Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city, but a lot of people will argue that it’s the most beautiful. Whether you are visiting for a few days, or plan on buying real estate in Porto, navigating between the many neighborhoods can be challenging. The good news is that we have a guide to Porto’s districts for you, down below:
Ribeira is likely what you think of when you think about Porto. Simply put, it’s the old inner-city, that keeps its authentic vibe and charm. There are a lot of cute, cobbled streets with small cafes and colorful houses. To add to the charm, you also have the Douro river nearby, that just adds to the are. As you can imagine, this is where most tourists and businesses are located and the prices here are some of the highest in the entire country.
Baixa is just above Ribeira and it can be hard to tell which one you are in exactly, especially if you’re not from around Porto. Baixa is a cool neighborhood, with lots of bars and clubs as well as most of the touristy sights Porto has to offer. The Mercado, the Railway and the Clérigos Tower are all worth a visit. However, once the initial touristy wonderment wears off, Baixa remains a cool place to live and have a few drinks.
An easy way to describe Cedofeita would be the hipster part of town. There are a lot of artists, students, and quirky businesses to be found here. The rent still isn’t as high as in the previous entries, but it’s going to get there soon. In the meantime, however, Cedofeita remains one of the coolest districts in town, especially for younger people. If you enjoy working on a Macbook in a modern coffeeshop, this is the place to be in Porto.
Foz do Douro
Depending on who you ask, this might be the most chill neighborhood in all of Porto. A bit west off of the city center, you have this magnificent district. What makes Foz do Douro supper chill is the fact that it’s on the shore. Water brings some tranquility, but there are also a lot of parks and green areas around here, making it a really relaxing spot, that isn’t too far off the hustle and bustle of the inner city. A lot of locals prefer to live here, where it’s less touristy, but there are still enough things to do and enjoy during the day.