Porto FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) | Taste Porto Food Tours

Tour Info

How long is the tour? What is the pace?

The Food Tour is 3.5 hours and covers 2 miles/3 kilometers of food, history, architecture, and culture, which we walk at a moderate pace. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to sit down, at least, at three of the tasting locations for about a total of 40 minutes during the tour.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our Food Tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3.5-hour experience. Imagine walking through Porto eating our local artisans' most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.

What if I dislike being in groups or don't appreciate very much the presence of a tour guide?

Would you like to see Porto through the lens of a local but prefer walking on your own without a tour guide and visiting local places at your own pace? Worry not! You'll love our self-guided tasting tour of Porto: the Food Passport.

Does the tour come in other languages?

Yes! Our face-to-face tour is in English, but we can do Portuguese or Spanish upon request.

We also have a self-guided tasting tour of Porto, the Food Passport, which is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Korean.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance of the tour. Our Food Tours tend to sell out and we do not take walk-ups nor do we accept cash. This is because of the agreement we have with our partners and the insurance company. Please click on ‘Book Now’ on the right-hand sidebar of this webpage to purchase your tickets. Please notice that we do not have a waiting list. However, if a date you prefer is sold out, please email us at [email protected] and we will try to find a solution.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction or allergy when you purchase your tickets. On the Downtown Food Tour we can accommodate vegetarians, gluten or dairy intolerances, but not vegans. On the Vintage Food Tour, we are unable to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten or dairy intolerance. The same applies to our Craft Beer & Food Tour.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

Tours are held rain or shine. That’s how much we love food! We ask you to check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. And don’t worry, the tasting will occur indoors if needed as things don't taste as good soggy.

Are babies and young children welcomed on a tour?

Yes, babies and children are welcomed on our Food Tours. However, we ask you to use your judgment to determine if the tour is appropriate for them. Please take into consideration that the tour is 3.5 hours long during which time we are either walking or standing for the majority of it. We have designed most of the tour to go downhills, however, due to steep inclines, tiny cobblestone streets and inaccessibility of the tasting locations, the tour is not baby stroller accessible. We recommend using the carrier. Babies and small children who will not be joining the food tastings do not need a ticket.

I have mobility issues, can I still do the tour?

In total, the tour covers 3 kilometers/1.9 miles. However, this is walked at a leisurely pace over the course of 3.5 hours. During the tour, we have 6 stops and at least 3 of them will have opportunities for everyone to sit down and rest a bit while eating. By far the longest distance from one sitting point to the next is during the second half of the tour and it is a stretch of 1.2 kilometers that we walk in about 40 to 45 minutes. This is not a straight walk, as we do have one tasting stop, which is standing, and three points were we pause for some historical explanation and picture taking. That said, please allow us to offer an overall warning for the city. Porto is a medieval city with cobblestone streets and can be hilly in places. At Taste Porto we do our best to accommodate all of our guests and have designed our Food Tours to be accessible to people of all ages and mobility levels. Due to steep inclines, ancient, cobblestone streets and inaccessibility of the tasting locations, the tour is not wheelchair nor baby stroller accessible.

Can you craft exclusive itineraries tailored to my individual interests, schedule and budget?

Yes. Our Custom Tours are built around particular topics you would like to see addressed. Our team of travel designers has the know-how you need and can put together a special itinerary tailored to your interests, needs, budget and time constraints.

What is included in Taste Porto Gift Cards?
  • The promise of a hug in Porto (somewhere between 2021 and 2023);

  • A beautiful custom message greeting card;

  • The best Food Tour in Porto, according to the Guardian: a 3-hour experience that your friend will never forget.

This is our way of delivering your hugs so your loved ones know you're thinking of them. Give the tastiest gift to someone special!

Preparation

Is Porto nicer than Lisbon?

Porto is a city you must visit at least once in your life. Of course, we are biased and that’s why we keep publishing articles on our Facebook page and Instagram account of others saying the same. Porto is no longer Lisbon’s ugly sister but instead became the most authentic one. That’s right, we’ve said it: Porto is the most authentic city to visit!

I am planning to fly to Portugal. What exactly do I need to do right now?
  • Please confirm your eligibility to enter or transit to Portugal with the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate and/or airline (and don't forget to review the airline’s policy on refunds before purchasing tickets).

  • If you are traveling to Portugal, you must register for a passenger locator card. It takes only 5 minutes to fill in the mandatory online form: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

  • You also have to provide a negative PCR test (must not be older than 72 hours prior to boarding).

Do I need to wear a face mask in Portugal?

Masks are no longer mandatory on the streets. However, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) recommends continuing to use a mask in certain situations. Masks must still be worn in indoor public spaces: public transport, senior housing facilities, shops, commercial spaces (like the cinema), and healthcare locations.

What are the best months to visit Porto?

We are frequently asked what is the best time of the year to visit Porto. It’s easy: from January to December… But you know us, we are madly and deeply passionate about this city! Then again, this question got us thinking about which time of the year would be the best to visit Porto from a visitor’s point of view.

We have to say that late spring/early summer is an amazing time to visit Porto. The weather is perfect with mild temperatures (between 22ºC to 30ºC), the public gardens look like paintings with all the colors of a rainbow and you can also enjoy the sandy beaches of Porto. The cherry on top of the cake for this time of the year is called Saint John – the city’s patron saint and biggest party. We celebrate Saint John on the night of the 23rd to 24th of June, in a citywide event. We call it “the longest night of the year” (which is pretty self-explanatory of what this party is all about, right?).

If you are into music festivals, we got a feeling you'll like Primavera Sound as well. Primavera Sound is one of the best music festivals we know, it takes place in Parque da Cidade and is a true parade of stars, featuring both local and international musicians and much, much more. If you are in town during the month of June, don't miss it!

Do I need to speak Portuguese to visit Porto? Is English spoken in Porto?

If you have been here already, you know Portugal is a country where you’ll easily find people speaking English. If you haven’t, believe us when we say that it is. Everyone, from the young to the elder, speaks at least some English and will be happy to talk to you. Come to think of it some elders might not, but there will always be someone else nearby. Don't worry!

What airport do you fly into for Porto?

Porto Airport, also known as Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is the second-largest airport in Portugal.

How far is Porto airport from the city centre?

The airport is located around 11km from the city centre of Porto, and the journey by car should take around 20 minutes in normal traffic. You can easily get to the city centre by metro. It will take you no more than 30 minutes. Line E (Purple) runs every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the time and day of the week. The metro journey from the airport to the city centre passes through four fare zones and a Z4 ticket is required. This metro ticket can be purchased from a ticket machine.

Does Porto have uber?

Yes.

Why Porto is the city to visit this year?

If you want authentic, Porto is the place to go. No tie or coat is required. When the time is right, we’ll be here to show you a side of Porto that most travelers never get to see.

Is Porto a good holiday destination?

Are you an art lover? A total foodie? A nature enthusiast? A wine lover? A beer lover? Whatever you are looking for on your next trip, you will surely find it here in Porto.

Is Portugal safe for tourists?

Yes. Portugal was considered the safest country in the EU and the third safest country in the world. Come and see it with your own eyes!

What kind of food do Portuguese people eat?

We’ll be honest with you: Portuguese do food pretty well. There’s the famous Francesinha, of course. But there’s also Porto-style tripe, white bean stew; there’s “prego” (rump steak with ham and a fried egg), “chanfana” (slow-cooked goat with wine and spices), “moelas”, “patanisca”, “bacalhau”… and the list goes on forever. Porto’s food can be easily considered comfort food.

Are there any Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Porto?

Yes. Over the last few years, Porto has become increasingly open to different lifestyles. Popping up all over are record stores, vintage markets and shops, surf schools, and, increasingly, more vegetarian places. While it is true that most restaurants in the city are not vegetarian (or vegan), in fact, a lot of regular restaurants and cafés now offer vegetarian options.

What is the national dish in Portugal?

Whenever we want to show what Portuguese cuisine means in only one dish (a task which is both difficult and stifling) we think of … “Cozido à Portuguesa” (literally translated: “Boilt a la Portuguese”). Do not be fooled by its simple name though, this is considered by many to be the national dish (we cannot say 100% of Portuguese agree with this, but then again, try getting two Portuguese to decide what is the best sweet made in Portugal and you could be in for hours of discussion). Book a Food Tour today and get exclusive access to an online show cooking class: you'll learn how to make Cozido à Portuguesa. Always with the guidance of our food-obsessed tour guides.

What is a Food and Wine Tour anyway?

Let’s be honest, when we choose a travel destination, there’s one thing that immediately goes to the top of our list: taste the local food! While it’s true that we simply want to indulge our palate with new flavors, we also know that a food experience usually adds something more: you taste the food of locals, you get to interact with them, you learn something about the place and the food, and sometimes, you even make new friends. Overall, it’s an enriching experience, which is why we travel in the first place.

Food tours are just for foodies?

We refuse the idea that food tours are just for foodies. In our opinion, food tours are a vehicle for a city’s culture. Nothing captures the essence of a culture like the tastes, smells, food and wine of the local cuisine. What locals eat, when, where and how much is a window into their every day and, therefore, into the country’s way of life. During our food tours, you’ll often meet and be welcomed by local families in their small, authentic restaurants, cafes and bars and immediately swept into the taste of life in Porto. Therefore, Taste Porto Food Tours will please any curious traveler that wishes to dive deep into a new culture. Book your place today!

When should I book a Taste Porto Food Tour?

We recommend booking your food tours on one of the first days of your trip. You’ll get great tips from the guide and you will most certainly want to return to some of the locations on the tour to taste the food again and to take some sweet memories back home.

What is the best area to stay in Porto?

Your accommodation in Porto is more than just a place to lay your head down, instead, it is whatever you want it to be: a place to make friends and share stories, a spot to feel that you are in a home away from home, a romantic getaway for two… no matter what, we’ve got you covered! Book a Food Tour today and get an exclusive Free Guide where we point out the best places to stay, eat, drink or visit in Porto.

Does it snow in Porto?

No.

Where is the Douro Valley located?

Just an hour and a half away from Porto, you can find the Douro Valley, one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. Visiting Porto gives you the opportunity to experience the Douro valley. If you want to enjoy a day in the wine region where Port wine and other table wines originate from, we recommend Douro Exclusive for the most authentic experience.

How far is Porto from the National Park?

The only Portuguese National Park (Peneda-Gerês) is just a couple of hours away from Porto. Here you can enjoy amazing landscapes and natural waterfalls. Call Carla and Sérgio from O’Porto Adventure Tours and ask them to take you to their favorite hidden spots on this tour.

Are 5 days in Porto too long?

You can spend a week in Porto and still have plenty left on your to-do list.

What other cities to explore nearby Porto?

If you have the benefit of time, we recommend that you explore some great nearby destinations, such as Aveiro, Braga, Guimarães and Coimbra.

What is the best way to travel from Lisbon to Porto?

You can either fly, drive or take the train.

Is there a travel app for exploring Porto like a local?

Yes. We launched a brand new app for iOS and Android: the Taste Porto APP. It is an easy way for first-time visitors to explore Porto and make the most of their time in town. The Taste Porto APP is free to download and install and includes free (and amazing) content created by passionate locals. On your device, go to the Google Play Store or the Apple APP Store and search for “Taste Porto”. Don't forget to share your user experience with us!

We heard that Porto is often ranked as one of the best places to retire abroad. Is this true?

Yes. We are proud to say it.

I tried to get some canned sardines from our supermarkets but they’re just not the same. Any ideas if there are any portuguese food markets in my city?

Portugal is known on a worldwide scale for its wonderful gastronomy. We know a few Portuguese food markets around the world. Send us an e-mail ([email protected]) and we'll share the list with you.

Policies

What health and safety procedures are you following on your tours to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?

Over the past months, we’ve been thinking of new ways to look out for each other. We’ve been working on plans to enable social distancing measures – from adjusting our current tours’ capacity to increasing the availability of hand sanitizers.

We’ve also modified our cancellation policy in order to give you peace of mind while you plan your trip to Porto.

We are happy to say that Portugal managed to have the world's highest vaccination rate and that Portugal Tourism has recognized Taste Porto with the Clean and Safe certification according to the Health Measures in Portugal, which is kind of the cherry on top of the cake (or the fried egg on top of the steak to make it sound more Portuguese).

Here is a list of measures we’ll be taking to serve our guests in person, safely:

  • Before each tour, your tour guide will proceed to a safe and health briefing with all the information on how to comply with basic infection prevention and control precautions;

  • Masks are no longer mandatory on the streets. However, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) recommends continuing to use a mask in certain situations. Masks must still be worn in indoor public spaces: public transport, senior housing facilities, shops, commercial spaces (like the cinema), and healthcare locations.

  • No physical contact with guests (hand-shakes, kisses or hugs), which includes a safety distance of 1 meter when possible; even though we are a nation that loves hugs, kisses or handshakes, we’ll have to keep a safe distance this time;

  • Disinfection of all guests’ hands with alcoholic gel before entering the restaurants and after a meal - feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer, but please notice that all restaurants will be able to offer you this.

I am unable to make my tour, can I have a refund?

If we are notified within 72 hours of the tour we will be happy to offer you a refund or reschedule you on a tour anytime over the next year. We can also generate a voucher so you can book it at a later time - for free. Please note that, unless you are rescheduling for a specific date, we will issue a voucher that is valid for 3 years.

If you decide to proceed with the refund, a processing fee will be charged.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available during the Food Tour at selected food-tasting locations.

Do you have an offer for corporate or private events?

We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out-of-town guests, corporate and more) with our Private Tours. Just bear in mind we have limitations in terms of group size. Contact us ([email protected]) to talk more about this possibility.

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