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How to Spend 1 Day in Porto

How to Spend 1 Day in Porto

Historic buildings cascade to the River Douro in this wine-loving city, where you can begin the day in a soaring cathedral and end it with a traditional fado show. With one day in Porto, sample a little bit of everything, from the historic center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—to the city’s port wine “lodges.” Here are a few ways to plan your time.

 

Morning: City Exploring

Some of Porto’s most important landmarks are tucked into the UNESCO-listed compact historic center. That means you can cover the key sites in a morning of sightseeing, with options that include guided walking tours, hop-on hop-off buses, and Segway tours of the city. (When choosing a tour, it’s worth keeping in mind that Porto is quite hilly, so walking tours can be energetic.) If you’re hoping to cruise the River Douro—which is a great way to get unobstructed views of those beautiful riverbanks—consider a morning tour that includes a boat trip.

 

Afternoon: The Taste of Porto

Giving its name to a sweet, richly flavored wine that’s one of Portugal’s most famous exports, Porto is a hub for local winemaking. Wine cellars are called “wine lodges” here, and an afternoon tasting tour is a delicious introduction to their specialties and the history of port wine. Port aficionados often pair the wine with foods such as dried fruit, cheeses, nuts, and chocolate, and many wine tours feature small bites alongside the wine tastings. If you’d prefer snacking to sipping, opt for a food-focused tour that includes some of the town’s culinary gems.

 

Night: An Evening of Culture

The haunting strains of fado music ring through restaurants, wine cellars, and taverns here, and catching a show is a memorable way to conclude your day in Porto. Choose between stand-alone shows and tours that combine sightseeing, an evening river cruise, or a wine tasting, then sit back for the moving performance. You’ll be supporting a long tradition that’s among Portugal’s most evocative experiences. Once you hear the first notes, you’ll discover why Fado is included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

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Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour - Guided Experience

Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour - Guided Experience

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Savor foods at Porto’s beloved cafés and markets during this food and wine tasting tour. Try regional delights, from sweet custard tarts to savory classics like a ‘bolinho de bacalhau’ codfish. Taste northern Portugal’s world-renowned export of Port and learn its history and cultural impact. With interesting gastronomy facts from your local guide, this food and wine tasting tour in Porto will keep your appetite sated.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.82
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$71.82
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Port Wine Lodges Tour Including 7 Wine Tastings

Port Wine Lodges Tour Including 7 Wine Tastings

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Appease your thirst for Port and learn about its production during this half-day tour in Porto. With your wine expert guide, visit multiple wine lodges and taste various Ports; learn how to identify the difference between Port families and how to taste them like a professional. Visit an interactive museum and a traditional wine cellar to learn about the history, harvest, and production of the wines of the Douro Valley. All tastings included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.54
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Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

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Discover Porto’s best historical sights during this Porto hop-on hop-off tour with optional river cruise and wine tasting, valid for 48 hours. Whether you like historic castles, delectable port wine, or the scenic coast, this tour has a stop for everyone. Experience the best of northern Portugal on two routes exploring Porto and nearby beach towns of Vila Nova de Gaia and Matosinhos. As always, hop-on hop-off allows you ample time to savor attractions as long as you wish.
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  • 2 hours
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$21.92
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3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

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Zip along the UNESCO-listed Ribeira neighborhood during a guided Segway tour in Porto. Select a small-group or private tour in the morning or afternoon and glide along cobblestone paths lined with historic monuments and attractions such as Ponte de Dom Luis I, Porto Cathedral, São Bento Station, and Clérigos Tower. With your local guide, appreciate architecture and uncover Roman legend all on a sleek electric Segway.
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  • 3 hours
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$58.06
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Porto City Half-Day Private Tour

Porto City Half-Day Private Tour

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If you’re visiting Porto for the first time, get an intimate glimpse into Portugal’s second city during a private half-day tour—the ideal choice for visitors with limited time. A private guide ensures you receive personalized attention and tailored recommendations, while air-conditioned transport allows you to zip between highlights such as Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos and the Ribeira District with ease. Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the rich history of Porto alongside a professional guide on this immersive Porto walking tour. Experience northern Portugal’s historic city of Porto, known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, explore Porto Cathedral and baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port (fortified wine).
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  • 3 hours
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$30.44
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Fado Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit

Fado Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit

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Experience the mesmerizing beauty of a live Portuguese fado performance during a 45-minute show in Porto. Absorb the radiant atmosphere of a traditional Portuguese bar and listen to haunting voices sing of love, loss and betrayal. As you enjoy the dexterous strumming of the accompanying guitars, sip emblematic Port wine, locally grown in the vineyards of Porto, for a truly authentic cultural experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

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Experience Porto at its most romantic during this evening city sightseeing tour followed by dinner and a Fado show. This tour will show you the many beautiful sides of Porto at night. Start with a driving tour in a comfortable van with panoramic windows to see the cobblestone streets, floodlit Douro River, and many other stunning sites. Then, head to an authentic local restaurant for a memorable meal and traditional Fado show, Portugal’s signature melancholic music of longing.
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  • 3 hours
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Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

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The UNESCO-listed beauty of Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, must be seen to be believed. Ensure you maximize your time in the city on this half-day sightseeing tour, including wine tasting and a cruise on the Douro River. In an air-conditioned coach, visit top attractions such as the Porto Cathedral, Clerigos Tower, and Avenida dos Aliados with your guide. Descend to a wine cellar to sample world-renowned Port wine and cruise beneath Porto’s famous six bridges during a boat ride. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.24
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Night Tour in Porto with Dinner & Fado Show

Night Tour in Porto with Dinner & Fado Show

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Experience Porto after dark on this cultural night tour with fado show. By day, Porto is a lively bustling city, but at night with the Baroque building facades lit in a yellow glow, it takes on a more romantic tone. See the local landmarks at night with the ease of a city tour led by a local guide. Then, immerse in Porto’s unique melancholic singing genre at a fado show and see why it’s listed as a UNESCO heritage art.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting

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Indulge in the sights and wines of Porto on this 6-hour private tour. No trip to Porto is complete without sampling its famous port wines, which is why on this tour you’ll taste a variety of types of world-class local wines from Porto and the neighboring Douro Valley. Let your knowledgeable guide, as well as the local winemakers tell you about the history and culture of Porto’s wine. You’ll also hit the city’s main sites. Like the Arrábida Bridge, Sé Cathedral, Bolhão Market, Clérigos Church and Tower, Lello Bookshop and São Bento Train Station.
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  • 6 hours
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$71.54
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