Is Porto Worth Visiting?

Porto, also known as Oporto, is a coastal city located in northwest Portugal, known for its rich history, charming cobblestone streets, and scenic views, stretching along the Douro River estuary. Famed for its production of fine port wine, this vibrant metropolitan area is teeming with culturally-rich sites such as the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with medieval relics, narrow paths, and cafes. Its most renowned icon, the Dom Luís I Bridge, provides a panoramic view of the city and its historic port wine cellars that line the river bank. Additionally, Porto is home to the beautiful Livraria Lello, one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and a spot that inspired J.K. Rowling's depiction of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 14 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4/5

Solo travel experience

It was the first time I went on vacation alone and without being an au pair. I really enjoyed this experience. Portugal is beautiful, especially the architecture. The people are welcoming and very sociable. Prices are very affordable both in stores and restaurants.

Posted: February 18, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Everything was very safe and friendly. Had zero local issues or trouble with transit. The weather was incredible, so dressed for their summer. Not a huge fan of frog legs, but try caramel (dolci) and cheese!

Posted: January 14, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

A beautiful city to walk around. Buildings, canal, artwork and shopping was unreal!! The pilgrim community was one full of people looking to share experiences and meet others. I felt safe walking alone during the day and early evening. There’s definitely a traveller nightlife culture in the city centre - so I never felt alone walking the streets, but I would definitely stay central rather than heading out to the suburbs at night. The public transport was decent but most of the city is walkable. I stayed in Selina hostel and the Central House. Both very secure and sociable. Highly recommend the visit if you want to avoid big tourist cities like Lisbon

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Amazing place! I felt safe, the food was great, and the whole experience was excellent! The old buildings and history take your breath away. Artists on the streets and music played by musicians made me feel like I was inside a movie.

Posted: December 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Katty

Katty (34)

United States

Solo travel experience

First solo trip was in Porto for 2 days. Felt safe, food was delicious. Had a free tour guide yesterday and was providing me all the spots to eat and hangout. This morning I visited the Palacio de Bolsa, it was a wonderful experience. Wish I was able to make friends, but probably my fault, got a bit shy.

Posted: September 27, 2023Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Julia

Julia (21)

Brazil

Solo travel experience

Just go and see! Always carefully, but have fun! Plan your rotine, meet native people to know what they like to do, the families, the food, ways to communicate. It's beautiful and good for your soul. Makes you a better person.

Posted: April 27, 2023Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Porto in March and had a wonderful time. It's really cheap there, except for the very touristy areas, and I highly recommend the free walking tours.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe in Porto and walked around the city at night without any problems. Public transportation was always available, and uber/taxis were not so expensive.

Posted: March 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I stayed at the House of Sandeman hostel in Gaia. It was incredible. I stayed for a week and had a fantastic time. Beautiful city to explore. During my stay, a 24-hour port festival took place. The whole city was enjoying live, there was plenty of food and wine. I also rented a bike and went south to the beaches, lots of fun exploring and very picturesque.

Posted: November 29, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Take a tram ride - Take part in a guided walk - Climb the Torre dos Clérigos tower - Visit the Livraria Lello bookstore - Take photos at the São Bento railway station - Take a boat ride on the river - Participate in a Port wine tour and tasting - Stroll along the coastline Safety: The center of Porto is calm and safe almost everywhere. Recommendations: Porto is a beautiful place, quite small, but very pleasant for walking.

Posted: September 17, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

I consider Porto is a safe and nice city for women. People are friendly and nice and often, even helpful! If you don’t go to suspicious places and follow common sense - like don’t go alone into dark alleyways or dubious neighbourhoods - you’ll be safe most of the time, both night and day.

Posted: November 2, 2023
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Mariana

Mariana

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Hi Im a 24yo woman just rawdogging life and interested in meeting new people and different ways of thinking! Created this account because being aware of the patriarchial violence we endure I rather help and be helped by other women!

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Diana

Diana

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Hi! Diana here, just finished living abroad for a year and now looking for new places to visit, new friends to make and try a lot more food!

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Mariana

Mariana

Porto

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3 days

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Hi Im a 24yo woman just rawdogging life and interested in meeting new people and different ways of thinking! Created this account because being aware of the patriarchial violence we endure I rather help and be helped by other women!

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Ines

Porto

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3 days

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I’m a creative person that loves travelling and getting to know other cultures. I also enjoy being in the nature, gardening, music and drawing! I’m an architect and I was born and raised in Porto :) Feel free to contact me!

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Upcoming visitors to Porto

Kiyan

Kiyan

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Used to be a travel addict, things changed after COVID, would love to pick up the hobby again! And can’t wait to make new friends! ☺️

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Stephanie

Stephanie

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Hello, I'm Stephanie and I'm interested in books, food & cuisine, culture, history and live music

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