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About Porto

Porto's Port begins life in the vineyards which surround this city. The grapes get ripe on the water of the River Douro, which slices the city in two before opening onto the ocean after ducking under a few spectacular bridges. Not surprisingly some of the best places to stay in Porto are right beside the river.

This is an ancient city. The historic Ribeira district, with its winding cobbled streets, steep staircases and orange roofed buildings, is heritage listed. Porto also has a large number of museums and gorgeous Baroque churches. In addition to all the port producers there are colourful food markets to explore.

What not to miss:

  • Visit the Livraria Lello & Irmão, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
  • Marvel at Porto's achitectural gems including Palácio da Bolsa and the breathtaking Torre dos Clérigos.
  • Spot the quintessential Azulejo tiles, unique to Portugal and found all over the city.
  • Spend lazy days under the sun on the picturesque beaches.
  • Sample the local cuisine and, of course, the port.

The best places to stay in Porto get booked up fast in the summer months so be sure to plan your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Porto

For Families

Plenty of the best places to stay in Porto are also family friendly.

  • The family suites in the Hotel Infante Sagres are still decorated with original antiques and modern art, so you won't feel like you're missing out. Making it one of the most parent friendly and best places to stay in Porto.
  • Or, if you prefer to say in B&B accommodation, the Castelo Santa Caterina is one of the best. It's a castle with gardens set back off the road and close to several major attractions.

For luxury

  • The Palacio Freixo is a baroque masterpiece built in the 18th century. There are many restored public areas, so you can pretend you're living in a palace with all the mod. cons. including an infinity pool overlooking the Duoro. Definitely one of the best places for a stunning view.
  • Porto's port houses are also pretty luxurious. Well known port brand Taylors has a hotel here, The Yeatman rises above the port houses and looks out over the Duoro.

For a central location

  • Hotel Pestana Porto is a clean and comfortable no-frills hotel in a superb position. Wonderful views of the river and over the Medieval quarter. Simply decorated rooms. A spot to immerse oneself in culture and view the historic surroundings.
  • Hotel Infante Sagres is a little jewel of a hotel brimming with tasteful opulence - think stained glass stairwells, carved wooden lifts and oil paintings. Cosy bedrooms with original antiques and modern art, Cambodian inspired spa and a lovely restaurant with summer time terrace.
  • Palatial splendour on the banks of the Douro. The sumptuous 18th century Palacio Freixo is constructed with parquet floors, frescoes, ceiling panels and a Hall of Mirrors. Contemporary rooms in neutral tones with all the mod cons. Stunning infinity pool and riverside restaurant.

For city chic

  • Rosa et Al Townhouse is a sleek chic townhouse in Porto's Old Town. Light and airy rooms and suites with clean lines and large living areas. Wonderful three course brunches and inventive modern cuisine.
  • Casa do Conto is a beautifully renovated 19th-century bourgeois home in central Porto. Sleek concrete interiors marry vintage furnishings with bold design features and stark texture contrasts.
  • A cosy blue-tinted utopia with gorgeous views over the Douro river. 1872 River House is wonderfully designed and decorated following extensive renovation in 2014 Accessed via a dazzling stained-glass hallway.
  • Hotel Teatro is an ideal bolthole for design-conscious urbanites in a bustling setting near the theatres and cafes. Cinematically themed with dark mood lighting, projected faces and lots of golds and bronzes in the bedrooms.

For a B&B

  • Casa das Laranjas is a charming 19th century townhouse, turned B&B in Porto's historic area. Unique and comfortable rooms marry old world charm with contemporary touches.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to Porto's Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport located 15km from the centre of the city and well connected across Europe. The city is served by two major train stations and which serve destinations across the nation and Europe.
  • Overall, Porto experiences a moderate climate. The best time to visit Porto is from May to September when the weather is sunny and warm.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Porto

  • Castelo Santa Catarina 26 rooms from £39

    Porto

    Castle accommodation at rock bottom prices. Absolutely charming - gardens, authentic furniture and decorations, hand painted tiles, and a private chapel. An authentic B&B in a secluded spot.

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Sawdays
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  • Rosa et Al Townhouse 6 rooms from £78

    Porto

    A sleek chic townhouse in Porto's Old Town. Light and airy rooms and suites with clean lines and large living areas. Wonderful three course brunches and inventive modern cuisine. Gardens and a cosy library/living room area for relaxing. Ideal for a romantic city break for two.

    City Style
    < 10 rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Ribeira (the Old Town) is a World Heritage Site.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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  • Casa das Laranjas 4 rooms from £75

    Porto

    A charming 19th century townhouse, turned B&B in Porto's historic area. Unique and comfortable rooms marry old world charm with contemporary touches. The cosy sitting room, dining area and shared kitchen are available for guests use. A welcoming and homely option in a great location.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated for exploring the city, with all the main tourist attractions, restaurants and bars within walking distance.
    Families  -  The whole house with four bedrooms can be rented for self catering holidays, a good family option.
    Beach Life  -  The beach is a two minute walk from the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  The Church of St Francis is close by and well worth checking out.
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  • Porto A S 1829 41 rooms from £77

    4050-097 Porto

    Housed in one of Europe's oldest stationary shops, Porto A.S. 1829 is now a stylish boutique hotel in the middle of Porto's old town. The hotel's history is emulated through vintage typewriters, whilst white-washed bedrooms offer a modern, comfortable stay. Bustling urban life is on your doorstep.

    Local exploring  -  Located on beautiful Rua das Flores which is full of shops, cafés and restaurants plus the river is less than ten-minutes away
    Romantic Break  -  The beautiful rooms and suites are stylish, historic, and intimate. This historic part of Porto calls for evening exploration
    Foodies  -  Galeria do Largo Restaurant, which looks out onto hotel's bustling street, serves excellent authentic Portuguese food
    Value chic  -  The rooms merge historical tiles with wood-panelled floors, free-standing baths, velvet armchairs and city views
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Casa do Conto 6 rooms from £95

    Porto (703)

    A beautifully renovated 19th-century bourgeois home, in central Porto. Sleek concrete interiors marry vintage furnishings with bold design features, and stark texture contrasts. Comfortable stylish rooms, some with balconies overlooking the city. There is a little garden and lounge with a fireplace.

    Families  -  There are lots of common areas for socialising- lounge, library, dining room and a garden for running around.
    City Style  -  Chic and modern accommodation, in a hisotric building, right in the heart of the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historical centre for its many monuments and antique facades.
    Local markets  -  The Bom Sucesso Market is a great spot to pick up some region products.
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  • Hotel Pestana Porto 48 rooms from £97

    Porto

    A clean and comfortable no-frills hotel in a superb position. Wonderful views of the river and over the Medieval quarter. Simply decorated rooms. A spot to immerse oneself in culture and view the historic surroundings.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • Flores Village Hotel & Spa from £123

    Porto (União de Freguesias do Centro)

    An elegant hotel offering contemporary style in an historic building in the heart of Porto. Rooms and apartments are spacious and well appointed with all the latest mod-cons. The staff are enthusiastic and friendly and the spa adds some real luxury. A smart base for a city stay.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city with many of its attractions within walking distance.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the pretty Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Spa
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  • Hotel Teatro, Porto 74 rooms from £124

    Porto

    An ideal bolthole for design-conscious urbanites in a bustling setting near the theatres and cafes. Cinematically themed with dark mood lighting, projected faces, and lots of golds and bronzes in the bedrooms. A space of relaxation in a lively spot.

    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from some of the city's most famed sights including Lello Bookshop, Clérigos Tower and Porto Coliseum.
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise down the Douro River.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet
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  • Torel Avantgarde 47 rooms from £135

    Porto (Porto, 4050-501)

    A chic hillside hotel with great views over Porto, featuring stylish yet homely interiors. The riot of colour in the floral themed bar is offset nicely by the more elegant restaurant, while light rooms are bold and colorful or muted and sophisticated. The indulgent spa and pool are a real highlight.

    Local exploring  -  An ideal hilltop location from which to explore the beautiful town, and just a short drive to beaches too
    Sights nearby  -  Visit inspiring sights such as Luís I Bridge, Church of São Francisco and Palácio da Bolsa
    Surfing  -  Discover many surf beaches just a short drive away
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Infante Sagres 70 rooms from £158

    Porto

    A little jewel of a hotel brimming with tasteful opulence- think stained glass stairwells, carved wooden lifts and oil paintings. Cosy bedrooms with original antiques and modern art, Cambodian inspired spa, and a lovely restaurant with summer time terrace. Ideally placed to explore the city.

    City Style  -  Located in the UNESCO heritage site of Porto, the interiors mix neo-baroque, antiques and contemporary style to great effect.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk through the UNESCO heritage city centre and see the Sé Church, the Clérigos tower and the D. Luís bridge.
    Local markets  -  Check out the charming Mercado do Bolhão market, where you can pick up local produce straight from the farmers.
    Sailing  -  Take an exhilerating ride on an Xtreme Jet Boat River Safari.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Palacio Freixo 87 rooms from £158

    Porto

    Palatial splendour on the banks of the Douro. A sumptuous 18th century construction with parquet floors, frescoes and ceiling panels, and a Hall of Mirrors. Contemporary rooms in neutral tones with all the mod cons. Stunning infinity pool and riverside restaurant. Ideal base for exploring.

    City Style  -  A stunning 18th-century Baroque palace boasting frescoed ceilings, gold-trimmed mirrors and infinty pool right on the river.
    Total relaxation  -  Spend some time rejuvinating in the Turkish bath, followed by a pampering spa session and a cocktail on the waterfront.
    Sights nearby  -  Daily shuttles to the area of Ribeira where you can see Fundação Serralves and Casa da Música.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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  • 1872 River House 8 rooms from £158

    Porto

    A cosy blue-tinted utopia with gorgeous views over the Douro river. Wonderfully designed and decorated following extensive renovation in 2014, and accessed via a dazzling stained-glass hallway. Enormous range of breakfast options including fresh local produce. A perfect location for a tranquil stay.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a prime riverside position, walking distance from the UNESCO historic centre.
    Hideaway  -  Tucked down a narrow sidestreet, 1872 River House is an ideal hidey hole for those looking for a blissful retreat.
    Local markets  -  Get lost in the famed Mercado do Bolhão (market) between the barnacles and the pigs hooves.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the World Heritage sight of Ribeira with its baroque churches and pretty townhouses.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
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  • M Maison Particuliere 10 rooms from £193

    4050-545 Porto

    A 16th-century Portuguese townhouse turned 5-star boutique hotel. The hotel's ten suites are luxuriously designed, some with Picasso hangings, some with private patios. All come with a private butler. An intimate, romantically lit haven, in the midst of Porto's bustling Old Town.

    City Style  -  A revamped 16th-century townhouse stylishly combines soft lighting with ancient tapestries and international artwork
    Romantic Break  -  This exclusive hotel provides an intimate setting with dim lighting, chandeliers, grand suites and private butlers
    Local exploring  -  Located in heart of Porto's Historical centre which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Sights nearby  -  Visit bustling Ribeira Square or Porto Cathedral - both can be seen from the hotel's suites!
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  • The Yeatman 82 rooms from £284

    Porto (Vila Nova de Gaia)

    A hotel that defines its destination. Luxury in abundance - huge beautiful suites with views over the Douro, lavish marble bathrooms, fantastic spa, and infinity pool. Designer in style whilst keeping comfort and character in tact. A very special hotel.

    Spa breaks  -  The superb Vinothérapie Spa boasts a tepidarium, Roman bath, sauna and hammam plus a range of Caudalie Vinothérapie treatments.
    Romantic Break  -  Totally lavish suites with epic views of Porto
    Sights nearby  -  Wander around Take Old Porto and be sure not to miss the cathedral or the Gothic São Francisco church.
    Sailing  -  Take a '6-bridges cruise' along the River Douro to the mouth of the Atlantic.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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