Where to Stay in Porto (2024) • 7 AWESOME Neighborhoods + Map!

Aerial view of Porto, Portugal, with the Douro River meandering through the city, flanked by colorful traditional houses and boats cruising along the water

Are you looking for where to stay in Porto? Awesome! 

I live in Portugal and have been to Porto many times (I even stayed there for a couple of months once!). Porto is amazing, and you will get to know the areas of the city after reading this post!

Flash news: the top area for first-timers is Ribeira. It is the oldest part of the city and offers easy access to the rest of Porto.

Below are the 7 best areas to stay in Porto perfect for tourists. Not only will you get to easily understand and choose your best area (based on your interests and budget), but you will also be able to book your ideal place in just a couple of minutes thanks to my guide!

How? I went ahead and compared pretty much all the accommodations out there in Porto and hand-picked the best of the best (based on rating) for each price category, from budget to luxury!

We will also cover some nice beach vacation options around the town, the best apartments, and airport hotels.  

Please keep in mind that Porto is a popular city, so to get good deals and book the hotel of your dreams, you MUST book in advance!

If you are in a hurry

Here are the best places to stay in Porto for every budget in Ribeira, the best area for first-timers:

luxury hotel
A cozy corner in a stylish interior with a blue sofa, modern wooden furniture, and a wall adorned with a collage of colorful framed art
mid-range hotel
Charming bedroom in Porto, Portugal, with a creative headboard made of newspaper clippings, a colorful bench at the foot of the bed, and warm natural light

Eurostars Porto

Best value for money

budget hotel
Riverside terrace in Porto, Portugal, with comfortable outdoor seating overlooking the serene Douro River and the iconic bridges at dusk

Douro View House

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:

Here is a Porto zones map with all the 7 neighborhoods I will be talking about in this post so you can easily visualize them:

Map showing the best areas to stay in Porto, Portugal, with color-coded neighborhoods like Ribeira, Boavista, and Vila Nova de Gaia clearly labeled
  1. Ribeira: for the first time
  2. Baixa/Sé: for shopping
  3. Bonfim: for a local atmosphere
  4. Cedofeita: for nightlife
  5. Vila Nova de Gaia: for wine and beach lovers
  6. Boavista: for families
  7. Foz Do Douro: for a laid-back atmosphere

1. Ribeira – where to stay for the first time

Sunset view of Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto, Portugal, with its terraced houses and historic buildings cascading down to the Douro River's edge

Ribeira is definitely the top area for first-timers and history lovers. Its central location makes it the perfect place for exploring Porto!

This district is historical and picturesque with its colorful houses, mostly flat and narrow medieval streets, stunning historic buildings and landmarks, and scenic views of the Douro River you can catch at Cais de Ribeira.

Some sights you cannot miss during your stay are the exposed stone walls of Porto Cathedral (map). You can also walk the 14th-century Fernandina Walls of Porto – from here, the views of the Luis I Bridge and Douro River are iconic!

Ribeira Square was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, so it’s a must on your visit to the city!

Bolsa Palace is a must-see!!! It was built in the 19th century and has marvelous architecture. Afterward, relax and get lost around the beautiful narrow streets of Porto and enjoy a coffee on a terrace like a local would!

If you wish, you can also go uphill to a fantastic viewpoint from Elevador de Lada in Ribeira. It just takes a couple of minutes, and you’ll be whizzed up the hill for gorgeous vistas of Porto for free!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: a bedroom with a unique multicolored tile wall, a sophisticated hotel lobby adorned with black and white photographs, and a vibrant street view of traditional Portuguese architecture

For celebrity treatment, don’t miss out on Pestana Porto! It’s walking distance to Porto’s main sights and just a few steps from a metro station. There’s a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar – you’ll have the time of your life here!

Other accommodation options in Ribeira

A modern and minimalist hotel room in Porto, Portugal, with a white upholstered bed, grey accents, and natural light flowing in through large windows

A nice place to stay in Ribeira. Near São Bento train station. The spacious rooms have amazing city views

Cozy apartment living space in Porto featuring a mustard yellow sofa, exposed stone wall, and abstract art, blending rustic charm with modern design

One of the best cheap Porto hotels, it offers homey, airy rooms- perfect for those looking for boutique hotels

Contemporary living room with a comfortable navy blue couch, eclectic decor, and bright natural light in Porto, Portugal

Beautiful Airbnb that has stylish rooms and a great location in Ribeira. Porto’s famous restaurants are just around the corner

If you need another luxury hotel in the area, I recommend checking out Gran Cruz House! It’s right in the heart of the neighborhood, and you can enjoy a drink on the gorgeous terrace.

Things to do in Ribeira

  • Admire Luis I bridge at night when it’s lit up
  • Be amazed by Bolsa Palace’s beauty 
  • Take a boat tour over Douro river
  • See the exquisite Porto Cathedral 
  • Hang out in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ribeira Square
  • Catch a sunset at Miradouro da Vitória

2. Baixa/Sé – best place to stay for shopping

Looking up at the ornate Clérigos Tower in Porto, Portugal, with traditional Portuguese tiled facades of surrounding buildings framing the sky

If you are looking for central neighborhoods, it doesn’t get more central than Baixa and its neighboring area, Sé! It is the heart and pulse of the city

Centro Baixa and Sé have so much more to offer! First, it is home to landmarks, such as Porto Town Hall. The building dates from the 1900s, and you can visit it for free!! 

Check out the Church of Saint Ildefonso (map), a unique 18th-century church with blue and white tiles located in Batalha Square. PRO TIP: Take the Funicular dos Guindais from Batalha Station to Ribeira waterfront; make sure you can pay the €3,5 ride fee in cash!

Porto had a different name during the Roman times! Back then, the city was known as Portus Cale.

Rua Santa Catarina, located in the Bolhão zone in Baixa, is the place to go if you want to shop for famous brands and cute boutiques. It’s also a great place to treat yourself to a traditional Francesinha, Brasão Coliseu has the best ones in town!

By the way, this area nestles the beautiful São Bento Station (map) – a train station that looks like an art museum! Even if you have no trains to catch, just come inside, it is so pretty!

A great factor about staying in this district is that you’ve got easy access to the rest of the cool areas in the city. You’ll have Ribeira and its waterfront and Cedofeita within a 10-minute walk!After you shop ‘til you drop, you can head over to one of the many Portuguese-style pubs in the area, have a local beer, and enjoy the vibes! For more activities, don’t forget to check out our piece for the coolest things to do in Porto during your stay!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto, Portugal: an elegant work desk with a vintage-inspired blue lamp and vase, a spacious bedroom with striped bedding and modern hanging lights, and a stylish seating area with patterned rugs and mid-century chairs.

This modern hotel has a unique, vibrant atmosphere, with all the main attractions just a few minutes away! One of its nicest features is the lovely terrace. It offers huge rooms, for example, the suite.

Other accommodation options in Centro-Baixa

Rooftop terrace in Porto with white chairs set against a backdrop of unique architectural roof tiles and panoramic views of the city

Incredible stylish hotel set in an 1880 building! The rooms are luxurious, and the rooftop terrace has a great view

Twin beds in a simple, clean hotel room with beige tones and subtle decorations, offering a peaceful stay in Porto, Portugal

This centrally located hotel is an easy walking distance of Porto’s main sights, plus the metro station is a 2-minute walk

Bright and airy living space with tall windows, wooden floors, and a mix of modern and vintage furniture in Porto, Portugal

Within walking distance to Porto’s famous restaurants and shops, this Airbnb has rooms with great decoration and a garden

Things to do in Centro-Baixa

  • Have a pastel de nata at Majestic Café
  • Go shopping at Mercado do Bolhão and Rua de Santa Catarina
  • Be amazed by the beautiful 1900s Town Hall
  • Check out the beautiful tiles in Chapel of Souls (map) and Church of Saint Ildefonso facade

3. Bonfim – where to stay for a local atmosphere

The iconic Church of Bonfim in Porto, Portugal, stands majestically with its twin bell towers overlooking a spacious paved square

Bonfim is usually an area that gets overlooked since it doesn’t nestle the most famous tourist attractions. But honestly, it is a gem of an area. Here, you can experience authentic local life and this is where I stayed as well!

The neighborhood is east from Baixa and extends to the waterfront. It is only a 10-minute car drive away from the city center and a 20-minute ride by public transport. This is such a deal knowing that accommodation here is usually cheaper since it is not touristy!

Just like the rest of Porto, Bonfim is also home to a beautiful Cathedral. The Church of The Lord of Bonfim (map) features a unique neoclassical style. Believe me when I tell you it will CHARM you!

One of the musts in the area is the Miradouro das Fontainhas (map). The views from this lookout are super romantic! Once you are in the area, don’t miss Lavadouro das Fontaínhas, a historical site with cultural significance where locals used to wash their clothes in the 1900s!

Bonfim has a special vibe, without a doubt. You can find locals that lived there their entire lives and new artsy residents who move in while Bonfim slowly gets gentrified. And that explains the amount of cool, especially cafés and breweries in the area. 

I suggest you stop by Dona Mira, you will feel like you are in someone’s cozy and arty living room filled with books you can borrow. The grilled cheese croissant is a hit! 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: a tranquil garden setting for relaxation, a traditional bedroom with floral wallpaper and vintage furniture, and an elegant billiards room for entertainment

Stay in a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Bonfim! The decor and style is fantastic, you will feel like you are in a cute Victorian cottage! The rooms are cozy and spacious with a unique old-world vibe. The complimentary breakfast is super fresh and abundant!

Other accommodation options in Bonfim

Elegant hotel lounge in Porto with plush sofas, designer lighting, and an open concept layout that exudes a luxurious and welcoming ambiance

Cute accommodation located in the heart of Bonfim, and just a short walk away from all the city’s main attractions

Contemporary bedroom in Porto with a backlit bed, sleek furnishings, and a cozy grey color scheme for a relaxing retreat

Amazing and clean budget hostel. It has everything you need for a comfy stay. Opt for private or shared rooms!

Spacious and bright living room in a Porto apartment with classic French windows, a large grey sofa, and a dining area that marries modern comfort with traditional elegance

Stunning 1 bedroom apartment with room for 4 guests. The property is super trendy and comes with balconies with views

Things to do in Bonfim

  • Have a coffee and a treat at O Porto dos gatos, a cat café
  • Admire unique views at Miradouro das Fontainhas
  • Visit Casa São Roque, a cute art center
  • Admire the stunning Church of The Lord of Bonfim

4. Cedofeita – easy access to Porto’s trendy nightlife

Ancient Romanesque church in Porto, Portugal, with a well-preserved stone facade and a towering belfry against a clear blue sky

If you are looking to stay in Porto’s art district, then you need to stay in Cedofeita! 

The area is super central, only a 10 minute walk to central areas like Ribeira and Baixa and its main attractions. It has a unique local and artsy feel, and it’s the main nightlife hub!

The area is filled with hip cafés and cool art galleries where you can purchase pieces from emerging artists! Rua de Miguel Bombarda is the main hub to find all these cute spots, I suggest you stop by Ó! Gallery and buy unique illustrations on that street!

Did you know you can climb the iconic Torre Dos Clérigos, which are part of Church Dos Clérigos? The views from there are unique, and you can even opt for a night visit! The beautiful area of Miragaia is only a 5 minute walk from here, and absolutely worth a visit to see its traditional houses!

If you love old bookstores then Livraria Lello is the place for you! It features a beautiful wooden structure and staircase and a unique vitraux ceiling from 1906 that, rumor has it, inspired J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts school in Harry Potter! 

The ticket is 8EUR and you have to buy it beforehand online with a timeslot reserved (trust me it is better this way, before they used to have horrible lines to enter and the payment was in a separate place to add to the confusion). 

In Cedofeita, you can find everything from famous sights to amazing restaurants and boutique stores. It’s definitely a great place for those looking to discover the city’s nightlife. 

Some of the district’s best nightlife can be found in the streets of Galeria de Paris, and Rua do Almada. I suggest you go to the trendy Fabrik Bar for an epic night out!

If you are into art and want to stay in the ultimate art district, Cedofeita is what you are looking for, and you will also be within walking distance of downtown Porto!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: a traditional red facade of a Portuguese building, a contemporary bedroom with chic furnishings, and a rooftop pool providing panoramic views of the city's landscape

This beautiful hotel features a swimming pool where you can see the amazing view of the compact city of Porto, a chic bar with a great selection of drinks, and a fabulous breakfast. The romantic hotel rooms have a very artsy vibe, and private parking is available, too.

Other accommodation options in Cedofeita

A classic white building in Porto with red tiled roofs and a beautifully landscaped front garden, showcasing traditional Portuguese architecture

How fantastic is this hotel! It looks like a state house and features unique river views

Creative workspace in Porto, Portugal, featuring a large wooden desk, vibrant mural art, and eclectic decor under a translucent ceiling

This hotel has a nice interior design and is located in an artsy part of the city. Porto’s main sights are a few minutes walk

Bright and airy bedroom in Porto with a minimalist design, wooden headboard, crisp white bedding, and a balcony overlooking the city

This Airbnb has a spacious room and an amazing terrace with a view. A very nice place to stay in Porto, close to the city center

Things to do in Cedofeita

5. Vila Nova de Gaia – the best area for wine and beach lovers

Aerial view of Porto's historic district with terracotta rooftops, the Douro River, and traditional Rabelo boats, under a cloud-dotted sky

Vila Nova de Gaia is its own world! It is located across the Douro River, part of Porto Municipality, but it’s its own city! 

This city is known to be where Porto wine was created and the home of hundreds of Port cellars you can visit during your stay. One of the best is Cockburn’s, where you can take a tour and learn all about the creation of Port!

But there is more than wine in the area. In Vila Nova de Gaia, you can find the most delicious restaurants and beautiful beaches, besides some landmarks! 

One of the most iconic beaches in the area is Praia da Madalena (map). Sunbathe and go for a swim, or enjoy a summery drink at its many beachfront bars!

Did you know port wine was actually invented by the English? They added brandy to the original wine so that it could survive the trip on a boat from Douro to England!

If you want to visit historical landmarks, you can visit Monasterio da Serra do Pilar. For the rest of them, you’ll have to cross the Luis I bridge to Porto. But while you are there, check out the Serra do Pilar viewpoint too (map)!

You should definitely go to Jardim do Morro for a picnic, this park is quite inclined so you will have unspoiled views of the city and river! Afterward, you could hop in the Teléferico de Gaia, a cable car that takes you from Jardim do Morro Station to Cais the Gaia Station (6€ single/9€ round trip)!  

For a traditional meal in a cozy ambiance, I suggest you go to Barris do Douro, which features incredible river views. I recommend you try the daily menu. It changes every day, and it is super fresh!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel scenes in Porto, Portugal: a luxurious suite with plush red sofas and a panoramic balcony view, an elegant bedroom with large windows overlooking the city, and a rooftop pool with loungers offering scenic views of Porto's riverside architecture

This is one of the best luxury hotels in the city! It comes with a beautiful rooftop terrace with stunning views of the separate city of Porto. Select rooms come with a private terrace with views.

Other accommodation options in Vila Nova de Gaia

Minimalist studio apartment in Porto with a clean design, featuring a flat-screen TV, simple wooden dining furniture, and a potted plant for a touch of greenery

This incredible property offers spacious apartments with kitchens. Ideal accommodation for a homey vibe!

Modest yet elegant hotel room in Porto, Portugal, with a plush headboard, soft lighting, and neutral tones creating a tranquil atmosphere

This nice hostel has beautifully decorated, clean rooms. Easy walking distance to Clérigos Tower and the metro

Modern living room with comfortable seating, vibrant wall art, and sleek decor in a Porto accommodation

Fully equipped Airbnb, which offers a comfortable stay and has easy access to Porto’s top sights

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

  • Join a wine-tasting tour and discover Port wine cellars
  • Have a walk along the River Douro at Cais de Gaia 
  • Head to Praia da Madalena for beach time
  • Visit Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar

6. Boavista – where to stay in Porto for families

Monumental column of Porto, Portugal, soaring high with intricate sculptures at its base, set in a park with autumnal trees

Boavista is the city’s most luxurious neighborhood. It is a lovely residential area with a lively avenue that features upscale stores and restaurants.

This area is quiet and one of the safest neighborhoods in Porto, Portugal. It is super near the city center and its attractions, making it perfect for families with kids!

Boavista is also known as a business district and is more modern than the other zones I am recommending. 

Don’t forget to visit Casa da Música during your stay. The architecture is exquisite, and apart from concerts, they feature events for both kids and adults!

Boavista is home to Porto’s longest avenue, Avenida de Boavista, which is 5.5 km (~3.4 mi) long!

Don’t leave the city without discovering everything Serralves Park has to offer. It is home to art museums, including the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum. The park even has a treetop walk, which will charm the whole family!

If you love visiting local markets, Mercado Bom Sucesso in Boavista will deliver for you! This upscale indoor market is filled with nice street food shops and local fresh produce! Avenue Boavista nestles hundreds of restaurants and high-end shops if you want something different!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: a modern bedroom with minimalist aesthetics, a high-rise hotel lounge with panoramic city views, and a vibrant living space with eclectic shelving and colorful seating arrangements

Features unbeatable views of central Porto, in the heart of Boavista. This luxurious hotel comes with an indoor swimming pool, a spa center, and an optional breakfast. Select rooms come with views and bathtubs.

Other accommodation options in Boavista 

Modern hotel lobby in Porto with curvaceous dark grey sofas, round mirrors, and striking orange accents creating a chic and contemporary atmosphere

Chic and trendy hotel in Boavista. It comes with family-friendly rooms, and room service

Simplistic hotel bedroom in Porto featuring a geometric wood-paneled headboard and ambient lighting

Offering breakfast and clean rooms, this hotel is a 10 minutes walk to the city center 

Cozy private terrace in Porto with wicker furniture and potted plants, providing an urban oasis alongside parked bicycles.

This Airbnb has an amazing terrace with a city view and offers free bikes. Restaurants are just a few minutes walk too

Things to do in Boavista

7. Foz Do Douro – where to stay for a laid-back atmosphere

The historic Farolim de Felgueiras lighthouse in Porto, standing resilient against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean

Foz do Douro is the perfect place for those looking for a relaxed yet luxurious beach vacation in Porto. 

This picturesque area is located only a 15-minute car drive and a 30-minute public transport ride to Porto’s main attractions, but to be honest, you will be spoiled with activities in Foz do Douro.

The area used to be popular back in the day amongst wealthy people and fishermen. Nowadays, you can find beautiful mansions, top-class restaurants, beautiful beaches, vast ocean views, and boutique stores.

Some of the most outstanding beaches in the area are Praia da Luz, and Praia do Carneiro. If you are near the latest, check out the Fortaleza de São João da Foz, a 17th-century fortress you can visit for free. 

Right behind the São João da Foz fortress you can find the lovely Jardim do Passeio Alegre. A great place for a picturesque walk, and if you feel like it you can also have a session at the Clube de Minigolfe do Porto (map), a mini golf course!

By the way, don’t forget to snap an instagrammable photo of Farolim de Felgueiras, a cute granite lighthouse from the 19th century!

If you are a foodie, you need to visit Cafeína, a Michelin-star restaurant – a unique place to surprise someone special if you are on a romantic getaway! (Since it is super popular, it is better to reserve a table here).

For something more casual, you can visit Mercado da Foz do Douro, a lovely market with flower stands, fresh produce, and eateries! Afterward, go for a scenic walk at Pérgola da Nevogilde (map), a beautiful esplanade by the ocean. It will feel like a movie!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: a cozy bedroom with a large bed and abstract blue artwork, a well-lit work desk with a classic mid-century modern vibe, and a comfortable living space with a plush blue couch and contemporary decor

Relax like no other in this beautiful 2 bedroom apartment located by the beachfront! This accommodation presents the perfect setting for a memorable vacation in Porto! The apartment is super stylish and comes with a double bed and a sofa bed. The laundry machine is a great plus!

Other accommodation options in Foz Do Douro 

A quaint outdoor patio at The Foz Garden Studio in Porto with wooden decking, surrounded by planters and cozy lounge chairs, ideal for relaxation

Bright and modern apartment steps away from the waterfront. It comes with a furnished balcony and hosts 3 guests

A minimalist and stylish bedroom at Monsenhor52 in Porto, displaying a clean design with a plush blue headboard and crisp white linens

Enjoy value for money at this budget hotel. Rooms are trendy and come with everything you need for a perfect stay

An inviting living area in a Porto townhouse, featuring a plush olive green sofa with yellow cushions, a decorative rug, and a large botanical art piece

Cute airbnb with wooden interiors and a stunning sun terrace where you can relax with your fellow guest!

Things to do in Foz Do Douro

👑 Luxury price:€170
💵 Mid-range hotel:€90
🛏️ Budget:€50
📍 Best area:Ribeira
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Pestana Porto
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Eurostars Porto
👛 Best budget hotel:Douro View House

BONUS 1: Best apartments to stay in Porto

A picturesque view of Porto's colorful houses stacked along the hillside

If you want to have a bit more privacy during your stay in Porto, I have for you 4 incredible apartment options in the city! 

If you’re staying in Porto for a week or so or traveling with a family, an apartment is a great option.

  • Aparthotel Oporto Alves da Veiga – this cool hotel offers apartments that can host from 1 to 6 guests! It’s a great option for friends and families traveling in big groups. The property comes with an outdoor swimming pool and private parking. Located in the middle of Baixa.
  • Downtown Porto Mouzinho Studio Apts – this studio apartment offers great value for money! The studio is super simple but has everything you need for a comfy stay. It can host 2 guests, and it is located in the heart of Ribeira. You will have all the main attractions and traditional restaurants outside your door!
  • Award-winning loft design – this loft is a short walk away from all the city’s main attractions and the riverfront. The property has a trendy and artsy interior. It is super spacious and can host up to 2 guests. The view from the balcony is stunning!
  • Historic Center Porto – Passeio das Cardosas – this stunning property is located in Baixa, only a 5-minute walk to Porto Cathedral. The apartment comes with a beautiful balcony and enough space for 2 guests. It has a nice romantic vibe and setting, making it great for couples!

BONUS 2: Where to stay on the beach around Porto

Surfers and beachgoers enjoy the sandy shores near Porto, with the city's seaside architecture in the background and waves rolling in from the Atlantic

If you are looking for the perfect beach town near Porto, I have a great recommendation for you: Matosinhos!

Matosinhos is a vibrant beach town located roughly a 20 or 40-minute ride away, depending on your means of transport to Porto. It is a great choice for a) those looking for a beach holiday near the city and b) those who have stayed in Porto before and want to spice things up!

This beautiful town nestles the paradise Matosinhos Beach, where you can surf and sunbathe! Don’t forget to check out the eclectic sculpture made out of fishing nets She Changes (map) when you are there!

If you want to experience the local way of life, visit the Mercado Municipal de Matosinhos and buy fresh produce or try out street food!

By the way, here you can visit the beautiful 17th-century fortress Castelo de Queijo (Forte de São Francisco Xavier) for only €0,50 to pay onsite. The fortress comes with a nice restaurant with views. 

Another must-see in the area is the Parish Church of Matosinhos, built in the 18th century. The facade and garden, as well as its interior design, will leave you speechless!

The area is also great for shopping, I highly suggest you check out NorteShopping for a shopping spree.

Without further ado, check out the amazing accommodation in this cute beach town! 

A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Porto: an inviting bedroom with a rustic wooden headboard, a vibrant lounge with a mustard yellow couch and modern mirror, and an expansive indoor pool area with clear blue water and a relaxing atmosphere
  • Luxury (from €150): Eurostars Matosinhos – What an incredible luxurious hotel! This property offers a beautiful indoor swimming pool with a glass ceiling and an amazing spa center with a sauna! Opt for complimentary breakfast service and rooms with a bathtub when booking!
  • Mid-Range (from €80 to €150): Four Points by Sheraton Matosinhos – If you are looking for a trendy and hip hotel, this accommodation will charm you! Rooms are spacious, and most of them come with a kitchenette and a view! Use the bike rental service to discover the area and go to the sandy beach!
  • Budget (up to €80): Caruma Surf Hostel & Suites – This hostel is stunning! The decor and ambiance are worth 5 stars! You can opt to stay in shared rooms or private rooms with shared or private bathrooms. The location is extremely central, steps away from restaurants and bars, as well as the beachfront!

BONUS 3: Best lodging near the airport in Porto

A bustling scene at Porto's airport check-in area, with travelers queuing at the counters beneath the modern, airy architecture of the terminal

If you have a long layover in Porto and you need to find accommodation near Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, I’ve got you, fam!

I have 3 amazing hotel options so the night before your flight, you can unwind and have a trouble-free trip!

  • Luxury (from € 100): Oporto Airport & Business Hotel –  This wonderful hotel is located 0.5 miles (1 km) away from the airport. Plus, it offers a complimentary shuttle service for those early flights! Opt for a complimentary breakfast and take off with a full belly. If you need to relax the day before your flight, the rooftop pool is ideal for you!
  • Mid-Range (from €70 to €100): Hotel 3K Porto Aeroporto – Relax in this beautiful hotel situated only a 10 minute drive away from the airport. The hotel staff can gladly book a taxi for you, or you can take public transport! Rooms are spacious and comfortable, some of them come with balconies with views!
  • Budget (up to €70): B&B HOTEL Porto Expo Aeroporto – What a cute bed and breakfast! It is super modern and it features a cozy pastel color theme! The hotel is 10 minutes away by public transport but it is possible to arrange a shuttle service with the hotel! I highly recommend booking a room with the breakfast option!

Frequently asked questions about Porto

The iconic blue 'Porto.' sign in front of the ornate City Hall in Avenida dos Aliados, Porto, with the writer of the article sitting in the letter 'O', under a cloudy sky

🏡 What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Porto?

If you are visiting Porto for the first time, the best neighborhood to stay in is Ribeira due to its proximity to the main sights. Pestana Porto and Eurostars Porto are the best hotels here.

🌟 What is the best luxury hotel in Porto? 

Located in Centro Baixa, Pestana Vintage Porto is the best luxury hotel where to sleep in Porto.

🤔 Is Porto Portugal worth visiting?

Porto is definitely worth visiting with its picturesque buildings, great culture, and amazing wine and food scene.

💰 Is Porto expensive to eat and drink?

Porto is not an expensive city to eat and drink. In fact, it is one of the most affordable tourist destinations in Europe! 

💡 Is it better to stay in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia?

It really depends on your preferences. If you want to explore beaches and discover the secrets behind winemaking, Vila Nova de Gaia is best for you. For historical landmarks and a bigger city vibe, Porto is better. Either way, these cities are super close to each other!

🌊 Which side of the river should you stay in Porto?

Porto is on the northern side of the Douro River, and it is great for all the history lovers out there. On the southern side, you have Vila Nova de Gaia, a city known for traditional Porto wine: Port.

🚶 Is Porto a walkable city?

Yes! Porto is super walkable, and I personally recommend you do so! This city is filled with cute cobblestone streets worth discovering. Also, the city is quite compact!

⛔ Where NOT to stay in Porto?

Some Porto areas to avoid are Bairro do Aleixo and Bairro do Cerco. These zones are known to be drug trafficking areas. Sometimes, there are altercations with the police or people from the area, which can escalate quickly. So be cautious and avoid them.

🗓️ How many days is enough to see Porto?

If you are looking to see most of the historical landmarks in the city, I suggest you stay at least 3 days. Especially if you want to discover Vila Nova de Gaia properly.


The writer of the post gazes out over the historic Ribeira district of Porto, with the Douro River and Dom Luís I Bridge in the background on an overcast day.

That is all for today, I hope you liked the city as much as I like it now! Those were the coolest areas where to stay in Porto, plus the best hotels and apartments in the city.

All the hotels I am recommending are top-notch, but if I had to choose my top 2 options, I would go with:

  • Gran Cruz House – that balcony with river views looks like a mirage! And the rooms are so luxurious!
  • Villa Teresa – I would love to stay in an upscale apartment in Vila Nova de Gaia with views of Porto. Such a unique experience!

Porto is one of the most popular cities in Portugal. You have to book in advance in order to get good deals and book the hotel room of your dreams!

Which one of these best neighborhoods to stay in Porto do you like the most? Let me know in the comments, and if you have any questions, ask away!

Enjoy your time in Porto, 


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  1. Jennifer 28.03.2022 at 19:33
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