Alternative Porto Free Tour
When: Thu to Mon
Language: English & Spanish
Duration: 2,5 hours
Due to the current situation, this tour has been suspended until further notice.
Join our Alternative Porto Free Tour and soak in its marvelous culture as you penetrate into the guts, the heart, and the soul of the capital of the north: “the Ancient, very Noble, always Loyal and Undefeated city of Porto”. Visit with us the highlights which form an old town of outstanding beauty. Admire the São Bento train station. Named one of the most beautiful stations in the world year after year, you will be amazed by the over 20.000 blue and white tiles that depict Portugal’s history, which artist Jorge Colaço took over a decade to place. Let yourself go into the currents of the river and the winds of the Atlantic Ocean as we visit Porto’s most famous market, the Mercado do Bolhão. Although under serious renovations, there are many stories and anecdotes to be told that will reveal the great spirit of this city. Just in front of the market stands one of Porto’s oldest stores, the Pérola do Bolhão. The story of its founder is the story of every Tripeiro and the pulse and energy of Porto.
As we approach the end of the tour, there’s still time to visit the very heart of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Porto cathedral. This is yet another wonderful example of how the history of a monument and the city are absolutely intertwined. On our Alternative Porto Free Tour, we could not forget the Café Majestic, Porto’s finest example of Art Nouveau architecture and the biggest rival to the Clérigos church, the church of Santo Ildefonso with its 11.000 panels of blue tiles that remember the São Bento train station by no accident, the author Jorge Colaço is the same. This tour will be operated by our local partners in Porto.
Sao Bento Train Station
Vimara Peres Statue
Saint Ildefonso Church
Luis I Bridge
Santa Catarina District
Ave. Aliados, next to the Garrett Monument, just in front of the Porto City Hall. (See map)
The Alternative Porto Free Tour runs from Thursday to Monday at 15.00 from Ave. Aliados, next to the Garrett Monument, just in front of the Porto City Hall. No tours on the 24/12, 31/12, 23/06 in the afternoon and 25/12, 01/01 and 24/06 all day.
In an effort to keep the group sizes manageable and enjoyable for everyone in the group we don’t allow groups of 8 people or more to join the regular tours. For larger groups, please contact us previously.
The Alternative Porto Free Tour lasts around 2.5-3hrs.
Yes we will be there rain, hail or shine. Just make sure to have suitable clothing and consider bringing an umbrella if necessary.
Go to the meeting point and look for the guide carrying a blue umbrella. If you have any problems please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the high demand of the tours you can only join the tour if you have made a reservation. So please make a reservation: it is absolutely free, it takes less than one minute. Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on the regular tours, for larger groups, please contact us previously.
We believe that everyone, no matter their budget, should be able to experience and enjoy what Porto has to offer. We also believe that the price of the tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it. Therefore, our tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis. So at the end of the tour everyone can choose to contribute with what they thought it was worth. Our Tour Guides work for tips only and receive no other compensation for running the tour.
The Alternative Porto Free Tour ends at Serra do Pilar Viewpoint (across the Dom Luís Bridge).