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Discover the magic of Portugal with a weekend break in a Porto holiday apartment or villa
Porto is considered the country's second city after Lisbon, and boasts some of the best cultural attractions, nightlife, and shopping that the country has to offer. Porto was once Portugal’s best-kept secret, but this colourful, friendly and dynamic urban hub is quickly becoming a must-go destination for families, couples and solo travellers on the lookout for a unique weekend break.
Located in northwest Portugal, Porto is a catch due to its pleasant climate and traditional architecture. A holiday apartment or villa rental in Porto will put you at the heart of the action and within easy reach of the pretty Ribeira, excellent markets, and many museums.
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Popular holiday rental amenities in Porto
Many holidaymakers would like to find a holiday letting with a pool. A few of the properties in Porto have one. Hotel rooms with pools in Porto are a good choice for groups of 3 and usually cost around £198 per night. You could also rent a property with a pool near the water, which is the case for more than half of the lettings there. In Porto, there are a lot of options if you're searching for a holiday rental that welcomes pets. If this is a top requirement for you, check the apartment rentals in Porto. This is the most pet-friendly type of accommodation there. You can also find different accommodation options if you would like to rent near the city centre, as a few of the pet-friendly properties are within 2 kilometres of the city centre.
Price and Availability Index for Porto
Holiday Letting Price Information in Porto
This graph displays average prices of the holiday cottages and holiday apartments located in Porto. Prices rise in April and reach an average of £173 a night (01/04 - 08/04), making it the most expensive time to book a rental in the next 12 months. The week with the lowest average prices is in July (02/07 - 09/07).
Holiday Home Availability Information in Porto
Our availability graph helps you identify the busiest months in Porto. The most challenging week to find a letting in the next twelve months is in May (21/05 - 28/05). Conversely, you will find the highest number of available rentals during one week in November (05/11 - 12/11).
The Weather in Porto
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Here is our climate diagram for Porto. This year, July will have the highest average temperatures. On the other hand, you could have temperatures dropping under 6° in February. The rainiest month is April, while the driest month is July.
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Accommodation options for your holiday in Porto
In Porto, apartment rentals are the most typical accommodation type. The average nightly price of apartment rentals in Porto is £136, and their size, on average, is 64 m². Furthermore, apartment rentals are great for medium-sized groups and families, as most can welcome 5 people. You might also like to consider other types of accommodation in Porto. Bed & Breakfast rentals are another common accommodation option in Porto, with 166 currently listed. Bed & Breakfast rentals in Porto are 45 m² on average, with prices averaging £145 per night.
Where to find the best food in Porto?
Food and drink in Porto
Portuguese cuisine is hearty, known for big portions of excellent home-style cooking. Meat and fish are both popular, served with potatoes, vegetables and a range of sauces. International food is also readily available in cosmopolitan Porto. Many of the best restaurants in Porto are located in the vicinity of Matosinhos; its shoreside location offers some of the freshest seafood around.
Those on a budget should head to Café Santiago or Chien Qui Fum; the latter is considered one of the best restaurants in town, and offers wallet-friendly prices plus huge portions. For a more upscale affair, try the opulent Café Majestic or traditional Campo Alegre. Don't forget to try something sweet during your weekend break in Porto — local bakeries have a range of pastries, typically at very affordable prices.
What are the top sights in Porto?
The Alternative Side to Porto
Porto has the hard-to-come-by ability to ooze class and sophistication, whilst projecting a trendy, urban vibe that hums day and night. Porto’s alternative scene effortlessly combines majestic medieval architecture with fashionable eateries and bars serving tasty modern takes on traditional Portuguese fare and an array of fruity and tart cocktails.
Contemporary art lovers will adore Ó! Galería for the chance to muse amongst edgy illustrations and pick up some arty postcards. Thrill seekers might prefer the chance to abseil down some of the imposing, graffiti-clad walls of the city, especially if they're after panoramic views of Porto’s mix of modern bridges, old-worldly churches and palatial architecture.
What are the best places to discover the arts and culture of Porto?
Arts and culture in Porto
The famous and much-photographed area near the river is known as the Ribeira. It's an excellent place to start exploring the city, as well as a beautiful, UNESCO protected area. Mercado do Bolhão is a lively food market here, with a range of restaurants and stalls, and offers a great local experience.
If you're an architecture buff, be sure to head to the Palace of the Stock Exchange, also known as Palacio da Bolsa, and Torre dos Clerigos. The former is a mishmash of styles partly inspired by the Alhambra, and the latter has excellent views from the top of the exterior stairs.
What are the best activities for families in Porto?
Holidays in Porto With Kids
Visit the second largest city of Portugal, Porto and its charming holiday cottages in the city centre and on the Douro riverbank - ideal for family holidays. The relatively small city makes it easy for travellers to wander around on foot or take the picturesque tram to discover the area. Porto holiday rentals are full of charm and ideally located in the city centre and on the Douro riverbank. The family-friendly destination has plenty of fun activities for kids.
Take your little ones to the World of Discoveries, an interactive museum with touch screens for children to play and also learn about the many discoveries of Portugal. This fun and educational museum is ideal for spending quality family time while learning about the history of the country. The tour finishes with a boat ride on a lazy river to discover all the continents and countries Portuguese explorers have discovered!
The Douro river has been one of the main sources of development for the city for centuries; allowing trades from Spain to Portugal but also from Portugal to the rest of the world. The river has played a major role in the wine trade too and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Taking a cruise on the Douro makes the perfect family holiday activity as parents get to enjoy the cultural and historical aspect of the tour while kids are enjoying the sights and learning about the 6 main bridges that cross the river.
Visit the contemporary museum Serralves with its impressive garden. The garden is beautifully arranged and ideal to ride baby strollers and for kids to play with the peacocks, ducks, and roosters! A large lake completes the garden and makes the perfect spot to relax with the family while eating ice cream.
Where are the unique attractions in Porto?
Swimming and beaches in Porto
As a coastal city, Porto has heaps to offer water lovers, including numerous accommodations with swimming pools. After a quick 15-minute drive, you can hit the city’s nearby coastline. Swathes of golden sand and deep blue waves entice locals and visitors alike, including at Homem do Leme, a particular favourite with families.
Take Porto’s tram to the Foz neighbourhood which backs onto a gorgeous and seemingly endless coastline. Leça da Palmeira, accessible by bus from central Porto, is also home to a couple of child-friendly, freshwater swimming pools if you want to make a splash away from the waves! Last but not least, nearby Póvoa de Varzim is popular with naturists and is bordered by several lively beach bars which give it a young, fun feel.
What are the must-see attractions in Porto?
Excursions from Porto
You'll find many fantastic day trips within easy reach of your Porto holiday apartment or villa rental. Espinho and Gaia are two of the best local beaches in the area, to which visitors and locals flock in summer to cool off. If you'd prefer something a little more green, Gerês National Park has stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife. It's perfect for keeping the kids busy. Many parts are shaded if you want to cool off away from the beach for a few hours.
The Douro Valley is famous for its production of port wine. About a three and a half hour drive from Porto, you can take a day trip around the region either by car or by boat ride on the Douro River, and explore the local villages and centuries-old vineyards.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a holiday home in Porto?
The average nightly price for a holiday home in Porto is £29.
How many holiday homes are available to book in Porto?
November is the time of year with the highest amount of Apartment rentals and Bed & Breakfast rentals available in Porto, so you'll find plenty of great holiday deals during this month.
What is the most popular holiday home amenity in Porto?
Travellers planning holidays to Porto most often look for Internet, TV, and Cot when it comes to accommodation amenities.
How many holiday homes are on offer in Porto?
Holidaymakers looking for accommodation in Porto will be pleased to know that there are 10,414 options on offer, with prices starting from just £29 per night.
Am I allowed to bring my pet when staying in a Porto holiday home?
Finding accommodation in Porto for you and your dog is definitely possible, with 855 pet-friendly holiday homes available.
What's the best time of year to travel to Porto?
July and August are the warmest months in Porto, while July and September have the least rain.
Where can I see deals on holiday lettings in Porto?
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