Porto essential guide

Porto, Portugal, is one of the country's most important cities and is commonly acknowledged to be the "capital of the north". Its rich heritage just begs to be discovered, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old town, with its ancient monuments and impressive architecture, to the green spaces that spread their way west from the centre of the city to the expansive shores of the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Whether you are in search of history, culture, gastronomy, art, design, music, architecture, books, monuments or a cheeky tipple of fortified wine, Porto, Portugal, is the perfect travel destination.

There are so many things to do in Porto, and if you are here for a few days or more, it is important to plan your trip well and decide what you most want to get out of your visit to the city. We aim to tell you all about the most exciting things to do in Porto and give you all the information you need to help you make the most of your stay.

We give you the low down on the best hotels in Porto to suit your taste and budget. From converted theatres and five-star hotels with cinematic themes to sophisticated town houses, and even luxurious accommodation on the nearby wine estates, there are plenty of hotels in Porto to suit your needs.

Porto enjoys a privileged location in a place where fertile land meets marine ecosystem and this is reflected in the gastronomy of the region. Restaurants in Porto range from family-run establishments to sophisticated dining rooms run by Michelin-starred chefs.

Restaurants in Porto boast some of the tastiest meat, fish, and seafood dishes in Portugal, all lovingly prepared with a touch of Portuguese magic. Wherever you are in Porto ― on the beach, by the river or right in the heart of the old town ― you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat.

Porto, Portugal, is a place like no other ― a city of contrasts in its essence. It is traditional and contemporary, historical and cutting edge, urban and rural. One has to experience it first hand to fully appreciate its diversity ― so why not come and discover it for yourself and join us in raising a toast to Porto, the most special of Portuguese destinations? Welcome and enjoy!