Why come to Porto?
Famed for its rich Port wine and riverside hills, the northern city of Porto features everything from medieval alleys to the remains of Roman city walls and fortresses. Porto is home to several Parisian-style plazas, magnificent churches and an enchanting atmosphere.
Perched atop hilltops and clinging to the sides of cliffs, Porto’s alluring bridges, buildings and city lanterns have kept watch over the Douro River for centuries. Fiercely proud of their heritage, the citizens of this merchant town have put their blood and sweat into commerce and wine for centuries.
Portugal’s second largest city is easily accessible via the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport just 11km from the city. In recent years many unique hotels have opened and the new attraction World of Wine, located at the Douro River, is a celebration of exquisite wines; encompassing a wine school, six museums, multiple and versatile event spaces, restaurants and shops. Combing ancient history with a contemporary edge, exceptional meeting and accommodation facilities, excellent and diverse gastronomy and activities aplenty, make Porto ever so popular for all types of meetings, events and incentives.
Come and make memories in this charming city & amazing region!
Things to do in Porto.
Cruise the Douro River in Vintage Style
The best way to get familiar with the city of Porto is to cruise along the 7 bridges of the city. Complete the experience by cruising on traditional Rabelo boats, the original vessels used to transport Port wine barrels from the Douro Wine Estates to the Wine Cellars of Porto. Engage in the history, traditions and intriguing stories of the Douro River, sampling the finest Port and regional delicacies, whilst enjoying a welcome cruise, a sunset evening or pre-dinner cruise.
Tastes of Porto
Being home to the famous Port, an abundance of local delicacies and world-renowned chefs makes Porto your go-to city for all types of tasting tours, unique lunches and exquisite dinner experiences.
Get to know the many hills and charming narrow streets of Porto on electric tuk-tuks or fun self-drive go-cars with various engaging stops; sampling delicacies, interacting with locals, and spending some time discovering the artisan local shops.
Dine amongst the traditions of Port and savour memorable gastronomic experiences in excellent restaurants, traditional farm houses, chic wine cellars, in parks and in the countryside.
Adrenaline in your Veins?
Porto offers a unique opportunity in Europe to climb the arch of an iconic and impressive bridge. Once at the top the panoramic views of Porto and Gaia offer a perfect setting to take in the views and relax, before embarking on an Xtreme boat, where an adrenaline rush is guaranteed.
Walk for a Bike
Leave a unique legacy behind for local children on a walking tour of the city. In smaller groups bike parts will be collected at various landmarks of the city and assembled for a local children's organisation.
The heart of Porto’s Nightlife
When the locals mention “Galerias de Paris”, they are referring to a popular nightlife area: the street named “Rua da Galeria da Paris”, and it’s parallel streets. During the day it is a very quaint area, but summer or winter at night the many bars come alive with crowded streets of locals and visitors moving from one place to another for a good night out.
Meeting and Event Facilities in Porto
Porto offers extensive possibilities for unique and large-scale events and conferences, from historic landmarks to contemporary architectural spaces, the new World of Wine facilities and a modern congress centre.
The Alfandega Porto Congress Centre, a 150 year old building, located in the heart of Porto´s historic city centre was refurbished by Pritzer prize winning Portuguese architect, Souto Moura. The fully equipped and modern congress centre is set between historic walls and can accommodate up to 1,700 attendees.
Located on the south bank of the Douro River, WOW (World of Wine) opened in 2020 and offers breath-taking views over the Ribeira and the Luís I Bridge. WOW forms part of the restoration and regeneration of the old Port wine cellars, giving new life to the city’s Wine District and offering various multi-functional event and meeting spaces.
The Stunning Wine Country of Douro Valley
Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest demarcated wine region of the world. For meetings and incentives it is a stand-alone destination to discover with charming boutique hotels, unique venues and authentic experiences, lost in time in one of the most unique wine landscapes of the world. On a scenic drive with breath-taking views valley region is as close as 45 minutes from Porto.
Explore the unknown side of the region on 4X4 Jeeps, driving through the valley paths and discovering the region with its many terraced vineyards and breath-taking views. Spend some time visiting the many wine estates, sample exquisite delicacies and wines and engage in an authentic wine harvesting experience.