With centuries-old monuments, close to the famous wine cellars, home to several typical dishes and full of history to tell, the city of Porto is a destination that cannot be left out of your itinerary in Portugal. We select the best neighbourhoods and list tips on where to stay in Porto.
A guide to help you decide where to stay in this city that is a cultural reference and symbol of northern Portugal.
Best districts and neighbourhoods to stay in Porto
To help plan your itinerary and choose where to stay in Porto, we have segmented this recommendation list into 4 main districts and metropolitan areas split by type of accommodations.
Where to stay in Porto: Baixa do Porto / Sé
The ‘Baixa do Porto’, known as the Sé district, is one of the most desired neighbourhoods by tourists, there you will find most of the attractions, historical monuments, many restaurants and nightlife.
The Historic Center of Porto is one of the best neighbourhoods for those who want to be close to the action and to the pier, the perfect place for taking a walk and enjoying the view of the Douro. Here, the Douro River, which borders the city, is a constant (and stunning!) view.
In addition, it is very easy to move from the Sé district to other neighbourhoods and sights in Porto.
1. Accommodation in Baixa do Porto/Sé
1.2 Boutique Hotels
1.3 Simple and cosy
Oporto House offers the style of an old mansion in its architecture and furniture, costing less than luxury hotels. Its stone walls are preserved and create a unique atmosphere, in addition, the hotel is less than a block from the Clérigos Church, which is worth a visit.
1.4 Private apartments
A modern hostel in a prime location. But not only that, Selina has a shared kitchen and an excellent outdoor social area that is open to the public, perfect for meeting new people and enjoying a happy hour. In addition, it also offers optional coworking space and various activities such as yoga classes and workshops.
A little further away from the Historic Center, but with easy access by public transport, taxis and cars by application, one of Pilar’s strengths is the cost/benefit ratio for tourists who want to spend less in hotels plus the bus coming from the Airport takes you right at the hostel door.
Where to stay in Porto: Cedofeita
Cedofeita is a trendy neighbourhood north of the city centre, it has hotels and accommodation with more affordable prices, in recent years the area has become a reference in cultural centres bringing much of traditional and contemporary Portuguese culture.
From Cedofeita, it is very easy to go to Baixa do Porto or Foz do Douro, the neighbourhood is very well served by public transport, has a metro station and the distances are short to travel on foot or taxi.
It is worth mentioning that the Crystal Palace with its fabulous garden is in Cedofeita and is worth the visit even for those who are not staying there.
Read more: What to see and do in Porto
2. Accommodation in Cedofeita
2.2 Boutique Hotels
2.3 Simple and cosy
2.4 Private apartments
Where to stay in Porto: Foz do Douro
Foz do Douro is the central neighbourhood closest to the beaches, it is right in Douro river mouth in the Atlantic Ocean, hence the name.
With some very peaceful beaches, the region brings together many forts and the glamour of one of the most expensive areas in the city. Like much to enjoy in Porto, the forts of São Francisco Xavier and São João Batista are part of the history of Portugal and can be visited, where you will find a junction between culture, history and nature, with the best of Porto and Portugal.
It is definitely worth to visit Foz do Douro, even if you are not staying there.
3. Accommodation in Foz do Douro
3.2 Boutique Hotels
3.3 Simple and cosy
The strong point of Casa das Laranjas is the location, first because it is very close to the Foz do Rio Douro and the São João Baptista Fort, and second because it is in a house that makes the way a walk by itself with its beautiful tiny streets of cobblestones and traditional houses.
3.4 Private apartments
One of the few options of hostels near the Douro is Casa dos Azulejos, which despite being in the municipality of Matosinhos, joined our list because it is about 1.5 km from the beaches of Foz and with easy access to the city of Porto via metro. With a beautiful balcony and tiles that give the house its name.
Where to stay in Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia is the only neighbouring city with its own section on this list, it is located in the metropolitan area of Porto, on the other bank of the Douro River, but with easy access to the historic centre of Porto, by public transport, taxi or even walking along the Luís I Bridge that connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia.
The city is famous for its traditional wooden boats, known as rabelos, which today are used to make tours along the Douro River. But what most calls the attention of those who visit Vila Nova Gaia is the excellent gastronomy and the wine cellars, which produce one of the most famous wines in the world, Port wine.
Virtually all cellars offer guided tours and tasting. In addition to the food, Vila Nova Gaia also has its historic charm and beaches.
Tip, take the opportunity to appreciate the sunset at Jardim do Morro, after all, the best thing about Gaia is that whenever you go to Porto you will always come across the famous landscape of the banks of the Douro with its iconic colorful houses, a living painting by the river.
4. Accommodation in Vila Nova de Gaia
Boeira is a five-star Hilton chain located in an old mansion, right in the centre of Vila Nova Gaia. Despite the distance of about 1 km from the downtown, the hotel offers Hilton quality and easy access to the main sights of Porto.
The Yeatman Hotel is noteworthy for the incredible view that its outdoor area provides, quality services, in addition to the romantic air of the award-winning restaurant overlooking the river. If you could choose a single hotel to stay in Porto, Yeatman would be a sure choice.
4.2 Simple and cosy
Porto Je T’Aime is located near the cellars of Vila Nova Gaia and with easy access to the best sights of Porto. This guesthouse has comfortable private rooms of different sizes and a well-equipped and decorated shared kitchen. Located at the main avenue of Gaia, the metro is just around the corner and if you need to shop, be it groceries, clothes or other items, you will find everything around you.