Bem-vindo ao Porto, the jewel in the north of Portugal! Porto, the Cidade Invicta (unvanquished city), is a combination of world architecture from the past and present, history, culture, and gastronomy, including Port Wine. Porto sits on the Douro River and is also a World Heritage Site. You can walk along the river Douro (river of gold) whilst discovering Porto's hidden treasurers. Pay a visit to Wine Tour Road Trip or Dao Road Trip page for more travel ideas.
Book your car hire in Porto with Auto Europe and pick up your vehicle at Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport or in any of the downtown car rental locations, and enjoy driving in this charismatic city.
The A20 is the ring road that encircles Porto; from here, you can go north, south, and east via connecting roads. Be attentive to the numerous narrow one-way streets, construction sites, and local traffic.
Parking in Porto can be challenging. Porto was built before cars came along, hence the narrow streets, one-way streets, and few car parks in the centre. There is plenty of parking near Metro Station Carolina Michaelis or Casa da Musica, or even at the Estadio de Dragao (FC Porto Stadium). Leaving your car hire at any of these locations is cheap and convenient, as you can then hop onto the metro and arrive in Porto without being stressed. There are also many park and ride car parks available along the outer ring road. Visit our driving information page for more information about road regulations in Portugal.
The centre of Porto is a World Heritage Site, and when you arrive you will understand why. Se do Porto (Porto Cathedral) is the oldest surviving structure along with a few city walls and a couple of 15th century houses. Porto old town was built on the hills looking over the Douro River. The history of Porto dates back to the 4th century, when the Romans occupied it. As you wander through Proto, you can see the baroque style represented in the Igrejas (churches), followed by the neoclassical and romanticism of the 19th and 20th century. Porto is sometimes referred to as the Cidade de Pontes (city of the bridges), as it has quite a few bridges between the north and south side.
Porto could be seen as an all year round destination, as the weather rarely reaches very cold temperatures. Summers are warm and breezy, around 25° C, with winters mild and mixed with some rain at around 13° C. Spring and autumn are also great times to visit this city, when the weather is still warm during the day.
Porto Airport is located 7 miles from the centre of Porto. It has 15 airlines operating over 65 flights a day to various worldwide destinations. The airport handles over 6 million passengers a year.
Porto Airport (OPO)
Website: Porto Airport
Telephone: +351 229 432 400
Public transport is convenient and inexpensive. The city uses a combination of the metro, buses, trams, and trains to make it easy for travellers to get around.
The metro operates six different lines, which are named from A to F, as well as differently coloured. Travellers can use the metro to get around the city as well as neighbouring cities. The metro runs below ground in the city and above ground outside city limits. It is the most convenient way to see the city.
There is also a railway station in Porto, and these trains go to and from the neighbouring cities with 4 lines.
Bus & Tram
The bus and tram system is operated by STCP. Tickets can be bought in one place for both the bus and tram, and there are maps and timetables displayed at each stop. You have to buy your ticket before boarding and the ticket machines are available anywhere you see the STCP sign.
If you'd like to explore the beautiful country of Portugal at your own pace, then why not consider a campervan from Porto? Auto Europe has a large selection of motorhomes to choose from and all at competitive prices. Call us today to find out more.