Mercado do Bolhão Meet the locals

Our most recommended Mercado do Bolhão Meet the locals

Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

1. Porto: Guided Walking Tour and Lello Bookshop

Learn about the history of Porto as you walk along its medieval streets on a 3-hour guided tour. Discover its most important buildings, visiting monuments dating from the 12th to the 19th century. Admire the Cathedral, Clérigos Church, the São Bento railway station, Aliados Avenue, the Bolhão Market, the Carmo and Carmelitas church, the Lello bookshop and others. See the wooden rabelo boats that have been used for centuries to transport people and goods along the Douro River. Marvel at the interior of the Lello bookshop, often called the most beautiful library in the world.

Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

2. Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

Experience the rhythm of Porto as you explore the city's local eateries and markets on this authentic Porto food tour. Start your morning with a visit to a traditional cafe to have breakfast as the Portuguese do. Afterward, see old shops, taste their fresh products, and visit a charming market to eat Iberian ham, sardines, cheese, and wine from the Northern region of the country. Continue your culinary adventure with a local lunch and have the most typical, yet delicious dish of Porto with drinks included at a bar or restaurant loved by the inhabitants of Porto. This tour takes approximately three hours and visits five different spots, one of which where you'll have the chance to try a succulent green wine. All establishments visited are local and traditional businesses. See iconic places like Liberdade Square and the Mercado do Bolhão along the way.

Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get beneath the skin of Porto, Potugal’s impressive 2nd city, on a half-day walking tour that takes in the most emblematic monuments of the city center, and discovers lesser known attractions. Meet your local guide on Praça dos Leões to see the Bank of Tiles. Then, go to the stunning Igreja do Carmo (Carmelitas Church), part of a 17th-century convent with a classical façade. Stop at the Lello Bookshop, one of the most beautiful book stores in the world, before walking to the Torre dos Clérigos bell tower of the Igreja dos Clérigos. Here, you will also find an Oriental grocery store popular with locals. Get breathtaking city views from the Vitória mirador. Continue along Avenida dos Aliados towards Liberdade Square. On Avenida Santa Catarina, pause to taste a typical Portuguese custard tart in a local coffee shop. Savor the aromas of Bolhão Market, where Porto residents stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Next, wander over to the São Bento Railway Station, where the mosaic walls depict scenes from Portuguese history. Admire views of the Douro River and Sé Cathedral.

Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

4. Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

Explore Porto on a half-day city tour that emphasizes the history of the area. Begin at Pena Ventosa, the birthplace of the city of Porto. Visit the cathedral, built in the 12th century, before continuing to the S. Bento train station. This station is known for its tiles representing important moments of Portugal's history and culture. Next, see the Clérigos Church. Clérigos, built by the famous architect Nasoni, is known for its Classic Renaissance style. As for the Lello, it has a Neo-Gothic facade and remarkable plaster interior. During the tour, you will be given important information regarding several streets and places in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, the Majestic Café, the Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Then continue to visit a few neighborhoods located by the water before heading to a Port wine cellar in Gaia. Learn how this national drink is produced, bottled, sold, and tasted, then enjoy a tasting of your own.

Porto: Food & Culture Walking Tour

5. Porto: Food & Culture Walking Tour

Porto is famous for its tascas—local taverns—and its wines. On this tour, we’ll enjoy the atmosphere of the Bolhão Market learning about the Portuguese gastronomy, visit some of Porto’s best street food stalls, and taste a big variety of regional specialties, accompanied by fine regional wines and beer. We’ll start with the market, where we'll observe where the locals source their food from and taste a few finger snacks. It will be followed by two typical Portuguese taverns, for the most traditional sandwiches and drinks, a wine cellars and something sweet at the end!

Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

6. Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

After collecting at your hotel or accomodation, let's start our half-day private tour at the City Hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the place of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special moments. Admire the famous Lello Bookstore with its magnificent staircase that connects it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookstore inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. In the same area, you will see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view of the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historic center of the city and introduce you to its highlights. Learn about the history of famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand hand-painted tiles illustrating events in Portuguese history. Discover the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Mercado do Bolhão.  Next, find the essence of the river as you reach Ribeira, with the typical Rabelo boats and the well-known Port wine cellars. Above the river, find the unique D. Luis Bridge, 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the largest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are located. Lastly on this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world famous Port wine.

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What people are saying about Mercado do Bolhão

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The tour was excellent as was out guide. She explained much about the history of Porto as well as the various sites we visited along the way starting at the Cathedral and making our way down to the river and then back up into the center of town and ending at the bookstore. All in all it was a very good introduction to Porto and have us a good sense of the city as a start for our visit. I would recommend this tour to anyone new to the city as a way to get oriented.

Ricardo was an excellent tour guide. Gave us many great insights into the history of Porto along with lots of info on food and drink as well. Much appreciated and entertaining on a rainy day in Porto.

Great experience! Started with coffee and move to a host of wonderful food and drinks. Great group and fabulous guide. We are thrilled to have done this

Really great guide and a small group size. I liked that all the places were hidden and unassuming but delicious

Excellent and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.