The Best Viewpoints in Porto

Best viewpoints in Porto / Porto´s best view

Porto is located on the slope of the river bank of the Douro. Due to its hilly landscape the city has quite a few great viewpoints and some of them are free of charge. When being on a sightseeing trip, one of my favourite things to do is enjoying a great view over the roofs of a city. This is why I listed the best viewpoints in Porto in this blog post for you.


Best Viewpoints in Porto

1. Ponte Dom Luis I in Porto

Porto´s most famous bridge "Ponte Dom Luis I" offers a fantastic view over the Douro river, the old town of Porto, which is also called Ribeira, and the beautiful city Vila Nova de Gaia. The upper level of the bridge is located at an altitude of about 60 meters but also the lower level offers a great view at the old town.

Best viewpoints in Porto - Ponte Dom Luis I

2. Torre dos Cleridos in Porto

The bell tower Torre dos Cleridos of the church Igreja dos Cleridos is the highest viewpoint in Porto. For 4€ you can climb the 225 steps of the tower to enjoy a perfect 360° view at a height of over 70 meters. 

Address: Rue de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto

Opening hours: daily from 9 am - 7 pm

Best viewpoints in Porto - Torre dos Cleridos

3. Viewing Platform Miradouro da Vitoria in Porto

In the hills of the old town close to the beautiful church Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitória is a great viewing platform. From this platform you have a fascinating view over the roofs of the city, at the bridge Ponte Dom Luis I and above all at Porto´s main church Sé do Porto.

Address: Rue de São Bento da Vitória 11, 4050-018 Porto

Admission: free

Best viewpoints in Porto - Miradouro da Vitoria

4. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal in Porto

Just outside the old town of Porto, there is a beautiful park called Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. Some places in the park offer an amazing view over the river Douro and the bridge Ponte d'Arrábida. When there is a clear view, you can see far as the Atlantic.

Address:  Rue de Dom Manuel II 282, 4050-378 Porto

Opening hours: daily 8 am - 7 pm

Admission: free

Best viewpoints in Porto - Jardins do Palacio de Cristal

5. Bar Miradouro Ignez

The bar Miradouro Ignez offers a fantastic view over the river Douro. It is a great place for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dinner. Go there and enjoy the sunset in a relaxing atmosphere with a drink.

AddressRua da Restauração 252, 4050-592 Porto

Opening hours: Sunday and Monday 10 am - 11 pm / Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 am - 0 am / Thursday and Friday 10 am - 2 am

Best viewpoints in Porto - Bar Miradouro Ignez

6. River Bank in Gaia

Directly across from Porto´s old town Ribeira is the small city Vila Nova de Gaia. Cross the famous bridge Ponte Dom Luis I and you will be in Gaia within a few minutes. From the river bank you have a great view at the old town in Porto. Moreover, you will find the famous port wine cellars there.

Best viewpoints in Porto - River Bank Gaia

7. Cable Car in Gaia

In Gaia, 800 meters from the bridge Ponte Dom Luis I (lower level), is a cable car station. You can take a ride with this cable car to the upper level of the Ponte Luis. During the 5 minutes journey you can enjoy a magnificent view at Porto´s old town, the Douro river and the Ponte Luis. That wasn´t high enough for you? Then walk 500 meters uphill to the viewpoint Miradouro da Serra do Pilar.

Address: Av. de Ramos Pinto, 4400-161 Vila Nova de Gaia (lower cable car station) or Rue Rocha Leão 236, 4430-210 Vila Nova de Gaia (upper cable car station)

Opening hours: High season (26. April - 24 September) daily 10 am - 8 pm / Middle season (24. March - 25 April and 25 September - 24. October) daily 10 am - 7 pm / Low season (25. October - 23. March) daily 10 am - 6 pm

Prices: 6€ (one way / adult) 


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Kommentare: 3
  • #1

    Eniko (Samstag, 19 Mai 2018 10:42)

    Awesome view points. I have been considering visiting Porto recently as I heard so many nice things about it. I think Portugal is a great destination in the spring so will look into traveling there next year.

  • #2

    Madhu (Samstag, 19 Mai 2018 11:09)

    Porto looks like a beautiful town. Loved all the pics thanks for sharing

  • #3

    queenie (Samstag, 19 Mai 2018 11:20)

    I'm going to Porto next week! I can't wait to see the city!! thanks for sharing!