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Looking to organise a weekend in Porto and to discover the “pearl of the north”? The economic and cultural capital of northern Portugal is a perfect destination for short stays in groups, families or couples. With its sublime medieval façades, the winding alleys of the historic centre, the banks of the Douro River, its centuries-old wine cellars and the ocean as a backdrop, Porto charms all travellers.

Where to stay and what area to choose in Porto?

The second city of Portugal offers a complete range of tourist accommodation to suit all budgets. Hostels and hotels in the old town, fully equipped apartments or studios facing the Douro river. Check out our Porto accommodation offers in the city and rent at the best rates for your group.

Our local consultants know Porto like the backs of their hands, and will advise you on the choice of the district at the lowest rates for groups. The main holiday rentals of the city of Porto are concentrated in 2 districts: Ribeira and Gaia.

The Ribeira district is the historic heart of the city along the Douro River. It is a maze of medieval streets where you will find many charming guesthouses and hotels. The area of ​​Vila Nova de Gaia is located on the left bank of the river and concentrates the wine cellars that made the legend of the city. The area has beautiful 4 and 5 star hotels as well as holiday apartments overlooking the old town.

What activities to do in Porto during the day?

Located on the right bank of the River Douro, Porto is a city with a playful and peaceful temperament. The inhabitants are in the image of their city, at the same time welcoming and discreet as the melancholic fados that ring at the corner of the alleys. The richness of its architecture, the unique atmosphere of the docks and its opening onto the Atlantic Ocean make it a perfect destination for an exotic and surprising trip.

The city offers an exceptional range of activities and leisure to make the day during your holiday in Portugal. Cruises on the Douro river, guided tour in the historic centre, discovery of the cellars, wine tasting, sports and nautical activities or a jaunt in the hinterland: it’s up to you to choose from dozens of activities.

Whether you come with friends, a couple, a family or a professional seminar, you will find leisure that suits your group’s profile. In order to make the most of your weekend in Porto, our local teams have selected the best daytime activities for you. Discover all our activities very easily and book your stay with ease.

Where to go out in the evening in Porto: restaurants, bars and nightclubs

Nightlife in Porto is one of the most dynamic and entertaining in Portugal. With its popular bars, trendy cafés, quality restaurants and many nightclubs, the city will satisfy all night owls. We have selected the best places for your parties. Fado show in an authentic cabaret, tour bars in the district of Ribeira or reservation of your tables in fashionable clubs: you are spoiled for choice to organize your festive weekend in Porto.

Here is a short guide to the nights in Porto which will allow you to begin to easily plan your evenings and to quickly find the places that correspond to you. The Baixa district in the historic centre is one of the liveliest areas in the evening. Nightlife is concentrated around Galeria de Paris and Cândido dos Reis streets with dozens of typical bars. The ideal place to come and drink a caïpirinhas in the early evening.

The narrow streets and docks of Ribeira are the perfect destination for dining in one of the many restaurants along the river. You will find a full range of typical establishments and for all budgets. Popular bars, cabarets offering diners and fado show or upscale restaurants, the neighbourhood has all the ingredients for an unforgettable night escapade.

Facing the ocean at the mouth of the Douro River, the exclusive Foz district hosts modern restaurants and trendy bars frequented by trendy Porto youth. The area is also famous for its nightclubs and festive clubs where you can dance until dawn. Industria and Trintaeum are the two most famous nightclubs in Foz, where the cream of national and international DJs mix.

The 10 places to see without fail during your weekend in Porto:

Long remained in the shadow of the capital Lisbon, Porto attracts more and more travellers in search of an authentic stay. With its steep streets, emblematic monuments such as the Torre dos Clérigos or its wine cellars, the city is full of places to visit during a weekend. Follow our guide and discover the 10 sites to see absolutely during your visit.

The district of Ribeira

Weekend in porto district of Ribeira. Being to discover and get lost in the medieval streets of Ribeira is simply an enchantment. The whole of the district has been classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996. The atmosphere is unique here with the multicoloured facades overlooking the quays. The perfect place to enjoy a great beer – local beer – on the terrace and enjoy the sun during your weekend in Porto.

The market of Bolhao – weekend in porto market

Built at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Mercado do Bolhão has an incomparable charm with its stalls of fresh produce, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Time seems to have stopped here and invites us to stroll among the stands in the thousand colours. Take time to enjoy a coffee and a pastry in one of the typical small bars of the covered market. The Mercado do Bolhão is open from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm.

Visit the bridges and cruise on the Douro

Try a “Rabelo”, the boats that used to be used to transport Port wine, an unforgettable cruise along the Douro River. You’ll see the bridges that connect the 2 banks of the city. Notably the Maria Pia railway bridge, built by Eiffel with its imposing and unique arch of 350 meters. The famous two-storey bridge and Unesco monument Dom Luis was built in 1886 by Theophile Seyrig, from the same school as Eiffel.

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