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Porto Airport: Private Transfer to Porto

1. Porto Airport: Private Transfer to Porto

Avoid the unreliable taxis on landing at Porto Airport (OPO) and get a meet and greet from a personal driver upon arrival. Make your way to the arrivals hall, where your driver will be holding a sign board with your name written on it for ease of contact. Then, sit back and relax on the drive to the city center as you get information about the city to help you during your stay.  Benefit from a generous luggage allowance and avail of a service that is safe, punctual and reliable. Get dropped off directly at your hotel or other city center location on request. 

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Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

2. Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

In small groups of 6 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

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Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

3. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days with one hop-on hop-off bus, tramcar, and cable car ticket. Discover the history of the city from its old monuments such as the Cathedral and Carmo Church, to cultural offerings such as Serralves and Casa da Música. With your cable car ticket, travel to the top of Guidais or Virtudes and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. You could hop off at any of the city's best dining spots and try the famous Francesinha in Ribeira or seafood specialties in Matosinhos. On the bus, learn all about Porto's history and culture from the built-in audio guide system. Your ticket also includes entry to Quinta da Boeira where you can enjoy a port wine tasting and learn all about the history of Porto's wine culture.

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Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

4. Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 2-day ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista • Av. Boavista Hotéis • Fundação de Serralves • Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto • Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants • Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal • Matosinhos Beaches • Anémona • Passeio Alegre • Fluvial• Tramcar Museum • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos • Carmo Church • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars • Gaia Quay Caves Cálem • Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars • Largo dos Aviadores • El Corte Inglês • City Hall • Jardim do Morro • Praça da Batalha

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Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

5. Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Experience an easy guided electric bike tour through the wonderful city of Porto - discovering its main sights and hidden gems in just a few hours. From the Douro Riverside to the natural City Park, choosing the e-bike will allow you to access hidden, quaint places that other modes of transport cannot reach. First, discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Cross the Douro River by boat and discover the port wine cellars of Gaia. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Then, cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Next, visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle). Finally, get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro, before returning to the starting point where your tour concludes. Upgrade your tour to a private experience - ideal for families or groups of friends - by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

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Porto: Surf Lesson on Azurara Beach with Optional Pickup

6. Porto: Surf Lesson on Azurara Beach with Optional Pickup

Enjoy a surf lesson that will teach you the essential techniques to start your surfing career while having fun. Whether you just want to try it once or really want to become a surfer, this activity is for you. Anyone can learn to surf with the right instructor and environment. The lessons take place at the beach of Azurara, one of the best surfing spots in the North of Portugal. The area is also a nature reserve, with sand dunes and clean water. The surf school is certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation (FPS), has lessons year round for all levels. The lesson includes a certified surf instructor and all surfing equipment. You have the option to be picked up from central Porto and taken to the beach, or if you are already in Azurara, you can head straight to the surf school.

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Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

7. Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

See the sights of Porto by bike on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city's memorable monuments. Access areas that other vehicles can't reach and go further than you could on foot. Discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Cross the Douro River by boat and discover the port wine cellars of Gaia. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle), get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro.

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Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

8. Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

Experience the pleasure of sailing on the Atlantic sea with fabulous views of Porto on board the "Diva", a fantastic Beneteau First 35s5 boat designed by Jean Berret and the famous Philippe Stark. Discover Porto in a new way with this tour, and the opportunity to become part of the crew by helping to trim the sails and helm the boat. Start your private tour at Marina Porto Atlântico, in Leça da Palmeira. Then, pass Matosinhos beach and cross the Porto seafront to enter the Douro River. Continue up the river until you reach Ribeira, where you will be able to take in the magnificent views of Porto and Gaia. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, and local wine as you admire the scenic views.

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Porto Sunset Bike Tour

9. Porto Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the charms of Porto on a 3-hour sunset bike tour. Ride from the Douro River to the Porto City Park. Enjoy access to quaint and hidden places in the city that cannot be reached by other means of transportation. Also, see much more of the city than would be possible on a walking tour. Ride a new bike with your guide from the Old Town to the beaches of Porto, cross through the City Park and continue along the Gaia waterfront. The carefully chosen route mostly follows cycle paths through parks and other pedestrian areas. It is a safe and comfortable ride for anyone who is able to ride a bike.

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Porto: City Tour with 24-Hour Porto Card

10. Porto: City Tour with 24-Hour Porto Card

Take the day exploring Porto with a guide and a Porto Card valid for 24 hours. See the city's main attractions and stumble across charming corners. Enjoy experiencing Porto with a local's perspective. On this guided tour wander through Porto's historic downtown and go through locations like Vitória, Clérigos, Aliados, and Sé, the cathedral. Also, visit the beach of Matosinhos for stunning views and have the opportunity to try some fish. You can also visit a port wine cellar.

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What people are saying about Matosinhos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,038 reviews

Walter was waiting for us when we landed. He was extremely courteous and knowledgeable about Porto. Great recommendations that we will be trying out this weekend. A safe drive, he got us to the hotel promptly. Very positive first day in Porto. Highly recommend this!

Only problem is not being able to get to riverside as road closed between certain times. We were lucky on a rainy night when our helpful driver carried cases for us. So kind.

The driver was waiting at the airport gate for us.he was pleasant, accommodating and had lots of tips to share on the drive to our hotel.

Nice guy with good English and ready to give us information requested, amazing welcome! Thank you. Highly recommended.

Nice guy waiting for us at arrival at Porto AirPort , driving us safely to our Hotel.