Avenida dos Aliados in front of City Hall
Look for the Blue Umbrellas
Alternative Porto Free Tour
Open your heart to Porto's Soul
To complete your best of Porto in one day journey, you may close the day with our Alternative Porto Free Tour. This free tour will open your heart to Porto’s soul and the culture of its people, the famous Tripeiros. This other side of Porto will finish your list of Porto’s top attractions in one single day. This Take Porto free walking tour is incredibly eclectic and covers the foundation of the city up until the XX century and the guide will have dozens of stories to share about our ways and traditions.
We’ll start our afternoon Porto free tour at the same Town Hall at Avenida dos Aliados but this time we will go back even further, to the time when the fairs and markets were held here. Yes, commerce was always one of the inhabitants of Porto main features.
This Porto free walking tour could not miss the some of the city’s most emblematic spots like the Café A Brasileira, the Sá da Bandeira theater and the Rivoli theater before arriving at the commercial district of Santa Catarina. It’s impossible to mention this district without presenting Porto’s most famous market, the Mercado do Bolhão. Although under serious renovations, there are many stories and anecdotes to be told that will reveal the great spirit of this city. Just in front of the market stands one of Porto’s oldest stores, the Pérola do Bolhão. The story of its founder is the story of every Tripeiro and the pulse and energy of Porto.
Wandering around Santa Catarina's district our Porto free tour could not miss the ecstatic Capela das Alma or the renowned Café Majestic, Porto’s finest example of Art Nouveau architecture and the biggest rival to the Clérigos church, the church of Santo Ildefonso with its 11.000 panel of blue tiles that remember the São Bento train station by no accident, the author Jorge Colaço is the same.
Get ready to be completely astonished by the most charismatic district of Porto, "the island" as it is called here, the singular Bairro Herculano. Here, the best night of São João in the whole city is celebrated on the night of the 23rd of July.
As we approach the end of the tour, there’s still time to visit the a piece of the ancient Fernandine Wall originally built in the XIV century. We saved the best for last. The guide will cross with you the Luís I bridge and end the tour at the Miradouro do Teleférico in Gaia. Trust us this will be one of the favorite moments of your stay in Porto.
This is without a doubt another amazing walking tour in Porto and as you can see we go by many of the must see places to see in Porto. Take our Alternative Porto Free Tour so you may feel the vibrancy of this city like we do.
Praça da Liberdade;
Capela das Almas;
Rivoli & Sá da Bandeira Theatres;
Mercado do Bolhão;
Art Decaux Buildings;
Santo Ildefonso Church;
Bairro Herculano and it's typical houses;
D. Luís I Bridge;
...and much more!
GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED. IN THIS CASE, WE REQUIRE A PREPAYMENT OF 10€ PER ADULT AND 5€ PER YOUNGSTER UNDER 18. CHILDREN UNDER 14 ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
This principle results from the need to protect and value the level of quality and dedication we demand of our Take Porto local guides.
WHAT IS A FREE TOUR?
Free Tour is a relatively recent concept and advocates the democratization of access to this type of touristic experience. We want to enable everyone to get to know our city regardless of their budget.
Many people question how can a tour be free? The tour is free because there is no prearranged price, each participant will define the amount they consider appropriate according to their level of satisfaction and personal budget.
Our guides receive no salary of any kind other than what they receive from the guests who decide to join our Porto Free Tours. As they only work for gratuities the trend is that Free Tours are significantly better than conventional paid tours. The guide will put all his energy, commitment, and knowledge into each tour.
Now that you know the theoretical explanation of the concept it's time to join one of our Porto Free Tours and prove in practice that this is one of the best and richest ways to get to (really!) know a city.
HOW LONG DOES THE FREE TOUR TAKE?
The Free Tour lasts around 2h30.
IN WHAT LANGUAGE IS THE TOUR?
The tour is exclusively in English.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?
The tour includes a local English-speaking guide expert in our history and ready to give you great tips to make your stay in Porto unforgettable.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?
The tour does not include transportation, entrance to monuments or meals.
HOW DO I BOOK THE FREE TOUR?
You can book your Free Tour by clicking the Book Now button on this page, then choose the date and complete the booking form. You will receive your confirmation immediately. If you have any difficulties please contact us by email, phone or Whatsapp:
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IS BOOKING MANDATORY? WHEN SHOULD I BOOK?
Booking is mandatory. Especially during public holidays and festivities, at such dates you should book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.
HOW DO I GET MY TICKET?
Once you book the Free Tour a Booking Confirmation is sent by email. If you do not receive the confirmation email check your spam or contact us.
You do not need to print the confirmation, you can present it to our team on your phone/tablet at the beginning of the Free Tour.
IS THE FREE TOUR ACCESSIBLE?
No. This Free Tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.