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Have a day off from your meeting or event in Porto? Here’s what to do!

Porto is an exciting city with tourist attractions that are highly praised by visitors. In 2023, the city was awarded “Best European City Break Destination” – Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2023 and we have no shortage of ideas for visits to suggest to those who have a few hours or a day off from the meeting or event that brought them to Porto.

Here are 5 tips on what you can do in the city:

  1. Clérigos Tower:
    Start by visiting the Brotherhood of the Clerics Museum, learn about its history and that of the famous architect Nicolau Nasoni, and admire various collections of religious art, paintings, furniture, sculpture, goldsmithery and vestments, with pieces dating from the 13th to the 20th century. At the end, climb to the top of the tower and fall in love with the view, from the Porto river to Foz, at a height of over 75 meters.

  2. Serralves Park and Museum
    Take a break from events by visiting the 18-hectare Serralves Park, which includes formal gardens, woodlands and a traditional farm. Designed by the architect Jacques Gréber in the 1930s, it is a unique landmark in Portugal’s landscape heritage. Next, visit the exhibitions on show at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

  3. São Bento Train Station
    A must-see in the heart of the city, even if you’re not going on a train trip. Famous for its azulejos, it has a monumental façade that is worth appreciating and photographing. Enjoy the beauty of a train station built on the site of the Convent of São Bento de Avé-Maria, which has been completely demolished.

  4. Virtudes Garden
    Enjoy a unique view of the River Douro from a vertical garden that not everyone knows about. Believe us: it’s one of the best viewpoints to end the day and watch the sunset, lying on the grass or on a terrace. Not to be missed!

  5. Porto Tram City Tour
    Get to know the city on a streetcar whose history dates back to 1872 and is incomparably beautiful. Line 1 runs between the historic centre of Porto and Jardim do Passeio Alegre on a unique route along the banks of the River Douro, and Line 18 runs between Massarelos and Passeio Alegre, on a route that connects the banks of the River Douro, the historic area of the parish of Massarelos to Jardim da Cordoaria and the surrounding area.

Day off in Porto. What to do?

Whether it’s the day before or after the meeting or event you’re attending in Porto, or even in a few free hours on the days of the event, be sure to take a stroll around the city and see for yourself what makes Porto the “Best European Destination for an Urban Getaway”.