This week we are feeling inspired by the guide that El País made about Oporto and the best things to do while in there. They distinguished the best places to eat, relax, go for a walk or shop.

For us is pretty amazing that our country is being appreciated overseas, so we decided to share a panoply of incredible things you can do in Oporto, one of the biggest and most beautiful cities in Portugal.

For the Spanish newspaper, there are 10 indispensable things to do to get to know the city:

1. Go to the historic coffees

2. Appreciate both the river margins

3. Go shopping in the famous Livraria Lello and its Harry Potter world

4. Admire the beautiful Portuguese “azulejos

5. Breathe and relax while exploring the Serralves gardens

6. Discover Rua das Flores

7. Wander in the art galleries and the artistic streets

8. Ride a bike by the ocean

9. Navigate the Douro river by boat

10. Eat a “francesinha”, typical (and delicious) Oporto dish


Despite pointing out some of the fantastic things you can do in Oporto, there’s so much more about the northern city that most people don’t know about.

It is sometimes forgotten to the detriment of the capital, but Oporto is a unique place to discover, or even to live, with all its cosmopolitan corners and friendly people.

We should also point out its authenticity, night life, culture, gastronomy and, of course, the Port wine.

Oporto, Portugal

What to see/visit:

  • Ponte D. Luís I
  • Torre do Clérigos
  • Palácio de Cristal
  • Casa da Música
  • Fundação Serralves
  • Ribeira
  • Foz
  • Caves do Vinho do Porto
  • Livraria Lello & Irmão
  • Rua de Santa Catarina
  • Mercado do Bolhão
  • Sé Catedral
  • Estação de São Bento

Being the second biggest city in Portugal it also has a lot of different things to do every day. We already highlighted some of the great reasons to live in Lisbon’s neighborhoods like Marvila and Belém, but for the ones that prefer a calmer location in a big city, Oporto is the perfect place.

The northern city is known for its efficient public transports, education quality, amazing quality of life, good beaches and good food.

With its picturesque expressions and sayings, it was considered 3 times Best European Destination and the second Best City In the World for 2018, losing only to Chicago.

Also, it has amazing airport connections to diverse cities, with a lot of low cost routes departing from Oporto, with this being an incredible way of knowing other places.

To finish, we could not forget to mention the city’s charm and tranquility. Despite having all the services and amenities desired, it is still considered a calm place to live and to enjoy.