Should You Visit Porto?

Is Porto worth visiting?

We loved visiting Porto and, yes, it's absolutely a port city that any traveler should visit. By the end of our time here, it felt like a second home. During our first trip to Porto in the fall of 2022, we fell in love with its gritty and authentic atmosphere. We've been back several times since then to experience it even more.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this port city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the fantastic food and spectacular museums.

Porto is loved by visitors for many reasons, and is routinely on national "best of" lists, including Conde Nast's Best Cities in Europe.

Porto offers the perfect combination of tourist attractions and authenticity. The street art gives the city a culture of its own. There are also cellar tours where you can experience and enjoy port. Seaford lovers will appreciate the many Portuguese restaurants around town. There are also many museums and outdoor activities to choose from.

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5 Reasons to Visit Porto

1. Food

The area's cuisine combines the ocean setting with the agriculture of the surrounding area, so you'll enjoy both seafood dishes as well as fresh meats and vegetables. The area is also famous for its Port wines and red wines. There are plenty of cellar tours as well was waterfront seafood restaurants to choose from.

2. Museums

With such a long history, there are many landmarks and sights in the city. Popular attractions include the Clérigos Tower, Palácio da Bolsa, and Igreja de São Francisco.

3. Nightlife

This city comes to life in the evening, particularly on weekends when locals and tourists alike flock to the many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

4. Historical Sights

Known as Porto Ribeira, the city's historic district is the most visited part of the town. It begins on the banks of the River Douro and climbs into the hills behind it.

5. Shopping

The city has both your standard shopping mall stores as well as local vendors and boutique shops.




Is Porto worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Porto is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is quite touristy, so in the high season it's busier than usual. You'll see larger crowds and longer lines, as well as higher prices. On the other hand, there's plenty to see and do at this time of year because everything is open.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 21°C (69°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 25°C (78°F).

The activities of the city are numerous, and this is a great time of year to explore all of them. From family-friendly attractions to romantic getaways, as well as budget-friendly things to do, there's something for everyone. Famous landmarks, museums, tours, and more are all available. You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable port city, especially in the nice weather. During this season it's fun to experience the museums and landmarks, the big city activities, and the historic old town. Also, you can experience the nightlife.


Summer Weather in Porto
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
August 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
September 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)

Is Porto worth visiting in the Autumn?

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 17°C (62°F).

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Porto, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. Soaking up that old town charm in the autumn is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. This is a great time of year to take in the beautiful scenery, admire the historic sights, and wander through the museums. Also, you can enjoy the city's energy.


Autumn Weather in Porto
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
November 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
December 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)

Is Porto worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Porto. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices.

The weather in Porto can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 10°C (50°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll like that you can take public transit easily in the winter, too. You can get around quickly while avoiding bad weather if needed. You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to browse through museums, taste delicious cuisine, and browse around the old town. Also, you can check out the nightlife and the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Porto
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
February 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
March 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)

Is Porto worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Porto. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during spring, and temperatures hover around 14°C (56°F).

The city this time of year is absolutely beautiful. Admire the gardens, parks, and fantastic architecture, too. Soaking up that old town charm in the spring is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. During this season it's fun to experience the many shops, the famous sights and museums, and the gorgeous scenery. Also, you'll be able to learn about the history of the town and take advantage of the local nightlife.


Spring Weather in Porto
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
June 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)

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What is Porto most famous for?

Porto is most famous for its authentic old town and the local port wine. People visit this impressive port city for its great food. It is also known for its great museums, nightlife, and historical sights. And many visitors also come to this port city for its shopping. It is often described as historic, cultural, cosmopolitan, and dynamic.


What is the most famous sight in Porto?

The most popular sight in Porto is Cais da Ribeira. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Porto on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Cais da Ribeira and other attractions here.

How touristy is Porto? Is it a popular port city to visit?

Porto is a popular port city for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Porto Half Day Photo Tour: $133
    • Porto Pubcrawl: 5h,6 Drinks,4 bars &Skip the line Club Entry: $20
    • Best of Porto Private Walking Tour: $78
    • Stand-up-Paddle tour in Paiva river: $83
    • Luxury Yacht Cruise on the Douro River and Estuary Reserve: $54
    • 360º Porto Walking Tour, Helicopter Ride & River Cruise: $144
    • LGBTour Walk through Porto, discover the LGBTQIA+ History: $22
    • Porto Premium - Private Walking tour: $68

    How long should I spend in Porto?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Porto is two to five days. Since Porto has a variety of activities such as dining, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Porto?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Porto?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Porto?.