10 Surprising things you should definitely do in Porto in 2024

Let’s explore the best things to do in Porto!

By now, it’s clear that our passion for Porto and its cuisine runs deep. To ensure you make the most of your time here, we’ve compiled a list of 10 surprising things you should absolutely experience in our beloved city. Let’s dive in!


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#1: Watch the sunset at Passeio das Virtudes

Passeio das Virtudes is the go-to place for a romantic pink-and-orange sunset right on the Douro river. Grab some portuguese craft beers and lupini beans and enjoy the amazing view. You might ou might even spot us there since it’s one of our preferred spots to wrap up a work day – with a local craft beer in hand, a bifana in the other and a beautiful view of the Douro River right across the street.

#2: Go for a cured ham sandwich at Taxca

The place is unpretentious and intimate. Carnivores will be in their element as it’s all about the meat here. Don’t forget to order some glasses of the oh-so-typical espadal wine.

#3: Enjoy the amazing scenic views at Miradouro da Vitória

This is a place not to be missed if you are visiting the city. Watch the Douro river flow from afar and fall in love with the city again.

#4: Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean

And then enjoy the warm temperature and the rays of sunshine on your skin. Here is our selection of the Best Beaches in the Porto Region.

#5: Order a 30-year Tawny Port as dessert

What do you mean your mother doesn’t allow you to have alcohol for dessert? When in Porto, drink port!

#6: Eat Tripas à Moda do Porto

It’s almost a foodie crime to visit a city and not taste its namesake dish.

#7: Visit São Bento Train Station

It’s absolutely mind-blowing what’s happening in this train station. Over 20,000 Portuguese tiles – “azulejos” – reflecting scenes from the history of Portugal – stretch from floor to ceiling.

#8: Climb up Torre dos Clérigos

The tower was built between 1754 and 1763 and rises 75.6 meters (248 feet) high above the city. A total of 240 steep steps lie between you and the magnificent view at the top but we assure you that it’s worth it.

#9: Visit Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market)

The place is loud and fun and the ladies who work there are adorable. They are like food encyclopedias, seriously. They will tell you everything you need to know about the traditional culinary culture of Porto.

#10: Join Taste Porto Food Tours for an authentic slice of local life

Explore a different side of Porto with Taste Porto Food Tours, where you will explore the city’s food scene and culture in a way that is not possible on your own. You will learn about Porto’s culture and history in the most fun way: while eating and drinking. Our passionate tour guides will help you discover all the places that don’t show up on Google Maps and can offer insights that are not available in any guidebook. Book your place today!

Oooh this list could go on forever…

Warm Foodie Regards,
Taste Porto Foodie Team

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