With its rich history, vibrant culture, and wealth of natural beauty, there's no shortage of things to do in Porto, Portugal. Here's a rundown of the best tours and attractions in the Porto area.
The historic northern Portuguese cities of Braga and Guimarães are definitely worth a day trip. In the UNESCO world heritage site of Guimarães, you'll tour a 10th-century castle and experience what life was like in Portugal 1,000 years ago. Braga was founded by the Romans, more than 2,000 years ago, and is home to impressive Roman ruins, pastoral gardens, and several awe-inspiring historic centers of worship.
You're probably aware that Porto is considered to be the birthplace of port, a fortified wine that has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. You may not be aware that it's also home to quite a few other varieties of wine. Catch a tour of the Douro Valley wine country when you travel to Porto. The landscapes are gorgeous, the wine is excellent, and the people of the valley are unfailingly welcoming.
The streets of Porto's historic Ribiera district may be too narrow to make driving them a pleasure, but they're ideal for bicycle travel. Touring Porto by bike will allow you to explore parts of the city that you'd be unlikely to see otherwise, and it's wonderful exercise, as an extra bonus. There are numerous bicycle tour providers around Porto, so finding one shouldn't be very difficult.
Porto is a place that is steeped in rich culinary traditions, and Taste Porto Food Tours will help you experience Porto cuisine just like a local. You'll get the inside track on the best places to eat, and you'll gain insight into the cultural forces that shaped the food of Portugal, which is more intriguing than you might think.
Adrenaline junkies and sightseers alike will have a blast with Xtreme Jet Boat River Safari in Porto. These well-organized and adrenaline-filled tours will leave a smile on your face and a thrill in your heart, and the prices are quite reasonable.
This Art Nouveau café first opened its doors in 1921. Its striking decorative interior made it a natural gathering spot for members of high society and local celebrities, alike. During the second half of the 20th century, the café fell into disrepair, but it has since been restored to its original splendor. This renowned eatery is always quite busy, but enjoying a cup of coffee while basking in such opulent surroundings is definitely worth braving the crowds.