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Our most recommended Porto Day trips to the Pakleni Islands

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

1. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Experience one of the most challenging and adrenaline-filled experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland. After being picked up from your accommodation in Oporto, set off for the Gerês National Park to start your adventure. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Start to navigate your way downstream including splashing through natural pools, chutes, and waterfalls carved out by the powerful river. Make the most of zip-lines ending on the water, small and medium nice abseiling, guided abseiling, and several possibilities of jumping into the water. At the end of your 3-hour experience, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Oporto. 

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

2. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

3. From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

Head to Gerês National Park on this day excursion from Porto. Stop for coffee along the way, before arriving at the park. Embark on a guided scenic hike that takes you past 10 magnificent natural pools. Enjoy a refreshing swim along the way, a perfect respite from the summer heat. Once you reach the heart of the Park, admire the views of the stunning 7 natural pools and have a dive in the clears waters of the park. Enjoy the serenity of your surroundings, before returning to Porto.

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

4. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will being your trip sailing by the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail you until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea.

Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

5. Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

In small groups of 8 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

6. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike to climb the hills on this guided tour. The many old houses of the city of Proto seem to perch over the Douro River, huddled together from the quay to the sea. Discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city with many highlights to explore. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

7. Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Experience an easy guided electric bike tour through the wonderful city of Porto - discovering its main sights and hidden gems in just a few hours. From the Douro Riverside to the natural City Park, choosing the e-bike will allow you to access hidden, quaint places that other modes of transport cannot reach. First, 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. Then, cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Next, visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle). Finally, get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro, before returning to the starting point where your tour concludes. Upgrade your tour to a private experience - ideal for families or groups of friends - by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

From Porto: Douro River Cruise, Winery Visit & Lunch

8. From Porto: Douro River Cruise, Winery Visit & Lunch

After meeting your guide at Estiva Quay in Oporto, board a boat heading to Pinhão. Enjoy some breakfast on board while sailing through the Douro waters, admiring the breathtaking valley.     Sail through the Crestuma-Lever Dam and the Carrapatelo Dam. Savor a delicious lunch served on board and get to know the history behind the region through your audio guide, available in four different languages. Pass by Régua, known worldwide as the capital of the Vine and Wine.   Debark at Pinhão - you’ll arrive right in the center of the Douro Demarcated Region, the first regulated wine region in the world. It is here that many of the Port Wine producing estates operate. Visit Quinta da Roêda, a charming and traditional vineyard estate. Taste some of the delicious wines that are produced here. Finally, board a bus to arrive back to Oporto at approximately 8:30 PM.

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

9. Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

The tour starts with a visit to the birthplace of the Portuguese nation – the city of Guimarães. This was the first city of Portugal chosen by the first king, Afonso Henriques. Known as the cradle of Portugal, Guimarães has preserved a medieval atmosphere at its core and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop takes place in the northern part of the city with a visit to the imposing 10th century castle and the majestic Dukes of Bragança Palace. Afterward the historical Santa Maria Road leads you to the charming square in the heart of the old town, Largo da Oliveira. After a relaxing lunch break in Guimarães that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of the north of Portugal, it will be time to continue towards Braga, the oldest religious capital of Portugal. Known to the Romans as Bracara Augusta, for centuries Braga has been and archiepiscopal seat and pilgrimage site. Your first stop is Sé, the 12th century cathedral built by Henri de Bourgogne and Dona Teresa. Then you will head to Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site. The 581 steps that the pilgrims climb up to the top of Bom Jesus are one of the most glorious stairways in Portugal. After a visit to these landmarks of faith in the country you head back to Porto.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

10. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 beautiful cities of southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto, crossing the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and returning via Valença do Minho. One of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago is best known for the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail following the cult of St. James. Upon arrival, you will visit the magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral, dedicated to the apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. You will have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, and there will be free time for lunch and a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. In the afternoon, drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages, with a privileged view to the line boarder it was several times harassed by Spain. Being also part of "Caminhos de Santiago". The city is dominated by the fortress of two tours and a double wall projected in Vouban Style - a well known Engineer and French military architect. Enjoy your return by visiting this amazing historical village!

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What people are saying about Porto

Highly recommended! Super guides who speak good/easy English. Picked up and brought back to our hotel. Pleasant people and everything was well taken care of and prepared.

Awesome hike, good to get rid of the city noise. Our guide was very friendly and sociable! 100% recommended!

A relaxing experience on a lovely yacht, and the chilled port is the icing on the cake!

Extremely fun and exhilarating! Guide was amazing and enthusiastic.

Very relaxed pace, knowledgeble guide and a great way to see Porto