Best Things To Do in Porto Portugal

1. FC Porto Museum

I visited with my boyfriend. Really interesting and you can see how much work and dedication has been put into creating the museum

Barcelona has more cups and is more famous, but this is a better museum. Lots of interactive screens, holograms, a bus, radio commentaries, etc. there is also the 7 international cups (including 2 Champions League and 2 Europa League), the 5 consecutive national cups and al other football cups.

Fantastic museum! WELL designed and very informative. Nice additional touch to the stadium tour.

Very detailed experience, alot bigger than I thought it would be! The stadium tour is a MUST!

Well organised and rather different in a good way to other museums

2. Monument Church Of St Francis

Amazing architecture - never seen such detailed work in a church - breathtaking. When you stand there it's almost too much for your eyes to take in. It's a shame they don't allow the odd picture - no cameras, not even without flash :( Would have been nice to take a selfie in this amazing church. An amazing example of Baroque architecture.

Beautiful church, but I really don't think it's worth the price (6€ per person) given the short time we were there. I'd recommend only if you really like churches, or people who have so much gold they don't know where else to put it. Okay place to check out if it's really rainy outside.

The church and the museum are quite beautiful. In particular the statues in the church have real hair. The catacombs are a little disappointing I have to say, specially considering the 7euro price ticket. Not much to see and few work in progress at the time we visited. The bones and skull are unfortunately only visible through a small glass frame through the floor, which was the main reason I visited.

The Igreja de Sao Francisco- Church of Saint Francis boast a fabulous Baroque features. It was founded by the Franciscan friars as part of their convent, one of the oldest in Portugal. The stunning interior of this Gothic church is covered in ornate gold details. The interior is decorated with intricate carved panels, all covered with a layer of gold leaf. It's a breathtaking work of arts that took several decades to complete. Today the church houses a museum and still contains its prized features, including its sculpture of Jesus family tree. Definitely worth the entrance fee. The exuberance of its decor is so great that it has been impressing visitors for centuries.

The San Francisco church origins date back to 1795. The inside is very ornate with many intricate wooden, golden carvings in the knaves and side altars. The entry to the church is included in the ticket to the Despatch House Museum.

3. City Park

Not much. Was hardly scenic as lots of building going on. Couldn't find a children's play area nor see one on the parks map which is what we went for

City Park is a beautiful park next to the sea. Quite huge, you might feel lost here and think about Hyde Park or Central Park. I love to go there to rest from the city life and to take a great breathe of fresh air. The place is lovely for children because there is a lot of animals, like geese, ducks, chickens, frogs, fishes and even big green lezards. The park has some smalls lakes that are lovely and some false ruins that offer a Mediterranean feeling. It would be even greater if there was more diversity in the treas and plants that live in the park. But for that you might visit the botanical garden of Serralves foundation.

Very very big park with a lake. One of the ends of the park is by the sea. Perfect place to go for a run or simply spend a shiny sunday afternoon. There are some places to eat in the park, including a very good sandwich place.

Nice, big park with several lakes, branching paths and tons of picnic spots. Good place to go running.

This park is larger than it seems when entering it. There are lots of different areas to explore on foot or on a bicycle. It would be a lovely place to get some shade on a hit and sunny day.

4. Harbor Bridge Climb

Friendly guides and some great views, I did an early afternoon but suspect one later at night will be more impressive if you have the choice. It's a bit away from the main downtown but there's a tram stop right outside so easy to get too.

A wonderful experience made all the better by a friendly team that help and guide you all the way, a unique way to see Porto that must not be missed highly recommended .

Fantastic way to get a unique view of the valley, hosts were very accommodating. Mega experience and not very expensive.

Meh. Booked a 6:15pm with the very express point of being on the bridge in time for 619pm sunset. The prior group appeared to be delayed returning. We did the short walk up stairs. No real thrill and no time to stop and enjoy the view. We were two in our group with a hen party and a single lady. The guides kept referring to us as a family and only focused on the hen party in terms of sharing information, chocolate, and port. The photographer paid attention to us and the single lady offering family photos to us which was awkward after the initial jokes got old. Anyway, not a terrible experience but definitely won't be doing it again for the money it cost or the experience unless I happen to transform into a cute girl in a hen party.

Was really good! I was with a VIP group and everyone was happy even when it was raining Congratulations and thank you!

5. Gardens of the Crystal Palace

Enjoyed the local Saturday market, very new age and food based stalls. Really enjoyable walking under the trees. Wonderful views. Advise go by bus or from the north as it is a steep climb up from the river.

These gardens are stunning. Well maintained and had many vistas and views over the city. An absolute must for anyone looking for that perfect getaway for some piece and quiet. Open green spaces to the romantic garden and grotto. It has something for everyone. Tranquility in the city. Beautiful.

Very nice garden in the middle of the city. Also happened to be the Porto Beer Fest which was nice with a great selection of beer and food trucks. The beer was a little price, but the food trucks were reasonable priced.

The most amazing park I have ever seen. It is definitely a must visit in Porto. You will see loose animals such as Peacocks going arround the park and showing their beautiful tail. The garden has a very romantic style, with an amazing 180 degree view on the river and the city. The Crystal palace is not so spectacular as the garden, but you wont come here dissapointed.

It's very quiet and fresh. The perfect place to bring the family for a walk on a hot summer day.

6. Serralves Park

Beautiful, relaxing area. It's a perfect escape from craziness of the city. In the complex you will find contemporary art museum with unique exhibitions. Entrance fee is 5€

Nice park, great place, in general i liked it. I don't particularly like the art taste of the expositions, some are simple not worth it. But this does not diminish the value of the space. It is very good for walking, relaxing, breathing. They have Serralves days yearly with many events, expositions, concerts etc. It is one of the most notable event in Porto, with a large number of participants.

We went on the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free. For that price, it was great. The museum is OK; I failed to find much of a thread to tie the works together, but then we didn't spend much time in there. The park, however, is spectacular. The organisation flows seamlessly from the clean lines of the modern house to the rustic architecture of the farm, with beautiful old trees throughout the park. It's a perfect place to spend a hot day.

The most peaceful place you can find in Porto.

Ganz tolles Museum mit wunderschöner Parkanlage, in der es viele Skulpturen zu entdecken gibt. Im Untergeschoss gibt es ein kleines Café mit Blick ins Grüne und im Obergeschoss gibt es ein leckeres Buffetrestaurant mit Terrasse.

7. MMIPO - Museu da Misericórdia do Porto

Interesting place Museum about one of main events of Portuguese history, there are many pictures,one interesting exhibition of catholic church Also I was offered to watch a short movie

This is a well presented and well organised museum but a bit lacking in content. There is a covered internal courtyard which is worth seeing. Also the Font of Life.

Great . Worth 5€ ticket

I like this museum; very complete and well described information available.

Very good museum and organisation inside. Cathedral is connected with museum!

8. Bolsa Palace

5.50 euro with student discount. Informative tour. Very noisy inside because they are often organizing parties. Recommend if you can get the discount! Tour was about 50 minutes

One of the most visited sites in Porto, the Palacio da Bolsa is renowned for its exquisite neoclassical facade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall. This massive building located in the historic center of Porto. Once acted as the city's stock exchange. While you can admire the palace's exterior for free, the only way to get in is through a guide tour. The price is a little too high and not being able to take photos is discouraging. But the sheer splendor of the interior and learning the history behind the building is worth the price.

No information saying they only do a few tours in English on each day and you cannot self guide around. Tours were sold out for the day and only one available at 4pm next day and sadly we were leaving. Gutted as it is meant to be lovely and we don’t need a tour - nowhere else in Portugal has needed you to join a tour so we are very disappointed.

Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience. After reading reviews we specifically asked when booking the mandatory tour, in person, if there were any events going on so our tour experience would not be inhibited (for the tour and picture taking sake). We were reassured, many times, that there was no event taking place and all rooms would be open. During our tour there was an event taking place in basically the whole palace in which the staff said they had been setting up for numerous days. So not only was there the ciaos of an event being set up, but rooms were filled with staff and furniture, our tour was extremely rushed, and it was so hard to hear our ONE guide for our group of 30 people with the event. When I talked to the staff about my issue they seemed to care less. With a almost 20 euro entry fee for two it seemed more like a money making scam and was disappointing to say the least. I would say ask before hand, but that didn't seem to help.

Amazing. One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever visited. It took 40 years only to build it's stairs which were carved manually. Lots of handmade art inside of it. Worth taking the guided tour which is free and gives lots of information to tourists.

9. National Museum Soares dos Reis

No English description. Only 1 sentence for every painting/bust. No additional information. If there is a longer text, it is only available in Portuguese. The security personal keeps following you around at arms length. There is no way to appreciate the art if you feel like a prisoner. I could not see a pattern or a system behind the structure of the museum.

A gorgeous collection of paintings and sculptures, which introduced me to some Portuguese artists whom I've fallen in love with (Henrique Pousao) ! Very cheap entrance fee too. Would need about 2 hours minimum to view the pieces comfortably.

A most fantastic art museum. Plenty of trivia and treasures from the age of discovery and colonial trinkets, a wonderful historical collection, and a most insightful XIX and XX art collection. Greatly enjoyed the exibition and totally recommend to every traveler in Porto

The museum has a great collection to see the Portuguese art and history. The collection has a good informations for each one and the space build is big, beautiful and has a great atmosphere. There's no information about the free entrance for the residents of Portugal and the café isn't working when I was there.

Interesting collection of Portuguese art in beautiful building. Lovely garden unfortunately neglected. Cafe wasn't open.

10. Igreja do Carmo

A Rococo style 18th century building. In 1912 the beautiful tiles were added to the side façade. The main alter is gilt carved while the side altars also have detailed, ornate decorations. The frescoes on the domed ceilings are impressive.

Built between 1756 and 1768 in the rococo or late Baroque style. The Igreja do Carmo has an outstanding azulejo covered exterior.

Charismatic guide on the door enticed us in. Quite interesting but very short experience. Outside probably better than the interior, tour not worth the money, stick to the free entry part and you’ll experience all you need.

Beautiful structure, and amazing tiles. We were there around 12 and it wasn't to busy. Very close to other attractions and should visit if around the area.

Absolutely incredible classic tile on the outside. Inside, stunning as well.

11. Estádio do Dragão

Superb stadium and museum. A must see place for any football fan. But not only for them. Museum is nicely arranged, with a lot to see and do. Interactive and packed with the newest technologies. You'll have some fun there. And guides are super friendly and speak English during the stadium tour.

The vibe is amazing. The building is beautiful and you can feel the enthusiastic fans watching FCPorto games . It’s really easy to get there as it has a metro station and you can eat because it has a big shopping mall next to it . Don’t forget the museum, it’s nice to get a quick view of Porto joy

Efficient modern stadium. Excellent acoustics for a in depth match experience with good visibility, even at higher seats. The best of it is how quickly you can enter and exit the stadium. Close to a shopping mall and a metro stop.

PORTO the house of champions Besides the stadium you must visit the museum and know better the story of the local club raise under humility of employees, until this superb nation. All foreign visitors and host of PORTO nation (team and supporters) recognise the great spirit of fair play and effort to achieve perfection. It's a must.

Amazing stadium. Great atmosphere. A place to visit. Stadium tour and museum visit available.

12. Casa da Música

This facility is a beautiful work of modern architecture. It hosts many different musical events throughout the year, and also has guided tours of the facility daily as well if you can't make a show. There is also a bar and a restaurant in the upper floors of the building, as well as a café in the lower floor. Overall, this building provides a very interesting contrast to the older, colorful buildings immediately surrounding it.

Beautiful building of the famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música is a good place to visit for the architecture and to see the concerts, and other events they organize. The access is easy (metro). The guided tour is 10 Euros.

When I visited this place for the first time, there is a building with I don't know it is like hexagonal or heptagonal shape. It is one of the busiest metro station in Porto after Trinidade metro station. There is park around with lush green trees, enjoy the scenery There are many hotels, banks and there is a market nearby.

Beautiful building by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas - the outside is meant to be a meteorite, the inside I cannot describe. Go and seen by yourself - do the tour and you never forget about what an architect can do with glass, with velours, with light with sculpturing etc. Highly recommended!!

The price for the tour is 10 euros (unless you have Porto card) but it is worth it. The guide was really good and there are a lot of interesting things about the way it was built. The rooms and the main hall are all very beautiful. Tours start at 11 am and 4 pm (at least for now) and last for about an hour.

13. World of Discoveries

We had a great time here... Really informative place for children on the history of Portugal. Boat ride was fun and the lady who does the face painting is amazing... Our kids loved their paintings 😍

Amazing place! The staff is great and let each couple or small group have their own boat (even when two people will have a boat for six). And you have an audioguide installed into the boat with your language of choice so you make the most of what feels like an amazing trip throughout the ages and civilisations! If you can overlook the obvious triumphant remarks of the "great" colonialism this is a place that will be fun for adults as much as children! Don't be put off by the touristy and rather odd outside appearance, the inside is so different.

It is quite a small exhibition really, but there is an interesting boat ride retracing the journeys of the Portuguese discoverers at the end. The problem was that we had to queue for 45 minutes for the boat ride. The boats could fit 6 people in them but they were letting people go in twos. It was a long wait for the kids, who had really enjoyed the interactive nature of the museum up until then, even if some of the touch screens were not really working. We found it to be a bit overpriced.

Interactive, full of information and the boat trip is very nice fir kids. Strongly recommend. In the end you can buy one of the pictures taken from "shore". A bit pricey (the printed photo) althrough

Very impressive museum and boat trip inside! Your children will love it! Hint: there is a good restaurant with local food on the 3-rd floor, you can try delicious francesinha here

14. Chapel Of Souls

A small, charming church on Rua Santa Catarina. Magnificient, covered in blue and white tiles depicting the lives of various saints. Make sure to go inside to admire the details. It's free to enter.

The chapel from the 18th century was restored and extended in 1801. In 1929 the intricate blue design tiles were laid on the outside walls. Inside, the altars are Neoclassical style and the have an 18th century image of Our Lady of Souls.

A chapel with an exterior more beautiful than the interior. The bluish ceramic tiles is amazing and not commonly seen in other chapels.

Impressive tiles on the outside. Nicely lit at night. Easy to reach by metro. Shopping street is right there.

While it's peaceful inside, outside is generally crowded with people lining up to take pics. Go around 10pm if you want to take pics without people in them.

15. Porto Cathedral

A visit to Porto Cathedral is a must if you are visiting Porto. It is one of the most important tourists sights in Porto and historical architectural landmark of the city. It is generally deemed one of the most impeccable embodiments of the Romanesque style. But it is rather a mix of styles and influences. Regardless, people who studied in architecture should definitely take the time to analyze the way Porto Cathedral expresses alliance between three major historical styles : Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque. The Gothic cloister and its ceramic tiles azulejos is not to be miss. Another highlights of the cathedral is an altarpiece which fetches an exquisitely elaborate scene made of silver, and to the Gothic rose window of the facade. Regardless of your architectural interest, a visit to the Se do Porto, the largest place of worship in Porto and one of the oldest historical monuments remains a must visit for all tourists of Porto.

It's incredible! So majestic... And the organ was playing classical music! The best sound I've ever heard!

Impressive view from the cathedral terrace. Less impressive inside. However it is still worth seeing.

Very interesting and beautiful. A lot of history here. Cloisters were nice as well. Nice trip.

I am not fan of Roman style, but seems, like this Cathedral was build for defence cases and some elements are really old. But it's quite cold and have no spirit as some other main churches in Europe. Anyhow, it is must see object in Porto and if you came here, just come to make your impression.

16. SEA LIFE Porto

A small aquarium but put together in a very nice way. The tanks are well kept and very clear the flow through the building is nice. Not to busy so you can take your time. The real surprise was the restaurant with the Italian menu. Never expected to find such good tortellini and canelloni 🤗🤗

Not a very big place, but well laid tour of marine life and its importance. Very welcoming, friendly staff gets my full points. Recommended!

Lovely few hours spent in the aquarium, which isn't huge but is nicely laid out with a good flow through it. Lovely fish and sea creatures, culminating in a large tank with rays... which you can feed! Great for kids.

It was okay. About €39.99 for a family of four. Pretty small layout and light information about the creatures. Not bad though. Maybe 45 min worth of visiting. They'll try to sell you family photos and junk at the exit, but who doesn't do that these days. I'd give it a 2.5 but upgraded to 3 for the stars. For reference, the aquarium in Lisboa is a 5 star evidence by comparison.

We had a very nice time here. It's not as large as some other such aquariums, but we were impressed by how approachable the staff were, by how engaging it was for the kids, by the flexibility of being able to leave and come back as often as we wanted during the day, and by how well live animals were combined with infographics and informative displays. We spent the afternoon there, and the kids weren't bored for a second.

17. Clérigos Church

The church’s tower experience is awesome. The view from the top is one of the best views of Porto. Important tip, you can visit during the day or at night and I highly advise the evening visit that starts after 7pm. During the day the wait to climb the tower can be up to an hour, at night there is basically no wait and you can watch an amazing sunset over Porto!

The Baroque style Clerigos Church and its striking bell tower called Torre dos Clerigos is one of the most emblematic symbols of the city. Very popular tourist attraction, there is usually a long line, about an average 30 minutes wait. Better not be claustrophobic climbing its steep and narrow stairs. You'll see that the effort of climbing all those steps will have been worthwhile once you reach the top and look out from the tower's observation deck.

A place that is definitely worth visiting. Skip the overhyped Lello's bookshop, but visit this place. Only disadvantage: because of the narrow steps it can seem crowded but they do their best to let in people only if there is enough place. Anyway, I don't recommend this place to people who suffer from claustrophobia. Alas, we enjoyed it very much.

One of the most emblematic monuments in Porto. This is a Christian church with Baroque style located in Porto city center. Behind the church you can find the "Torre dos Clérigos" (in the photos). This is a tower built some years after the church. You can visit the tower (about 6 floors) and enjoy a great/wide view from the city. It is worth to visit!

I had a bad experience yesterday 2018/5/10. Your old staff who checked the tower ticket touched and pushed my back two times (only for me, he never touched other western people) . I neverx100 understand your old staff's behavior. I just followed my front lines. Is it sexual harassment ? Or racial discrimination? I am not sure.. but I definitely sure that your old staff' behavior is so so not proper. He is not qualified at the cathedral. Please shame on you.

18. Praia do Carneiro

Perfect beach to watch the sunset! I miss this place every single day since I moved from Porto :( the beach is huge and has really nice sidewalk. If you use that sidewalk, you can reach Matosinhos in 30-40 minutes. Many cafes near the beach. Beware of the wind tho!

Just beautiful. The ocean, its smell...

So windy but we should not be surprised if it is ocean Atlantic , absolutely great place to relax, you can hide behind the wee beach rocks ,nice and quiet with deep breathy view ,I've spending here all day ,and I fill like I charged my batteries!

A great place to view the North Atlantic Ocean if you're in Porto

Best beach view in Porto

19. Igreja dos Carmelitas Descalços

Built in the early 17th century, as a mixture of Classic building and Baroque carved altar and pulpits. The ornate carvings on the inner domes are enhanced by the simple white painting. It’s amazing that this church is side by side with the “do Carmo” church

Its is built next to Igreja do Carmo almost side by side. Originally built as a convent that no longer exist. The facade is done in granite with three arched entrances topped with statues. There is a single bell tower on the left, the top of which covered with blue and white azulejos tiles.

It was raining when I was there, but still good to be walking around the city.

Small and lovely, adjacent to the Carmo church, highly ornamental. Free to enter.

Nice church but nothing spectacular. Free to visit.

20. Luís I Bridge

A beautiful historic bridge right at the bank of river in Porto connecting two sides of the old town. From the top level one could get a really nice bird view of the old city and the old Wineries along the river that are in business from centuries. It could get noisy when the buses or trains are passing, and often get crowded during summer. There is big parking plaza right next to the bridge, several shops to buy souvenirs, many choices for food and ofcourse places to try wine, all within 200-300m on either side of it.

Amazing architecture and design. Highly recommend walking across the bridge and venturing over to the Port side. It’s full of amazing history with all of Porto’s major port wineries located along the waterfront.

One of the best places to see. You have to sit down and eat something and drink Port next to this bridge. Unforgetable experience:) And of course the trip on top of the bridge is a must. Views are amazing. I thought it is just a bridge. Then I saw it :)

The architecture of this bridge is beautiful! I highly recommend seeing. It's free and you get a wonderful view of the city.

Beautiful bridge with a beautiful view over the city. No car traffic on the bridge just and the trams make enough noise so you cannot be surprised by them. Also great way to cross the river...