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Porto Walking Tour: DIY Walking Tour of Porto, Portugal

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Porto, Portugal is a stunningly beautiful city…and the absolute best way to experience it is on foot! We’ve created an easy-to-follow, Self-Guided Porto Walking Tour that includes all the top Porto sights. In addition to our step-by-step directions, we include a helpful Porto map at the end of this article.

Free Walking Tour Porto: A Self-Guided Porto Walk

Our Self-Guided Porto Free Walking Tour is perfect for visitors who prefer to discover at their own pace. For each Porto attraction, we include information about the sight, our insider tips and a location link.

About Our Free Tour of Porto, Portugal

We cover some ground in our Porto Walking Tour! There are 26 sights highlighted in our City Sightseeing Porto Tour – and an additional 20+ attractions that are noted along the route. Visitors can enter these top Porto sights (some require a ticket) – or simply enjoy the walk and the atmosphere.

Our walking tour of Porto is a little over 5 miles in length. How long your Porto City Tour will take depends on your pace and how many sights you decide to enter. The Porto walking route itself – without visiting any churches or climbing the Porto bell tour – could take as little as 3 hours. However, travelers who want to step inside the markets and stop to see the cathedral interior could easily spend an entire day on our Walking Tour of Porto, Portugal.

Visitors who would rather tour Porto at a leisurely pace can also divide our route into 2 or 3 different Walking Tours in Porto. Below, we note the best places to break up the route into multiple days of Porto sightseeing.

Guided Porto Tours

While we think our Porto Self-Guided Walking Tour is the best way to explore the city, there are numerous Porto Tours to consider – including Porto Wine Tours, the Hop On Hop Off Porto Bus and Porto Boat Tours. We highlight some of these highly rated tours in Porto, Portugal that are led by local guides at the end of the article. 

Walking Tour of Porto: What You Will Need

Best Sights, Porto Walking Tour: A DIY Walking Tour of Porto, Portugal

Before you set off on your walking tour in Porto, make sure you have some of these travel essentials!

Walking Shoes for Porto

Not only is Porto a hilly city, but many of the streets are cobblestone and some sidewalks have uneven pavement. For our DIY Free Porto Walking Tour, make sure you wear comfortable travel shoes . I wear these lightweight shoes by Columbia – and Kris prefers Merrell trail shoes for urban walks.

Travel Camera for Porto Photography

Don’t forget your camera for your Porto sightseeing tour. The city is filled with incredible architecture and quaint lanes – and you will want to capture it all! Rather than relying on your phone, we recommend upgrading to an actual camera for high quality photos. We carry a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens that takes excellent photos and is a fantastic DSLR budget camera option for travel.

Porto Weather Gear & Day Pack

Being so close to the sea, the weather in Porto can change quickly. While walking around Porto, we recommend bringing a travel umbrella or packable raincoat . In the summertime, a travel hat can provide protection from the sun – and it’s always a good idea to apply some sunscreen ! As you explore Porto, you will also want to carry a great day bag to organize all your essential travel items .

WiFi in Porto

Our DIY Walking Tour of Porto, Portugal is highlighted with information, tips and maps. In order to access our advice while touring Porto, it is necessary to have a WiFi connection .

While cell phone plans can be adjusted for data usage in other countries, it can be extremely expensive. Instead, we use a GlocalMe Mobile WiFi Hotspot – which is not only ideal for free walking tours, but for frequent travels abroad.

Perfect for families or friends traveling together, the hotspot can connect up to 10 devices and supports both SIM cards or eSIM data packages. We would have literally been lost in Porto without it!

An Actual Map of Porto

Call us old-fashioned, but even with a Wi-Fi connection, we think it is a good idea to carry a Porto map – like this one – when touring the city. In fact, we think it is best to purchase a map in advance of your trip so that you can study the layout. You might even prefer to highlight our Porto Walking Tour route so that you can easily follow along. 

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Helpful Information about Porto, Portugal

We share heaps of pertinent information throughout our outlined Self Guided Porto Walk. That said, we offer even more detailed advice in these Porto Travel Articles. 

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Porto Walking Tour Itinerary

Walking Tour of Porto, Portugal

Visitors can choose to complete our self-guided Porto walk without making any stops or they can opt to enter attractions along the way. That said, it is important to check opening hours before you set out to ensure that you can visit the sights of interest during your walk. Alright, lace up your shoes, because it’s time to start your DIY Free Porto Walking Tour!

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#1 Liberdade Square and Statue of Dom Pedro IV

Liberdade Square and Statue of Dom Pedro IV, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Start your city tour of Porto in Praca da Liberdade – or Liberty Square. Designed in the 18th century, the square long served as the central hub of political, economical and social life in Porto. Ringed by opulent architecture that dates to the early 1900s, the south end of the square is marked by a large equestrian statue dedicated to King Peter IV.  Note: The area’s currently a construction site for a new Porto Metro station.

Called ‘The Liberator’ and ‘The Soldier King’, King Peter IV is credited for freeing Brazil from colonization and fighting for a constitutional monarchy in Portugal. He so loved the people of Porto that he left them the gift of his heart, which today is housed in the Lapa Church.

Stroll north from the King Pedro IV Statue along Avenida do Aliados – and perhaps pop into the Imperial McDonald’s, which is often touted as the most beautiful McDonald’s restaurant in the world.

Directions : Walk to the City Hall building on the north end of the square.

#2 Porto Sign and Camara Municipal

City Hall, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Featuring a 230-foot-tall tower and carillon clock, the Camara Municipal – or City Hall Porto – is a must-see landmark on Porto city tours. Construction of the building began in 1920, but it wasn’t completed and finally occupied until 1957. Visitors can go inside to see the lavishly decorated lobby and get an elevated view of Praca da Liberdade.

Sitting in front of the City Hall building is a large, blue Porto sign. Visitors often climb on the sign to get their photo taken – but we prefer the view from in front of the fountain across the street, where you can see both the sign and City Hall.

Directions : Walk around City Hall to the north side. There you will find a pleasant square and the Trindade Church.

#3 Igreja da Santissima Trindade

Igreja da Santissima Trindade, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Continue your Porto City Walking Tour at the church behind City Hall. Built in the 19th century, the Igreja da Santissima Trindade – or Holy Trinity Church – features a neoclassical façade and rising bell tower. The interior of the church is decorated with marble and gilded woodwork.

Directions : Walk east on Rua de Fernandes Tomas to the Bolhao Market. Along the route, you will pass by A Favorita do Bolhao (#783 Rua de Fernandes Tomas), a traditional grocery store – stocked with tinned sardines and typical Porto eats – which has been open for more than 80 years. Step inside and take a look!

#4 Mercado do Bolhao

Vendor stalls at the new Mercado do Bolhao, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Established in 1914 and recently reopened after a complete renovation, the Mercado do Bolhao – or Bolhao Market – is a bustling building where all the best tours in Porto make a stop. Visitors can set off on a shopping spree down the lanes of stalls on the ground floor and get a bite to eat from vendors who sell local prepared delicacies and regional wine by the glass. While many choose to gather on the stairs on the north end, the Porto Bolhao Market also features several sit-down restaurants on the top floor.

Directions : E xit on the north side from the upper floor and walk east to the Capela de Santa Catarina.

#5 Capela das Almas (or Capela de Santa Catarina)

Capela das Almas Church, Porto, Portugal

MAP . One of the most beautiful churches in Portugal, Capela das Almas is the next stop on our Best Porto Walking Tour. Also known as Capela de Santa Catarina – or Chapel of Souls and Chapel of Saint Catherine – the building dates to the early 18th century.

In 1929, the church (like so many others in Porto) was completely covered in the characteristic blue and white painted tiles, called azulejos. Although small, visitors should step inside to see the interior as well (it’s one of the best free things to do in Porto!).

Directions : W alk south on Rua de Santa Catarina, the famous pedestrian-only Porto shopping street.

#6 Rua de Santa Catarina (Shopping Street Porto)

Rua de Santa Catarina Shopping Street

MAP . A nearly 5000-foot-long shopping street, Rua de Santa Catarina is lined with name-brand stores, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes. The area is one of the top places to go in Porto – not only for shopping, but simply for strolling. 

As you meander south along the promenade, stop into Fabrica da Nata for a traditional Portuguese egg custard tart fresh from the oven. At the next intersection (R. Formosa), detour a few steps to the west and step back in time at the traditional A Perola do Bolhao shop where they sell sweet treats, cured meats, wine and deli items.

Directions : Continue walking south on Rua de Santa Catarina to Majestic Cafe (which will be on your left).

#7 Majestic Café

Classic Coffee, Majestic Cafe, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Porto’s glamorous Majestic Café was first opened in 1921 under the name Café Elite. The stylish establishment attracted Porto’s most renowned citizens – from politicians to poets. In the 1980s, the building was declared a Cultural Heritage Site, even though it was in a state of disrepair after being left abandoned.

Since its full renovation, the Majestic Café has been restored to its former glory. Tuxedoed waiters greet patrons at the door and the coffee is ridiculously expensive for Porto, but the french toast gets rave reviews and the lavish interior is truly a sight to behold. All in all, it’s a great place to take a quick break during your Porto Walking Tour Self-Guided Route. 

Directions: Continue walking south to Rua de Passos Manuel, and turn left. Walk east past the art deco Coliseu Porto Ageas theater to Praca dos Poveiros square. Pass through the square to the quaint park on the southeast corner.

#8 Jardim Marques de Oliveira Porto

Card Games, Jardim Marques de Oliveira, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Porto’s oldest park, Jardim Marques de Oliveira, opened in 1834. The lovely space features an old gazebo, fountains, statues, benches and bright flowers. An ideal place to rest weary feet, the park is also the meeting place for older gentlemen who come to play cards.

Several of our favorite restaurants are located in the area around the park – like Casa Guedes, Venham Mais 5 and Cafe Santiago. If you’ve managed to hold out for lunch, we recommend eating at one of these iconic spots. Find all of our foodie tips in our guide to Porto Food: What and Where To Eat in Porto .

Directions : From Praca dos Poveiros, walk west on Rua de Santo Ildefonso to Igreja de Santo Ildefonso church.

#9 Igreja de Santo Ildefonso and Praca da Batalha

Amazing Church, Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The Baroque Igreja de Santo Ildefonso – or Church of Saint Ildefonso – was built in the early 1700s. It took 30 years to complete – and was officially opened in 1739. In 1932, the church’s facade was covered in 11,000 of the traditional Portuguese azulejo tiles. The tiles were painted by Portuguese artist, Jorge Colaco, who is responsible for many of the azulejo murals that you will notice while on Porto walks.

If the gates are open, the interior is also quite impressive and free to visit. There is a small museum on-site as well that requires a ticket to enter.

Praca da Batalha – or Batalha Square – expands around the corner. The open space is bordered by the Batalha Palace (which dates to the 18th century), the Royal Theatre of Sao Joao Opera House (built in 1908 on the former site of a theater dating to 1794) and the Cinema Batalha (an art deco theater built in 1947). A statue of King Pedro V, which was dedicated in 1866, stands in the center of the square.

Directions: From the church, walk west and downhill on Rua de 31 de Janeiro, enjoying the view of Clerigos Tower. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Praca de Almeida Garrett and enter the Sao Bento Train Station.

#10 Sao Bento Train Station Porto

Tile Art Inside Sao Bento Train Station, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The always-buzzing Sao Bento Railway Station was constructed in the early 1900s – and the true gem of the stately 3-story granite building is the grand entrance hall. The interior of São Bento is decorated with 20,000 azulejo tiles – a project that took 11 years to complete (by artist Jorge Colaco, of course).

The colorful upper tiles feature the different modes of transport that have been used in Portugal, while the blue and white tile murals depict important scenes in Portuguese history. The station is featured in all of the best Porto Free Walking Tours and sightseeing guides – and for good reason!

Directions: Exit the station and turn right. Walk north across the street to the Church of St. Anthony.

#11 Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados

Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados at night, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The Igreja de Santo Antonio do Congregadas – or the Church of St. Anthony – has a history that stretches to the late 17th century. Dedicated to St. Anthony (the patron saint of Lisbon ), the exterior tiles portray the story of the saint’s life. The church is free to visit – and many of Porto’s faithful residents are often found inside praying. 

Directions: W alk west (passing where this tour began) and start the climb toward the Clerigos Bell Tower. On the south side of the street is O Mundo Fantastico das Sardinhas Poruguesas – a popular Porto tinned sardine store. Further up is Confeitaria dos Clerigos, which is a local bakery offering traditional Portuguese snacks. Continue walking uphill and find the entrance to on the north side.

#12 Igreja dos Clerigos and Porto Bell Tower

Igreja dos Clerigos and Bell Tower and Tram passing, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The Igreja dos Clerigos – or Church of the Clergymen – was built in the mid-1700s in the Baroque style (one of the first of its kind in Portugal). The iconic bell tower stands nearly 200-feet-tall – and has long been a symbol of Porto.

Climbing the 240 steps to the top requires a ticket (includes entrance to the museum) and is one of the top things to do in Porto. The church interior own it’s own can be visited for free. It is well worth spending some time here when walking Porto to enjoy these sights. 

Directions: W alk north across the Praca de Lisboa (either through the shops or on the grassy park on top of them) to the Livraria Lello Bookstore.

#13 Livraria Lello (Famous Porto Bookstore)

Livraria Lello Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The Livraria Lello – or Lello Bookstore – ranks as one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. When it first opened in 1906, the incredibly ornate bookshop was an instant hit with intellectuals and quickly became a part of the cultural life in Porto.

Lello Bookstore is said to be the inspiration for some of the scenes in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series (there are rumors that she even wrote the book in the shop). Due to it’s insane popularity, visiting is no longer one of the free things to do in Porto, Portugal; tickets are now required to enter and should be booked in advance.

Directions : W alk northwest on Rua das Carmelitas toward the 19th century Fonte dos Leoes (Lions Fountain) that fronts the stoic University of Porto building. Continue walking northwest across the square and tram tracks to the famous tiled ‘double’ churches.

#14 Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas

2 Churches In 1, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas – the Carmo Church and Carmelitas Church – are both a stunning and peculiar sight in Porto. The two extravagant churches stand side-by-side, separated only by a narrow house.

Carmelitas Church, which is on the left, was built in the 17th century as part of a convent; it features a bell tower and an intricately decorated interior. The Carmelitas Church is free to visit.

The Carmo Church, on the right, was built in the 18th century for Carmelite monks. Designed in the Baroque style, the exterior has dynamic embellishments on the front and extensive azulejos tiles on the east-facing wall. The interior of the Carmo Church is lavishly decorated with gilded woodwork. To visit the Carmo Church, guests need to purchase a ticket – which also allows entry into the ‘Hidden House,’ the crypt, rooftop and other rooms within the complex.

Best Churches in Porto, Portugal

Theories abound as to why the two churches were built next to each other but separated by a slender home; some say it was to keep the monks and nuns from becoming too friendly, while other tales say a law prohibited two churches from being built with a common wall. In any event, the cramped house was actually used as a residence until the 1980s!

Directions: Walk north along the east side of Carmo Church to the small square, Praca de Carlos Alberto.

#15 Praca de Carlos Alberto

Beautiful tile sidewalk at Praca de Carlos Alberto, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Named after an exiled king who lived in a palace on the square in the 1800s, Praca de Carlos Alberto – or Carlos Alberto Square – is small, but beautiful. The black and white tiled pavement (which is so characteristic of Portugal) draws the eye to the solemn World War I monument (Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra) that stands on the north end.

On Saturdays, the Porto Belo Street Market takes place here. The quaint square is one of our favorite places to pass through on a walk around Porto.

Directions: Retrace your steps past the Carmo Church and continue walking south on Praca de Parade Leitao (on the west side of the University of Porto building). Enter the shaded Jardim da Cordoaria and cross the street to Largo Amor de Perdição in front of the massive Centro Portugues de Fotografia Museum. If time allows, take a quick detour to the immaculate Igreja Sao Jose das Taipas Church. Next, walk Rua de Sao Bento da Vitoria south to Miradouro da Vitoria.

#16 Miradouro da Vitoria Porto

View from Miradouro da Vitoria, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Offering one of the best views of Porto, Miradouro da Vitoria is a small gated viewpoint that sits in front of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Vitória church. The panoramic vista encompasses the Se Cathedral, Ponte Luis I Bridge, the Douro River, Vila Nova de Gaia and the tiled rooftops of the Ribeira district, making this a top spot for amazing Porto photos.

Directions: Exit through the gate and turn right, then left onto Rua da Vitoria and right at Rua do Ferraz and follow it down to Rua das Flores. 

#17 Rua das Flores Pedestrian Street

View of Rua das Flores, walking street Porto, Portugal

MAP . Another one of the pretty Porto walking streets, Rua das Flores is a must to stroll down at least once on your visit. Coffee or chocolates, wine or cocktails, window shopping or people watching, Rua das Flores has it all, and you’ll never walk alone!

Directions: At the bottom (south end) of Rua das Flores is Largo São Domingos square. Pause to enjoy the architecture and ponder the odd pillars, then continue down R. de Sousa Viterbo and up the red iron staircase to Mercado Ferreira.

#18 Mercado Ferreira Borges

The Red Market Hall, Mercado Ferreira Borges, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Dating to 1885, the Ferreira Borges Market – which was named for a famous local politician – is a historic Porto landmark…yet, oddly it was never used as a marketplace. Instead, it served various random purposes – such as a military warehouse and local soup kitchen.

The city nearly tore it down in the 1970s to build a parking lot, but it was saved for its unique iron design. In 2010, the space was renovated to host a night club, live music venue and restaurant. During the day there’s a small cafe and bar where you can grab a beverage and enjoy it al fresco with a beautiful Porto view! (Plus, there are free public toilets inside.)

Directions: Exit the market building and walk south into the Jardim do Infante D. Henrique park. At the center is a statue dedicated to Prince Henry the Navigator. On the west side of the park is Palacio da Bolsa.

#19 Palacio da Bolsa

The Stoke Exchange Building, Palacio da Bolsa, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa – or Stock Exchange Palace – took nearly 70 years to complete, from 1842 until 1910.  Still the headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a museum (tickets required), conference center and restaurant.

Directions: Walk to the south side of the Palacio da Bolsa and take the stairs up to the Igreja Monumento de Sao Francisco.

#20 Igreja Monumento de Sao Francisco

Monument Church of Saint Francis, Porto, Portugal

MAP . A stunning Gothic structure, the Igreja Monumento de Sao Francisco – or the Monument Church of Saint Francis – was built between 1383 and 1425. While the exterior has remained relatively the same through the years, the interior was renovated in the 18th century with a grandiose Baroque flair.

It is estimated that 650 pounds of gold decorate the church’s interior. In 1832 during the Siege of Porto, a fire destroyed the attached cloisters (which is now where the Palacio da Bolsa stands), but thankfully the church was left undamaged. A ticket is required to enter.

Directions: Retrace your steps to the southeast corner in front of the church, cross the street to the south and make a short stop at the blue tiled Church of St. Nicholas. Then continue west to Rua da Alfandega, turning right to walk south toward the river – but take your first left onto the narrow Rua da Fonte Taurina and walk along the narrow curving street to Praca da Ribeira. 

#21 Ribeira District and Cais da Ribeira Porto

View of Ribeira District and Cais da Ribeira Porto

MAP . One of the oldest neighborhoods in Porto and a UNESCO site, the riverside Ribeira District is a tangle of medieval streets and ancient structures. Once a bustling port, the old warehouses are now prime locations for many of the most popular Porto restaurants and bars, but the upper, terraced residences still serve their original purpose. While many have been converted to tourist accommodations, some are still occupied by locals, whom you may see hanging laundry or watering plants.

View looking at Ribeira Square, Porto, Portugal

At the heart of the district is the Praca da Ribeira. Long serving as a center of commerce and community, the Ribeira Square opens to the Douro River (the city walls were torn down in the 1800s). At the north end is a fountain – and above it is a Portuguese coat of arms that dates to the late 1700s and a statue of St. John the Baptist.

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The Cais da Riveira – or the Waterfront – is a wide, pedestrian zone lined with cafes and restaurants. Across the Douro River you’ll have a clear view of Vila Nova de Gaia and it’s numerous Porto Wine Cellars (which we visit later in our Porto Walking Tour).

Many of the popular Rabelo boat tours – like the 6 Bridge Tour – depart from the docks here along the riverside. If time permits, go ahead and give your feet a rest and hop on a Douro River Tour!

Directions: Continue along the Waterfront to the east and pass under the bridge. Either take the Funicular dos Guindais up to Batalha station (ticket required) or walk up the stairs (just past the funicular station) to the south end of Batalha Square. Walk west along the south side of Rua de Saraiva de Carvalho to the small park and find the nearly hidden Igreja de Santa Clara Church.

#22 Igreja de Santa Clara Porto

Igreja de Santa Clara, Gold Church, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Built in the early 1400s, the Igreja de Santa Clara – or St. Clara Church – has a modest exterior, but a dazzling interior. Originally constructed as part of a convent, the church was modified throughout the years and now features an exquisite glittering gold interior.

An inexpensive ticket is required to enter – which includes visiting the main church, plus the upper room. 

Directions:   Continue walking west to the Se do Porto Cathedral.  

#23 Se do Porto Cathedral

Exterior view of the Porto Se Cathedral, Portugal

MAP . The Se do Porto – or the Porto Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady – marks the historical center of Porto. It took more than 600 years – from the 1100s to the 1700s – to complete, in which time many adjustments and alterations were made to the original plans resulting in a mix of architectural styles. In the mid-1700s, famous Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, added a Baroque flair to the cathedral. 

The dominating hilltop structure features two towers, an ornate interior and a cloister. There is a fee to enter the church, but the ticket allows visitors to climb to the top of the tower for great views of Porto.

Blue skies over the Se do Porto Cathedral, Porto, Portugal

Fronting the church is a large square which also offers nice views over the river and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the center of the square is a decorated pillar, which once served as a place for hangings.

Directions: Exit to the north of the Cathedral, taking a closer look at the azulejos tiles that decorate the walls. Turn right (south) onto the pedestrian-only street and walk onto the upper level of the bridge.

#24 Ponte Luis I Bridge Porto

Blue SKy above Ponte Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Designed in the late 1800s by Théophile Seyrig, a student of Gustave Eiffel, the double-decker iron Ponte Luis I Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in the city. Connecting Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, the bridge was an engineering feat of its time. Originally, both levels were utilized for vehicles, but since the early 2000s, the top deck only accommodates trams and pedestrians, while the lower crossing is used by cars and people – although the sidewalks are quite narrow and crowded.

Pedestrians can get a peek at another famous Porto bridge, Dona Maria Pia, which is also made of iron, that straddles the Douro just upstream. The twin bridges are named after Portugal King Luis I and his wife, Maria Pia of Savoy.

Directions: Cross the bridge from Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia – taking in the views of the river from both sides – just watch for trams! Once across, continue walking south on the east side of Avenida da Republica. At the first intersection, make a sharp left U-turn onto the ramp that leads up to the Miradouro da Serra do Pilar.

#25 Miradouro da Serra do Pilar

View from Miradouro da Serra do Pilar, Porto, Portugal

MAP . The round, white Serra do Pilar church – part of a former 16th century monastery – can clearly be seen from many places around Porto. While most of the monastery is now used by the military, part of it is open as a museum (ticket required). However, it’s the Porto city views from the elevated square that make it worth trekking up the hill!

Directions: Take the ramp back down and cross through Jardim do Morro park (which also has nice views and plenty of places to sit and relax). On the far side, find the staircase that leads down to Calcada da Serra Street. Turn right and start the downhill trek (including the hairpin left just after passing under the bridge) to the Vila Nova de Gaia Riverside. Alternatively, buy a ticket and take a ride on the Teleferico Gaia Cable Car!

#26 Vila Nova de Gaia

Street Art, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

MAP . Vila Nova de Gaia – or just Gaia – is a separate municipality from Porto, yet it is a must-see for Porto visitors. Gaia is famous for being home to numerous Port Wine Cellars and the views of Porto from the waterfront are simply spectacular.

For those who may not know, Port is the famous Portuguese fortified wine made exclusively in the Douro Valley. The vineyards are located upstream from Gaia and we include a day tour to the region in our Complete Itinerary for Porto .

Gaia view from Porto over the Douro River, Portugal

The wine was traditionally transferred by rabelos boats to be processed and stored in Gaia warehouses along the river and in the sprawling neighborhood to the south. When the Port wine was ready, it was loaded onto bigger boats and shipped all around the world.

A wide pedestrian walkway in Gaia parallels the river – and port wine tasting rooms, restaurants and cafes line the path. Visitors can join cellar tours ( book in advance ), sip port on an elevated terrace or get an inexpensive tasting along with petiscos – small plates for sharing – at the countless number of bars and cafes.

Typical Porto Wine Tasting, Gaia, Porto, Portugal

At the west end of the waterfront is the Natas D’ouro bakery (one of our favorite Pastel de Nata bakeries!) and the Mercado Beira Rio, which features an array of cuisine from top area restaurants.

You can continue touring the area on a Gaia cellar walk (use these directions ) and seek out some of the interesting street art down the narrow lanes. Another way to end your day of Porto sightseeing is with a combined evening port wine tasting and Fado show at the Calem cellars (but you need to book your seat in advance ).

That ends our Self-Guided Free Porto Walking Tour! Below is our Porto Map of Sights, as well as tips for other interesting tours in Porto.

Shorter Porto Walking Tours

View from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

Our Porto walk can easily fill an entire day of exploration. Those who would rather break it up into multiple Porto, Portugal walking tours, however, can easily do so. 

2 Porto, Portugal Self-Guided Tours

To split our Self-Guided Porto Free Walk into two tours, we recommend seeing sights 1-21 on Day 1, then exploring sights 22-26 on Day 2.

3 Self-Guided Walking Tours: Porto, Portugal

For shorter routes, our Walking Tour of Porto can be divided into three separate outings. First see sights 1-10 from our DIY Free Tour Porto, then explore stops 11-21 for historic Porto attractions. Finally, discover Gaia with sights 22-26.

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Porto, Portugal Map

Use this link to Google Maps to find an interactive version of all the stops on our Free Porto Walking Tour. You can also pick up a free Porto tourist map at the Tourist Information Office. However, we recommend buying a map in advance of your trip to Porto so that you can plot out your route and get a better idea of the layout. 

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Porto Walking Tour Map and Directions

In our Porto Walking Tour Self Guided route, we include written directions, as well as a map link to each sight – and the above Porto Map of Attractions.

Travelers who wish to divide up the route or want step-by-step directions can use these Google Map links for our Porto Walking Tour to navigate from one sight to the next.

  • Tour 1 – Sights 1-10 Map
  • Tour 2 – Sights 11-21 Map
  • Tour 3 – Sights 22-26 Map

More Tours in Porto, Portugal

Take a river cruise on the Douro River, Porto, Portugal

While we think our walk outlines the best Porto free tour to begin your visit, there are many other tours that provide an excellent experiences. Below we share some of the top rated offers with the option to book your spot!

Douro River Cruise Tours Porto

There are numerous Porto river trips – but a 6 Bridges Cruise is the most popular way to see the sights by boat. On this affordable 50-minute Porto boat cruise, visitors board a traditional Rabello boat for a tour on the Douro River. Book it now!

Porto Wine Tour

Wine is part of the culture in Porto – and it’s not just about port! Join an afternoon tour for an introduction to Porto wine. On these guided tours participants will get to taste 3 wines and learn about the history of wine making in the region. Get the details!

Pro Tip : Visitors can also take a Porto Cellar Tour that details the process of making port – with a p tasting at the end! Learn more here!

Porto Food Tour

We love the food in Portugal! Fellow travelers can use our Porto Food Guide to create their own foodie tour. For those who would rather a guide lead the way can join this highly-rated group Food Tour in Porto. Reserve your spot!

Guided Walking Tour Porto

We won’t take it personally if you would rather a guide show you the sights – and there are many top-rated Guided Walking Tours in Porto to choose from. On this 3-Hour Guided Porto Sightseeing Tour, you learn about the history of the city from a local and get insider tips, too. Find out more!

Porto Private Tour

Travelers who prefer a private tour of Porto can also hire a local guide. On this popular half day Porto tour, guests get a personalized introduction and local knowledge. Book it here!

Guided Free Tour Porto

Visitors looking for a Guided Oporto Free Tour should check out the Porto Sandemans Tour. Just keep in mind that the Free Walking Tour Porto Guides expect – and hopefully deserve – to be tipped. Guests who do not want to pay a guide should stick with our outlined Self-Guided Walking Tour Porto!

Porto Bus Tour: Hop On Hop Off

To avoid walking the hills and battling the crowds, take the Hop On Hop Off Bus in Porto instead! The Porto Sightseeing Bus has two routes that make stops at major attractions and includes commentary in 8 different languages. Book it now!

Pro Tip: Experience top Porto attractions with a combo ticket that includes the Hop On Hop Off Bus, a River Boat Ride and a Port Cellar Tour. Get the Details!

Porto Tram Tour

An alternate way to see the city in a DIY style is on a Porto Tram City Tour. Although not really an official Porto tour, visitors ride the historic trams to many of the sights. Find more info about using the trams to tour Porto on the official transportation website .

Porto Bike Tour

While we think we have given you the best walking tour Porto, bike tours in Porto are a fabulous way to sightsee! Rather than walking in Porto, follow a guide on two wheels on a 3 hour guided tour across town. Get the details!

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Best things to do and see in Porto

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. It is also known for the many bridges that cross the Douro River and for its namesake wine. This city is a top tourist destination because of its picture-perfect sunsets, exquisite local cuisine, and all the amazing architecture it has to offer. 

One of the best ways to get to know the city of Porto is by doing a free walking tour with a professional guide who will help you discover all its hidden charms. Some of the most emblematic places in this city are the Dom Luis I Bridge, the LIvraria Lello Bookstore, Clérigos Church, The Stock Exchange Palace, (Palácio da Bolsa) the narrow streets of the Ribeira neighborhood, the Dragon Football Stadium, San Francisco Church, the Porto Cathedral, Casa da Musica Theater, the Serralves Foundation, the Crystal Palace Gardens, the Contemporary Art Museum of Serralves, the Arrabida Bridge and the Bolhão Market. 

You can see other walkers' reviews with their evaluation of guides and their own experience on the walking tour. The city of Porto has so many different monuments to explore whether you tour during the morning, afternoon or evening to really enjoy its cityscapes and its delicious cuisine. 

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Porto in 1 day; a walking tour of Porto with map

Porto is a charismatic city that offers historic monuments, outstanding tourist activities and an endless abundance of Portuguese charm.

The historic centre is relatively compact, and the main sights can be squeezed into a single, if long, day.

Generally, we recommend two days to fully discover Porto, but this walking tour is ideal if you are constraint by time and only have one day of sightseeing.

This is the perfect route if you are visiting the city as a cruise ship passenger or have a long connection between flights; details of travel from the cruise terminal or airport are given at the end of this guide ( link here ). Related articles: Porto introduction – 2 days in Porto – Top 10 Porto

1 day tour of Porto - the map

This walking tour covers the main sights of Porto and is a fantastic introduction to the city. Below is an interactive map of the suggested 1-day walking route:

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The route is 8.8km and takes around 6 hours of sightseeing, and will be longer when lunch and coffee breaks are included.

There are many steep hills in Porto, so expect a lot of uphill walking. The steepest hill of the route is just before the Santo Ildefonso church (21) , and depending on your energy levels, this may be a convenient location to end the walking tour.

Guide to the 1-day walking tour

This section provides details of the walking tour and included images of the main sights along the route.

The tour begins in the Praça da Liberdade (1) , the main plaza of Porto. This plaza is the connection between the modern city to the north and the medieval districts to the south.

At the head of the Praça da Liberdade is the magnificent Câmara Municipal (24) while surrounding the entire plaza is imposing 1920s granite architecture.

Insight: The McDonald's in the Praça da Liberdade is regarded as the most beautiful McDonald's in the world. It was originally the grand Cafe Imperial, and the conversion retained all of the art deco features, including stain glass mirrors and extravagant chandeliers.

Câmara Municipal do Porto

The Câmara Municipal do Porto

To the west of the Praça da Liberdade is the Igreja dos Clérigos. This baroque church has a unique oval nave, designed by the celebrated Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, but most visitors are drawn by the adjacent Torre dos Clérigos (2) .

The tower at 75m is the highest structure in the historic centre of Porto, and if you climb the 240 steps, you will be rewarded with some of the finest views of Porto.

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From its construction in 1763 until the late 20th century the Torre dos Clérigos was the tallest building in Portugal

Further along, is the tree-lined Jardim da Cordoaria park and the Antiga Cadeia da Relação (3) , Porto's original prison. Today the prison complex houses the informative Fotografia Museum.

Heading around the park is the imposing Tribunal da Relação do Porto and the Neo-classical wing of the Santo António Hospital (4) .

On the northern side of the Jardim da Cordoaria is the Igreja dos Carmelitas, the Igreja do Carmo (5) and the main campus of Porto University (6) . Being close to the university, this area is a hub for nightlife with many trendy bars and nightclubs.

The Igreja do Carmo is famed for the beautiful blue and white tile mural that covers the entire eastern wall and was created using traditional azulejo tile paintings.

Insight: An ancient law prevented two churches sharing the same wall, so separating the Carmelitas and Carmo churches is Portugal's narrowest house. This now has been turned into a museum and is part of the Igreja do Carmo.

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The decorative painted tiles on the side of the Igreja do Carmo

Departing from the Praça de Parada Leitão is the number 22 tram, which provides a scenic loop of central Porto. The tram route takes 45min, costs €3 and is a relaxing method to see the city, so long as you can get a seat!

The next sight is the Livraria Lello bookshop (7) , where JK Rowling wrote the initial chapters of the Harry Potter series, and was the inspiration for the grand staircase in Hogwarts. The shop is always crowded and changes €6 to enter.

Livraria Lello Porto

Livraria Lello Bookshop

Heading downhill leads to the São Bento train station (8) with its beautiful concourse decorated with some of the finest Azulejo tile paintings in Portugal. Insight: There are two styles of tile paints in the station, traditional blue and white painted before the 1910 revolution and colour tiles painted after.

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Inside São Bento train station

Uphill from the station is the ancient Se Cathedral (9) with its stark Romanesque fortified appearance. The interior of the cathedral is very austere, but the gothic cloisters have more character and are worth a visit.

The plaza in front of the cathedral was the centre of medieval Porto, hosting a daily market and protected by the city walls. The only remaining defensive tower houses the tourism office, and at the centre of the plaza is a pillory, used to hang criminals.

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The Se Cathedral was constructed as a statement of religious dominance

If you enjoy decorative churches, then do include a visit to the Igreja de Santa Clara, with its ornate carved altars and lavish use of gold leaf.

South from the Se Cathedral leads to the iconic Luís I Bridge (10) , a wonderous iron bridge with two levels spanning the Douro River. This route crosses the upper deck of the bridge and offers stunning views over the historic riverside districts of Porto.

Insight: Before the construction of the Luis I bridge the Douro River was crossed by the Ponte das Barcas, a bridge constructed from twenty-one old Rabelo boats lashed together. The bridge sunk during the invasion of Napoleon's army in 1809 as the city fled, causing the loss of 400 people. The columns which held the Ponte das Barcas can be still seen next to the Ponte Luis I.

Luís I Bridge Porto

The Luís I Bridge connects Porto on the north side of the Douro with Vila Nova de Gaia on the south side Note the Ponte das Barcas columns on the left of the bridge

For an even better view of the river head up to the viewing terrace within the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar (11) , this monastery complex is unique for its circular church.

Just below the monastery is the Jardim do Morro, a popular location to hang-out during the summer months.

Departing from the edge of the park is a cable car down to the waterfront of Vila Nova de Gaia, but as it's all downhill from the Jardim do Morro, it's just as easy to walk.

Vila Nova de Gaia water front

The waterfront of Vila Nova de Gaia with the Port cellars to the rear

Vila Nova de Gaia is the traditional home of Porto wine, and the drink is matured in the vast cellars that line the banks of the river.

Within Vila Nova de Gaia are all of the major Port producers, and they provide guided tours of their cellars along with Port tasting sessions. The best tours and tastings include; Ferreira, Sandeman, Cálem, Graham's and Churchill. Insight: There is always a great atmosphere along the riverside in Vila Nova de Gaia, and it is an enjoyable place to relax and socialise.

Sandeman Port lodge Porto

After a Port tasting session, you may just wish to embrace the unhurried culture of Portugal

While wandering Vila Nova de Gaia do visit the "Half-Rabbit" (13) , a distinctive piece of urban art constructed purely from discarded rubbish, which is close to the Igreja Santa Marinha church.

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Both sides of the Half Rabbit are only seen if you look at the corner of the building

At the far end of the Vila Nova de Gaia is the Estaleiro do Rabelo (14) , a traditional shipyard which builds and repairs the Rabelo boats. These flat-bottomed boats were historically used for transporting barrels of crushed grapes from the upper reaches of the Douro to the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.

After exploring Vila Nova de Gaia, cross the lower level of the Luís I Bridge, which leads into the Ribeira district.

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The Ribeira district as seen from Vila Nova de Gaia

Historically the Ribeira were the docks of Porto and one of the poorest areas of the city, but today it is one of the most characterful districts.

Along the waterfront restaurants and bars are crowded with tourists, while standing above the shops are a colourful hotch-potch of ancient houses.

At the heart of the district is the charming Praça da Ribeira, and much like Vila Nova de Gaia waterfront, there is always a buzzing atmosphere.

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The colourful houses of the Ribeira

The unassuming Casa do Infante (16) , was the birthplace for Henry the Navigator, the noble who instigated the 14th century "Age of Discovery", which ultimately led to the discovery of Brazil and the sea route to India. Inside the Casa do Infante is a museum detailing his life and the sea voyages.

Across the street is the departure location for the Linha 1 tram, which trundles down the Douro to the mouth of the mighty river and the charming Foz district. This is a pleasant area to explore if you have a second day in Porto.

The São Francisco monastery was the grandest religious building of Porto, until it was accidentally burned down during the Siege of Porto in 1832. All that remains today is the Igreja de São Francisco (17) .

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The number 1 tram waiting in front of the Igreja de São Francisco

From the outside, the church appears as yet another sombre gothic building, but inside is a profusion of intricate wood carvings and excessively adorned altars.

Insight: Such was the extensive use of gold leaf, that it is estimated that the Igreja de São Francisco contains over 100kg of gold.

The Neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa (18) was the stock exchange of Porto and represented the financial importance of the city during the 19th century. This "palace" was constructed on the fire ravaged cloisters of the São Francisco monastery. Inside is the wonderous Arab Room, the grand Hall of Nations and an impressive central courtyard.

Palácio da Bolsa Porto

The Palácio da Bolsa

The Misericórdia (The Mercy) were a 17th-century charity in which Porto's nobles donated money to fund hospitals and care for the poor of the city. The Museu da Misericórdia do Porto (19) , exhibits portraits of the donors and provides entrance to the lavish Igreja da Misericórdia. Within the museum is the "Fons Vitae", Portugal's finest gothic painting.

The Rua das Flores (20) is one of Porto's best shopping streets and is filled with independent stores, quirky tourist stalls and family-run cafes, along with a host of street performers.

The pretty Igreja de Santo Ildefonso church (21) is adorned with over 11,000 azulejo tiles covering the entire exterior of the church. The church is worth visiting, except it is at the top of a very steep hill.

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso Porto

The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso is decorative and unique, but it's a demanding climb to see it!

The Majestic Café (22) is one of Porto's original Art Nouveau styled cafes. The café, with its original features and hectic atmosphere, is bursting with character, and a great location for a mid-afternoon coffee and delicious Portuguese pastry.

The Rua de Santa Catarina, on which the Majestic Café is situated, is at the heart of Porto's shopping district and is a pleasant area to browse shops.

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The Art Nouveau styled Majestic Café, was inspired by Parisian cafés

The Bolhão market (23) is the traditional market of Porto, filled with local produce (flowers, vegetables and meats), handicrafts and gifts. If you are seeking to experience a slice of authentic Porto, a stroll around this bustling market is for you.

Insight: The market starts early in the day, and by mid-afternoon, many of the fresh produce have been sold. If you enjoy visiting markets, consider adding Bolhão market much earlier in the day.

The tour then leads back into the Praça da Liberdade and the Câmara Municipal do Porto (24) .

If you’re taking this tour from a cruise ship or while waiting for a flight

The walking tour starts from the Praça da Liberdade (1) .

If you are travelling from the airport, catch the metro from the airport to the Trindade metro station (zone 4 ticket - €2.25, 27min journey) and walk south along the Avenida dos Aliados. A second metro could be taken from Trindade station to Aliados, but the journey is only 500m, and the walk is downhill.

Cruise ships to Porto moor at the Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões (GPS: 41.17739, -8.69984) in the town of Matosinhos. The 500 bus route provides a direct and regular bus service between Matosinhos to the Praça da Liberdade in Porto.

The nearest bus stop to the cruise terminal is "Godinho" (GPS: 41.18161, -8.69215), and a single fare to Porto costs €1.80, with a 40 minutes journey time. This is a very scenic bus route as it follows the Douro River. Warning: Always allow sufficient time to travel back to the airport or cruise terminal.

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Hi Porto Walking Tours is a local company founded to provide an authentic experience of the city and take you out of the beaten track to show the real Porto.

Our team of local guides, are very knowledgeable, well informed, entertaining and free to give their touch according to the expectation of each group.

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Porto is one of the most important cities in Portugal and the one that gave name to our country (and the famous wine). Located on the banks of the Douro River, its historical area was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

The historical facts that changed the history of Portugal, the incredible architecture with its impressive buildings and monuments, the many traditions still kept by the locals and the delicious typical food  from the North of Portugal. Hi Porto Walking Tours will take you around this charming city and show you why Porto has become such a popular destination in recent years.

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Porto might be famous for the Port wine cellars that line its riverbanks, but this coastal city was pivotal to Portugal’s success and growth. Great expeditions, ancient buildings and the formation of the navy are just some of the stories you will learn about from some of Porto’s best local tour guides.

The original Free Tour of Porto covers many of Porto’s top attractions in its UNESCO World Heritage Site center, including the Porto Cathedral, Dom Luís Bridge, São Bento station, Lello Bookstore, Clérigos Church and much more. After you’ve got the overview with the free walking tour, delve deeper with us!

Explore the popular Ribeira neighbourhood and take in the stunning views by the riverside on the Douro River walking tour or wind down your afternoon with some drinks on our Port wine cellar visit and tasting tour .

For those of you who want to escape the city for a day, we offer a day trip to the charming birthplace of Portugal, Guimaraes .

One thing’s for sure; the top things to do and see in Porto can all be found on a SANDEMANs tour!

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Whether you’re interested in learning more about the history of Porto or its most notable landmarks, there are several free walking tours available in this city that we will cover in this post.

All tours are offered by local tour guides.

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Porto, Portugal is rich with history and culture both modern and centuries-old, which explains why tour companies offer so many different types of services in this city.

Most of these outings are focused on orientation, offering several important details about the city centre, otherwise known as Old Town Porto .

The tours listed below are run through us. More tours are available in the following sections.

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Here is a calendar with more of the best free walking tours in Lisbon.

Other tours explore some of the beautiful street art on display throughout the city.

There are also free walking tours that focus on the ways in which Porto inspired Harry Potter and how women shaped the city both in the past and today.

What is a free tour of Porto? They are pay-what-you-wish tours, which means that you can decide what the service was worth, or what you could afford after the tour is over.

Free Tour Porto

You are not obligated to pay anything, but according to online reviews, most people give between €5 - €20 each to Porto's best local tour guides.

In addition to fully guided tours, there are also self-guided tours you can use to explore the city at your own leisure.

Tours are typically offered in English, Spanish, and sometimes other languages such as French and German.

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As the name implies, these free Porto walking tours provide a closer look at the historic center of the city.

They cover topics like how Porto became such an important location and which buildings/landmarks played a significant role.

Old Town Porto

There are several options to choose from, but no matter which service you pick, you can usually expect to visit some of the following locations and monuments:

  • Praça da Liberdade
  • Porto Cathedral
  • Tower of Clérigos
  • University of Porto
  • São Bento Train Station
  • Palacio da Bolsa
  • Douro Riverside
  • Clérigos Tower
  • Arrabida Bridge

Along the way, you'll experience a lot of incredible architecture, histyoric baroque churches, and more.

Your knowledgeable guide will likely point you in the direction of the best cafes, restaurants, and other places to visit while you're in the area.

The historic city centre of Porto is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so these tours cover one of the most notable locations on the globe.

If you’re interested in learning more about these sites or seeing them up close, consider taking a Porto free walking tour listed below.

Take Porto Tours

Visit the heart of Porto on this 2 ½ hours free walking tour which covers some of the most historic locations.

Along the way, you’ll get an introduction to the city with plenty of advice and suggestions for how to get the most out of your trip.

Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, this tour is offered twice per day at 10:30 am and 15:30 (3:30 pm).

This company also offers pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Lisbon .

Learn more or book the tour .

1-2 Porto Tours

This is a somewhat newer tour company, and they are quickly making a name for themselves with one of the best free walking tours in the city.

Over the course of 2 ½ hours, you’ll learn about the history of Porto from its birth to the Carnation Revolution and beyond, even offering a few details about modern life and culture.

You can take this tour in either English or Spanish twice per day at 10:15 am and 15:15 (3:15 pm).

Book this tour or learn more .

Hi Porto Walking Tours

Much like the other companies on this list, Hi Porto provides this pay-what-you-wish tour two times a day at 11 am and 15:30 (3:30 pm) in both English and Spanish.

Get more information or book this tour .

Additional Old Town Porto Tours

In addition to the tours we’ve already mentioned, there are a few more options you might want to consider which are also excellent services covering the historic center of Porto.

  • Sandeman New Europe
  • Porto Walkers
  • The Walking Parrot

City Lovers Tours

P orto street art tours.

These tours focus on a different side of Porto, giving you a look at how modern culture has helped shape the city just as much as its medieval history.

Porto Street Art Tour

While on these outings, you can expect to learn about and see a variety of significant street art, sculptures, and ancient buildings in various neighborhoods that will usually take you off the beaten track.

Here are a few of the most notable stops included on these free walking tours:

  • Lello Bookstore
  • Porto University
  • Rua da Madeira
  • National Theatre
  • Dom Luís Bridge
  • Rua de Santa Catarina
  • Carmo & Carmelita Church

If you want to discover what makes these locations so interesting, consider taking one of the pay-what-you-want tours below.

While their Old Town tour covers some of the most important histories from centuries past, this outing is all about street art and its influence on modern culture in Porto.

This 2 ½ hour tour is available in both English and Spanish every Tuesday and Friday at 15:30 (3:30 pm).

Book your tour or learn more .

Available in both English and Spanish, you can take this 2 ½ hour tour daily at 16:30 (4:30 pm).

Street Art in Porto Self-Guided Tour

This self-guided tour provides stops at a dozen different examples of interesting or culturally significant street art in Porto.

Although you won’t have a professional tour guide to provide additional details about each piece of art along the way, this is an entirely free option that you can use whenever you want.

H ARRY POTTER TOURS IN PORTO

Did you know that J.K. Rowling actually lived in Porto when she was working on her first manuscript for Harry Potter?

Thanks to this history behind the books, there are some companies offering tours of the city which focus on areas that may have inspired this fantasy world of wizards.

There’s at least one free option and another service you may want to consider which has very low ticket costs.

While on these tours you can expect to see some of the following locations:

  • Palacio Atlántico
  • Cafe Majestic

Harry Potter and the Heroes of Porto

This is actually a virtual tour, and it’s free to join and works on the pay-what-you-wish model once the tour is over.

While enjoying this online experience, you’ll see 7 notable locations that reveal some of the potential influences Porto may have had on the book series.

As long as you have a computer or tablet which can stream both audio and video, you can take this pay-what-you-wish tour.

It generally runs every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday in English ( Book here ).

It generally runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 19:30 (7:30 pm) in Spanish ( Book here ).

Aside from its historical and cultural tours, this company also offers a Harry Potter tour which provides information about how the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s books came to exist.

Although Take Porto Tours offers a lot of free tours, this is one service that requires you to purchase a ticket, just €15 per person.

This outing is approximately 2 - 2 ½ hours long, and it’s available every Saturday at 11 am.

If you’re planning to visit Lisbon as well, it’s worth keeping in mind that Take Tours also offers its services in that city.

An Unexpected Harry Potter Porto Tour

If you’re looking for another free alternative, this self-guided tour covers some of the most important sites in Porto which are linked to the history of Harry Potter.

The only disadvantage of this option is that it is not professionally guided, but it is entirely free to use.

Although you could take it anytime you want, many of the stops included close down in the evening, so it makes more sense to enjoy this outing sometime in the morning or afternoon.

Learn more or take this self-guided Harry Potter tour .

MYSTERIES AND LEGENDS OF PORTO

If you're curious about some of the creepier aspects of Porto's history, these outings provide information about the most grizzly tales that have haunted this city for generations.

A view of Porto after dark. Image source: Nuno Lopes.

Here are a few of the sites and secrets you can expect to be covered on these tours:

  • Rua das Flores
  • Courtyard of the Hanged
  • Old Armenian Quarter
  • Medieval Wall
  • Louis I Bridge

This type of free walking tour Porto offers is similar to a ghost tour, but it covers more historical fact than supernatural activity. Still, if you're in the mood for a disturbing night tour, consider one of these outings!

In addition to their standard Old Town tour, this company also offers an outing called "Dark Porto" which covers various mysteries, legends, and crimes from throughout the history of this city.

This 2-hour and 15-minute outing is available in English at 18:00 (6 pm) every Tuesday - Sunday. You can also take the tour in Spanish nightly at 18:30 (6:30 pm).

This is another company that offers an outing covering this subject called the "Mysterios Porto Fair" tour.

You can take this 1 hour and 45-minute tour in Spanish every night at 19:15 (7:15 pm).

DOURO RIVER CRUISES

If you're interested in seeing this historic city from the water, there are plenty of Douro River cruise options you might want to consider. Unfortunately, these waterfront outings are not free, but the average price is between €15-€20, so it's a pretty affordable activity.

Here are a few of the best cruises and boat tours you can enjoy on the Douro Riverbanks.

PORTO WINE TOURS

There are several tours from Porto that cover some of the best wines which come from the region.

These outings typically visit wineries, wine cellar locations, or even the Douro Valley Vineyards to give visitors a closer look at how wine is made in Porto.

Some tours also include wine tastings for guests!

As with Douro River Cruises, these services are not free, and in this case, they can run up to €100 or more, but some are as low as €20.

Here are a few of the best options to consider.

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The Heart Of Porto

Start: Terreiro de Sé.

Finish: Estação de São Bento.

Time: 2 1/2 hours.

Best Times: Any day between 10am and 4pm.

Worst Times: Monday through Friday from 8 to 10am and 4 to 6pm, because of heavy traffic.

The only suitable way to explore the heart of the inner city is on foot. Nearly all the major monuments are in the old part of town, and the major sights are close together. The streets are often narrow and sometimes confusing to the first-time visitor; even armed with a good map, you're likely to get lost from time to time. Long accustomed to entertaining foreigners, the people of Porto are generally friendly and hospitable, and will point you in the right direction.

Begin your tour in the heart of the old town, at:

1. Terreiro de Sé

This square is dominated by the cathedral, founded as a fortress church in the 12th century and greatly altered in the 1600s and 1700s. Square-domed towers flank the main facade. "Cathedral Square" is also bordered by an 18th-century former Episcopal palace, now municipal offices. Noted for its granite-cased doors and windows, it contains an exceptional stairway. Also on the square are a Manueline-style pillory and a statue of Vímara Peres, the warrior of Afonso III of León, who captured ancient Portucale in A.D. 868.

To the rear of the cathedral is one of Porto's most charming streets:

2. Rua de Dom Hugo

If you continue along this street, you'll pass the Chapel of Our Lady of Truths. It's invariably closed, but you can peek through the grille at the gilded rococo altar, with a statue of the Virgin at the center.

Along this same street at no. 32 stands the:

3. Casa Museu de Guerra Junqueiro

This white mansion, now a museum, was the home of the poet Guerra Junqueiro (1850-1923). The Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni designed this mansion.

Continue along Rua de Dom Hugo, a narrow street that curves around the eastern side of the Sé, until you come to some steep steps. These were carved through remaining sections of the town walls that existed in the Middle Ages. This brings you into one of the most colorful and poverty-stricken sections of Porto, the:

4. Ribeira district

The back streets of this historic neighborhood have much charm. The area abounds with arcaded markets, churches, museums, monuments, and once-elegant buildings.

Regardless of which alley you take, everything eventually merges onto the:

5. Cais de Ribeira

The quayside section of the Ribeira district opens onto the Douro. Locals come here for the low-cost tascas (taverns) and seafood restaurants, which were constructed into the street-level arcade of the old buildings.

The center of the district is:

6. Praça de Ribeira

Locals sit in the sun here telling tall tales. From here, visitors can take in the port-wine lodges across the Douro at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Now head north to the:

7. Ponte de Dom Luís I

This is the middle of the trio of bridges over the river Douro. The iron bridge was designed by Seyrig, one of Gustave Eiffel's collaborators, in 1886. It has an upper and a lower span, both of which funnel traffic to Vila Nova de Gaia.

After viewing the bridge and the river, retrace your steps to Praça de Ribeira. At the west side of the square, walk up Rua de São João to the:

8. Feitoria Inglesa (Factory House of the British Association)

This is the headquarters of the Port Wine Shippers' Association. One of the most fabled buildings in the Ribeira district, it stands where Rua do Infante Dom Henrique crosses Rua de São João. British consul John Whitehead designed the "factory" in 1786.

Follow Rua do Infante Dom Henrique to the:

9. Casa do Infante

The Casa do Infante lies at the corner of Rua de Alfândega. Porto-born Henry the Navigator, who launched Portugal on the Age of Discovery, reputedly was born in this house.

Follow Rua do Infante Dom Henrique to:

10. Praça do Infante Dom Henrique

A statue of Prince Henry the Navigator graces this square. Here you can visit a big covered food market, where tripe is sold in great quantities. Although shunned by much of the Western world (except by Florentines), tripe is said to be the favorite food of the denizens of Porto.

The highlight of this square is the:

11. Igreja de São Francisco

Originally this was a Gothic church. Its adjacent museum once was the property of a Franciscan monastery. This church boasts the most lavish, spectacular church interior in Porto -- and the competition is fierce.

Behind the church, facing the square, is Porto's:

12. Palácio de Bolsa (Stock Exchange)

It takes up a great deal of the site of what used to be a Franciscan monastery. It's known for an oval Arab Room whose stained glass and arabesques are said to imitate the style of the Alhambra in Granada, built by the Moors. The Stock Exchange stands at Rua de Bolsa and Rua Ferreira Borges.

Follow Rua Ferreira Borges west, veering north to Largo de São Domingos. At the top of this square, continue northwest along:

13. Rua das Flores (Street of Flowers)

Some visitors consider this the most romantic street in Porto. It has long been known for the quality of its silversmiths, but what makes the street so architecturally striking is its wrought-iron balconies.

This street eventually opens onto Praça de Almeida Garrett, named for the famed Portuguese writer. On this square is the:

14. Estação de São Bento

This is the most central of Porto's railway stations. Its grand main hall is decorated with large tiles tracing the history of transportation in Portugal.

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Self Guided Walking Tour of Porto (with Maps!)

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Prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting city center of Porto, a true gem of Europe that has been bestowed with the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your journey begins at the magnificent Clérigos Church, standing tall with its towering 75.6 meter structure. As you embark on this captivating exploration with your knowledgeable local guide, keep your cameras poised to capture the wonders that lie ahead.

Your path will lead you past the cherished Porto Cathedral, a splendid testament to architectural grandeur. Marvel at the intricate beauty of the renowned São Bento station, adorned with exquisite tiles that recount stories of the city’s rich history. Traverse the ancient city walls, dating back to the 14th century, and feel the weight of time as you absorb the atmosphere of this storied place. A visit to the world-famous Lello bookstore awaits, where you’ll discover the fascinating connection it shares with the magical realm of Harry Potter, elevating it to the ranks of the most sought-after bookstores worldwide.

As you venture beyond the city center, winding through the labyrinthine alleys, a breath-taking panorama unfolds before your eyes. Behold the awe-inspiring views that stretch as far as the eye can see, and encounter the majestic Douro River. This iconic waterway proudly showcases the Dom Luís I bridge, an architectural masterpiece crafted by the protégé of the renowned Gustave Eiffel, Théophile Seyrig. Moreover, it is on the banks of the Douro River that Porto’s world-renowned Port wine industry finds its home, exuding a sense of tradition and craftsmanship that has captured the hearts of connoisseurs around the globe.

São Bento Railway Station

Sao Bento Station

The São Bento Railway Station holds a significant place within the Historic City Centre of Porto, acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and designated as a National Monument of Portugal.

Construction of this remarkable building commenced in 1904 under the architectural guidance of José Marques da Silva, and it took around twelve years to complete. One of the station’s most captivating features is its vestibule, adorned with magnificent panels of azulejo tiles crafted by Jorge Colaço. These exquisite tile compositions, framed by pilasters, were finalized in 1916, just in time for the station’s grand inauguration.

Impressively, there are approximately 20,000 azulejo tiles adorning the walls of the São Bento Railway Station. Among them, the larger panels vividly depict significant moments from Portuguese history. These captivating scenes include the Battle of Arcos de Valdevez, the Conquest of Ceuta in 1415, the legendary meeting between knight Egas Moniz and Alfonso VII of León in Toledo during the 12th century, the ceremonial entrance of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster on horseback to Porto to celebrate their wedding in 1387, and many more.

At the station’s entrance, on the border wall, smaller tile panels showcase rural scenes, depicting a bustling cattle fair, a pilgrim camp, picturesque vineyards, bountiful harvests, the transportation of wine down the Douro River, and even a charming watermill. Additionally, the pilasters that separate the entry doors feature a series of smaller tile compositions, adding further artistic allure to the space.

Above, near the ceiling, a captivating blue and gold frieze embellished with stylized flowers catches the eye, while below it, another polychromatic frieze in an Art Deco style depicts the captivating history of transportation in Portugal.

Praça da Liberdade

Praça Da Liberdade Porto

Located in the vibrant lower town or Baixa district of Porto, on the southern side of the grand Avenue of the Allies, lies the expansive Liberty Square. Spanning over three square miles, this area, originally known as New Square, emerged as a result of Porto’s urbanization movement in 1718.

In 1788, the religious order of Saint Eligius, the esteemed Patron Saint of veterinarians, horses, goldsmiths, and blacksmiths, established a convent on the southern edge of the square. This remarkable neoclassical structure, known today as the Cardosas Palace, replaced a section of the medieval city wall, symbolizing a harmonious blend of past and present.

In 1866, a majestic monument was erected in honour of King Peter IV, a remarkable figure who held the titles of both King of Portugal and Emperor of Brazil. Renowned for his unwavering dedication to preserving the liberal constitution in Portugal and safeguarding liberty in Brazil, Peter IV’s statue, sculpted by Anatole Calmels, depicts him mounted and clutching the constitution he valiantly fought for during the Liberal Wars.

The square experienced a transformation in 1916 with the construction of the modern Avenue of the Allies, which extended northwards from the square. Today, the buildings surrounding Liberty Square are adorned with banks, hotels, offices, and restaurants, epitomizing a bustling hub of commerce and culture. Standing proudly at the centre, the monument dedicated to Peter IV commands attention and dominates the vast expanse of the square. Noteworthy landmarks in the vicinity include the esteemed Bank of Portugal and the stately Cardosas Palace, preserving the legacy and allure of this remarkable square.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the McDonald’s located in Praça da Liberdade, renowned as one of the most stunning McDonald’s establishments worldwide. This particular location holds a fascinating history, once serving as the grand Cafe Imperial. The remarkable conversion of the space preserved its magnificent art deco elements, such as the stained glass mirrors and lavish chandeliers, allowing visitors to admire the opulence of the past while enjoying their meal.

Torre dos Clérigos

Torre Dos Clérigos

The Torre dos Clérigos, or Clérigos Tower, is an iconic landmark located in Porto, Portugal. It stands tall in the city’s historic centre and is considered one of the most recognizable symbols of Porto. The tower is part of the Clérigos Church and was designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century.

Construction of the Clérigos Tower began in 1754 and was completed in 1763. It reaches a height of 75.6 meters (248 feet) and consists of six floors. The tower’s architectural style is predominantly Baroque and incorporates elements of Rococo and Neoclassical design.

Visitors can ascend the tower by climbing a narrow spiral staircase composed of 240 steps. The effort is well worth it, as it offers breath-taking panoramic views of Porto’s cityscape. From the top, you can admire the historic centre, the Douro River, the tiled rooftops, and the surrounding landscape, providing an incredible perspective of the city’s beauty.

Livraria Lello & Irmão

The Livraria Lello

Renowned as one of the most stunning bookstores worldwide, Livraria Lello is nestled in the heart of Porto, along the historic Rua dos Clerics. It beckons visitors with its captivating Art Deco design, inviting them to embark on a mesmerizing exploration of this iconic establishment. Interestingly, the store has been under the management of the same company, Lugan & Geneliousx Sucessores, throughout its history, preserving its legacy.

The Art Deco style, known for its symmetrical lines and geometric patterns inspired by ancient Egypt, adorns the bookstore. Since its opening in 1906, Livraria Lello has captivated visitors with its splendid stained glass ceiling, intricate wooden staircase, and lavish embellishments. The visionary architect and engineer Xavier Esteves designed the bookstore to withstand the test of time, ensuring its enduring grandeur. The façade of the building blends elements of Art Nouveau and Gothic Revival, adding to its allure.

The meticulously carved wooden shelves, stretching from floor to ceiling, are a sight to behold, inviting book enthusiasts to peruse the treasures they hold. The same exquisite craftsmanship adorns the wooden staircase, with its intricate details and remarkable artistry. Moreover, the glass ceiling adds a fascinating dimension to the space, diffusing warm and enchanting light throughout the entire building.

N.B Unfortunately, the bookshop is no longer free to visit. To regulate the crowds in the bookstore, you must purchase entrance tickets which you must do online through their official website .

Carmo and Carmelitas churches

Carmo And Carmelitas Churches

Situated in Praca Gomes Teixeira, there are two neighboring churches that capture attention: the Carmelitas Church, dating back to the 17th century, on the left, and the Igreja do Carmo (Carmo Church) on the right. Nestled between these two churches is an intriguing sight—the narrowest house in Porto, measuring just a little over a meter in width. This unique house was built due to the belief that churches should not have adjacent neighbors.

When visiting the area, make sure to admire the impressive side of the Igreja do Carmo. It is adorned with a magnificent large painting crafted entirely from azulejo tiles. Created by the artist Silvestro Silvestri, this artwork is a true visual marvel.

Cais da Ribeira

Porto, Praça Da Ribeira

The exact origins of the settlement in Ribeira remain somewhat mysterious. Over time, a riverside community emerged near the confluence of the Vila River and the Douro River. Roman mosaics dating back to the fourth century have been unearthed in the area, hinting at its ancient roots. In the 13th century, Ribeira grew alongside Porto, particularly along the banks of the Douro River and the slopes of Penaventosa hill.

Two distinct settlements took shape. One nestled on the elevated Penaventosa, near Porto Cathedral, while the other flourished below in Ribeira, on the picturesque waterfront of the Douro River. Until the late 14th century, these settlements were interconnected by a labyrinthine network of narrow and confining streets, making navigation quite challenging. The need arose for a new street to penetrate this maze.

Under the initiative of King John I, a new street was created, aptly named “Rua Nova” or New Street. It served as a striking contrast to the intricate web of passages in Porto. Notably, Rua Nova was designed to be straight and unusually wide for its time. It quickly became a prestigious address, attracting the bourgeoisie, clergy, and business class.

The district of Ribeira entices visitors with its enchanting charm. Medieval streets and alleyways lead to the bustling Ribeira Square, a lively waterfront plaza. Adjacent to the Ribeira Wharf, remnants of the 14th century wall serve as a reminder of the district’s historical significance. Beyond this point, the steep and winding paths of Barredo unfold.

As evening sets in, the clubs along the Ribeira Wharf promise a vibrant nightlife for romantic wanderers. In bygone days, this riverside district bustled with commerce and trade. Ribeira Square is adorned with numerous shops and cafes, while a grand fountain graces its northern section. The Ribeira Wharf commences on the western side of the iconic Luis I Bridge, tracing the riverside path to Ribeira Square.

An elevated walkway offers additional shops and cafes, preserving remnants of the old city walls that were once patrolled by vigilant medieval soldiers. Take a seat, indulge in a drink, and watch the river flow, just as they did centuries ago. Time glides by effortlessly, mirroring the tranquil current of the river itself.

Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular Dos Guindais

The Funicular dos Guindais in Porto is a charming transportation system that provides a unique and scenic way to travel between the riverside area of Ribeira and the bustling Batalha neighbourhood, located at a higher elevation.

The funicular was inaugurated in 1891 and was originally steam-powered, serving as an important mode of transportation for the locals. Over the years, it underwent several renovations and modernizations to ensure its continued operation and safety.

Sé Catedral do Porto

Porto Cathedral

In the year 868, Vimara Peres, a nobleman hailing from Asturias and born in 820, successfully conquered the Moorish-held territories situated north of the Douro River. Among the towns he captured was one known as Portus Cale. Over time, Portus Cale evolved into Portucale, the county that Vimara Peres would rule, eventually giving rise to the city of Porto. The highest hill within Portus Cale, named Penaventosa, became the chosen site for the construction of Porto Cathedral.

Previously, the hill had been home to a Suebian Church. In the 12th century, efforts commenced to build the cathedral, albeit with intermittent progress along the way. Eventually, in 1737, the construction was deemed complete. Porto Cathedral stands as an awe-inspiring example of Romanesque architecture within the city. Positioned atop Penaventosa, it assumes a fortress-like position, commanding a view over the town below.

The cathedral is characterized by twin square towers, each reinforced with buttresses and crowned with a cupola. Its western façade showcases Gothic ornamentation from the 15th century. Additionally, an impressive Gothic cloister, created in 1736 by Nicolau Nasoni—an architect originally from Tuscany who settled in Portugal—enhances the cathedral’s grandeur.

Towards the northern side of the cathedral, a baroque porch and a Romanesque rose window can be found beneath a crenelated arch, further accentuating the fortress-like ambiance. The nave, covered by a barrel vault, possesses a modest width. Noteworthy elements within the cathedral include the baroque apse adorned with paintings by Nasoni and the intricately designed altarpiece of the chapel by Santos Pacheco. The south transept captivates visitors with its embellishment of blue azulejo tiles, a characteristic feature of Portuguese tilework.

Entrance to Porto Cathedral itself is free of charge, allowing visitors to explore its grandeur without any cost. However, there is a nominal fee required to access the Sacred Art Museum and the breathtaking Gothic cloisters that are connected to the church. These additional areas offer an opportunity to delve deeper into the cathedral’s historical and artistic treasures.

For those seeking an adventurous ascent, it is also possible to climb the tower, although it’s worth noting that the steps are steep and plentiful. The reward for those who make the journey upward is a magnificent panoramic view, encompassing not only the immediate surroundings but also providing a closer look at parts of the cathedral that may be hidden from sight at ground level.

Ponte de Dom Luís I

Dom Luís I Bridge

The banks of the River Douro boast a sturdy foundation of granite. Notably, there are two bridges spanning the river, situated less than a mile apart: the Luis I Bridge and the Maria Pia Bridge, named after King Luis I of Portugal and his royal consort, Queen D. Maria Pia. Both bridges share a striking resemblance, featuring impressive iron webs and arches that support the passage across the river.

The reason for their similarity is quite straightforward. The D. Maria Pia Bridge was masterfully designed by Gustave Eiffel, renowned for his iconic tower in Paris. In the case of the Dom Luis I Bridge, its design was entrusted to Teophile Seyrig. Seyrig had previously collaborated with Eiffel on the construction of the D. Maria Pia Bridge as well as the illustrious Eiffel Tower. The Luis I Bridge spans a distance of 564 feet, with a height of 146 feet.

A distinguishing feature of the Luis I Bridge is its unique two-level structure. One level crosses over the highest point of the arch, while the other hangs beneath it. Initially, both levels were intended for road traffic. However, in modern times, the top level serves as a passage for Metro trains, alongside pedestrian walkways. Walking across the upper level of the bridge provides an exhilarating experience that should not be missed.

From this vantage point, the views are unparalleled. One can behold the magnificent Porto Cathedral and the Tower of the Clergymen, which prominently dominates the old Porto skyline. The combination of architectural marvels and the picturesque riverside setting creates a captivating panorama for all who gaze upon it.

Serra do Pilar Monastery

Serra Do Pilar Monastery,Porto

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, the Serra do Pilar Monastery is situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the opposite bank of the Douro River from Porto. Majestically perched on a lofty outcrop, it overlooks the iconic Luis I Bridge and the bustling city center. Access to the monastery is convenient, as visitors can reach it via public transportation using the Porto Metro’s D line, disembarking at the Garden do Morro Station.

Originally, the monks of the Dominican Order in Grijo found themselves in need of more space. Their existing monastery in Grijo had fallen into disrepair, prompting the construction of a new monastery with cloisters, which was completed in 1583. However, even this new space proved insufficient, requiring further expansion. Finally, by 1700, the present-day Serra do Pilar Monastery was completed, providing the much-needed room for the monks.

Throughout its history, the monastery played significant roles in various military endeavours. It served as a vital military outpost for General Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, during the Peninsular War. It also served as a stronghold for the Liberal faction during the civil war in 1833. In the 19th century, the monastery was fortified and continued to be utilized by the military. In recognition of its historical importance, the site was declared a National Monument of Portugal in 1910.

Architecturally, the monastery features a circular design, encompassing both the church and the cloister, with a rectangular choir and chapel separating the two. The north side is home to the bell tower and the monks’ dormitories, while the south side houses the sacristy and refectory.

To enter the church, a small admission fee is required. Additionally, guided tours are available, offering visitors the extraordinary opportunity to ascend to the dome of the tower. From this vantage point, a truly breath-taking and unparalleled view of the Douro River and the city of Porto unfolds, leaving an indelible impression on all who experience it.

Jardim do Morro

View From Jardim Do Morro, Porto

To reach this hilltop park, you can either take a cable car ride or cross the upper level of Ponte de Dom Luís I. As you ascend, you’ll be surrounded by lush gardens adorned with swaying palm trees. However, the true highlight of this park is the mesmerizing view it offers.

From this vantage point, Porto reveals its breath-taking charm. On one side of the Douro River, you’ll be treated to the sight of Ribeira’s picturesque pastel-hued houses. The river itself winds its way below, creating a captivating scene.

The gardens in this hilltop park provide a serene atmosphere, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the stunning panorama. The combination of natural beauty and the city’s architectural splendour is truly awe-inspiring. It’s a place where you can take a moment to soak in the mesmerizing view and appreciate the unique allure of Porto.

Vila Nova de Gaia cable carconnects Jardim do Morro to Praça de Super Bock at Cais de Gaia in a distance of 560 meters. The Gaia Cable Car operates between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in winter and 10:00 am and 8:00 pm in summer.

Espaço Porto Cruz

Visitng Espaco Porto Cruz

Nestled within a meticulously restored 18th-century building by the riverside, this upscale port-wine establishment exudes a sophisticated ambiance, celebrating the essence of port in all its glory. Step inside and discover a world of indulgence and refinement.

The main attraction is a stylish shop that not only offers a curated selection of port wines but also serves as a venue for tastings. Immerse yourself in the flavors and aromas as you sample a variety of port wines, with options available by the glass starting at €3, or indulge in a trio of ports for €9.50. Each sip is a journey of sensory delight.

For breath-taking panoramic views, ascend to the rooftop terrace, where you can revel in the beauty of your surroundings while savouring the finest port wines. The idyllic setting provides a perfect backdrop for moments of relaxation and contemplation.

A shortcut back over the river cold be by river taxi . They cross the Douro from the quay by the tourist office with adult tickets costing €3.5.

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Porto, one of the oldest city centers in Europe, was settled in the 4th century during the Roman occupation when it was named Portus Cale, which originated the name of Portugal. It’s the second largest city in the country and is also known as Oporto by some English-speaking countries. Home of the Port wine, this city has a lot for you to discover: from wine cellars to its remarkable Douro wines, secret gardens and ancient fountains, prized architecture and contemporary art galleries, humble yet splendid churches, a unique train station, cosmopolitan cafes and exquisite restaurants — the list goes on and on.

And then there are the people! You will normally recognize natives from Porto — a Portuense or tripeiro if you will — by their upfront manners, hospitability and frequent use of swears when speaking. Literally meaning “tripe eaters”, legend tells that the origin of the nickname goes back to 1415 when the city helped the Portuguese King conquer Ceuta: besides helping build the ships and providing with men for the armada, the people of Porto offered all their good meat to the expeditionary forces, being left with little more than the tripes. The most traditional dish of the local cuisine, tripas à moda do Porto, naturally followed. As well as their nickname.

Next, I’ll guide through Porto’s heart and soul, on a 12km (7.5 miles) long urban hike – with 142 mts (466 ft) of accumulated climbs – in what I expect to be a thorough and fulfilling experience for you. Although this route can be done in a day’s walk (3 to 6 hours), that will largely depend on how often you wish to stop: whether for visiting a monument, taking a picture, exploring an off-route alley that caught your eye or just for having lunch – it’s natural that you’ll end up stopping every now and then. So, if you believe that you’ll want to explore more, get a closer look at some of the places in this post and take your time to get entangled into the city’s tales… consider doing it in two days, just to be safe. But enough “talk”, and let’s start moving! Here's our suggestion for the day:

After a healthy breakfast, leave the hotel and head towards  Jardim do Morro  metro station — you can get there by metro (line D), cab or simply walking if you’re staying close by. Once there, you’ll go up a short but steep ramp until you get to  Serra do Pilar Monastery (built in the XVI century), where you will find one of the most magnificent viewpoints over the city of Porto. From there you’ll admire the Luiz I bridge connecting the city of Gaia (where you are now) and the winding river Douro meeting the Atlantic Ocean, just past that white bridge in the distance, to your left — that’s where you’re going!

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Go down the same ramp and cross the bridge back to Porto — if you’ve done this already then you can find your way down to the river and cross the bridge’s lower tray instead. Once in Porto, head towards the São Bento train station , voted among the world’s 10 most beautiful train stations . If you came through the upper tray, you saw the Fernandine wall s (XIV century) on your right and shortly after crossing the bridge - on your left-hand side - Porto’s cathedral, Sé  (second half of XII century). On the other hand, if you used the lower tray, you probably saw some kids jumping into the river in exchange for alms or perhaps you got yourself distracted with all the buzz near the wine cellars, riverside restaurants and unforgettably unique views. From there you head up to the São Bento train station, one of the places you can’t miss! Built between 1904 and 1916, it has a breathtaking lobby decorated with 551 m2 (5931 ft2) of hand-painted tiles depicting, among other pieces of Portugal’s history, the conquer of Ceuta in 1415.

Next time you can get on a train and go visit the Douro valley! Not this time though! So, you get back on the street and head towards Praça da Liberdade  and  Avenida dos Aliados , just a minute away. At the top of this avenue, you’ll see city hall — an imposing building with a granite façade and a chime clock tower, which began to be built in 1920. This part of the city will immerse you in its history, invite you to wander and make you lose track of time. As a reference, consider 1h to 1.30h from the viewpoint where you started – Jardim do Morro – up until here – Avenida dos Aliados. Afterwards, head towards Torre dos Clérigos .

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Welcome to the magical Clérigos Tower from XVIII century, one of our main landmarks, inaugurated in 1763, about 76 meters high and the most visited in Porto. The Church and Tower were designed by the Italian painter and architect Nicolau Nasoni. Interestingly, he was so committed to Porto that he worked on the tower and church for free! Strikingly, this masterpiece of a tower is the highest in Portugal, which was used for different purposes along its history. In the XIX century a mortar was fired from the tower to inform people that it was 12:00 noon, allowing merchants to break for lunch. It also served as an orientation mark for the vessels that reached the Douro river estuary. To get to the top you must climb 240 stone spiral staircases. From there, you can see the entire city, the Douro river and the Atlantic Ocean. An experience you shouldn’t miss! Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. t 19:00 p.m. Tickets: 3 €

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Now, you’ll walk towards this pleasantly leafy park to your right: Cordoaria, set up in 1865, also known as " Jardim da Cordoaria "(meaning Garden of the Ropery). You’ll find here dense vegetation; a lake area; paths and seating areas. Its official name is the Joao Chagas Garden, but locals commonly refer to it as the Cordoaria Garden. Designed by a German landscape gardener who also designed Crystal Palace Gardens (which you’ll be visiting later on). In 2001, the garden was redesigned when Porto was designated European capital of culture. Fascinatingly, you have some serious vegetation here. Here you’ll see the Araucaria (Bidwillii) which is the largest tree in Jardim da Cordoaria and one of the largest in Portugal, planted in 1868. Another huge tree is the Sequoia, considered a living fossil, since it comes from the Tertiary Period. It was planted in 1867.

Here you’ll also find works by António Nobre and Ramalho Ortigão. Interestingly, you’ll also see bronze and steel benches around the park, four curious sculptures by a Spanish sculptor, Juan Muñoz – whose work is called Thirteen Laughing at Each Other, as there are thirteen figures in total. The sculptures are utterly captivating to look at and of course, in any Portuguese park you are likely to also see a group of men sitting on a bench talking animatedly, playing cards and laughing. Surrounding Cordoaria you have the Portuguese Center of Photography and the historical Santo António Hospital. Running north from Cordoaria, you have romantic narrow lanes, that will lead you to one of Porto’s hippest bar areas.

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Considered by some people as the second capital of Portugal, Porto has a lot to surprise you with. In the city are concentrated a few attractions, part of UNESCO World Heritage, that take part in our private walking tour. If you want to know a bit about the history of Portugal, do not skip the Porto walking tour that we have prepared. Explore local’s favorite places with The walking parrot and join our private walking tour in Porto.

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Porto is a beautiful city in northern Portugal, known for its picturesque streets, delicious food and, of course, its world-famous port wine. But there is much more to discover in Porto than just wine tasting. Whether you're an art lover, history buff, or just looking for a unique experience, this city has something to offer everyone.

One of the best ways to explore the city is through free walking tours in Porto. These tours are provided by experienced local guides who will guide you to Porto's most popular attractions and share their knowledge of the city's culture, history and traditions. You can explore the historic Ribeira district, admire the iconic bridge of Dom Luis I and discover the hidden gems of the city's medieval quarters.

Porto has many other attractions, such as the stunning Clerigos Tower, the beautiful Lello Bookstore and the charming São Bento Station with its intricate tilework. And of course, no visit to Porto would be complete without tasting local delicacies like the famous Francesinha sandwich or the mouthwatering pastries known as "pastel de nata."

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    Self Guided Walking Tour of Porto (with Maps!) Prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting city center of Porto, a true gem of Europe that has been bestowed with the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your journey begins at the magnificent Clérigos Church, standing tall with its towering 75.6 meter structure.

  18. Walking tour in Porto

    Walking tour in Porto - tips and suggestions from a genuine "Portuense" (1st Post) Daniel, our resident guide on all of our hiking tours that take place in the North of Portugal like the Camino de Santiago or Douro valley, was born and raised in Porto, where he still lives and cheers for the local team, Futebol Clube do Porto.

  19. Walking tour in Porto

    By joining our Porto walking tour you can learn more about Portugal's empire. If you are in Porto just for a few days, the best way to experience as much as you can of the city is by taking a walking tour. During it, you will visit the most famous landscapes and get to know the most important facts that have created the history of Portugal.

  20. Porto Tours with Local Private Tour Guides

    Here are some of the top tours in Porto, each highly rated with over 60 reviews! 1) Top Highlights of Douro Valley From Porto Full Day Private Tour. 2) Porto City & Wine Tasting - Private Tour. 3) Half Day Walking Tour Porto. 4) Douro Valley Wine Experience Private Full Day Tour.

  21. Free Tours in Porto, Portugal

    Free Walking Tour in Porto. Provided by City Lovers Tours. Rating: 9.2. (Reviews: 5427) from €0 Tip based. Discover the best sites and scenic viewpoints of Porto on our vibrant free tour. Join like-minded travelers and knowledgeable guides for an unforgettable experience. Porto awaits you.

  22. Withlocals

    The 10 Tastings of Porto. 851 reviews • $58.10 pp • 3 hours. food tour Instantly Confirmed. Enjoy Porto with a host of your choice. Withlocals Your Way! - Porto City Tour. 106 reviews • $30.90 pp • 3 hours. city highlight tour Instantly Confirmed. Enjoy Porto with Luis.

  23. DailyTours

    DailyTours was created in 2010, when Porto was not known yet as a Touristic destination. At that time we decided we wanted to make local experiences, experiences where guests would interact and feel as a true local. We started with hiking experiences in Gerês National Park, then we opened the Hikes in Douro Valley and lately wine tastings and ...