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Mercado do Bolhão: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

3. Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, and learn its rich and diverse history, from the 4th century when Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula, to its modern day renaissance. Start by exploring the "Bairro da Sé," to discover the heart of Porto's roots in the Ribeira. Admire the traditional architecture that earned the city status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and wander past historic store fronts and ancient plazas that were built over Roman ruins. After immersing yourself in Porto's history and local culture, visit one of its most famous wine cellars. Located in the historic heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia, it’s here that you can enjoy the chance to sample some of Portugal’s world renowned wines from age-old vineyards.

Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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 City Private Minivan Tour

6. Porto City Private Minivan Tour

Meet at the city hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the location of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special times. Admire the famous Lello Bookshop with its magnificent staircase linking it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookshop inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's book series Harry Potter. In the same area, see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view over the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historical city center and introduce you to its highlights. Get to know the history of the famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand tiles painted by hand illustrating the events of Portuguese history. Explore the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Bolhão Market.  Finally, find the river essence 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, at 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the biggest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are. On this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world-famous Porto wine.

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What people are saying about Mercado do Bolhão

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 274 reviews

This is a not-to-be-missed experience! Our guide, John Maximus, was amazingly brilliant. His depth of knowledge, not just of food, but also of the history of Portugal and Porto is just so good. We were taken to small eateries and also ‘old’ places that tourists wouldn’t really have a chance of finding themselves. The food we ate was fantastic and plentiful. Despite everything we experienced, it was all done at a relaxed pace. When we told John we didn’t drink and one of us is vegetarian, he just took it in his stride, and organised alternatives. I suffer from arthritis, but the pace was very doable, with plenty of time to pause and sit. I highly recommend this tour, particularly at the beginning of your stay in Porto.

Ricardo our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and informative. He made the tour worthwhile as we learned a lot about the history of Porto. The tour was easy paced and allowed us time to take pictures or spend more time at the locations. He covers most of the major sites in our walking tour so it was a great way to experience the city. We also had skip the line for Lello bookshop which was also a highlight of the tour. If possible don’t skip this! Highly recommend the tour. Only suggestion we have is about the meeting location. It was not clear what they meant by pillory. There is actually a pillar in front of the cathedral. Would be helpful if they carry a flag or a sign to make it easier to spot them.

We had A very good time with our privat guide Paulo. The city of Porto is more than beautifull with this man as your guide. Lot of information, safe driver and we finnished with tasting wonderfull Portwine

L'équipe connaît très bien l'histoire du Portugal, très instructif et agréable

We liked a lot the guide Rosa and she gave us valuabale explanations.