Apartment, Accommodation & Rooms in Porto
is Portugal’s second largest city, home to a fine university and is steeped in history. Many people dismiss Porto as just an industrial city with several nice bridges but that’s unfair as there’s plenty to see and do. Porto has lent its name not only to port wine
but also to the name of the country and language. Porto was built in a rocky gorge and was famously described by writer Ann Bridge as looking ‘like a singularly dangerous spider's web flung across space’. Like Lisbon, Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cities and its history dates back to when it was an outpost for the Roman Empire. Today its beauty has been recognized by UNESCO who has designated the city a ‘World Heritage Site’. There are many hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation in Porto to suit all budgets. Wimdu also have over 200 accommodation offers in Porto ranging from private rooms and guest apartments to holiday villas and flats. Find you perfect accommodation in Porto with Wimdu!
Port wine has origins in Porto!
Porto is the only European city with 6 bridges!
The Maria Pia bridge was designed by Gustav Eiffel in 1877 – his last project before designing the Eiffel Tower!
Porto’s newest bridge, the Infante D. Henrique Bridge is the longest concrete arch bridge in the world!
What to see and do in Porto
Visitors to Porto should begin their sightseeing in Ribeira
, the city’s most interesting neighbourhood. Much like Lisbon’s famous Alfama district, Ribeira is the city’s old district and is crammed with narrow, cobbled streets, pretty houses and beautiful villas. The district’s riverfront square called Praca da Riberia
is worth checking out and it’s where you’ll find lively restaurants and bars. Across the river from the square are the famous port wine houses at the picturesque Cais de Gaia – sample some of the world’s finest port here!
Porto has some interesting cultural highlights worth seeing. The Centro Portugues de Fotografia
(Portuguese centre of Photography) displays the best of Portuguese photography and aims to promote and shine the spotlight on Portugal’s talent. The centre is housed in a fine 18th building which is a former dungeon and detention centre! Clerigos Tower
is worth seeing too – from the top you can get a fantastic bird’s eye view over the city – it was once used as a lighthouse to guide ships into the port! It’s worth climbing the 240 steps for the view! Porto has various lively markets selling local produce such as vegetables, cheeses and meat as well as souvenirs and craft products. Mercado do Bolhao
is the best market in the Porto. Expect to be greeted by various colourful characters selling many interesting things. The market dates back to 1839 – it’s extremely old!
Anybody visiting Porto should try some of the port wine
that the city is so famous for. This sweet, fortified wine is produced exclusively in the Douro valley around Porto. Taking a port wine tour is recommended and it is an enjoyable and informative way to acquaint yourself with the local tipple. Since the 1960’s, port wineries have opened their doors to tourists for tastings and tours. Graham’s Port Lodge
is a great place to start and you’ll learn about the art of wine making whilst sampling various vintages of port.
Getting Around Porto
, officially called Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is located 15km from Porto’s centre. It is Portugal’s third busiest airports and is known as one of Europe’s best airports. The best way to reach the city centre from the airport is to take the Aerobus which costs €4. Taxi rides will cost you €20. Like many European cities, Porto is extremely hard to drive in and using a car is not recommend! The touristy part of the city is a maze of alleyways and you’ll find it easier to navigate the area by foot. Porto is quite hilly though so perhaps public transport is the best way to get around the city. Porto’s metro system is incredibly advanced and is the best form of public transport to use when traveling around the city. Taxis should be avoided and the SCTP bus system should be used if you require above ground transportation. Porto has two train stations, Sao Bento
and the stations have connections with Lisbon, Madrid and even Paris!