The Essential Free Tour of Porto

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian
Guru: Take
Quality Verified Registered on February 19, 2020

Take is a small local free tour company that wants to show its cities to the world. We have a team of talented and passionate guides who want to show you the nooks and crannies, secrets and stories of our unforgettable city. Come and discover Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Guimarães and all the charms and charisma of Portugal. Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor since 2018.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Embark on the Essential Porto Free Tour, a journey that weaves through the fabric of time, revealing the soul of Porto in a tapestry of stories, architecture, and vistas that leave an indelible mark on the heart. This narrative is not just a guide; it's an invitation to wander, to discover, and to fall in love with a city that thrives on its past and pulses with the vibrancy of the present.

Every Porto Free Walking Tour provides a unique adventure. The featured stops listed can differ due to the tour guide's decision and circumstances such as weather or ongoing events in the area. Should you have a particular interest in any highlight, it's advisable to speak with your guide before the tour commences to confirm its inclusion in that day's route.

Hall and Avenida dos Aliados
Your adventure begins at the Hall and Avenida dos Aliados, where the essence of Porto's storied past and its ascent as a commercial powerhouse unfolds. As you stroll down this iconic boulevard, encased in breathtaking architecture, each building whispers tales of ambition, conflict, and triumph. Here, amidst the grandeur, you'll unravel the mysteries of the liberal wars and the enigma of King Pedro IV's heart enshrined in his statue—a testament to the city's enduring spirit.

Literary Magic and Academic Traditions
The world-renowned Bookstore Lello, or Livraria Lello, awaits with its spiraling staircases and stained-glass skylight—a sanctuary of literary magic where the echoes of a famous young wizard linger amidst the shelves. But the enchantment doesn't end here; the nearby University of Porto, with its hallowed halls and rich academic heritage, stands as a beacon of knowledge and tradition, inviting you to explore the intellect that shapes the city's soul.

Architectural Wonders
Next, marvel at the Churches of Carmo and Carmelitas, where azulejos tiles paint narratives of faith and the curious tale of Porto's narrowest house. Ascend the Clérigos Tower, a baroque marvel, and delve into the legacy of Nicolau Nasoni, whose visionary artistry gifted Porto with one of its most iconic silhouettes.

Panoramic Views and Hidden Histories
The journey leads to the Vitória Viewpoint, where panoramic vistas unfold like a living canvas, telling untold stories of Porto's Jewish heritage, secret synagogues, and the birth of the world-renowned Port Wine. This vista is not merely a view; it's a window to the soul of Porto, revealing layers of history and tradition that have shaped this enchanting city.

Cultural Tapestry
Wander down Flores Street, where the vibrancy of Porto's culture comes alive in the anecdotes and expressions shared by your guide—a mosaic of life in vivid colors. The São Bento Train Station, with its exquisite tile panels, unfolds Portugal's history in an artful narrative, capturing the essence of the nation's journey through time.

Cathedral of Porto and Ribeira District
At the heart of Porto's UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral of Porto stands as a monument to resilience and faith, echoing the tales of the Liberal Wars and the king whose heart remains intertwined with the city's destiny. Descend to the Ribeira district, where the ancient neighborhood of Barredo whispers secrets of the past, each cobblestone a testament to the lives and loves that have coursed through its veins.

The Essential Porto Free Tour is more than a walk through the city; it's a passage through time, a dance with history, and a song of culture and tradition. It's an experience designed not just to show you Porto but to immerse you in its essence, to feel its heartbeat and to understand its soul.

This tour beckons to those who seek not just to see but to experience, to not just learn but to connect. With every step, Porto reveals itself not just as a city but as a living, breathing entity, rich in history and brimming with stories waiting to be told. From the grand avenues to the hidden nooks, from the soaring towers to the tranquil viewpoints, Porto invites you to discover its secrets, to hear its tales, and to be moved by its beauty.

So, to the intrepid traveler, the curious explorer, and the lover of stories, the Essential Porto Free Tour awaits. It promises not just an exploration of Porto's landmarks but a journey into the heart of the city, where every corner has a story, every street has a melody, and every moment is an invitation to fall in love with Porto. Let this tour be your guide, your muse, and your doorway to the timeless charm of Porto, a city that captures the imagination and enchants the soul.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Praça do Município, Praça Gen. Humber...
    Praça do Município, Praça Gen. Humberto Delgado 269, 4000-286 Porto, Portugal
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    Next to the Monument to Garrett right in front of Porto’s City Hall. Look for the dark blue umbrellas. This beautiful sculpture is really close to City Hall at the top of Aliados.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Ayuntamiento de Oporto
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Libreria Lello
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Iglesia dos Carmelitas
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Torre dos Clérigos
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Miradouro da Vitória
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Rua das Flores
  • 7
    Free admission
    Estación de São Bento
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Catedral de Oporto

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Cheryl 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
We really enjoyed our tour with Jaime, he was very informative and full of local and historical information about Porto.
Leonie 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Diogo war der beste Guide den wir je hatten und wahrscheinlich die beste Walking Tour die wir je hatten. Diogo spricht ein sehr deutliches, perfektes Englisch, er ist super freundlich, sympathisch und witzig. Er übermittelt uns interessante Einblicke in die Geschichte Portugals und Insider Tipp zu Porto selbst. Ein Highlight sind seine persönlichen Anekdoten und familiären Bezüge. Wir geben Ihm 10 Sterne und können Ihn als Guide und seine Tour nur wärmstens empfehlen.
daniela 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in family - Jun 2024
Sara racconta con passione eventi politici e storici della città
Ana Ruiz 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Best tour ever!

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Simón es un excelente guía, te hace el recorrido bastante entretenido
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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