Tours & activities in Porto

Free Tour of Porto

The original FREE walking tour of Porto's most visited attractions with a local guide

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Porto

Housing many of Porto’s major landmarks, the stunning historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this 3-hour walking tour, your local expert guide will help you to tick off many of Porto’s must-see sites, such as the iconic Dom Luis bridge and the world-famous Lello bookstore, and you will also enjoy some truly stunning panoramic views.

 

Your Porto FREE Tour meets every day at the Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite Clérigos Tower. 

 

One of Europe’s most beautiful city centers

You’ll be amazed by the stunning Porto city center, and won’t be at all surprised to learn of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Starting at the iconic Clérigos Church with its 75.6 meter tower, you’ll want to keep your cameras at the ready as your expert local guide leads you past the beloved Porto Cathedral, the amazing tiles of the renowned São Bento station, and past the 14th century city walls. You’ll even get a chance to see the world-famous Lello bookstore and hear how its connection to Harry Potter has made it one of the most popular bookstores on the planet today.

The sites and tastes of the Douro River

As you make your way through the twisting ancient streets and out of the city center, you’ll be faced with amazing panoramic views, and will encounter the impressive Douro River. Not only does the river host the iconic Dom Luís I bridge (built by Eiffel’s protégé Seyrig), it’s also the home to Porto’s famed Port wine industry.

FREE Tour concept

The tips-based model of the FREE Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

TOUR SCHEDULES

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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Your Free Tour of Porto starts at the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower, daily in English and Spanish

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the Lello bookstore and its connection to Harry Potter
  • Photograph Porto's iconic blue tiles, or "azulejos"
  • Marvel at the impressively tiled São Bento station
  • Take in the fabulous panoramic views
  • Encounter the Douro River, with the Dom Luís I bridge and the Port wine cellars
  • Crane your neck up at the 75.6 meter Clérigos Tower
  • See the Porto City Hall and the Porto Cathedral
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The original Free Tour of Porto, every day of the year

 

Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Porto's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

The independent guides who employ us to market their tours conduct the Free Tour on a tips-only basis, thereby guaranteeing that you receive a tour of the highest quality. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • Many major landmarks covered
  • Central meeting points
  • Guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • High quality guides, incentivized to perform every time!
  • Tips-based tours running every day

WALKING TOURS & ACTIVITIES IN PORTO

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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Free Tour?

The FREE TOUR is the best introduction to the city! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the FREE TOUR is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, tour content and duration of the tour can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The FREE TOUR is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. 

You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day.

There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end! 

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