WHERE TO STAY in PORTO - Best Areas & Neighborhoods (2022)

The Best Area to Stay in Porto

Rising up from the north bank of the Douro River, Porto – one of Portugal’s oldest cities dating back to the Roman Empire – beguiles visitors on arrival. It’s a charming mix of traditional, colorful houses, characterful medieval lanes that wind their way up and down hills at the city’s heart, terrific food and wine, and riverside landscapes. Porto is a relatively compact city and the majority of the main attractions are clustered in the city center. As for sights further out (or if you want to stay in a quieter part of town and commute to the iconic landmarks), Porto is covered by an efficient public transport network: getting around by metro and bus is easy, while taking the riverside tram is even more fun.

The majority of the best historic hotels as well as boutique hotels and guesthouses are concentrated in central Porto, Ribeira, and Baixa, though there are some outlying options in Miragaia and Vila Nova de Gaia, while the luxury chain hotels are situated further away, in Boavista.

One of Porto’s most photogenic neighborhoods, Ribeira is compact and mostly flat with colorful houses, and stretches along the river from the Dom Luis I bridge to the adjoining neighborhood of Miragaia. With a handful of sights and tiny streets densely packed with restaurants, cafes, and hotels, Ribeira is one of the most iconic – and the most touristy – parts of the city.

Just across the river from Ribeira, Vila Nova de Gaia isn’t officially a part of Porto. However, it’s an essential stop for many visitors due to the proliferation of port wine lodges (for which the city is famous) dotted about its hilly streets. It’s connected to Ribeira by the Dom Luis I bridge and cable car, and to Baixa by metro.

Baixa/Sé is Porto’s downtown and consists of two hills rising immediately to the north of Ribeira. It’s home to some of the city’s most famous sights: the cathedral, Clérigos Tower, and Lello bookstore. A terrific location for history buffs and view seekers, Baixa also has several restaurants for every budget and the city’s liveliest nightlife. Its medieval streets are steep and feature some of Porto’s most characterful hotels inside historic mansions. There are some very exclusive hotels in the vicinity of the grand Avenida dos Aliados, and Baixa is also a transport hub, with intercity trains arriving at the São Bento train station.

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An easy walk to the west of Baixa and Ribeira, the relatively quiet riverside neighborhood of Miragaia is rooted in Jewish and Armenian history and features colorful traditional houses, like its more popular neighbor, Ribeira, and eye-catching street art. There’s a handful of family-friendly attractions here, some good guesthouses, and a smattering of restaurants. The tram between Ribeira and Foz de Douro passes through Miragaia.

Connected to Ribeira and Miragaia by riverside tram, Foz de Duoro is Porto’s westernmost neighborhood by the sea. Short on attractions (besides a centuries-old fort), it’s great for experiencing sedate local life, going to the beach, strolling around public gardens, or hiking along seaside trails. But be prepared for the half-hour commute to downtown Porto and for the limited range of accommodations.

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Porto’s cathedral rises majestically in Baixa/Sé.

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Adjoining Baixa, Ribeira, and Miragaia to the west/north, Cedofeita is a young, arty neighborhood, home to one of Porto’s best museums. It’s also unofficially known as the Bairro das Artes (Art District) due to its many pop-up galleries and design schools. There are some great guesthouses and boutique hotels here, and it’s ideal for travelers who want to avoid the noise of downtown while being an easy stroll away from the main sights and nightlife.

Northwest of Cedofeita and Miragaia, Boavista is Porto’s business district and one of the city’s most affluent residential neighborhoods. It’s quite a spread-out area, radiating outwards from the circular Mouzinho de Albuquerque plaza, and has good metro and bus connections to downtown Porto. Several notable attractions are located here, along with the lion’s share of Porto’s 5-star chain hotels.

Bonfim is the spread-out, mostly residential neighborhood located east of Ribeira and Baixa. It’s hilly and connected to the riverbank by a funicular. There are no notable attractions here, but it’s a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood with specialty coffee shops and craft beer breweries proliferating as a result. Accommodation is quite sparse, but there are some good guesthouses and mid-range hotels here, and the attractions and nightlife of downtown Porto are within easy walking distance.

The Best Places to Stay in Porto

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The beautiful Gran Cruz House in Ribeira is located right by the water.

Where to Stay in Porto for…

  • Best Neighborhoods in Porto for Sightseeing: Ribeira, Baixa
    If you’re a culture vulture, then head for the bank of the Douro in Ribeira to admire the colorful riverside architecture for which the city is famous, or take a boat tour to see the city from the water. Then wander the steep streets of Baixa for a glimpse of Porto’s monumental cathedral, and opt for a bird’s eye view of the city from the Clérigos Tower, before admiring the ornate tilework on the grand buildings lining the Avenida dos Aliados. If art is your passion, then it’s well worth checking the pop-up galleries of Cedofeita and Museu Serralves in Boavista.
  • Best Neighborhood in Porto for Nightlife: Baixa
    Porto is not a party town by reputation, but it does have an excellent selection of bars to suit all budgets, ranging from swanky cocktail bars to raucous student bars, and the majority of them are dotted around Baixa. If you’re after the best craft beer, then head to Bonfim’s microbreweries, and if you’ve come to Porto to sample its port, then head to Vila Nove de Gaia where the majority of port wine lodges are concentrated; they arrange tastings on the premises and also run tours out to their respective vineyards.
  • Best Neighborhood in Porto for Food and Restaurants: Baixa
    While there are individual Michelin-starred restaurants in Vila Nova de Gaia and other far corners of the city, there’s no doubt that Baixa is Porto’s foodie heartland. There is no other neighborhood in the city with the sheer variety of cuisines found here, and there are good restaurants in every price range as well. You’ll find anything from traditional Portuguese food to cutting-edge fusion dining. And if you want to recreate those Portuguese dishes at home, you can find all the necessary ingredients in the specialty food shops here.
  • Best Neighborhoods in Porto for Families: Boavista, Foz de Duoro, Miragaia, Ribeira
    Boavista is ideal for families looking for 5-star comfort and facilities, since that’s where most of Porto’s chain luxury hotels are located, and it’s also a quiet neighborhood with some kid-friendly attractions. Foz de Duoro may have limited accommodation choices, but there’s beach and park access, and riding the tram to Ribeira is a fun, family-friendly way of getting around. Miragaia and Ribeira are both largely flat (ideal if you have a stroller); the former features a kid-friendly museum, while the latter is a jumping-off point for boat rides. Parts of Ribeira can get a bit noisy at night, so Miragaia might be a better choice for families with younger kids that want to be within walking distance of Porto’s main attractions.
  • Best Neighborhoods in Porto to Stay for First-Timers: Ribeira, Baixa
    If it’s your first time in Porto and especially if your vacation time is limited, it’s hard to go wrong with basing yourself either in Ribeira or Baixa, since that’s where many of the city’s top attractions are concentrated. They are right next to each other, both extremely walkable and with a range of accommodations to suit all budgets. Ribeira has the edge if you’ve dreamt of enjoying sunsets over the River Douro from your hotel window, while Baixa has a greater number of atmospheric hotels and better range of dining and nightlife venues. M Maison Particulière and Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel are particularly well located for first time visitors to Porto.
  • Most Romantic Neighborhoods in Porto: Baixa, Ribeira
    Baixa features many of Porto’s most romance-worthy boltholes: graceful mansions transformed into luxury retreats. Some have great views, high above the bustle of the city. There are some superb restaurants here for romancing your other half and the medieval streets are wonderfully atmospheric after dark. Ribeira also offers wonderful views over the river, its riverside restaurants are ideal for sunset-viewing, and boutique hotels here are perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • Best Neighborhoods in Porto for a Local Vibe: Bonfim, Cedofeita
    Mostly residential Bonfim features a popular local produce market, Mercado do Bolhão, inside a wrought-iron, 19th-century structure. It’s a low-key neighborhood where you can stumble upon Porto’s oldest cemetery and get to know the locals over a cup of coffee in a specialty coffee shop. Young, up-and-coming Cedofeita is full of independent businesses, and travelers looking for art and an alternative vibe will find it here.
  • Best Neighborhoods in Porto for Walking: Ribeira, Baixa
    While much of Porto is walkable and a pleasure to wander around, it’s hard to beat Ribeira for its scenic waterfront promenade, or Baixa for the sheer number of sights packed into its winding medieval lanes. Your leg muscles will get a proper workout, too, from walking up and down hills. For beautiful night-time views of Ribeira and Baixa, cross the River Douro along the Dom Luis I bridge and walk along the promenade in Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • Safest Areas of Porto
    Porto is one of the safest cities in Europe. Pretty much all neighborhoods are safe to walk around at any time of day, though at night, it’s a good idea to stick to well-lit areas and avoid shortcuts through dark alleys.
  • Unsafe Areas of Porto
    There are no specifically unsafe neighborhoods in Porto, though the part of Baixa around the São Bento train station is a bit sketchy at night. Standard precautions against pickpockets apply at tourist hubs such as Cais da Ribeira and Rua das Flores, and on public transport during rush hour.

The Best Neighborhoods in Porto for Tourists

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The luxurious Torel Avantgarde Hotel is set in the quiet riverside neighborhood of Miragaia, close to Baixa.

1. Ribeira

The first stop for visitors, Ribeira is Porto’s most recognizable neighborhood and is packed with colorful houses. It features a riverside promenade, and you can catch a tram all the way to Foz de Duoro. Attractions include the Palacio da Bolsa and the São Francisco church, and the neighborhood is packed with hotels, cafes, and restaurants. It’s also a favorite place for sunset-watching and staying, since you’re right in the heart of things and within easy walking distance from Vila Nova de Gaia’s port wine lodges. Unlike much of Porto, Ribeira is flat: a bonus for visitors with limited mobility.

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2. Baixa/

Just above Ribeira, Baixa (‘downtown’) consists of clusters of streets winding their way up and down two hills: one features Sé, Porto’s cathedral around which the city was founded, and the other is famous for the Clérigos Tower (terrific viewpoint) and the famous Lello bookstore. The two hills are separated by the Avenida dos Aliados, Porto’s most important avenue which is lined with stupendous architecture. Baixa is packed with restaurants, inexpensive places to drink, and traditional grocery stores – ideal for shopping for Portugal’s specialty ingredients. Many of Porto’s best luxury hotels are found off or near the Avenida dos Aliados, and Baixa is also home to the São Bento train station, featuring some stunning examples of azulejo (tile) artwork.

3. Cedofeita

Bordering Baixa, Cedofeita is a trendy, arty neighborhood, full of pop-up art galleries and design schools and home to one of Porto’s best museums: Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, located right next to the tranquil Crystal Palace gardens. There are some great concept stores here, an organic food market, some hip brunch cafes and restaurants, as well as accommodations consisting mostly of mid-range guesthouses, plus a handful of hotels. Cedofeita is an ideal location for those who want to be within easy walking distance of Porto’s top sights while avoiding the day and night bustle of Baixa and noisy nightlife of Ribeira.

4. Bonfim

East of the city center but within 15 minutes’ walking distance of the main attractions, Bonfim is Porto’s hipster neighborhood. While there are no popular landmarks here, you’ll instead find the first public garden in Porto, specialty coffee shops, craft beer breweries, and a good balance between authentic local life and tourism. There are several excellent restaurants popular with visitors and locals alike, and many major bus companies are based here, offering easy connections to other Portuguese cities. Accommodations consist of a handful of guesthouses plus several upscale hotels.

5. Miragaia

Adjoining Baixa and Ribeira to the west, the riverside neighborhood of Miragaia shares Ribeira’s colorful architecture. This part of Porto was once home to the city’s Jewish and Armenian communities who left their imprint. While Miragaia is just a short walk from the city center, it’s noticeably quieter and home to such attractions as World of Discoveries (a museum popular with families) and the landscaped Palacio de Cristal gardens. There’s a handful of places to stay and eat here.

6. Foz de Douro

Porto’s westernmost neighborhood used to be a fishing village and a summer retreat for the city’s well-heeled residents, which accounts for the mix of fishermen’s houses and grand mansions. It’s a sedate, mostly residential part of town, with one of Porto’s nicest beaches, a 16th-century fortress, public gardens, a seafront promenade, and over 10km of walking/running trails, as well as a smattering of low-key, waterfront restaurants. The drawback is that it’s not near the city center, and reaching most attractions takes around half an hour by public transport.

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7. Boavista

One of the most affluent parts of town, and Porto’s business hub, what Boavista lacks in charm, it makes up for with a smattering of attractions such as the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, the historic synagogue, the Casa da Música, and the wonderful, kid-friendly Gallery of Biodiversity. Boavista is northwest of the city center and connected to it by subway and frequent buses (10-minute ride); it’s within easy reach of the main attractions but at the same, it’s quiet and peaceful at night. This is also where you’ll find a concentration of 5-star chain hotels with ample facilities.

8. Vila Nova de Gaia

Technically not part of Porto proper, but heavily visited by tourists coming to the city, Vila Nova de Gaia is located across the Douro River from Ribeira. Also hilly, with an appealing waterfront, and reachable from Ribeira by bridge or cable car, this neighborhood is renowned for its proliferation of port tasting rooms as well as Porto’s best hotel (The Yeatman) and some excellent restaurants.


Which part of Porto should I stay in? ›

Deciding where to stay in Porto is easier with a little insight into the city. The best and most central neighbourhoods for important sights, restaurants and atmosphere are Ribeira, São Bento and Aliados, Batalha and Belas Artes, Clérigos and Cedofeita.

Which side of the river is best to stay in Porto? ›

Ribeira – Porto's famous riverfront neighbourhood, with the narrow cobbled streets, colourful houses and easy access to all the attractions, it's one of the best places to stay in Porto for solo travellers.

What is the cool area of Porto? ›

Porto's most famous neighborhood, Ribeira is packed with blockbuster sights. You can peer back in time on a visit to the looming medieval Sé (cathedral), learn about 14th-century royals at the Casa do Infante, or see Porto's finest Neoclassical architecture at the Palácio da Bolsa.

What are the best areas to live in Porto? ›

From coastal hangouts to urban nightlife hotspots, these are the best areas in Porto to live in:
  • Ribeira.
  • Cedofeita.
  • Boavista.
  • Vila Nova De Gaia.
  • Aliados & Bolhao.
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Is Porto a walkable city? ›

Getting to and around Porto

Once there, Porto is an easily walkable city, so long as you don't mind all the hills. If the hills are an issue, there's also a good public transport system that includes old wooden trams, a metro and buses.

Is 4 days in Porto too much? ›

But much of that was spent lounging around tapas restaurants and re-visiting places a second time. A full two days in Porto is enough time to hit plenty of highlights without feeling too rushed. However, having a third (or fourth) day will make for a more relaxing visit.

How many days do you need in Porto? ›

Three days will allow you to explore the city at a more leisurely pace, as well as providing time to visit the museums and lesser-known sights. If you are new to Porto, it is suggested to plan two days in which to fully see the city.

Where is the main area of Porto? ›

Baixa – The grand centre of Porto, much of which was rebuilt during the early 20th century. Many of Porto's classic hotels can be found in Baixa, and the southern side of the district is a highly recommended area to be based in.

Is 3 days in Porto too much? ›

Is 3 days in Porto enough? Yes! We think three days is the perfect amount of time to visit Porto. A three day itinerary leaves just enough time for a walking tour to see the main sites, explore the best Port houses in Nova de Gaia, see a Fado show, and still reserve a full day for wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

What is the best month to visit Porto? ›

The best season to visit Porto is late spring (May/June) or early autumn (September). This is when there are fewer tourists about the city, but the weather is still glorious.

What is the rainiest month in Porto Portugal? ›

The month with the most wet days in Porto is November, with an average of 10.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. The drier season lasts 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 24. The month with the fewest wet days in Porto is July, with an average of 1.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

What is the prettiest city in Portugal? ›

What are the most beautiful cities in Portugal?
  • Lisbon. Lisbon is a city full of charm, culture and history, located on the banks of the Tagus River. ...
  • Porto. Portugal's second-largest city, Porto is a top destination for lovers of wine, good food and beautiful architecture. ...
  • Sintra. ...
  • Cascais. ...
  • Braga. ...
  • Faro. ...
  • Coimbra. ...
  • Obidos.
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Where do most expats live in Porto Portugal? ›

Where do expats live in Porto? Many expats who live in Porto live in the central districts of the city, although those who prefer to be by the beach live in areas such as Foz do Douro.

Where do the rich in Porto live? ›

Where do the rich live in Porto? The most expensive square meter prices in and around Porto are located in the following areas: Aldoar, Foz do Douro, and Nevogilde: €3,683 per square meter. Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau, Vitória (central Porto): €3,521 per square meter.

Which is better to live Porto or Lisbon? ›

If you're coming from a big city and looking for crowds, choose Lisbon. If you're in Lisbon during summer, be ready for massive crowds though! Porto is a popular city, too. It also offers leisure options, such as museums, cafes, restaurants, and many more activities.

Can you get around Porto without a car? ›

The best way to get around Porto is by metro, by bus or on foot. Porto boasts an extensive public transportation system operated by the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (which includes the metro, buses and trams) that helps visitors reach the top attractions in and around the city.

Why is Porto so abandoned? ›

Financial crisis: The final nail in the coffin

Financial crisis then added fuel to the fire. Many companies to become bankrupt in the financial crisis and many Portuguese left Portugal to find jobs in other countries. In 2011, around 18.8% of the houses in Porto were abandoned. That means 1 in 5 houses were empty!

What is considered the best way to see the city of Porto? ›

By far the best way to explore Porto is to walk. It is a quite hilly city, but small in size so almost all the major sights are within reach. Regardless, much of the magic and charm of Porto stems from walking around.

Is Douro Valley worth visiting? ›

The Douro Valley is worth visiting for its incredible landscapes, nature, wines, people, and history. The infrastructure in the Douro Valley is fast developing to bring you the best gastronomic restaurants, luxury stays, and atmospheric wine tastings. A trip to the Douro Valley is an experience you will never forget.

Does Porto have a beach? ›

Porto even boasts beaches within the city limits, with a sandy coastline extending from the mouth of the Douro River northwards to Matosinhos.

Do I need a car in Porto Portugal? ›

A car is not needed in Lisbon and Porto but there are lots of other amazing places to explore in Portugal. Once you go outside Lisbon and Porto public transportation options are limited. If you want full freedom to explore any area that interests you, then a car rental is really the best option.

Is it worth staying in Porto? ›

Yes, there is no doubt that Porto is a place worth visiting!

This historic city has a lot to offer to any traveler, from beautiful architecture to delicious food and great culture.

Is 5 nights in Porto too long? ›

If you have the extra time, it's worth spending a relaxing 5 – 7 days in the city, leisurely taking in the historic city's wonders. Or use the extra time for day trips from Porto.

How long is the train from Porto to Lisbon? ›

The average journey time by train between Porto and Lisbon is 3 hours and 39 minutes, with around 18 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Is 2 days in Porto enough? ›

Porto is a historic and vibrant city, which boasts an extensive selection of cultural sights, enjoyable activities and buzzing nightlife. The city can be fully explored within two days, and this makes Porto ideal for a weekend city break or as part of a longer tour of Portugal.

Is 2 days enough in Porto Portugal? ›

How many days in Porto? Because Porto's main sights are quite tightly packed into the city centre, it's the perfect place for a European city break or a weekend visit. Spending 2 days in Porto will give you enough time to soak up some of the culture, try some amazing food and tick off some bucket list experiences.

How do I get from Porto airport to city Centre? ›

Porto airport is connected to the E metro line, and during the daytime, there are three departures per hour (every 20 minutes). The first service is at 6am and continue through to midnight. Outside of the metro operating hours, the night bus, taxi or Uber will need to be taken.

Is Porto worth a day trip from Lisbon? ›

A day trip to Porto from Lisbon is absolutely doable and worth your time. It provides a nice contrast with Lisbon. Porto is smaller and 100% walkable. Unlike Lisbon, Porto was not destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and therefore maintains many of its historic buildings and original layout.

How do I get from Porto to Douro Valley? ›

How to Get from Porto to Douro Valley
  1. By Boat. Duration: 6 hours. Most river cruises to the Douro Valley will depart from Vila Nova de Gaia's Quay and finish at the Pinhão or Peso da Régua quay. ...
  2. By Car. Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. ...
  3. By Train. Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes. ...
  4. By Bus. Duration: 2 hours.
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Does it get cold in Porto at night? ›

Not as cold as most locations in Europe

Porto sports a warm temperate, Mediterranean climate, with daytime temperatures in winter ranging from 50-60F/10-18ºC and nighttime from 40-50F/5-10ºC.

Why is Porto so popular? ›

Porto is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe right now – and for very good reason. Its stunning Old Town on the picturesque Douro River, complete with six bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll find amazing Beaux Arts and Baroque churches, palaces and other buildings scattered around the city.

Can you drink tap water in Porto? ›

The tap water in Porto is safe to drink and of course can be used for cooking, bathing, etc and meets all EU regulations. Porto's water supply is very heavy in minerals and as chlorine is added at the treatment plant it can have a strong taste.

Is the water warm in Porto? ›

Porto water temperatures peak in the range 23 to 28°C (73 to 82°F) on around the 12th of August and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, in the range 13 to 14°C (55 to 57°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Porto climb to their highest in the second week of August.

Is the water cold in Porto? ›

The water in this location never warms up to comfortable values. Average annual water temperature on the coast in Porto is 60°F, by the seasons: in winter 57°F, in spring 59°F, in summer 63°F, in autumn 62°F. Minimum water temperature (55°F) in Porto it happens in February, maximum (67°F) in July.

Is Porto warm in April? ›

In April, average daytime temperatures in Portugal are around 18-20°C (65-68°F). Rain isn't uncommon, but mostly, you can expect beautiful sunny skies. Sometimes temperatures rise to summer-like 25°C (77°F), which is almost too warm for exploring the cities.

What is the best area to stay in Portugal? ›

  • #1: The Algarve: Sunshine, Seafood, and Sandy Beaches.
  • #2: Monsanto: A Unique Historical Village.
  • #3: Lisbon: The Fast-Paced, Endlessly-Fun Capital.
  • #4: Braga: A Gorgeous Medieval City.
  • #5: Coimbra: A Bustling University Town.
  • #6: Serra da Estrela: Adventurous Mountain Exploring.
  • #7: Madeira: Quiet Tropical Islands.
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What is the nicest town in Portugal? ›

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  • Lindoso. ...
  • Marvão. ...
  • Cacela Velha. ...
  • Belmonte. ...
  • Amarante. ...
  • Monsanto. ...
  • Sortelha.
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What's the nicest part of Portugal? ›

5 Most Beautiful Regions in Portugal
  • Algarve. The Algarve is one of the best regions to visit in Portugal if you're looking for a sunshine-filled beach break. ...
  • Lisbon and the Tagus Valley. ...
  • Alentejo. ...
  • Porto and Northern Portugal. ...
  • Central Portugal.
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How much money do you need to be an expat in Portugal? ›

How much money do you need to live comfortably in Portugal? Compared to other European countries, Portugal is one of the most affordable. A couple with a mid-range income will be able to live comfortably in Portugal's interior cities for around €1,700 per month. A couple in Lisbon can live on around €2,000 per month.

Where do most British expats live in Portugal? ›

Brits are the biggest expat group in Portugal, and have been for many years. The majority live in and around the Algarve, but you'll also find people of other Brits in places like Lisbon, Cascais, Porto, and Madeira.

Where are the slums in Portugal? ›

Overlooking Belém, in Lisbon, the Segundo Torrão, in Trafaria, came into existence 40 years ago. What started as a fishing community that grew over time, is now the largest slum in size in Lisbon, where there are people living in shocking conditions.

Where do celebrities live in Portugal? ›

Many celebrities in Portugal favor the Algarve, and it's fairly easy to see why – indeed, the Algarve is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal. Portimão and Albufeira are very cosmopolitan and full of life both day and night.

Why did JK Rowling live in Porto? ›

J. K. Rowling moved to Porto after the death of her mother, Anne, in 1991. The author went to teach English classes, got married, had a daughter and it was here that she wrote the first three chapters of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

When did JK Rowling live in Porto? ›

Before she became a single mum on benefits, J.K. Rowling taught English as a foreign language in Porto. She lived there between 1991 and 1993, which became the formative years of Harry Potter.

Is the train from Lisbon to Porto scenic? ›

The train ride from Lisbon to Porto offers some of the best views of the country. It passes through Coimbra – Portugal's capital from 1131 to 1255 and still home to a Roman aqueduct and 13th-century university – and Aveiro, known sometimes as 'the Portuguese Venice' due to its waterways and boats.

Where is the most beautiful place to live in Portugal? ›

From one Portuguese island to another, the Azores are one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. The main city in the Azores archipelago of São Miguel is Ponta Delgada and although the city may seem a little remote, the island's natural beauty makes it one of the best places to live in Portugal.

What is Portugal's safest city? ›

10 Safest Cities in Portugal
  1. Lisbon. Lisbon is a coastal city characterized by hills. ...
  2. Braga. Braga is located in the far north of the country. ...
  3. Porto. Porto is a city located in the northwest of Portugal and is a coastal city. ...
  4. Ponta Delgada (the Azores) ...
  5. Funchal (Madeira) ...
  6. Aveiro. ...
  7. Portimão. ...
  8. Coimbra.

Is it better to stay in Lisbon or Porto? ›

Lisbon offers some of the most popular tourist attractions, museums, and sights in Portugal. While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges.

How do you get around Porto? ›

The best way to get around Porto is by metro, by bus or on foot. Porto boasts an extensive public transportation system operated by the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (which includes the metro, buses and trams) that helps visitors reach the top attractions in and around the city.

Is Porto cheaper than Lisbon? ›

Lisbon and Porto are the largest and the most famous cities in Portugal. This popularity increases the cost of living in both cities compared to the rest of the country. However, Lisbon is known to be more expensive than Porto.

Is there a beach near Porto? ›

Porto even boasts beaches within the city limits, with a sandy coastline extending from the mouth of the Douro River northwards to Matosinhos.

What is the most beautiful part of Portugal? ›

5 Most Beautiful Regions in Portugal
  • Algarve. The Algarve is one of the best regions to visit in Portugal if you're looking for a sunshine-filled beach break. ...
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