Porto Beginners Guide: a Crash Course in Portuguese Culture

Discover the Heart of Porto

Looking for a cultural tour of Porto that includes lunch? You’ve come to the right place!

Porto Unveiled: A Crash Course in Portuguese Culture

Porto not only lent its name to the entire country of Portugal but continues to shape its future in significant ways. This city is a treasure chest full of cultural gems: from centenary recipes to mesmerizing architecture, award-winning wines and charming bookstores you can't help but love.

Now, it's time to uncover the authentic side of Porto on an arts & culture tour with our local expert who will provide you with insightful narratives about the various facets of this city, including its history, economy, sociology and the vibrant spirit of its people. After all, walking tastes better when accompanied by well-researched and highly engaging tales crafted by our passionate tour guide.

This is a private walking tour in Porto, meticulously crafted by an archaeologist with 17 years of professional experience in Northern Portugal.

Reserve your spot today and let's embrace the vibrant Portuguese culture that thrives in the heart of Porto!

8 Reasons Why People Love our Porto Beginners Guide

  • Expertly curated itinerary by our in-house Porto specialist, Ricardo, an archaeologist with decades of experience

  • A 4/5 hours cultural tour designed to ensure an enjoyable learning experience

  • Comprehensive exploration of Porto's history, economy, sociology, and culture

  • Tourist trap-free sightseeing, featuring major landmarks and hidden gems

  • Exclusive access to your designated specialist tour guide

  • Snack break with beverages included to keep you energized

  • Insurance and a charitable donation to a local NGO that works with the homeless population in Porto

  • Wrap up your experience with a stylish lunch featuring local delicacies and included beverages for an authentic touch

Good to know

  • This is a private walking tour

  • If Ricardo is unavailable, the tour is led by one of his highly trained and trusted tour guides

  • All our Porto Tours are run in English but we can provide Portuguese-speaking guides upon request, for closed groups. Feel free to ask us about this and more at [email protected]

  • Please advise of any dietary restrictions on booking. We can accommodate food restrictions on this tour

  • Tours are for all age groups and all fitness levels

  • Experiences happen rain or shine

  • Restrooms are available during this cultural experience

  • Advanced purchase of tickets is required: we don't accept walk-ins

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Peace of mind policy

Let's imagine that you are unable to make the tour. Can you have a refund? The answer is yes.

  • Cancellation requests submitted until 72h before the tour start will be fully refunded (minus the processing fees);

  • Cancellation requests submitted between 72h and 24h before the tour start will be refunded in 80% of the total purchase value (minus the processing fees);

  • Cancellation requests submitted 24h or less before the tour start are not eligible for any refund.

Refunds can only be processed back to the original credit or debit card used in the purchase. Processing fees: 1.5% + 0.25€ for European Union cards and 3.25% + 0.25€ for non-European Union cards.

As part of our "Peace Of Mind Policy", the first two cases listed above are eligible to be converted into Gift Cards. These are issued with the same purchase value, free of processing fees penalty, and two-year validity. They can be used and topped up for any Taste Porto product. They can be redeemed by the customer or regifted.

Local food

We only work with locally owned and operated food establishments.

Oldest Food Tour company in Porto

Tens of thousands of happy guests, including Anthony Bourdain and Rick Steves.

Experienced Tour guide

We see our guides as ambassadors of the city and you as our guest.

Socially responsible

A portion of the ticket price is donated to a local NGO that helps the homeless people in Porto.


Ricardo Brochado is a great guide: well informed, lively personality, smart, energetic. He took me all over Porto, to the "must see" places like the train station with its tiles but also to sites people on group tours never get to see, that truly informed me about the city's history and its people. He recommended an excellent small seafood restaurant for the next day, I was the only non-local there. Having a personal guide makes all the difference in the world in getting to know a city.
Julia, USA
Before leaving our home city of Seattle, we found Ricardo highly recommended by Rick Steves in his travel book on Portugal. Since it was to be our first visit to Porto, we were interested in a private custom introductory walking tour of the Old Town. Ricardo was the perfect tour guide for us. We are curious about history, architecture, local food, etc and he is a passionate teacher, wonderful storyteller, very well-informed and fun! He took us to one of his favorite coffee shops along the way and to a Porto cafe for a lunch of Porto specialties. We highly recommend Ricardo!!
Janet, USA
We took a private tour with Ricardo. This tour was fantastic! Ricardo is passionate about Porto and it shows. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He is also a wealth of information on Porto - past and present. He gave us a wonderful introduction to the city. Book a tour with him!
Susan, USA
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