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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto) Tours and Activities

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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)
Watching over the city from its hilltop spot, the imposing fort-like Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto) is a reminder of Porto’s diverse history. Featuring Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture, this is Porto’s oldest and largest church, a must-visit for architecture and history aficionados.
 
The Basics
A visit to Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto) is essential to understand the history of Porto, one of Europe’s oldest populated centers. The church dates back to the 12th century and work continued into the 16th century (not counting later baroque and 20th-century additions), accounting for the varied architectural influences. Travelers can take a half-day river cruise tour stopping at the cathedral and many other main city monuments. A tuk tuk tour of Porto is another way to avoid uphill walks.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto) is a must-visit attraction for history and art lovers.
  • Set aside an hour or two to explore the cathedral’s façade and remarkable interior.
  • It is free to visit the cathedral, but an entry ticket is required to visit the cloisters and the small Sacred Art museum.
  • The cathedral is one of the departure points for the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain.

How to Get There
Situated in the heart of the city, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral is in a great location near the Douro river. Porto Cathedral is in Terreiro da Sé, the oldest district in central Porto, which is a short walk to Sao Bento station. Using the city's metro system, take Porto’s D (yellow) line and disembark at the Sao Bento stop.
 
When to Get There
From April to October, the cathedral is open from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2:30 to 7pm (the cloister is open 9am to 6:30pm). Between November and March, the cathedral closes at 6pm and the cloister closes at 5:30pm. The cloister is only open in the afternoon on Sundays and religious holidays, and it is closed to the public on Christmas and Easter.
 
Where to Find the Best Panoramic Views of Porto
Situated at the highest point of the city, the cathedral is famous for its stunning views and is a must for photographers. For the best vistas of the city, head to the terraces on the north and west sides of the church to capture panoramic scenes of Porto’s ancient labyrinthine streets and the red-roofed dwellings below.
Address: Oporto, Northern Portugal, Portugal
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Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

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Discover Porto’s best historical sights during this Porto hop-on hop-off tour with optional river cruise and wine tasting, valid for 48 hours. Whether you like historic castles, delectable port wine, or the scenic coast, this tour has a stop for everyone. Experience the best of northern Portugal on two routes exploring Porto and nearby beach towns of Vila Nova de Gaia and Matosinhos. As always, hop-on hop-off allows you ample time to savor attractions as long as you wish.
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  • 2 hours
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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the rich history of Porto alongside a professional guide on this immersive Porto walking tour. Experience northern Portugal’s historic city of Porto, known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, explore Porto Cathedral and baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port (fortified wine).
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  • 3 hours
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Porto city small group full-day tour with wine tasting and cruise in Douro River

Porto city small group full-day tour with wine tasting and cruise in Douro River

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A full-day tour is perfect for those who want to fit in the best of Porto and have limited time. A river cruise and wine tasting feature on the itinerary of this Porto experience, as well as a panoramic tour of the city to see top attractions such as Porto Se Cathedral, Avenida dos Aliados, and the Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 9 hours
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$103.07
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3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience

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Zip along the UNESCO-listed Ribeira neighborhood during a guided Segway tour in Porto. Select a small-group or private tour in the morning or afternoon and glide along cobblestone paths lined with historic monuments and attractions such as Ponte de Dom Luis I, Porto Cathedral, São Bento Station, and Clérigos Tower. With your local guide, appreciate architecture and uncover Roman legend all on a sleek electric Segway.
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  • 3 hours
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Essential Porto Walking Tour

Essential Porto Walking Tour

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See only the best of Porto on this essential guided walking tour. With the help of your expert guide, explore Porto’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Porto’s most exciting sites, such as the Clerigos Tower and the Sao Bento Railway Station. See the city through the eyes of a local and enjoy a leisurely stroll.
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  • 3 hours
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Porto City Half-Day Private Tour

Porto City Half-Day Private Tour

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If you’re visiting Porto for the first time, get an intimate glimpse into Portugal’s second city during a private half-day tour—the ideal choice for visitors with limited time. A private guide ensures you receive personalized attention and tailored recommendations, while air-conditioned transport allows you to zip between highlights such as Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos and the Ribeira District with ease. Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch (optional) and Wine Tasting

Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch (optional) and Wine Tasting

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Uncover the mysteries of Porto on this full-day sightseeing tour with lunch. Meet your guide and spend the day traveling through the city’s charming corridors, compelling neighborhoods and seeing its historic landmarks. Learn about Porto’s history including Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro River and much more. Then, enjoy a traditional local lunch and continue your journey to the Se Cathedral, São Bento Railway Station and more. This is a great tour for a first-time visitor to orient themselves to many of Porto’s wonders.
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  • 8 hours
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Porto city tour with Port Wine Tasting and Dinner with Fado Show

Porto city tour with Port Wine Tasting and Dinner with Fado Show

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Enjoy a full-day introduction to Porto’s rich heritage, top attractions and renowned wine on this small-group guided tour. Explore Porto, ripe with history and culture, and discover attractions such as Clérigos Tower, a port wine tasting and a visit to the elegant Livraria Lello bookshop. End the day savoring a traditional meal at a local eatery that includes a Fado show. This small-group tour is limited to eight travelers for a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto: City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

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The UNESCO-listed beauty of Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, must be seen to be believed. Ensure you maximize your time in the city on this half-day sightseeing tour, including wine tasting and a cruise on the Douro River. In an air-conditioned coach, visit top attractions such as the Porto Cathedral, Clerigos Tower, and Avenida dos Aliados with your guide. Descend to a wine cellar to sample world-renowned Port wine and cruise beneath Porto’s famous six bridges during a boat ride. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

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Uncover another side of Portugal during this Jewish Heritage walking tour from Porto. One of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, Porto plays a unique role in Jewish history and offers a chance for an interesting cultural tour off the beaten path. A friendly local guide walks you through historic Jewish quarters, hidden synagogues and places that are popular with Jews today. See Sao Bento da Vitória Church, the Porto Cathedral, and Ribeira Square among other destinations. Never look at Portugal the same way again after this fascinating tour involving an important part of the country’s history and culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

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Experience Porto at its most romantic during this evening city sightseeing tour followed by dinner and a Fado show. This tour will show you the many beautiful sides of Porto at night. Start with a driving tour in a comfortable van with panoramic windows to see the cobblestone streets, floodlit Douro River, and many other stunning sites. Then, head to an authentic local restaurant for a memorable meal and traditional Fado show, Portugal’s signature melancholic music of longing.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Porto Day Trip

Private Tour: Porto Day Trip

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Embrace the captivating culture and intriguing history during a full-day private tour in Porto. Alongside your personal guide, explore Porto and neighboring Vila Nova de Gaia, south of the Douro River, where you will visit a Port wine cellar for wine tasting (included until 31st December 2017 only). Learning about Port wine’s history and cultural significance. During the second half of the tour visit more must-see attractions such as the Ribeira district and the elegant Livraria Lello bookshop where JK Rowling found inspiration for Harry Potter’s library at Hogwarts. Want to take your tour to the next level? Upgrade for a cruise down the Douro river on a classic Portuguese boat.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour With free Port Wine Tasting

Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour With free Port Wine Tasting

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Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s most magical cities during this 4-hour walking tour of Porto. Your friendly, professional guide will meet you in the city’s center and take you through its rich history and culture, starting with the magnificent cathedral. Wander through the Treasure Museum before heading through the Jewish Quarter to Riberia Square. You’ll get to see the stock exchange palace up close and personal before feasting on a delicious Portuguese lunch. Sip on traditional Port wine during a wine tasting and marvel at the striking Santa Clara Church, among other stops. Your tour ends back at the historic city center.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Porto Half-Day Tuk Tuk Private Tour with Lunch

Porto Half-Day Tuk Tuk Private Tour with Lunch

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Visit Portugal’s second largest city on this private guided tour of its historic center. Experience Porto by tuk-tuk with a personal chauffeur. See the city’s amazing bookstore, the M.C. Escher-like Livraria Lello, its 800-year-old cathedral, and a UNESCO-listed monastery during this good-value, half-day outing that includes a traditional seafood lunch in the heart of seafood country and hotel pickup.
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  • 5 hours
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Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

Porto City Tour with River Cruise Including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Discover the best of Porto on this full-day small-group Porto city tour with lunch and a cruise down the Douro River. Explore Old Town, an UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historical monuments, then head to the beach areas of Boavista and Foz. Enjoy lunch at a local haunt, then cruise the Douro on a traditional wooden ‘rabelo’ boat. Your tour wraps up with a port wine tasting in town.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting

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Indulge in the sights and wines of Porto on this 6-hour private tour. No trip to Porto is complete without sampling its famous port wines, which is why on this tour you’ll taste a variety of types of world-class local wines from Porto and the neighboring Douro Valley. Let your knowledgeable guide, as well as the local winemakers tell you about the history and culture of Porto’s wine. You’ll also hit the city’s main sites. Like the Arrábida Bridge, Sé Cathedral, Bolhão Market, Clérigos Church and Tower, Lello Bookshop and São Bento Train Station.
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  • 6 hours
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Guided Tour to the Historical Center on a Tuk Tuk

Guided Tour to the Historical Center on a Tuk Tuk

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Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Porto from the comfort of a private Tuk Tuk tour in Porto. Sip a glass of Port wine as you gain a new perspective on the city’s historic center, check out the Douro River from several angles, and explore hidden nooks and crannies that other travelers may not experience. Meanwhile, your driver-guide will provide context and commentary.
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  • 2 hours
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Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and Optional River Cruise

Authentic Douro Wine Tour Including Lunch and Optional River Cruise

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Soak up Portuguese culture on this full-day tour of the Douro Valley, departing from Porto. Meet your friendly guide and settle into your air-conditioned vehicle, then relax on the short scenic ride from Porto to the Douro Valley. See the Douro Valley’s main highlights, like stunning port wineries, a 16th-century monastery, and picturesque landscape. Break for lunch at the charming village of Pinhão, in the heart of the valley. After a full day of sightseeing and sampling Portuguese specialties, enjoy a quick ride back to Porto.
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  • 9 hours
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Panoramic Porto Tour

Panoramic Porto Tour

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Capture a wide lens of monuments during this half-day guided panoramic tour in Porto. With the keen eye and knowledge of a local guide visit Porto’s best Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, and Neo-classical style monuments and learn the intricacies of them all. Admire top attractions including Clerigos, Real Companhia Velha Port Wine Cellars, Boavista, and the famous Porto Cathedral. This half-day tour of Porto also includes a charming walking tour through the oldest quarter of Ribeira.
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  • 4 hours
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Fado dinner with panoramic night view of Porto

Fado dinner with panoramic night view of Porto

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Enjoy an authentic cultural experience in the vibrant city of Porto with a 4-hour Fado show and traditional Portuguese meal. Emulate the luxurious lifestyle of a celebrity as you travel from your Porto hotel in a mini limousine, sipping sparkling wine and seeing Porto’s top sights illuminated at night. On arrival, settle into a comfortable seat and sample a selection of Portugal’s best dishes during your gourmet meal. Be hypnotized by the mesmerizing ambience of Fado as you listen to emotionally charged songs about love, loss and sadness. When the show concludes, return to your hotel in your fabulous mini limousine.
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  • 4 hours
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$84.88
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Porto Old Jewish Quarters Half-Day Walking Tour

Porto Old Jewish Quarters Half-Day Walking Tour

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Explore the sites and history of the Jewish community in Porto on this private half-day walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, stroll through the old Jewish quarters as you learn about the city’s Jewish community, whose origins date to the 1100s. See historical sites, learn about the Portuguese ‘Dreyfus’ of the 1920s, and visit the Kadoori Mekor Haim Synagogue (weekdays only), the largest on the Iberian Peninsula. Entrance fees at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.23
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3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour

3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour

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The Bestseller experience on an Electric Bike! All bikes in this tour are powered by an electric motor, you will be able to stroll with ease through all the highlights of the city. Discover a charming city perched over the river, composed by old houses that huddle together from the river quay until the sea. See the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods as well as the people that bring life into the city that was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This is perfect for those who enjoy bike riding and culture. Combining both in an exhilarating experience through Porto’s hills and cobblestone streets. Choose between the morning and afternoon schedule and make sure everyone has a minimum height of 4.3 feet. Let's GO! HIGHLIGHTS: * Cordoaria Garden * Clérigos Tower * Gomes Teixeira Square * Lello Bookstore * Cândido dos Reis and Galerias Paris streets * Aliados Avenue * São Bento train station * Porto Cathedral * Bridge D. Luís * Ribeira
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  • 3 hours
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Porto city Tour full day - River cruise, wine cellars and lunch - Small group

Porto city Tour full day - River cruise, wine cellars and lunch - Small group

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One of Portugal’s most historic cities, UNESCO–listed Porto boasts fine architecture and sweeping coastal views, with thousands of years of history and culture. This full-day city tour includes round-trip travel from your Porto hotel and all activity costs, leaving you free to hit the sites in comfort with your driver and guide. Wander through the Bolhão Market, try local wine at the Porto wine caves, and take a sightseeing cruise on the Douro River.
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  • 9 hours
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$109.13
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Porto: 2-Hour City Highlights Segway Tour - Guided Experience

Porto: 2-Hour City Highlights Segway Tour - Guided Experience

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A Segway tour helps you discover Porto highlights at a faster pace than a walking tour, and it's a lot of fun too. Learn invaluable historical information as well as funny stories from your guide, which really enhances your experience. Ride past many top attractions such as Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookstore, and Porto Cathedral.
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  • 2 hours
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$41.61
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