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Distrito do Porto
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How to Reach

By Ferry

It is possible to travel by ferry into Portugal. There are many ports, such as Lisbon and Aveiro, which are a simple drive away. Ferry routes, however, are usually local such as the Santander to Lisbon route. Most people who travel by sea arrive in Spain before transferring to Portugal by land or air.

By Rail

If you are visiting Portugal as part of a tour around Europe, you may find it economical to travel by train and buy a European Rail Pass. There are numerous passes available, covering different groups of countries and regions as well as individual countries.

It is possible to travel from London to Lisbon via the Channel Tunnel. The journey takes over 24 hours, so be prepared to make yourself comfortable. There are two main rail routes into Portugal: from Paris via Bordeaux and Biarritz to Lisbon and from Irún to Madrid, arriving into Portugal via Marvão-Beirã.

By Bus

If you are travelling from the UK, Eurolines offer return fares to Lisbon, with a change in Paris; there are six buses a week. From Lisbon, it is very easy to reach Porto. Eurolines have numerous routes from all over Europe as well as from North Africa, so journeys into Portugal and on to Porto can be booked from many cities.

There are a variety of options for travelling to Portugal from Spain by bus. Buses travel to numerous cities in Portugal, including Porto.

Similar to train passes, it is possible to buy international bus passes that allow unlimited travel on buses for a set number of weeks. Expressos are the quickest inter-city buses, which only stop at limited stops en-route. The Rapidas are regional buses, which stop at main stops, allowing them to make the journey fairly quickly, while Carreiras are much slower local buses.

Key places to visit
Porto Cathedral, Sao Francisco Church, Dom Luis I Bridge, Ribeira, Sao Bento Station


Places to Visit

Porto Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral was built in the 12th century in Roman style. Since it was first constructed, it has been modified many times, with the original architecture being transformed. The cathedral’s interior is home to some wonderful paintings by Nicolau Nasoni as well as the silver altar of the Holy Sacrament and the ‘Fat John’ Chapel. Next to the southern tower, you will find two measures engraved in the stone. These are the remains of a medieval fair which took place in the cathedral's large and beautiful grounds.

Sao Francisco Church

This church is one of the few medieval buildings that are still standing in Porto and is also the only Gothic-style church in the entire city. The construction of the church began at the end of the 14th century and carried on into the beginning of the 15th. During the 16th century, João Carneiro ordered that this chapel was built by Diogo de Castilho. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the interior of the church was decorated with wood carvings. It is now commonly regarded as one of the most stunning Baroque interiors in Portugal.

Sao Bento Station

This magnificent station was built on the original site of an ancient convent when it was constructed in 1916. Today, it is only used for regional trains, but it is still very busy. Inside the station, the mosaic tiles reproduce historical scenes and add a unique beauty to the station.

Dom Luis I Bridge

In 1879, the government hosted a competition for people to design a bridge, which was to cross the Douro River. The winning design was by an engineer named Teófilo Seyrig. The construction work began in 1881, and the launch took place on the 31st October, 1886. The breathtaking arch is a staggering 45 metres tall and is an imposing sight. The bridge offers great photo opportunities.


This ancient quarter of the city can be seen from the river. It is full of narrow and winding streets as well as traditional houses with colourful exteriors, which preserve the charm of this historic area. The quarter is full of contrasts and character. By day, it is a perfect place to wander around while enjoying the peace and quiet. At night, the Ribeira comes alive with restaurants, bars and clubs, full of people looking for a good night out.

Right Time to Visit

April - September


July - August -> 25(°C) - Summer
January - March -> 5(°C) - Spring


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