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Popular amenities for Porto vacation rentals

Stay near Porto's top sights

Luís I Bridge585 locals recommend
Livraria Lello1,351 locals recommend
Parque da Cidade do Porto1,306 locals recommend
NorteShopping222 locals recommend
Clérigos61 locals recommend
Casa da Musica605 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Porto

  • Total rentals

    11K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    723K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    270 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    3.9K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Porto

All About Porto

Famous for its sweet wine namesake, the city of Porto is a patchwork of cobbled streets, ornate churches, and historic buildings decorated with distinct blue and white tiles called azulejos. The magnificent São Bento railway station is a fine example of one such building, with more than 20,000 tiles adorning its walls. The Douro River runs through the heart of this port in northwestern Portugal, and you can stop off at the fish restaurants, perfume and ceramic shops, and lively bars lining its banks. Alongside the riverbank, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site historic neighborhood of Ribeira, known for its narrow winding streets and colorful tiled houses. For a bird’s-eye view of proceedings, you can take the climb up to the manicured Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, where babbling fountains frame the sweeping panorama.

Across the water in Vila Nova da Gaia, you can visit the city’s historic cellars, which are still used to store and mature port the traditional way. Porto is the birthplace of the famous fortified dessert wine, so you can expect to see it everywhere — and there are cellars all over the city where you can sample white, rosé, and ruby red varieties.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Porto

Portugal experiences a mild oceanic climate, which makes vacation rentals in Porto popular all year round. In summer, expect warm days and balmy nights for walks by the river and dining outdoors. Make sure you bring sunscreen and a hat, as it can get very hot in the middle of the day. June 23 marks Festa de São João do Porto, when the city celebrates its patron saint by eating, drinking, and dancing, topped off with fireworks over the river from midnight.

September and October are pleasant months to visit, with warm days, the changing colors of the trees in local parks, and fewer people. In September, Porto celebrates Port Wine Day with festivities across the city and plenty of opportunities to sample the famous drink. March through May is also an enjoyable time, when the weather is warm and the magnolia trees in the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal are in bloom. Temperatures cool down in winter, but you’ll still enjoy mostly mild and dry days.

Top things to do in Porto

Mercado de Bolhão

Less than 15 minutes from the centrally located Porto Cathedral, you can explore the largest, most historic indoor market in the city. Enter through original 19th-century wrought-iron gates to find hundreds of stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, and local cheeses. You’ll often see buskers playing traditional music outside, and look out for street food stalls selling bacalhau com natas — a baked salt cod dish that’s a Porto favorite.

Teleférico de Gaia Cable Car

Board the Teleférico de Gaia cable car to soak up stunning views of the Douro River. You’ll ride high above the city to the top of the hill by Porto’s iconic Luis I Bridge, which was designed by the architect who created the Eiffel Tower.

Clerigos Tower

One of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, Porto’s Torres do Clérigos sits at the summit of the historic Clérigos Church. Once you’ve climbed the 230 steps to the top of the bell tower, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the city and the meandering river. Time your visit around the hourly chimes to complete the experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Porto?

    Porto has a moderate maritime climate, with temperatures generally ranging from 41°F (5°C) in winter to 77°F (25°C) in summer. The city experiences most of its rainfall during the fall and winter months, while summer is typically sun-drenched and pleasant, ideal for exploring the city and its surroundings.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Porto?

    Visitors to Porto can explore its rich history and architecture, like the stunning Church of Saint Ildefonso. You might get lost in the vibrant colors and patterns at the Bolhão Market or take a leisurely stroll along the Douro River. For families, the Sea Life Porto aquarium is often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Porto?

    Spring and early summer (April to June) are frequently suggested as the most popular times to visit Porto when the weather is warm and the city is in full bloom. This period also coincides with the Fantasporto film festival and the Primavera Sound music festival.

  • What are the best places to stay in Porto?

    Ribeira is a popular area to stay for its proximity to the river and the city's historical sites. Baixa is often recommended for its vibrant nightlife and trendy boutiques, while Foz do Douro is known for its stunning coastline and upscale dining options.

  • What are the best places to visit in Porto?

    Porto is rich in cultural sites including the Ribeira District, a UNESCO World Heritage site with narrow, winding streets. The Livraria Lello bookstore, often recommended for its beautiful art nouveau interior, and the Serralves Museum, known for its contemporary art, are also frequented by visitors. The Porto Cathedral and the Casa da Música are also popular choices.

  • What are some hiking trails in Porto?

    Porto's surrounding areas offer great hiking opportunities. The Douro Valley route and the trail through the Peneda-Gerês National Park are among the many options. It's important to remember that these areas are within a short drive from Porto, making them suitable for day-long excursions.

  • What are some family activities to do in Porto?

    Families in Porto can enjoy a range of activities including a visit to the World of Discoveries interactive museum, a cruise on the Douro River, or a day out at the Passeio Alegre Park. The city's beautiful beaches also provide a great setting for a family day out.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Porto?

    Just a short drive from Porto, you can visit the Douro Valley, famed for its terraced vineyards. Alternatively, the historic cities of Guimarães and Braga are often recommended for day trips, as are the sandy beaches of Vila do Conde.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Porto?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Porto. From over 810 house rentals to over 7,960 apartment rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Porto?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 3,910 vacation rentals in Porto featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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