All about Porto


The largest city of northern Portugal is without a doubt the gate to Europe. Spread between the cold waves of the Atlantic Ocean, which testifies to its openness, but also to the enormous marine traditions and. . . flavours that fascinate the people who arrive here.

Porto is not only a great culinary experience – wine, sharing its name with the city, or the famous bacalhau. It is also the symbol of Europe’s connection with the world and a great place to visit, recognised as the best tourist direction in Europe twice in the recent years!

The greatest attractions in Porto


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What can you find in the city?


A great attraction for families is a visit to the Sea Life aquarium by Castelo do Queijo. It is home to rare aquatic species. You can get here via the metro (lines A and D). Admission: 13.5€ per adult and 9.5€ per child aged 4-12. During your holidays with friends, it is worth enjoying the extensive offer of escape rooms. In Porto there is a whole bunch of those (like Exit Games, Occultus). Will you find your fiancée after a wild bachelor’s party or discover the secret of the haunted orphanage? We encourage you to participate in this exciting game! For those searching for extraordinary aesthetical experiences, you can visit the 19th century Lapa cemetery which is the equivalent of the Lisbon Prazeres cemetery. There are beautiful, mysterious tombstones, romantic sculptures and richly decorated sarcophagus.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Sea Life Porto

COST: 13,5€

Cemiterio da Lapa

COST: FREE

Attractions in the region


Porto is an incredibly colourful city with tremendous artistic, landscape and recreational values. After many hours of sightseeing fascinating monuments, tasting the local specialties and shopping at the famous Mercado Do Bolhao market, it is worth hiding away in one of the nearby beaches and admiring the majestic ocean while sipping on the splendid Port wine. You can go to Praia da Luz or the less frequented beach Carneiro, situated about 5 km from the heart of the city centre. You can get there via the metro or bus. Visitors looking for tranquillity will find peace in beautiful Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, which offers a beautiful panorama of river Duero – the perfect place for a walk or a picnic near the centre of Porto.

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Carneiro

DISTANCE: 5 km

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

DISTANCE: 2 km

Cuisine


Porto cuisine is a sum of Portugal cuisine in a nutshell. Many dishes served across the country originate from here. The Tripas à Moda do Porto soup or cod à la Gomes de Sá are just some of them. The foundation of the local gastronomy are fish and seafood, various types of meat, chouriço sausage and fresh vegetables, including olives, potatoes and cabbage.

The citizens of Porto love sandwiches, especially Francesinha – toast with cheese, cold cuts and fries, topped with sauce. It is difficult to imagine many regional dishes without the splendid Port wine on the side. You can find the best wines in numerous cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia – a neighbouring city, located on the other side of river Duero. The sweet delicacies with Pastel de Nata at the forefront also deserve a special mention; you can find them in all confectioneries.

What should you try?


When on vacation in Porto, it is worth trying grilled sardines or Bacalhau, which is baked cod with egg and potatoes. Fans of one-pot meals will also not be disappointed. They will find such delicacies here like Caldo Verde (cabbage soup with sausage chouriço), Cozido a Portuguesa (meat and vegetable stew served with rice), or Caldeirada (goulash from various pieces of fish).

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Bacalhau

cod baked with egg and potatoes

Caldo verde

cabbage soup with chouriço sausage

Cozido a Portuguesa

meat and vegetable goulash with rice

Caldeirada

thick fish soup made of cod, tuna or perch

Where to visit?


Delicious local dishes are offered in Petisqueira Voltaria and Camafeu, considered to be the culinary pearl of Porto. You can try tasty sandwiches in A Sandeira, and delicious coffee in the stylish Café Majestic. Wine Quay Bar is a perfect place for a romantic dinner with a beautiful view. In the evening, it is worth stopping for a glass of wine at Praia da Luz – a pleasant place right by the beach.

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A Sandeira

SANDWICH: 5€

Camafeu

DINNER: 20-30€

Weather


The magical Porto, where the sun shines for 2,500 hours a year, lies in the subtropical climate zone which is characterised by warm summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 20°C. The warmest month of the year is August with a temperature of 20-24°C. January is the coldest: around 9°C. There is rainfall for 147 days a year, and the richest precipitation occurs at the beginning of the year.

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

14°/ 5°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

August

26°/ 16°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

20°/ 11°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to Porto?


It is worth planning your trip to Porto in the spring or autumn. In the winter, you have to reckon with heavy rainfall and in the summer, Porto is visited by crowds of tourists. There are interesting cultural events throughout the entire year, including St. John’s Festival, food festival Rota das Estrelas, music festival NOS Primavera Sound and the International Film Festival.

Porto is around
5300 km from New York.
The flight is 10 hours and 25 minutes

Porto is around
1300 km from London.
The flight is 2 hours and 15 minutes

Porto is around
2100 km from Berlin.
The flight is 3 hours and 20 minutes

How to get from the airports to the city centre?


The international airport Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro is one of the largest in Portugal. The airport is located approximately 11 km northwest of the centre. It handles 8 million passengers annually. There is a parking, shops, restaurants and cafes, bank and car rental available at the premises of the airport.

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is well communicated with the centre of Porto. The route is served by buses (including lines 601, 602, 604), suburban buses (no. 120, 105N) and the E metro line, which runs every 20-30 minutes. Travelers can also use cabs. The TAXI stop is located in front of the arrivals hall.

PORTO

Francisco Sá Carneiro

11 km

From the city centre

OPO

Bus

2€ (50 min)

Metro

2€ (25 min)

How to get around the city?


Public transport in Porto consists of metro, buses, STCP trams, CP trains, coaches and the Funicular dos Guindais lift, which is an attraction in itself. A single ticket for public transport costs 1.20 – 1.95€. A daily ticket entitling to an unlimited number of transits costs 4.5 – 5.50€. A one-way ticket for transit with the 19th-century cable car costs about 2.50 €.

Travellingaround the city in a car may cause problems with parking, traffic in morning and afternoon hours and driving through narrow alleys. However, renting a vehicle is a good solution if you are planning a longer vacation combined with a visit to Lisbon and the entire western coast of Portugal.

Prices in the city


As in the case of the second largest city in Portugal, Porto belongs to the most expensive places in the country. However, it is worth noting that not everything here is as expensive as it could appear at first sight. It is undeniable that you will pay a lot for accommodation and food as well as beverages bought in restaurants. On the other hand, retail food stores offer averageEuropean prices, and public transport tickets and access to tourist attractions cost relatively little.

Currency

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Coffee

2€

Francescinha

6€

Lunch at the restaurant

25€

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