Tours & activities in Porto

Ribeira Walking Tour

The scenic walking tour that explores Porto's neighbourhoods along the Douro riverbanks

ABOUT THE Ribeira Walking Tour

This 2.5-hour tour along the Douro River and through its surrounding neighborhoods easily boasts some of the most beautiful sites in Europe. However, these riverbanks aren't just picturesque - they tell some of Portugal's most fascinating stories. From the launch of the first expeditions into the Atlantic, to the home of the first Portuguese Navy, the water has always been key to Porto and Portugal. Ironically, the locals also call Porto the "undefeated city", and while it has fought back kings, bishops and emperors, it has actually been conquered multiple times!


The Ribeira Walking Tour starts in front of the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower, and it usually ends on the Gaia side of the Dom Luis I Bridge. Explore some of the most beautiful neighbourhoods along the Douro River as we take you on a tour around the Porto riverbank, a UNESCO World Heritage site! 


Portuguese explorers and the creation of the Navy

With an unforgiving, infertile soil and a growing economic crisis, the Portuguese got creative and looked to the sea for a solution. Porto's banks saw the launch of the first expeditions into the Atlantic, which led to the colonization of countries like Brazil. No wonder Porto was also home to the first Portuguese Navy.

Protecting Porto, the undefeated city

Even with their sights set on lands far away, the people of Porto didn’t take their eyes off what they had at home. As you visit the Palace São João Novo, home to Porto's elite, you hear how Porto earned its name as the ‘unbeaten city’, fighting back any king, bishop or emperor (to name just a few) who tried to invade its shores.

Gaia and the Port Wine cellars

The Porto of today is famous for its scenic riverbanks and its delicious Port wine – both of which are products of the resourcefulness, bravery and strength of this city. As you stare out from the famous Virtudes lookout point and look down from the iconic Dom Luís I bridge, you'll see Gaia, boasting the cellars where Port wine is stored and aged. Learn how the area evolved from explorers to Port winemakers, to become one of Portugal's most-visited sites.

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Your Ribeira Walking Tour starts at the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower

  • Discover the Palace of São João Novo, home to Porto's elite
  • Look across the best views of Porto from the Virtudes lookout point
  • Visit the Gothic Church of Saint Francis, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See the oldest house in Porto, and discover the Ribeira neighbourhood
  • Take in the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge



This tour doesn‘t run today

Next departure in Spanish : Monday 3rd Oct 20224:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
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 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Due to the old streets and uneven terrain, accessing parts of Porto by wheelchair can sometimes be challenging. We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join this tour due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

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