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Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get beneath the skin of Porto, Potugal’s impressive 2nd city, on a half-day walking tour that takes in the most emblematic monuments of the city center, and discovers lesser known attractions. Meet your local guide on Praça dos Leões to see the Bank of Tiles. Then, go to the stunning Igreja do Carmo (Carmelitas Church), part of a 17th-century convent with a classical façade. Stop at the Lello Bookshop, one of the most beautiful book stores in the world, before walking to the Torre dos Clérigos bell tower of the Igreja dos Clérigos. Here, you will also find an Oriental grocery store popular with locals. Get breathtaking city views from the Vitória mirador. Continue along Avenida dos Aliados towards Liberdade Square. On Avenida Santa Catarina, pause to taste a typical Portuguese custard tart in a local coffee shop. Savor the aromas of Bolhão Market, where Porto residents stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Next, wander over to the São Bento Railway Station, where the mosaic walls depict scenes from Portuguese history. Admire views of the Douro River and Sé Cathedral.

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Porto: Private Boat Tour

2. Porto: Private Boat Tour

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will begin your trip sailing by the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail until you reach the entrance of the Douro River for an open sea experience, which includes a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you wish to, you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quiet of this fantastic area.

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Porto Combo: Porto City by Day & Panoramic View Fado Dinner

3. Porto Combo: Porto City by Day & Panoramic View Fado Dinner

Experience the dynamic differences of beautiful Porto from day to night. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for the morning (8:30-9:00 AM pickup) or the afternoon (1:30-2:00 PM pickup) tour. On this tour you will visit Porto's main monuments and learn more about its rich history. You'll get to see: • Grandiose architecture on Avenida dos Aliados, the Avenue of Allies, representing the Anglo-Portuguese treaty, the oldest alliance in the world that is still in effect • The 249-foot tall Clèrigos Tower and Church • One of the top bookstores in the world: Livraria Lello • One of the city's oldest monuments: Sé Cathedral of Porto • The Unesco World Heritage site: Sao Bento Station To end the daytime portion of your tour you'll visit a wine cellar and have a chance to try the famous port wine. After this portion of your tour you'll be dropped off at your hotel for a few hours before the dinner portion of the tour begins. This is a perfect opportunity to take a short nap after your busy city tour and freshen up for dinner. At 8 PM your guide will pick you up from your hotel for dinner. You'll have a chance to experience panoramic views of this dynamic and beautiful city after dark. Then you'll enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner, accompanied by soulful Fado music. Fado music is melancholic and the songs are often very nostalgic. They reflect the deep feelings of Portuguese culture, history, and soul.

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Porto: Private Half-Day as a Local Experience

4. Porto: Private Half-Day as a Local Experience

Your experience begins as your driver picks you up in a modern and comfortable vehicle with a capacity for 4 people. From there, start your tour of up to 5 hours through the Boavista area with a stop in Foz to enjoy beautiful views of the sea and river. Whilst there, choose to spend your first break out on a terrace. Set your own pace with a visit to the Ribeira area, where you can visit a beautiful port wine cellar. Following that, your tour continues to the Monastery of Serra do Pilar where you can enjoy magnificent views over the historic area of the city. Later, pass by the beautiful Avenida dos Aliados, crossing the famous Torre dos Clérigos area on the way. Throughout the day you are free to take breaks wherever you want, but your guides propose a mandatory break in the beautiful Gardens of the Crystal Palace. Following your amazing half-day out, your driver will take you back to your hotel.

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Porto: Full-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Porto: Full-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Make the most of your time in Porto by exploring it on 3 wheels. This full-day tour mixes riding with some walking to take you to some of the most beautiful sites in and around this Portuguese city. The day starts with a visit to the Sé do Porto, a cathedral that dates back to the city's medieval origins. Admire the cathedral from the outside before venturing into the surrounding Sé district – the oldest in the city – which remains faithful to Porto's traditions and customs. Continue to the São Bento train station, one of the most beautiful in Europe, to appreciate the approximately 20,000 hand-painted tiles lining its interior. Next, pass the commercial Bolhão area, home to a traditional market with local products, shops of all kinds, and the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina. Here, the guide will point out Café Majestic – the most luxurious café in Porto. Photograph the emblematic Liberdade Square, the Avenida dos Aliados and the Carmo and Carmelite churches. Then, cross the Praça dos Leões to make a brief stop at the Lello bookstore. Built in 1906, this shop is a must-see and is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Reach new heights at the Torre dos Clérigos, an 18th-century tower offering 360-degree views of the city center and surroundings. Explore the verdant Cordoaria garden before breaking for a typical Portuguese lunch. After the break, head to the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, a botanical garden with unique views of the Douro River. Explore the narrow alleys of the iconic Miragaia and Vitória neighborhoods before proceeding to the Praça do Infante, home to the Palácio da Bolsa, São Francisco church, and the old Ferreira Borges market. Photograph the buildings in the Ribeira neighborhood before crossing the Dom Luis I bridge to enjoy a glass of Port wine with a view at the Serra do Pilar monastery. Continue along the Douro to the Atlantic ocean to see surfers and fishermen enjoying the waves near the Parque da Cidade.

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Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

6. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

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From Lisbon: Discover Porto

7. From Lisbon: Discover Porto

Porto, the city that gave Portugal its name, is known worldwide for its wine, bridges, and contemporary and ancient architecture. Its historical center, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a can’t-miss attraction. Spend a full day exploring the amazing monuments and landscapes of Porto on this guided cultural and heritage tour from Lisbon.   Start at Igreja e Clérigos Tower, built in the 18th century, a remarkable architectural complex. Visit the Lello bookstore, which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world—its stunning dark wood and red velvet interior will amaze you. Head to the beautiful Sao Bento Railway Station to admire its 20,000 azulejo tiles. Visit the Porto Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church that is one of the oldest in the city.   Take lunch at Ribiera in the historic center of the city before visiting a wine cellar where the famous Port wine is made. Finally, enjoy a boat trip to see the 7 bridges that cross the water. After a day well spent, you’ll be returned to your hotel in Lisbon.

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Travel Around Porto in a Unique Convertible

8. Travel Around Porto in a Unique Convertible

Start your tour by boarding your unique convertible. Take a seat and buckle up as your guide sets-off into the marvellous streets of Porto to introduce you to this bustling and beautiful city.  Your experience will commence in front of the Vimara Peres Statue, next to the Porto Cathedral. From here, you'll travel to discover two of the main historical neighborhoods, Sé and Vitória. Whilst here, you will take in its multitude of iconic monuments, such as Lion's Square, Clérigos Church and Tower, Lello Bookshop, Stock Exchange Palace, Ferreira Borges Market, Old Customhouse, Luis I Bridge, Arrábida Bridge, St. Francis Church, Serra do Pilar Monastery, Aliados Avenue, Fishing village, and the S. Bento Train Station. Your last stop of the tour will be at the Serra do Pilar viewpoint where you can enjoy an amazing glass of Porto Wine with a postcard view.

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Half-Day Porto Walking Tour with Typical Snack

9. Half-Day Porto Walking Tour with Typical Snack

Get to know Porto with a half-day walking tour. Visit the most emblematic places of the city center, as well as other lesser-known but authentic and defining sites. After meeting in Praça dos Leões, visit the Bank of Tiles. You'll also get to check out the nearby Carmelitas and Carmo churches. Continue toward Lello Bookshop, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, stopping at Clérigos Tower. Walk along Aliados Avenue, pausing on Santa Catarina Street for a visit to see where pastéis de nata (a Portuguese egg tart pastry) is made. Next is the S. Bento Railway Station, with its architectural richness and panel of tiles. See the Porto Sé Cathedral, then head down typical Porto streets toward the Ribeira of Porto. Along the way you will see the Rua de Baixo tower, a building that is possibly the oldest in the city. Walk through the daily Ribeira Market, before making your way to the Church of São Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, head into a typical restaurant to sample a traditional petisco (a snack from Porto).

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Porto City Private Minivan Tour

10. Porto City Private Minivan Tour

Meet at the city hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the location of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special times. Admire the famous Lello Bookshop with its magnificent staircase linking it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookshop inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's book series Harry Potter. In the same area, see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view over the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historical city center and introduce you to its highlights. Get to know the history of the famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand tiles painted by hand illustrating the events of Portuguese history. Explore the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Bolhão Market.  Finally, find the river essence as you reach Ribeira, with the typical Rabelo boats and the well-known port wine cellars. Above the river, find the unique D. Luis Bridge, at 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the biggest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are. On this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world-famous Porto wine.

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What people are saying about Clérigos Tower

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

This was a terrific tour of hidden and known gems of Porto led by an intelligent, articulate and well-versed guide, Ciana. May you be so lucky as to draw her name as your guide. Great vistas, great historical overview, and a highlight of a visit to the Livraria Jello, a favorite haunt of JK Rowling’s when taught in Porto and you’ll see its influence on the Harry Potter story.

Our guide Susanna was amazing. She is very passionate and energetic and we saw a lot in the time we had. She also gave us loads of tips for things to do after the tour (and where to buy original or replicas of the porto tiles). We had a really fun time discovering Porto with her.

Jorges gave us a 5-star tour of the city which included many off the beaten path sites, restaurant recommendations and explanations of culture and history. This tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Porto!

We really loved our visit with Renata who shared her love of Porto with us with a host of anecdotes and good addresses! A great memory of the trip and a very nice meeting. Many thanks again!

Had a super knowledgeable tour guide and very friendly. Would recommend this tour