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Romantic Guide to Porto

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Porto is, to many, the most romantic city in Portugal. The river Douro, endless ancient churches, lovely green spaces, elegant eateries, quirky landmarks, and the inescapable seduction of Port wine all come together in one easy-to-love town. Porto is remarkably simple to navigate and yet, it is also a lovely place to get lost – especially when arm in arm. For the romantic on a budget, you can’t beat Porto’s many long and view filled walks, and if you want to splurge on an over-the-top dinner for two, well, Porto’s got some of the best restaurants in the country. So, bring your sweetheart, slow down your pace to a nice stroll, and fall in love with Porto.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT

11 Places

4 City Tips

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11 Places

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Rail Station Sao Bento

Taxis & Shuttles

Ponte de Dom Luis I

Bridges

Restaurante Portugandhi

Restaurants

Clerigos Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Churches & Cathedrals

Mercado do Bolhao

Flea & Street Markets

Rio Douro

Bodies of Water

Ode Porto Wine House

Restaurants

Funicular dos Guindais

Lookouts

Capela das Almas

Sacred & Religious Sites

Rua Santa Catarina

Points of Interest & Landmarks

cara f's City Tips

  • Gratuity is often included in the bill, but if it's not, plan on tipping 12-15%.
  • Porto is a walkable city, so save your heels for Paris and wear some comfortable (but stylish) shoes.
  • The best restaurants in Porto often require reservations, but many times they have availability for walk-ins when they first open for dinner, usually around 7pm.
  • Porto has an excellent Metro system. If you will be using the Metro a lot on a particular day, buy an "Andante 24" card that gives you unlimited use for 24 hours.
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    Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    cara f Says:

    About a 15 minute walk from Sao Bento station, and a bit uphill, you will come upon the impressive Porto Cathedral, or Se Catedral. After visiting the cloisters and strolling around the impressive interior, including 18th-century 'azulejos' (tiles,) sit for a spell and contemplate the beautiful Gothic rose window, built in the 12th-century.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress should be modest as it is a church, but covering your head is not necessary.
    • The rose window is especially beautiful in the afternoon light.
    • If you can, climb up to the top to enjoy the views.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go in if walking past 13/12/2017
    • Beautiful Cathedral 13/12/2017
    • Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
    Address:
    Terreiro Se
    Porto 4050-573
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 205 9028
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 12:30
    14:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Rail Station Sao Bento
    Taxis & Shuttles
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    cara f Says:

    Built in 1900 and adorned with over 20,000 blue and white tiles called 'azulejos,' the Sao Bento Rail Station is more than a transportation hub. Make time to take in the magnificent vestibule: The paintings on the tiles tell the stories of royals, transportation, wars, and the common plight of the peasants. Across the street is a lovely park, so pick up a picnic and enjoy the station from the inside and out, making for a lovely, low cost date.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sharing the tiles with hoards of travelers can be fun in itself, but going very early in the morning will give you more peace and quiet.
    • If you are in the area late at night, stop by. There are often impromptu musical events: a small orchestra or classic guitars taking advantage of the perfect acoustics.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 26 Transportation in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 14/12/2017
    • One for the tick box. 13/12/2017
    • Rail Station Sao Bento
    Address:
    Praca Almeida Garrett
    Porto 4000-069
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 200 2722
    Other:
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    Ponte de Dom Luis I
    Bridges
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    cara f Says:

    The majestic span and feminine curves of this bridge entice couples to walk along it, taking in the magnificent views of both sides of the River Douro. And if a leisurely walk doesn't bring out the romantic in you, try stopping in at a Port house on the Gaia side for a wine tasting before strolling back.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It can be windy on the top of the bridge, so hang on to your hat!
    • Walking the bridge is even more romantic when the lights of the city are just coming on.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing views 13/12/2017
    • Great views from the top 13/12/2017
    • Ponte de Dom Luis I
    Phone:
    91-994-68-00-22-995-98-14
    Other:
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    Restaurante Portugandhi
    Restaurants (Indian, Fusion)
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    cara f Says:

    Steps from the Marques de Pombal park and the Metro stop by the same name, you will find the tiny and unassuming eatery Portugandhi. With a blend of Portuguese and Indian cuisines, a sort of Indian Fusion is born. Beautiful presentation and luscious flavors dominate the menu. A great spot for a romantic dinner for two: Grab a little table, take recommendations from the owner, and enjoy!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Save room for the rose ice cream for dessert.
    • Vegetarian? No problem here — there are a good selection of vegetarian dishes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #305 of 1,556 restaurants in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yum! 08/12/2017
    • Decent Indian food in a moderate restaurant 03/12/2017
    • Restaurante Portugandhi
    Address:
    Rua do Bonjardim 1143
    .
    Porto 4000-133
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 332 2554
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    19:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Clerigos Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Churches & Cathedrals
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    cara f Says:

    The weather is a little blustery? Grab a poncho and head over to the Clerigos Tower, a wonderful place to experience at a slow pace without crowds. Climb the ancient spiral staircase up to the top, where you can watch passersby far away on the street. Getting a little wet with rain can be a very romantic thing, especially when you have to snuggle a bit to stay warm!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If the weatherman reports clear skies, you can still beat the crowds by getting there early.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highest point of Porto 13/12/2017
    • We saw this from our touring bus 13/12/2017
    • Clerigos Tower
    Address:
    Rua Sao Filipe Neri
    Porto 4050-546
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 014 5489
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Mercado do Bolhao
    Flea & Street Markets
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    cara f Says:

    Looking for a quaint and funky place for a fresh seafood lunch? Find your way to the Mercado Bolhao mid-day during the week. Go a little early and grab a little table in the middle of the market. There, you will be served only what is fresh, and the cooks will get your order from the vendors at the market. It's great value and a lot of fun!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A good wine to go with that? Try the "Green" wine!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 275 things to do in Porto
    • disapointed 27/11/2017
    • Cork 22/11/2017
    • Mercado do Bolhao
    Address:
    Rua Formosa
    Porto 4000-214
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 332 6024
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    07:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    07:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Rio Douro
    Bodies of Water
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    cara f Says:

    It doesn't matter how you get down to the riverside — whether you stroll or take the funicular — but once you are there, you won't be able to resist walking along the river. Check out the nooks and crannies of the area and discover interesting little shops with unique artistic works, hidden restaurants, and the like, or hang out in the Ribeira plaza and check out the statue of St. John the Baptist while you sip some wine. The walk along the Gaia side of the river is lovely, too — and you can stop in and taste some Port at one of the many Port houses that line the river.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Douro is most beautiful in the late afternoon light.
    • Don't forget that you can take the Guindais Funicular back up the hill if you don't want to walk.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice boat trip 05/12/2017
    • Take the cruise 03/12/2017
    • Rio Douro
    Phone:
    +351 22 464 6352
    Other:
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    Ode Porto Wine House
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary)
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    cara f Says:

    On an average street a block from the riverside, it would be easy to miss ODE Porto Wine House, but it would be a tragedy if you did. Make a reservation and treat you and your loved one to some of the best in Portuguese fine dining. ODE strives to be seasonal and local, and the setting is absolutely one of the most romantic in Porto. Leave your watch at the hotel because the service is relaxed, and leave your credit cards too, as they only take cash.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Romantic and stylish? Yes. Stuffy? Absolutely not. Come as you are and bring your appetite.
    • Not sure what to order? The knowledgeable staff will steer you in the right direction with your entree and your wine.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 1,556 restaurants in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner and wine pairing 26/11/2017
    • Fantastic Slow Food Experience in beautiful old house by the river. 25/11/2017
    • Ode Porto Wine House
    Address:
    Largo do Terreiro 7
    Zona Historica da Ribeira
    Porto 4050-603
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 200 010
    Price range:
    US$65 - US$94
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    19:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Funicular dos Guindais
    Lookouts
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    cara f Says:

    Skip the long and often hot walk down to the River Douro and take the funky Guindais Funicular. It's a short ride for sure, but a quirky, fun one down the nearly 1,000 feet from the Batalha station at the top to Ribeira at the bottom. From the bottom you can continue your stroll down the River Douro or make your way over the bridge to Gaia.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Funicular uses the same Andante transportation cards as the Metro does.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 275 things to do in Porto
    • A nice travel experience 06/12/2017
    • beats walking 06/12/2017
    • Funicular dos Guindais
    Phone:
    +351 22 508 1000
    Other:
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    Capela das Almas
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    cara f Says:

    You don't have to go inside the Capela das Almas or Chapel of the Souls to enjoy the beautiful azulejo tile work adorning the outside. These beautiful tiles show scenes in the lives of several saints. Take some time to look at the amazing details here, then keep moving along Rua Santa Catarina for some incredible shopping.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This church is a great backdrop for a selfie of the two of you.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • astonishing 27/11/2017
    • GASP!!! 11/10/2017
    • Capela das Almas
    Address:
    Rua de Santa Catarina 428
    Esquina com a Rua Fernandes Tomás, a 30 metros do Bolhão-Porto
    Porto 4000-444
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 200 5765
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    Rua Santa Catarina
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cara f Says:

    Santa Catarina boasts an eclectic and delicious collection on shops that is bound to please. You'll find pastries and ham, cheeses, and hand made candies. If you are a book lover, or fascinated by Harry Potter, then stopping by Livraria Lello is a must, as it was featured in the movies. This is also a great avenue to find the perfect ingredients for a quiet picnic later, along the River Douro.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do this stroll with an appetite!
    • If a picnic isn't your thing, stop at Café Majestic for a coffee and take in their outstanding art deco decor.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 275 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Let's do some shopping 12/12/2017
    • The prices are not bad 06/12/2017
    • Rua Santa Catarina
    Address:
    Rua Santa Catarina
    Porto 4000-447
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 934 242 472
    Other:
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