15 Best Porto Tours

After the capital Lisbon, Porto is Portugal’s second largest and most populous metropolitan area, with an urban population of nearly 240,000.

While it’s often overlooked by better-known tourist destinations in nearby countries, Porto has seen a surge in visitor numbers in recent years, and many savvy travelers consider it one of Europe’s underrated gems.

With a fascinating history and culture, the city offers tours and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests.

Food, wine, architecture, and historical attractions are fascinating, and the area outside the city is known for its old-world charm and natural beauty.

1. Walking Food Tour with Tastings

Porto Food Market

Located on the country’s North Atlantic coast, Porto has a different cuisine and tradition than the rest of Portugal.

On this combined walking and food tasting tour, guests will have the opportunity to meet locals, learn about the city’s history and culture, and sample a variety of traditional northern Portuguese staples such as cheese, wine and sausages.

Tourist stops include the bustling Bolhão market, the historic district and the beautiful stretches along the Douro River.

Tours begin and end in a convenient central location and are offered in the morning and afternoon, including a hearty sit-down snack-style meal at a popular restaurant.

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2. Jewish Heritage Walking Tour


Since the 12th century, the city of Porto has had a thriving Jewish community, coexisting peacefully with a predominantly Christian population.

After meeting their guide in a convenient, central location, guests will begin to explore some important Jewish sites.

The tour covers a lot of places in three hours. Its highlights include ethnic Jewish communities and synagogues, as well as other historic sites such as the Esnoga Stairs and Virtudes Garden.

Tours are offered at both morning and afternoon start times, include the services of a local guide, and require a lot of time on your feet.

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3. Porto City Sightseeing Bike Tour

Porto city center

Traffic in Porto can be crazy at times, but the city is very bike-friendly.

For those who would rather get some fresh air and burn calories than sit on a stuffy tour bus, this three-hour city bike tour will be perfect.

After meeting with their guide, healthy and attentive guests will tout some of the city’s most iconic sights and learn about what they see along the way.

The city is full of historic buildings, museums and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, and tours can be adjusted according to the age and interests of guests.

Tours are available in English, French and Portuguese.

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4. Bocasport Wine Cellar Tour and Tasting

Pokasport Cellars

As the name suggests, Porto is considered the home of Port wine. For wine lovers, there is no better way to enjoy it than with this guided wine cellar and tasting tour.

The outing begins with a visit to an old wine cellar, where many of the bottles have been matured for 100 years.

Next, guests and their guide will head to the tasting room, where they will sample some of the different ports and learn the secrets of spotting the nuances.

Although the tours only last an hour, they are valuable for those who want to learn about Portuguese wines, but participants must be at least 18 years old.

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5. Private city tour with a local guide

Porto cityscape

While many of Porto’s tours focus on historical sites, this two-hour tour with a local guide is based on more artistic and cultural attractions that tend to resonate with hip and trendy crowds.

Guests will meet their guide at the Municipal Library before embarking on a journey of discovery to discover amazing street art, chic neighborhoods, and cool venues that host many pop art and entertainment events.

Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to admire the city’s impressive architecture and immerse yourself in the culture, but most of your time will be spent on quiet side streets with few tourists.

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6. Harry Potter Inspiration Tour

Porto Fountain

It may come as a surprise to learn that JK Rowling spent a lot of time in Porto before writing her best-selling Harry Potter series.

After meeting local guides and Harry Potter enthusiasts at the central location, tour guests will set off to visit several businesses catering to the literary crowd.

For those who take things to the extreme, shop for Harry Potter character costumes, visit the Lion Fountain, and step into the mysterious Lello bookstore.

This three-hour tour is perfect for families traveling with kids, where everyone can get their hands on an authentic Portuguese puff by the end of the adventure.

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7. Private Small Group Surf Experience

Porto Surf

Want to learn to surf and show off the beach body you’ve been working on for the past decade?

If so, channel your inner Keanu Reeves and sign up for this private small-group surfing experience.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a history of riding waves, as it’s suitable for people with at least moderate fitness.

You definitely need to know how to swim, but as far as surfing goes, you’ll get all the training you need to make it an exhilarating and memorable experience.

Most of the participants can actually get up and ride the waves briefly after all is said and done, but if not, you can still enjoy the sun, sand and surf in a big time.

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8. Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

Porto Hop On Hop Off

Hop-on hop-off tours are an economical option for those on a budget who prefer to spend their holidays on their own terms.

Tickets are valid for one or two days from the date of purchase. Tours are by open-top bus with unobstructed views and the ability to get off and see what interests you and ignore those that aren’t.

Commentary is provided by an audio guide in multiple languages. Guests have access to two different bus routes, each with its own list of major attractions.

The bus runs every 30 minutes and winds up, so being left behind won’t be a problem.

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10. 3-hour walking city tour with a visit to Lello bookstore

Lello Bookstore

In this private bespoke experience in Porto, guests will spend three hours visiting iconic historic sights such as Sao Bento Train Station, Clérigos Tower, Cathedral and the popular Lello Bookshop.

At each stop along the way, participants will benefit from the tour guide’s historical and cultural insights and learn about the layout of the city, which will make self-guided exploration easier after the tour.

Tours involve contemporary and ancient history dating back to pre-Roman times. They end at Lello Bookstore, one of the oldest bookstores in the country and consistently ranked as one of the top five bookstores in the world.

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11. Guided Segway Food and Wine Experience

Segway Porto

After meeting their guides and learning how to operate their unique two-wheeled machine, eager Segway sightseers will drive to explore a unique mix of sites and neighborhoods known for their historic charm and delicious Portuguese food and wine.

The three-hour tour gives hungry visitors access to traditional restaurants, where they’ll sample mouthwatering foods such as pork sandwiches called bifanas and a thick gravy made from ham, sausage, cheese and tomatoes Multi-layered francesinha sandwiches and beer.

The tour also includes coffee, an aperitif, fresh pastries and a glass of port at the end of the day.

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12. Serra da Estrela Tour from Porto

estrela hill

If getting away from the crowds and mingling with Mother Nature sounds like a good idea, a Serra da Estrela tour from Porto would be a great option.

While many tourists spend most of their vacations within the Porto city area, the surrounding towns and countryside offer excellent day-trip options for those in need of a temporary change of scenery.

Serra da Estrelas is the most majestic mountain in the country. Between December and January, they are a winter wonderland, more like Switzerland and Austria than Portugal.

Tours include round-trip transportation and plenty of activity options, such as tobogganing, a cable car ride into the clouds, and traditional food tastings.

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13. 1-Hour Self-Drive Discovery Tour with GPS Guide

Self-driving tour

Guided tours are great options for travelers just arriving in a new city, but for those already familiar with their surroundings and eager to do it themselves, self-guided tours may be more memorable and adventurous.

On this one-hour self-drive tour, guests will experience the city in a sleek Renault Twizy, a stylish electric two-seater vehicle with Wi-Fi and GPS.

The tour provider provides each driver with directions so that they can use their vehicle safely and efficiently before departure, as well as a list of possible attractions to visit, as well as a brief description of the route and each attraction.

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14. Porto Nightlife Tour


Long after most weary tourists have eaten, showered and tucked themselves into comfy hotel beds, this Porto nightlife tour begins.

The start time is 11:30, which is usually the exclusive territory of young revellers who want to revel in style.

After a brief meet and greet at a local watering hole, it’s time for a fun adventure that includes stops at four different venues.

Nights usually include lots of music, dancing, camaraderie, and drinking, with little regard for the sunrise, which never lasts more than a few hours.

Plan to meet locals and like-minded international travelers and get free drinks at each location.

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15. Canyoning Tour in Porto Gerres National Park

Gerês National Park Canyoning

Arguably Portugal’s most stunning natural attraction, Gerês National Park is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Porto.

Participants will be picked up from their town residences and taken to the park, where they will be outfitted with the proper gear and given an important safety briefing.

Guests will climb dozens of meters, explore waterfalls, caves and narrow canyons for an exhilarating, memorable and calorie-burning all-around experience.

Please note that each individual will need to meet certain physical and pre-training requirements before participating, so be sure to click the link below and check with your travel agent before booking.

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