. Take a tour of the magnificent 12th century Porto Cathedral and its cloisters, and drop into Livraria Lello, one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal. It’s frequently named one of the top bookshops in the world, with the interior comprising of a spectacular forked staircase and a stained glass window skylight.

Don’t miss out on a visit to Cais de Ribeira in the Old Town, often named the most beautiful district in Porto. The riverfront promenade is characterised by colourful tile-fronted buildings, with various cafes and restaurants dotted along the way. A 12-minute drive away is Jardins do Palácio de Cristal - these outdoor landscaped gardens provide a peaceful place to wander around nature, all while enjoying views of the Douro River.

Nightlife

Porto’s nightlife has something for everyone, whether it’s laid-back bars, restaurants or clubs you’re after. The area of Vitória is where you’ll find much of the after-dark activities, especially off of Rua das Carmelitas: as well as a number of cafes and eateries, there are relaxed bars, nightclubs and cosy pubs, all just a few doors down from each other. One unmissable evening activity is a spot of fado - live melancholy music that involves guitars, mandolins and lyrics all about everything from love to death. Many bars and restaurants have fado evenings so that you can experience the typically Portuguese tradition while you sip on your drinks and tuck into local specialities.

What to eat

If there’s one thing to try in Porto it’s port wine: a Portuguese fortified wine that’s made with distilled grape spirits from the Douro Valley. It gets its name from Porto, and is a must-try when you’re in the city. The Francesinha is one of the most famous and well-loved local snacks: it’s a sandwich that’s filled with multiple meats and then covered in cheese and a beer-based sauce. There’s also the tripas à moda do Porto, the city’s namesake dish. It contains various types of meat, white beans, vegetables and herbs for a hearty meal to remember. If you’re short on time, the Mercado do Bolhão is one of the best places in the city to get to grips with the cuisine. This historic, bi-level market boasts a selection of stalls selling both local produce as well as prepared foods.

Shopping

Looking to splash some cash in Porto? The city has a wide range of places for you to do so - from NorteShopping shopping centre on the outskirts - to Via Catarina Shopping shopping, where the storefronts are replicas of old Northern Portugal village shops. Seven days a week the indoor Mercado Bom Sucesso offers up an array of food, clothing and cosmetics stalls, while workshops and live music ensure there’s plenty for all to soak up.

Fast Facts about Porto

  • Direct flight time: 2 hours 20 minutes from London
  • Time Zone: GMT
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Average price of a domestic beer: €1.80
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: €4

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10/10 Amazing

12 October 2010

Best ever City

All there sea ,River Lovely Town, Lot to see in area

10/10 Amazing

05 October 2013

very cool town :)

I liked Porto very much, actually even more than Lisbon (and I wouldn't expect it)..but, it's anyway very individual thing.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Atmosphere

10/10 Amazing

18 October 2011

Must visit.

Porto is a lovelly city with very friendly people. There is lots to do and something for everyone. The food and drink had choices for all ranging from cheap to expensive but the quality was of a high standard. The buildings and historic sites are a must, and there are lots of them. A trip up the Douro river has to be done either a short trip or a day trip the scenery is breathtaking. Sun lovers will enjoy the climate and the sandy beaches. Public transport is very good and inexpensive allowing you to travel by Bus, Metro, Train, Tram and there is a Fernacular railway. Porto is a city built on several hills so walking can be tiring but you then stop and enjoy the culture that is all around you. Last but by no means least are the excellent Port house's across the Douro river from the main city, a trip to Porto without visiting and sampling their produce would be unforgiveable. Porto is one of the finest places to visit.

The best thing about my stay was ...

So much to do and see.

8/10 Great

19 October 2012

Porto

Lovely

The best thing about my stay was ...

People

8/10 Great

15 August 2012

Porto Portugal

Only stayed in porto for 2 nights as over for a family wedding. Did a bus tour of city and was quite surprised as to how much there was to see of the city. It is a vibrant city full of bars and restaurants. Plenty of shops with good bargains to be had on a lot of clothing especially shoes. Shopping and socialising cheap in comparison to ireland.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Friendly people and not too far from a beach and good for sightseeing

8/10 Great

28 September 2013

10 night break

enjoyed city immensely very hilly but plenty to do i.e. monuments and churches to visit, restaurants (large servings and very good prices) excellent tours round the port houses with very friendly and informative guides

8/10 Great

05 September 2011

Expect the unexpected

Booked Oporto for a stag do, based on price flights alone. Concerned by many mixed reviews, but these were quickly dispellled. The beer was ridiculously underpriced, and their attitude to alcohol was such that were a novelty, instead of an annoyance. And we partied hard. Alcohol aside, the people were incredibly friendly. The food and taxis were priced equally cheaply to the Super Bock beer. We were surprised at just how clean the place was. Everything made it into a bin. The sights we saw were a lot more spectacular than we were expecting, with some stunning views over the Douro River ending an excellent day starting with the Sao Bento station and river cruise under the bridges, whilst sampling some port and riding the cable car. There were several comments from our party of coming back with wives/girlfriends, and I am definitely one of them.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The spectacular bridges over the Douro

8/10 Great

20 September 2010

An un discovered gem

Porto is truly an un discovered gem,there is lots to see and do,probably more for adults than families.There is good selection of Chuches and fine old buildings,some are in need of repair,but that's part of the charm.The river area is lovely,I did a river cruise for 10euros on an old traditional boat.It was lovely day and the river offers good views. There is a lot of history to do with the production of Port and an area The Caves for it. The only draw back to Porto is steps,they everywhere,so it's not for the disabled.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Fine old buildings

8/10 Great

01 July 2011

Porto, full of character and very friendly

Fascinating mixture of ancient and modern. Easy transport system and very good range of cheap and expensive meals etc. For really good value try a fixed price meal in a smaller restaurant.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Affordable charm!