Where to stay in Porto

What is the best place to stay in Porto?

The second largest city in Portugal, Porto is a colourful combination of grand baroque churches, elegant buildings, historic structures and bell towers. This city, which has its own unique charm and character to make it stand out from other cities in Portugal, is the place where port was created, and as such has proven to be a popular destination amongst lovers of wine. However, there is so much more to this city than just its involvement in the invention of port. This is a place where you can soak up the culture, explore rich and fascinating history, take in the diverse architecture or enjoy great music at one of a number of excellent venues. It is also a city that is lively and energetic, having become a busy commercial and industrial hub over the years.


A popular choice for those deciding where to stay in Porto is the historic city centre, which is not only fascinating and vibrant but has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic centre includes the Ribeira riverfront area and when you stay in this part of the city you will be able to benefit from easy access to the sights and attractions of Porto. This is a lively part of the city and filled with restaurants, shops and places of interest. Some describe this area as the heart and soul of Porto, and it is certainly a fascinating and unique destination.

Hotel   Price per night
Ibis Porto Centro
Rua da Alegria 29 A
53€ - 63$
Moov Hotel Porto Centro
Praca da Batalha no. 32/34
53€ - 63$
Hotel   Price per night
Grande Hotel Do Porto
Rua Santa Catarina 197
117€ - 139$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Porto Trindade
Rua De Camoes, 129/131
100€ - 119$
Carris Porto Ribeira
Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 1
104€ - 124$
Pestana Porto Hotel
Praça da Ribeira 1
174€ - 207$
Hotel Teatro Porto
Rua Sa Da Bandeira, 84
133€ - 158$
Hotel   Price per night
InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas
Praça Liberdade 25
225€ - 268$

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Porto Historic City Center, the best area to stay in

There are many reasons why the vibrant and lively city centre of Porto is the first choice for many visitors who are deciding which part of the city to stay in. When you choose to base yourself in this area you will get to benefit in many ways and you can look forward to easy access to attractions, sights, facilities and amenities. This is a very popular district for eating and drinking, with many fabulous bars, cafes and restaurants nestled under medieval arches or even built into the remains of the old city wall. You will also find a range of hotels in this part of the city, so you can find one that suits you in terms of facilities, budget, and location.


When you stay in the historic city centre, you will find it easy to get around and explore the sights and places of interest both in the centre itself and in other parts of Porto. The public transport links in the city are good, with access to the metro, buses and taxis as well as being able to get around easily on foot. There are a number of areas that make up the city centre of Porto, which includes Sao Nicholau, Baixa, and West Baixa. These are areas that are filled with fascinating, historic and architectural places of interest as well as entertainment and dining facilities, so you will have everything you need right on the doorstep.

Pestana Porto Hotel

Key Attractions in Porto City Centre


There are a number of key attractions and areas that you can look forward to seeing when you stay in the historic and charming city centre area of Porto. Some of the main ones that you can look forward to visiting include:


  • Ribeira Square: This historical area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is very popular amongst tourists. There are many cafes and restaurants here as well as a good selection of hotels.


  • Batalha Square: Situated in downtown Porto, this is another square that is popular amongst visitors. You will find a range of cafes and hotels as well as a number of monuments located here.


  • Liberdade Square: This can be found in the Baixa area, which is a commercial hub. The centre of the square is home to a monument that is dedicated to King Peter IV and the square itself is surrounded by plush offices, banks, hotels and places to dine out.


  • Caso da Infante: Also known as ‘House of the Prince’, this is located on Rua da Alfandega and it is the birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator, who was born here in 1394.


  • Cais de Gaia: When you visit Cais de Gaia, you can enjoy stunning views of the Porto skyline as well as the array of boats and the towering Dom Luis Bridge, which dates back to 1886. You can enjoy a relaxing drink at one of the cafes or restaurants on the riverfront and you can even pay a visit to the port wine warehouses for a taste of the beverage that Porto is so famous for.


  • Serralves Museum: Filled with an array of fascinating temporary exhibitions, this is a world class museum that will delight art lovers and those looking to soak up some culture. In the past a number of major exhibitions have taken place here, including Andy Warhol: A Factory.


  • Casa da Musica: Not only does this venue host some incredible musical entertainment, with many top international orchestras having played here, but it is also something of an architectural masterpiece, with its unique shape and its beautiful interior. You can also enjoy visiting one of the city’s finest restaurants here, which is situated on the upper floor.


  • Sao Francisco Church: With its Gothic and Baroque styling, this is a church that will really appeal to fans of architecture. However, it is the interior of the church that really fascinates visitors, as it is lavishly and elaborately covered in gold.


  • The Cathedral: This stunning Gothic and Baroque cathedral is the place where the baptism of Prince Henry the Navigator took place as well as where King John I got married to Princess Philippa in the 14th The blue and white tiled cloisters are well worth a look as is the sacred art collection in the chapterhouse.


These are just some of the wonderful places and attractions that you will be able to reach with ease when you stay in the city centre area of Porto.