Things to do in Foz do Douro

Our most recommended things to do in Foz do Douro

Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

1. Porto Card with Transportation (1, 2, 3 or 4 Days)

See the sights of Porto at your own pace with a Porto Card plus transportation, valid for 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. Enjoy up to 150 discounts and benefits, such as free entrance to 6 city museums, 20% off cruises on the Douro River, and a 2-for-1 port wine tasting at Espaco Porto Cruz. The Porto Card is your key to the city, offering price reductions at shows, theme centers, tourist excursions in Porto and north Portugal, restaurants, wine shops, and fashion shops. Created to provide easy access to the city’s sights, the add-on transport offer will help you save money and spend less time searching for spare cash. The following is a short list of some of the benefits you can enjoy: • Free Metro Do Porto (all lines) • Free Bus STCP (all lines) • Free Train CP Porto (Urbanos Valongo, Trofa, Espinho) • 50% of at Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars • Casa Do Infante-Museu (free entry) • Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (free entry) • Casa-Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio (free entry) • Museu Romântico (free entry) • Museu Do Papel-Moeda (free entry) • Museu Do Vinho Do Porto (free entry) • Up to 50% off at the Casa Da Música • 25% off at the Tower + Exhibition Igreja E Torre Dos Clérigos • 50% off at the Museu Da Farmácia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Da Misericórdia Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu De Arte Sacra E Arqueologia • 50% off at the Museu Militar Do Porto • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Da Imprensa • 50% off at the Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis • 50% off at the Museu Das Marionetas • 50% off at the Museu Dos Transportes E Comunicações • 50% off at the Teatro Nacional São João • 35% off at the Catedral (cloisters) • 35% off at the World Of Discoveries, Interactive Museum & Theme Park • 35% off at Paço Episcopal • 30% off at Sea Life Porto • 25% off at the Igreja Monumento S. Francisco • 25% off at the Zoo Santo Inácio (individual tickets only) • 25% off at the Palácio Da Bolsa • 20% off at the Museu De Arte Contemporânea De Serralves • 10% off on Tour FC Porto Museum + Stadium

Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

2. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail along the sparkling Douro river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and red-roofed buildings of the towns of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Let the old-fashioned charm of the Rabelo Boat (old wine transport ship) transport you back in time. Listen as your guide tells you about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, as your boat glides under them. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the sandy beaches of the seafront area Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

3. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

Explore three Portuguese cities in a single day on this guided tour from Lisbon. Learn more about the culture and history of Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra. Discover some of their key locations and points of interest such as Porto's Dom Luis Bridge and the University of Coimbra. Depart early and head to Nazaré. Start with a guided tour of what is possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Nazaré has a unique historic atmosphere and is a place where traditions continue to thrive. Visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become famous because of the giant waves that hit the coast every winter and make it a destination for surfers from all over the world. Walk through O Sitio and admire religious buildings that attract pilgrims from around the globe. Hike toward the summit and check out the medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander through the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Continue to Porto and explore its UNESCO Heritage-listed old town on the picturesque Douro River. Walk through Igreja do Carmen, Estação São Bento, Igreja São Francisco, and Ponte Don Luis on a guided tour. Next, have free time to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch (not included). The third stop is the famous city of Coimbra. Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest in Portugal). Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is one of the key sites in the city. After the visit to Coimbra, return to the center of Lisbon. Your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

4. Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 48 hours, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música, Lello bookshop and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine. Your ticket gives you access to Quinta da Boeira and Caves Poças Junior wine cellars. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 48-hour ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista • Av. Boavista Hotéis • Fundação de Serralves • Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto • Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants • Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal • Matosinhos Beaches • Anémona • Passeio Alegre • Fluvial• Tramcar Museum • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos • Carmo Church • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars • Gaia Quay Caves Cálem • Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars • Largo dos Aviadores • El Corte Inglês • City Hall • Jardim do Morro • Praça da Batalha

Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

5. Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

Explore Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its grounds with your entry ticket. See why the entire landscape and architectural heritage were classified as a National Monument in 2012.  Enjoy different parts of the museum, which consists of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (both designed by the architect Álvaro Siza), Serralves Villa (a unique example of Art Deco architecture), and the 18-hectare Serralves Park, which was recently complemented by the pioneering Treetop Walk: an elevated walkway close to the treetops. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Pritzker Prize winner. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions by leading Portuguese and foreign artists, concerts, dance shows, and performances, among other activities. Enjoy the 18-hectare Serralves Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, is a unique example of Portugal's landscape heritage. It consists of a wide range of spaces: formal gardens, woods, a traditional farm and the Treetop Walk. Try something different with the Treetop Walk — designed by the architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Carlos Castanheira — an elevated walkway in the treetops, which enables impressive observation and study of the biodiversity of Serralves Park. Experience the Manoel de Oliveira House of Cinema, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, which shows off the work of Portugal's most-famed director with exhibitions, film series, and conferences. The Serralves Villa is a unique example of Art Deco architecture with leading European furniture designers such as Émile Jacques Ruhlmann, René Lalique, and Edgar Brandt contributing to the interior of Serralves Villa.

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

6. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Travel by water on a unique cruise through the city of Porto and soak in the beautiful views accompanied by a glass of wine. Pass by the famous Ponte da Arrábida, Douro Ecological Reserve, and more during the journey on a sunset or daytime cruise. Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will begin your round-trip cruise through the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip, you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea. The tour ends back at the meeting point.

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

7. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike on this guided tour. Pass by the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, and more while hearing about the history of the city. You will discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

8. Porto: Historic Center Photo Tour in Ford T Replica

Visit the top landmarks of Porto and snap unforgettable photos as you drive around in early 20th century cars. See the grand Porto cathedral and the Passeio das Virtudes with your knowledgeable driver. Head to Vila Nova de Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry and filled with café terraces and picturesque tiled houses, perfect for a photo. Discover the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, a former monastery set on a hilltop, and take some panoramic pictures of the city. Snap some captivating photos at the Miradouro da Vitória viewpoint. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes about the city from your helpful guide as you tour around one of the oldest cities in Portugal.

Porto: Guided 3-Hour Best of Tour by Segway

9. Porto: Guided 3-Hour Best of Tour by Segway

Explore Porto from the vantage point of a self-balancing Segway on this tour, and glide along historic streets to see the city’s main attractions. After a brief training session on the self-balancing vehicles, follow your guide and head towards the Miragaia neighborhood; location of Porto’s ancient walls. As you tour, your guide will describe Porto’s origin as a pre-Roman settlement, talk about Roman times, and how Portugal was reconquered from the Moors in 868, restoring the city of Portucale. See attractions such as Clérigos Tower, the bell tower of the Baroque Igreja dos Clérigos (Church of the Clergymen); once Portugal’s tallest structure. See the metal span of Dom Luis Bridge over the River Douro, and admire the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral (Sé do Porto), towering over the city’s historical center point.

Porto: Guided Historical Center Tuk Tuk Tour

10. Porto: Guided Historical Center Tuk Tuk Tour

Take a unique exploration of Porto, in which you will be taken to discover a different and charming side of the city. See the Douro River from several fantastic viewpoints in Porto and Gaia, as you get to know the city in a relaxed style. Ride through various places in your charming tuk-tuk, as you hear of stories that this city has to tell in every corner that makes Porto and its people unique. Enjoy the ride with a glass full of Port - a fortified wine that originates from this area. Porto has in the past been nominated 3 times and elected 3 times as the best European destination. The experience offers a unique way to get to know Porto as nobody else will. Discover every nook and cranny, and marvel at the brilliance and splendor of a city that is full of character and passion. Opt to take the tour in the daytime, in the evening, or at sunset, by selecting the relevant option when you book. For the sunset tour, experience the city in a beautiful light - the perfect moment for a glass of Porto with the most astonishing views over the old town. Pick the night option and enjoy a tour of Porto in the evening with fewer people around and less traffic. Alternatively, if you are a cruise ship passenger, choose the 'shore excursion' option to begin the tour at the main gate of Leixões Port. Start the tour by the sea and get to know the historical center of the city, passing first by the Douro river bank.

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What people are saying about Foz do Douro

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We had a great time on the tour & really enjoyed getting to see the city in this way. Our driver was so friendly and engaging as we learned about Porto.

Great experience! We got to spend 3 hours in Porto and were taken to great scenic and historic spots. A must if you are not staying in Porto.

You get to find spots of the city you wouldn’t find. Our guide was excellent and made it an experience tailored for us.

outstanding! I highly recommend to take this on your first or second day to get acclimated to this beautiful city!!

We enjoyed the ride and multi-language narration was great with provided ear buds