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. .. the hand-painted tile façades, the River Quay, the bridges, the Douro, the night-life, the delicacies and the longing for more . .. are what make us return to “embrace” Porto. This is a must-see city for visitors to Portugal. It offers unforgettable experiences as the stage for endless events, traditions and attractions. The locals are hospitable and strong-minded, while the history and culinary delights are perfect starting points to delve into this destination.
Immerse yourself in the palaces, churches, museums, markets, parks, shops, cafés and taverns that will fill your itinerary. Explore this invincible city and feel the Portuguese soul . ..
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Go on a tour to the Stock Exchange Palace which in bygone times was the foremost trading postlearn more
Porto Cathedral (12th to 18th cent.) is a beautiful monument that incorporates several styles.learn more
Visit Porto’s emblematic tower, built in the 18th century in Baroque style.learn more
The Lello Bookshop was founded in 1906 and published illustrious authors such as Eça de Queirós.learn more
Considered by the Condé Nast Traveller one of the world's most beautiful railway stationslearn more
While the Bairro Alto is the heartbeat of Lisbon night-life, Porto’s equivalent is this street.learn more
This is one of the most striking avenues of the city, flanked by imposing buildings.learn more
Porto’s most emblematic market, thanks to its fresh products and its bubbly and environment.learn more
No visit to Porto is complete without getting to know the history of Port.learn more
Has permanent displays of Portuguese painting and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuriesLEARN MORE
This is one of Porto’s busiest high streets, with abundant shops and restaurants.learn more
Stroll around the romantic gardens and admire the sculptures, ponds and geometric forms.learn more
Take a trip down the River Douro on board a typical “Rabelo” boat.learn more
Fresh produce with shops, services, musical entertainment, workshops and a restaurant area.LEARN MORE
An masterpiece of a building design, is a cultural centre dedicated exclusively to music.LEARN MORE
This is the place where the River Douro flows into the Atlantic Ocean.LEARN MORE
Exhibitions, educational programmes, musical performances, dance and cinema.LEARN MORE
It is well worth getting to know this “lung of the city”, a magnificent park with 80 hectares!learn more
How to get there
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, 13km from the city centre, has bus and metro connections. If you are travelling by train, São Bento station is the most central. Campanhã is the main station in the north of the country for long distance trains.
Porto has a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures that range from 5 to 14 degrees centigrade in winter. In summer, the average temperatures range from 15 to 24 degrees centigrade.
Around 1.76 million inhabitants live in the Porto region, and the capital itself has a population of around 200,000 inhab-itants.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (°C)
Month max. min. Jan. 14 - 5 Feb. 15 - 6 Mar. 17 - 8 Apr. 18 - 9 May. 20 - 11 Jun. 23 - 14 Jul. 25 - 16 Aug. 26 - 16 Sep. 24 - 15 Oct. 20 - 12 Nov. 17 - 9 Dec. 14 - 7 Source: Meteorology Institute
The official language is Portuguese but you won’t have much difficulty communicating in English or Spanish.
Lisbon is on Greenwich Mean Time, the same as London. Lisbon is one hour behind Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia (two hours behind Finland).
220 volts; two-pin European plug
Tap water from the public network is drinkable.
In Portugal vehicles drive on the right. Seat belts are compulsory, a helmet is required to ride a motorbike. No mobile phones allowed while driving. Traffic signs follow international conventions. The legally permissible level of alcohol is 0.5g/litre.
The currency used is the Euro (€). It is possible to exchange foreign currency over the counter at banks or at currency exchange bureaux. Major credit cards are accepted at most locations.
Warm clothing is advised for travellers to Porto in winter; in summer, cool clothing and the use of sunscreen are rec-ommended.
112 is the emergency number.
The best form of public transport for people with reduced mobility is the Metro. Most new buildings have access facili-ties for people with reduced mobility.