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Serralves Foundation: Our most recommended tours and activities

Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Optional Cruise & Wine Cellar

1. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Optional Cruise & Wine Cellar

Explore the districts of Porto at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Learn about the sights you see with an included audio guide. Upgrade to include an optional river cruise ticket and/or a visit to port wine cellars. Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, River Douro, and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this ticket, you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia, and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses or a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the historical and cultural significance of producing port wine along with a free wine tasting if you choose the optional upgrade to wine cellars. 

Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

2. Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

Explore the Serralves Foundation’s landscape and architectural heritage including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Serralves Villa the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (Cinema House), and the 18-hectare Serralves Park which is complemented by the pioneering Treetop Walk. 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. Be dazzled by the Serralves Villa, 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. 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. Enjoy the 18-hectare Serralves Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, which 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.

Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

3. Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

See the sights of Porto by bike on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city's memorable monuments. Access areas that other vehicles can't reach and go further than you could on foot. Discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical mouth of the Douro River. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle), get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro.

Porto City Full Day Minibus Tour, Lunch & Wine Tasting

4. Porto City Full Day Minibus Tour, Lunch & Wine Tasting

This guided tour of the city of Porto begins in the historic center, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the São Bento train station, known for its beautiful tiles representing important moments in the history of Portugal, and stop at the Lello bookstore. During the full-day tour you’ll learn about the streets, squares, and sites in the historic center, including the Praça da Batalha, Santa Catarina Street, Majestic Coffee House, Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Later in the morning you’ll visit a port wine cellar, learn how the wine is made, see some of the rarest bottles that currently exist, and enjoy a port wine tasting. Stop for lunch a restaurant in Ribeira, and take in the magnificent views while dining. In the afternoon you’ll see the city from a different perspective on a 1-hour cruise, and you’ll also have a chance to see all of the bridges that connect Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Lastly, you’ll see Boavista, Serralves, and Foz as you travel to Castelo do Queijo, where you’ll take a break, have a snack or drink, or just enjoy the magnificent views of the sea.

Private Porto Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

5. Private Porto Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Porto is the capital and gateway to Northern Portugal. It is the city that provided a nation with a name and a fortified wine known world-wide: port. With its splendid geographical location on the mouth of the Douro River and an architectural heritage of exceptional quality, the historic center of Porto was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.  In addition to its history, any visitor to Porto will be quickly impressed by the forceful character both of the city and its inhabitants. The downtown of Porto is called 'Baixa' where all the rhythms of city life, movement and intense retailing are found. There is a very peculiar expression which bestows a Nordic, mercantile tone onto a city that is both spiritually and intensely baroque. In sharp contrast, in the Serralves Park, there is the sheer modernity of the building housing the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the romantic, soothing surroundings of the surrounding leafy park.

Porto: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Porto: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the Porto Self-Guided Audio Tour, an immersive journey tailored to accommodate your preferences, providing the ultimate freedom and flexibility to explore this enchanting city at your own pace. Set against the backdrop of Porto's rich history, vibrant culture, and captivating myths, our tour invites you to delve into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site, uncovering its architectural marvels and hidden treasures along the way. With our self-guided tour, you hold the reins, allowing you to craft your Porto experience according to your interests and schedule. Whether you're drawn to the ancient alleys of the Ribeira district, the opulent interiors of the Livraria Lello bookstore, or the sweeping views from the Dom Luís I Bridge, you have the autonomy to choose your path and linger at the attractions that intrigue you most. Flexibility is paramount in our approach, ensuring that you have the freedom to explore Porto's landmarks and landmarks at your leisure. Our audio guide serves as your personal storyteller, offering insightful commentary on the city's history, culture, and architectural heritage at each stop. From the iconic São Bento Railway Station to the imposing Sé Cathedral and beyond, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Porto's past while marveling at its present-day charm. Prepare to unravel the myths and legends that have shaped Porto's identity, learning about the customs and traditions that continue to thrive in this vibrant metropolis. With our tour, you'll not only admire the city's architectural splendors but also immerse yourself in its cultural tapestry, discovering hidden gems and lesser-known facts that enrich your Porto experience. Learn more about the top 18 tourist attractions in Porto. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station and then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. São Bento Railway Station 2. Porto Cathedral 3. Church of Santa Clara 4. Ponte de Dom Luís I 5. Douro River 6. Cais da Ribeira 7. Ribeira Square 8. Igreja de São Francisco 9. Palácio da Bolsa 10. Torre dos Clérigos 11. Capela das Almas 12. Igreja do Carmo 13. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal 14. Casa da Música 15. Parque da Cidade 16. Liberdade Square 17. Rua Santa Catarina 18. Museu Serralves So, join us on this captivating exploration of Porto—a city where preferences are honored, freedom is cherished, and flexibility allows you to create memories that will last a lifetime. Embark on a journey of discovery as you uncover the history, culture, and myths that make Porto a truly remarkable destination.

6-Hour Porto by Vespa

7. 6-Hour Porto by Vespa

Touring Oporto by Vespa is the best way you have to know easily the city in just a few hours. We will show you the main interesting places and monuments, such as São Bento Station, Clerigos Tower, the Sé Catedral, Bolhão Market, Lello & Irmão Bookshop, Casa da Música, Serralves Museum, the most typical areas like Ribeira Quay, the historical centre and Oporto downtown. You will appreciate each place accordingly to your own interests, stopping whenever you want to see, listen to resident people, take photos and to rest. Then, you will taste the special Porto wine in the old cellars and enjoy a delicious lunch. You can choose to drive one of our six personalized Vespas: the Nicolau Nasoni , Claes Oldenburg , Rem Koolhaas  , John Carr , Gustav Eiffel , Juan Muñoz , each one representing great architects,engineers and sculptors who designed and built our beautiful bridges, monuments and buildings. This is an amazing experience and you can´t lose it! Imagine you are feeling the true spirit of freedom, driving your Vespa by the riverside or in the large avenues ending in the sea, our  beautiful blue ocean!  

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We left 10 minutes later. There was a lot of wind and it took quite some time. But we really thought the tour was fantastic! Along the beach, we stopped at all the sights where our guide Helio told us everything. On the way back we went through the park of Porto and that was really beautiful. We enjoyed it, thank you!

It was a very positive experience and the tour was wonderful to get to know a part of Porto that would be more complicated on foot. The guide is a charming person, complete and detailed explanations. Thank you very much for everything

The tour to the cellar was very good, and the wine tasting, the bus was very good and punctual. However, we couldn't take the cruise because the buses closed service from 3pm, it was supposed to be until 6pm.

Really very interesting experience, very enriching museum and the park is incredibly large. You will get what you pay for and choose a sunny day.

Really nice garden and museum. If you like modern art, I totally recommend it. It was easy to change the voucher at the entrance, no problems.