Porto, Portugal

The city of bridges

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MrShuttle’s guide to tours in Porto

Going to Porto for the first time and don’t know what to do there? Let us help you out a bit with your itinerary so that you can experience Porto’s main attractions and take many memories back home. Located in the North region of Portugal, Porto is one of the top destinations in Europe that all types of travelers can enjoy. Famous for its biggest export – the Port wine, Porto has many hidden gems to discover. Experience a boat cruise down the Douro river, cross the Dom Luis I bridge, learn about the winemaking culture of Porto, and join a few city tours with a local guide (English-speaking). Don’t forget to take a much-needed break for lunch at the local restaurants to taste some Portuguese food like Bacalhau (cod) and Francesinha (ham and steak sandwich with melted cheese on top). Sounds exciting? You bet! Save yourself the trouble and have a look at our list of places to discover and the Porto tours we offer. Basically, get ready for hours of walking and sightseeing!

Experience popular attractions during Porto tours

Before we get into too many details, first things first! There are a few attractions in Porto that you definitely have to see during your time there. We prepared a quick list of Porto tours that you simply have to experience, just take a quick look!

Sightseeing in the city center

  • Ponto Dom Luis I: You may have heard that Porto has quite a number of bridges, but Dom Luis I is perhaps the most iconic one. This iron bridge, built in 1886, has two levels and connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. It is also a popular spot among locals and tourists alike to enjoy the views and the sunset.
  • Cais da Ribeira: This historic district, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is full of colorful buildings, winding streets, restaurants, and of course history. Make sure to explore this historic area, walk along the riverbank, and take some time to enjoy a sample of traditional Portuguese food. It should also be your main direction during evening hours.
  • Sé Cathedral: This Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest monuments in the city and was built in the highest point of Porto. Although it dates back to the 12th century, it is now a mix of architecture due to numerous renovations and changes.
  • Igreja dos Clerigos: With its tall bell tower it is one of the most iconic monuments in the city. Have a few hours? Dare to climb over 200 steps to the top for a great view of Porto.
  • Mercado do Bolhão: Visit the traditional local market where you can find a lot of fresh produce. Even if you’re not planning to cook your own food while in Porto, it will be worth your while to get a special look into the lives of the local people. Besides, you can get a little snack for lunch to keep you going!
  • São Bento station: This railway station is one of the hidden gems of Porto. Yes, you’ve heard that right! You might walk past it frequently as it’s in the city center without realizing how special it is on the inside. And what’s in there? The main hall’s walls are covered in thousands of azulejos (Portuguese tiles) that tell Portugal’s history.

Port wine in Vila Nova de Gaia

Wine tasting is one of the top experiences in Porto, so don’t miss out on it. Cross Ponte Luis I to Vila Nova de Gaia to learn about Port wine’s history, its production, and indulge in some wine tasting. Yes, as you can see this place is all about wine. When strolling along the waterfront, be on the lookout for a wooden boat. These traditional boats used to transport barrels of wine from the Douro Valley, but now they function more as cruise boats. In this city across the river from Porto, you will find the famous Port wine cellars which you can visit for free and even enjoy a wine tasting experience (also free of charge). Who knows, you might decide that buying a bottle of Port wine from these special cellars is totally worth the price.

Landscapes of the Douro Valley or Paiva Walkways in Aveiro

If you have more time to spare during your stay in Porto, consider going up to the Douro Valley, about 60 miles from Porto. It will most likely be a full-day tour, but you certainly won’t regret it. You can choose to go there by road, train, or even on a cruise boat, which will probably make it even more special, although possibly take a few more hours. This wine region of Portugal offers some stunning views of vineyards, hills, and the Douro river, so make sure to have your camera ready! The area is also a popular spot among hikers if you’d like to add that to your list of experiences in Porto. An alternative is a tour to Aveiro, about an hour away from Porto. Paiva walkways, which also offer some spectacular views, are a great spot for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Tours in Porto with MrShuttle – discover Porto with us!

We know that sometimes it is difficult to see all the main attractions, especially if there are not enough hours in a day. On top of that, traveling can be stressful enough, and we want to make it special for you. That is why we offer Porto tours that you can book with little effort and for a good price. This way you can save some time and enjoy the precious hours you have in Porto. At the moment you will find 2 essential tours in Porto that MrShuttle has on offer:

Porto Guided Tour – experience the main course

Rather than walking aimlessly around the city of Porto, you can join our guide for a classic tour of Porto. It will take around four hours of your time, but will so be worth it. If you’re staying in central Porto, we can even offer you a pick-up and drop-off service. Early birds will surely like that they can start their tour at 9 am already. Are you more of a night owl or just had a very late flight? You’ll be happy to hear that there’s another tour at 2 pm which will give you plenty of time to get ready. What are you going to see during our guided tour? Only the good stuff! A local guide (English-speaking of course) will take you on a trip and tell you some interesting details about the history and culture of Porto. We truly believe that you can appreciate and enjoy a foreign city much more when you can learn some details about the places you’re seeing. First, this essential tour of Porto will take you on a stroll around the historic center which, as we mentioned above, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, you will have the chance to visit Porto’s Se Cathedral and appreciate its long-standing presence. Because we like beautiful places, a visit to Sao Bento Station couldn’t be missing from our itinerary. Go inside this special station and see what’s all the noise about. At the end of the trip, you’ll get to visit one of the Porto Wine cellars – a trip to Porto wouldn’t be full without some wine tasting!

Porto by night

Discover Porto with all the night lights and see it come alive! Tours at night don’t sound that exciting? That couldn’t be further from the truth and let us prove it! During this night tour that will take about 3 hours, you will explore the historic center and the Ribeira district in the night hours to see its different side. Apart from panoramic nighttime views, MrShuttle gives you a special opportunity to experience a local Fado show. Fado is a genre of music that originated in Portugal. It is characterized by melancholy and soulful sounds. This is your opportunity to discover Portugal’s culture in the most special way. After that satisfy your stomach while indulging in Portugal’s cuisine at a nice and filling dinner.

Why book tours with MrShuttle?

  • English-speaking guide: You don’t have to worry if you haven’t had the chance to learn any Portuguese before your trip. We want you to be able to understand everything and communicate with ease so our Porto tours come with an English-speaking guide who can offer you accurate information.
  • Pick-up and drop-off service: If you booked accommodation in central Porto, you can request to be picked up for free. It will save you a lot of time and nerves as you won’t have to search for the meet-up location on the map. Your safety is always one of our top priorities, so you can trust our drivers will get you back safely.
  • Sightseeing made easy: Explore Porto’s main sites in a few hours without worrying about transportation or making all the stops. Our Porto tours are designed to show you around the city in the most efficient way while sharing local knowledge.
  • Customized experience: If you’d prefer to explore Porto in private and just with your close ones, you can contact our helpdesk to request a private tour. Our aim is to offer you the most satisfying experience, so don’t hesitate to ask! Apart from having a private tour, you can also suggest a slight change in the itinerary if there’s something you really want to see or do in Porto.
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