Porto is rapidly gaining ground on the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, among savvy travellers. Explore the medieval alleyways of Ribeira, marvel at the uber-modern Casa da Música and enjoy barbecued sardines at a family-run tasca (traditional restaurant). Porto offers a lot more than the fortified wine for which it is famous. To experience the city like a local, stay in one of these holiday apartments – bookable with Culture Trip.
Perched on a hill in the heart of old town, historic Porto is within a short stroll of Virtudes City Lofts. Eight swish apartments sleeping two or three people come with small kitchens, perfect for cooking up light meals. Wooden floors and stone walls combine with tasteful modern design and king-sized beds come with with premium sheets. Book an apartment with a balcony on the top floor to enjoy River Douro views.
BO Marquês Apartments occupy a charming traditional three-floor building overlooking a leafy square. The eight apartments blend warm wooden floors and minimalist decor with contemporary furnishings. Sleeping two or three guests, a good night’s sleep is aided by Egyptian cotton sheets, memory foam mattresses and pillow menus. Some apartments open onto a garden, sunny terrace with loungers or balcony with city views.
Located on a leafy street in the cool Bonfim neighbourhood, Solar da Avenida offers six stylish apartments which are guaranteed to please anyone with an eye for design. Kitchenettes with marble-top units and polished wooden floors harmonise with original architectural details. Studios plus one- and two-bedroom options can accommodate between two and four guests.
Set into a steep hillside overlooking the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, Arco Apartments offer the perfect setting. A two-bedroom apartment, which accommodates up to six guests, offers wonderful river views. One bedroom and studio apartments sleep up to three guests. All come with kitchens, blackout curtains and premium bedding. Step outside and you’re just a couple of minutes’ walk from Cais da Ribeira, a lively riverfront promenade lined with cafes and restaurants.
Located above a bookshop in the city’s historic Bolhão neighbourhood, these apartments are themed on popular movies such as The Big Lebowski (studio) and the Fight Club (duplex apartment). Bright modern interiors offer plenty of space for cooking and lounging plus lovely views over the colourful Rua de Santa Catarina.
Each of the 15 InSitu Living apartments is individually styled but they all offer a hip, colourful design that combines vintage touches with exposed stone walls and natural wood. The open-plan layout, which can sleep up to six people, offers modern cooking facilities. Some apartments have small furnished terraces or balconies overlooking the lively Rua Formosa in the heart of Porto’s characterful Bolhão district.
This self-contained apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay in the city’s popular São Nicolau neighbourhood. The one-bedroom flat can sleep up to four guests, plus there’s a kitchenette-cum-dining area. Situated on the top floor of a six-storey building, you’ll experience great cityscape views – thankfully, there’s a lift, too. Ribeira Square and quayside promenade are a one-minute stroll downhill.
These cosy contemporary apartments are just steps from the Douro River. Several of the one-bedroom apartments, which can accommodate up to four guests, offer river views – sometimes without even getting out of bed. Everything is on hand for a self-catering stay plus comfy lounges can double up as second bedrooms.
The beautiful Clérigos Room, which accommodates two people, features in our list of best Airbnb’s in Portugal. Located inside a Unesco-classified building in the heart of the city, it offers wonderful views of the Clérigos Tower and is within walking distance of many must-see landmarks.
This cosy loft apartment is perfect for one or two couples or a small family. Located on the third floor of a traditional building, it offers views of historic Porto and is within walking distance of the Clérigos Tower, Santo Ildefonso Church and Sé Cathedral. The host will often leave welcome gifts such as a bottle of wine for guests.
These recommendations were updated on April 9, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.