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25 Porto Instagram Spots and the Best Photo Spots in Porto

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Looking for the best photo spots in Porto? We got you covered. Porto is the perfect city for incredible views and photography because of its unique location. The city is situated on the banks of the Douro River, and its hills offer stunning panoramas of the cityscape below. These 25 Porto Instagram spots will surely melt your heart, and blow up your social media pages!

25 Porto Instagram Spots: A guide to the best photo spots in Porto Portugal 

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Porto is a beautiful city located in northern Portugal. The city is known for its stunning architecture, picturesque streets, and lovely bridges. 

Porto is also home to some of the iconic and best photo spots in the country. 

Here are some of the best places to take photos in Porto: 

  1. Jardim do Morro
  2. Porto Cathedral
  3. Terreiro da Se Street
  4. Miradouro da Rua das Aldas
  5. Ponte Luis I
  6. Miradouro da Serra do Pilar
  7. São Bento Train Station
  8. Rua das Flores (street)
  9. Livraria Lello Bookstore
  10. Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda.
  11. Steak and Shake Oporto
  12. Igreja do Carmo
  13. Torre dos Clerigos 
  14. Palacio da Bolsa
  15. Igreja de São Francisco
  16. Miradouro da Vitória
  17. Jardins do Palácio Cristal
  18. Igreja de Santo Ildefonso
  19. Views from Arrabida Bridge 
  20. Ribeira
  21. Miradouro da Vila Nova de Gaia
  22. Graham’s Port Lodge Terrace
  23. Wine cellar – Burmester 
  24. Douro River Cruise
  25. Foz do Douro

Read: Best Porto viewpoints | Best photo spots in Lisbon | One day in Porto itinerary

Jardim do Morro

Jardim do Morro is one of the best places to take photos in Porto. The park offers stunning views of the city from Gaia, across the Douro river. 

It is a great spot for picnics and relaxation as well.

Girl at the Jardim do Morro exploring Porto in a day. One day in Porto itinerary
Jardim do Morro: Instagrammable places Porto

There are a variety of activities to do in the park, such as hiking to the summit, biking, and or just enjoying a picnic. There are tables and benches and palm leaves at the top. You can also use a cable car to get up there.

The park is also a great place to take photos of the cityscape, especially from the viewpoint platform areas. You can also get the best views of Porto the backdrop of the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar.

Photo Tip: 

  • I was standing right by the viewing platform and terrace, keeping the colorful cityscape and the Ponte Dom Luis I as the backdrop (photo above)
  • This is a popular Porto photo stop so try to get there in the early morning hours
  • It also makes for a nice sunset spot in the city

Hours and Tickets: The park and garden are open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: Jardim do Morro, 4430-210 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Porto Cathedral Square 

The Porto Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks in the city. It is located in the historical center of Porto and dates back to the 12th century. 

Gothic Cloisters and Towers in the Roman Catholic Cathedral Sé de Porto
Gothic Cloisters and Towers in the Roman Catholic Cathedral Sé de Porto

The cathedral is known for its baroque interior, which is ornately decorated with gilded woodcarvings and intricate tile work. The cathedral also offers stunning views of the city from the tower.

One of the popular spots at the Porto Cathedral is the blue azulejos tiles which you can use to capture some beautiful photos. 

Photo Tip: 

  • Try to get in there as soon as the gates open for a nice shot of the azulejos area of the church interiors without the crowds 

Hours and Tickets: Opening hours are 09:00 am to 06:30 pm free to enter.

Address: Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Terreiro da Sé Street

When you are making your way to the Porto cathedral from the river or the train station you will have to climb uphill via stairs or an inclined pathway. This will welcome you to beautiful views of the Porto’s cityscape. 

Terraeiro da Se views
Views from Terraeiro da Se

The Terraeiro da Se Street can be found on the other end of the Porto Cathedral Square, opposite the statue of Vimara Peres if you happen to get down right at the back entrance (where a lot of TukTuks are parked). 

Girl at the Porto Cathedral Square steps
Steps to the Cathedral in Porto: Porto Instagram spots

When you stroll the square, you won’t miss this epic cityscape photo spot!

Photo Tip: 

  • When I visited the Porto Cathedral, I climbed up from the lower part of town to get to a large square from my hotel. You must not miss the area in and around the cathedral as you can capture some amazing photos and soak in the views of the city of Porto with its colorful houses. 
  • The steps are great for poses and the backdrop of the city with colorful houses. This area is not busy at all (the square will always be crowded)
  • This area is also safe to use your tripod when traveling alone

Hours and Tickets: Access is open 24 hours, and is free to enter.

Address: Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Miradouro da Rua das Aldas

From the Cathedral, you are only a short downhill stroll to the Miradouro da Rua das Aldas, another epic Porto Instagram spot. 

Rua das Aldas viewpoint: Photo spots Porto

At this vantage point, Rua das Aldas is bordered on three sides by the river and on two others by a street that runs parallel to it. 

The Cathedral, located just west of this viewpoint, provides a stunning view of Porto’s Ribeira and boats. It’s no surprise that this location is popular among both locals and visitors. 

Hours and Tickets: The viewpoint is open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: R. das Aldas 1, 4050-026 Porto, Portugal (2 minute walk from Porto Cathedral)

Ponte Dom Luis I

The Dom Luis Bridge is a bridge that connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River. It is one of the most popular spots in Porto, and the bridge is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Girl at the Upper deck of the Dom Luis I bridge in Porto
Upper deck of the Dom Luis I Bridge

The structure was built by Téophile Seyrig, who was trained by Gustave Eiffel (known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris). 

The Dom Luís I Bridge is a must-see for any visitor to Porto. 

Photo Tip:

  • The bridge has an upper deck and a lower deck
  • The lower deck gives you a nice close up of the Ribeira and Gaia. This is a great way to capture sweeping views of the cityscape and the river below. 
  • The upper deck has train lines, and you can capture the entire city with the river from this viewpoint (picture below)

Hours and Tickets: The bridge access is open 24 hours, and is free to enter.

Address: Pte. Luiz I, Porto, Portugal

Miradouro da Serra do Pilar

Miradouro da Serra do Pilar is one of the best places to take in the sights of Porto. 

Instagram spots Porto Miradouro da Serra do Pilar
Miradouro da Serra do Pilar: Instagram spots Porto

This miradouro, or viewpoint, offers breathtaking views of the city and river. It’s also a a great place to watch the sun set over Porto.

Hours and Tickets: The viewpoint is open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: Largo Aviz, 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (3 minute walk from Dom Luis I Bridge)

São Bento Railway Station

Sao Bento railway station is one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks in Porto. The station was built in the early 20th century and is known for its stunning tile work. 

Blue tiles at the Sao Bento train station
Tiles inside Sao Bento Railway Station: Porto Instagram Spots

The interior of the station is decorated with over 22,000 blue and white tiles that depict scenes from Portuguese history.

The station is located in the city center and is a great spot for taking photos of the cityscape. 

Photo Tip:

  • There are often long lines of tourists taking pictures of the walls and ceiling and commuters in the station, so it is best to visit early in the day
  • The main hall has gorgeous blue and white tiles, and they are higher up on the walls and ceilings so you can still capture them without people (this is a popular Porto Instagram spot)
  • But dont miss the platforms or the areas outside the train station for a unique perspective
Girl at the Platform at the Sao Bento Train Station
Platform at the Sao Bento Train Station: Porto Instagram Spots

Hours and Tickets: Open 24 hours, and is free to enter.

Address: Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

Rua das Flores (street)

The Sao Bento railway station is also a great place to see Porto. The station is located in the center of the city and offers visitors a great view of the surrounding area. 

View of Rua das Flores (outside the Sao Bento Train station)
View of Rua das Flores in the background (outside the Sao Bento Train station)

And that’s the Rua das Flores (street) with the view of the postcard image of this tall building as shown above. There are a plethora of cafes and souvenir shops in the lanes surrounding this iconic site.

Photo Tip:

  • You can also capture the busy street from the entrance/entry steps of the Sao Bento train station.
  • The building can be captured at any time of day, from right across the street

Livraria Lello Bookshop

Livraria Lello Bookshop is considered to be one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. 

The store was opened in 1881, and it also fondly known as the Harry Potter Bookshop, as  J.K Rowling was inspired by this very place during her time in Portugal.

Livraria Lello Bookshop
Livraria Lello Bookshop: Porto Instagram Spots

Lello Bookshop is one of the best places to take photos in Porto, as it is an incredibly beautiful store. The store is three stories high, with an ornate staircase and stained glass skylight, carved woodwork, and intricate tile work.

Admission is free, but there is often a line to get in. 

Photo Tips: 

  • Although entry is free, there is a long queue. Always. People usually line up even before the store opens. We recommend getting a priority ticket to beat the crowds 
  • The Livraria Lello Bookshop is one of the best places to take photos in Porto, and it is common to see crowds (even with priority ticket) to pose by the red ornate staircase. I recommend covering the people around it with a book or a postcard from the store 
  • If you wish capture yourself in the shot, you will have to be super patient and get a friend or photographer’s help. Setting up a tripod is not possible as it is a busy area and in every few seconds people come up and down the stairs

Hours: Open from 09:00 am to 7:00 pm. Access is free, but we recommend getting a priority ticket to beat the crowds.

Address: R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal (A 2-min walk from the Clérigos Church)

Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda.

If you wish to capture some of the traditional scenes from Porto, then pick a market area such as shops on the Rua Santa Catarina or Bolhao market, centuries old cafe or store. 

Girl outside Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda in Porto
Outside Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda: Porto Instagram Spots

We decided to go with the Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda. and the area near it.

Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda. is a centuries old traditional shop in Porto.

Photo Tip:

Capture the vibe of this store, using the signs and exteriors.

Hours and Tickets: Exteriors only

Address: R. das Carmelitas 108 114, 4050-284 Porto, Portugal (a minute walk from Livraria Lello)

Steak and Shake Oporto

The murals on the sidewalls of this Portuguese-American burger joint are very popular. 

Girl outside the restaurant Steak and Shake Oporto with the colorful mural
Steak and Shake Oporto: Porto Instagram Spots

The colorful 20 metre mural was done by celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, and was completed in partnership with Steak and Shake Oporto.

The mural consists of 8,000 hand-painted tiles and is one of the stunning free art to check out in the city!

Photo Tip:

Use the mural as a backdrop for portrails and Porto Instagrammable shots.

Hours and Tickets: Mural access is open 24 hours

Address: Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 67, 4050-159 Porto, Portugal (2 minute walk from the Livraria Lello)

Igreja do Carmo

Igreja do Carmo is a beautiful baroque church located in central Porto. The church is known for its ornate interior, which is decorated with gilded wood carvings and intricate tile work. 

Igreja do Carmo walls, located across a busy road in Porto

There are actually two churches side by side – Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas.

Igreja do Carmo is one of the best places to take photos in Porto. The church’s blue and white tiles on the exterior makes it a popular spot for photographers. They depict scenes of the founding of the Carmelite Order and Mount Carmel.

The church is open to the public and hosts various events throughout the year. Its location in central Porto makes it a convenient spot to visit while exploring the city.

Igreja do Carmo, right across the road

Photo Tip:

  • To capture the azelujos tiles you don’t have to enter the church as it is located on the right side of the building 
  • You can easily capture the stunning tiles and the church from across the road. There is a square and block of shops opposite to the wall
  • If traveling solo, it will be difficult for you to frame yourself in the shot from afar, because it is near a busy road. And I don’t recommend putting your tripod + camera (or cell phone) across the road. Instead, try to take a candid shot with part of the tiles in view (or hire a photographer to help you out)

Hours and Tickets: The bridge access is open 24 hours, and is free to enter.

Address: Rua Carmo, Porto (2 minute walk from Livraria Lello Bookshop)

Clérigos Tower

Torre dos Clerigos (tower) is one of the most iconic landmarks in Porto. It offers panoramic views of the city from its top. 

Girl standing infront of Torre dos Clerigos in Porto Portugal
View of Torre dos Clerigos in the background: Porto Instagram Spots

The tower was built in the 18th century and is one of the tallest in Portugal. It is open to the public and you can access the top for a fee.

The views from the top of the tower are stunning, especially on a clear day. You can see for miles in every direction. It is a great place to take photos of the cityscape of Porto.

Photo Tip:

  • You can climb the 240 steps to capture some of the stunning views of the city (there is an entry fee)
  • The Tower itself is a great Porto Instagram spot, so don’t forget to take a photo infront of it. 
  • There are park and green areas near the tower, and this part of the complex is not busy, so you can definitely capture yourself and the tower in all its magnificence 

Hours and Tickets: Opening hours of the Torre dos Clérigos are from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm. Entrance ticket can be booked here

Address: R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto, Portugal (A 2-min walk from Livraria Lello)

Palacio da Bolsa: Stock Exchange Palace

The Palacio da Bolsa is one of the best places to take photos in Porto. The palace was once the stock exchange of Porto and is now open to the public and hosts various events. 

Girl at the Bolsa Palace in Porto, infront of the staircase
Bolsa Palace Staircase: Porto Instagram Spots

The building was built in the 19th century, and it is grand with ornate interiors including a central hall with a glass ceiling, chandeliers, and marble staircases. 

You have to pay for a guided tour to access the interiors where all the goodness lies!

Photo Tip: 

  • The Arab Room or Salao Arabe is the stunning room in all of the Bolsa Palace.
  • But don’t miss the staircase and strike a pose (pictured above)
  • Plus capture the views from of the city the Presidential room

Hours and Tickets:Open from 09:00 am to 06:30 pm. Entrance ticket can be booked here

Address: R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal (A 1-min walk from the Igreja de São Francisco)

Igreja de São Francisco

Igreja de São Francisco in Porto is a baroque church and its interior is ornately decorated with gilded wood carvings and intricate tile work. 

Girl standing infront of Igreja de São Francisco in Porto
The grand Igreja de São Francisco, one of the best Porto Instagram spots

The construction of Igreja de São Francisco began in 1383 but wasn’t completed until a few decades later. 

The church itself is very imposing and this is where you can take an awesome Porto Instagram photo! 

Photo Tip:

  • Try to be there when gates open to capture the church exterior. This site is not usually crowded in the morning 
  • You can set up a tripod and take photos from the outside of the church 

Hours and Tickets: Closing hours varies. But they open at 09:00 am every day. Tickets needed to visit the interiors

Address: Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto, Portugal (one minute from Bolsa Palace)

Miradouro da Vitória

The Miradouro da Vitória is one of the best places to take photos in Porto. The viewpoint is located on a hill in the Vila Nova de Gaia district and offers stunning views of the city. 

There are a variety of activities to do at the miradouro, such as picnicking, relaxing, strolling, etc.  

There is also a cafe and restaurant at the top, as well as a playground for children. The miradouro is a great place to take photos of the cityscape, especially of the Ponte Luis I bridge.

Hours and Tickets: Open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: R. de São Bento da Vitória 11, 4050-265 Porto, Portugal (A 3-min walk from the Palácio da Bolsa)

Jardins do Palácio Cristal

Cristal Palace is one of the best Instagrammable places to take photos in Porto. The palace was built for the International Exhibition of 1865 and it has beautiful gardens with fountains, trees, and flowers. 

Girl at the Cristal Palace gardens, with views of Porto
View of Porto from Cristal Palace gardens

The palace is open to the public and hosts various events. Its grandeur makes it one of the best places to take photos in Porto. 

Plus the gardens are stunning and it offers an amazing view of Douro river and the city itself. 

Photo Tip:

  • This spot is perfect for sunsets. No visit to Porto would be complete without catching a sunset from the Cristal Palace gardens. 
  • As the viewpoint is located on top of a hill, and it offers stunning views of the city. 

Hours and Tickets: The park and garden is open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto, Portugal

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso (Church of Saint Ildephonsus) stands tall and beautiful in the city center of Porto. This is an 18th-century building. 

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso church in Porto
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso church in Porto, Portugal

The church is located near Batalha Square and was completed in 1739. The church was constructed in a pre-Baroque style features a 1932 façade azulejo tilework. 

Photo Tip:

  • Capture the grandeur of the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso from the left side of the complex. This way you can add a subject in the frame along with the church in its background! The blue and white tilework is very evident from the front. 
  • Or capture just the church from the front as usual 

Hours and Tickets: They are closed on Mondays. But for the purposes of Instagram photos you will need to access/visit it from outside.

Address: R. de Santo Ildefonso 11, 4000-542 Porto, Portugal

Views from Arrabida Bridge 

Ponte da Arrábida is one of the six bridges of Porto. And it connects Porto and Gaia. This arched bridge offers an alternate view of Porto and the banks of the Douro River. 

You can get a nice shot of this bridge from the Cristal Palace Gardens.

Hours and Tickets: Open 24 hours. It is free to enter.

Address: Via de Cintura Interna, Porto, Portugal

Ribeira

Ribeira is one of the most popular tourist areas in Porto. It is lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars, and offers stunning views of the river and city skyline. The district is located on the banks of the Douro River.

There are a variety of things to do in Ribeira, such as taking a cruise on the river, visiting the many cafes and bars, or just taking a stroll through the streets.

Photo Tip:

  • The best time to take photos in Ribeira is during the day when the sun is shining and there are cruises going on 
  • You can also get some picture perfect shots of the city at night
  • From the Ribeira you can capture the cityscape of Gaia and the various bridges
  • Get a subject to sit on the river banks for a amazing portrait with the view of the city behind them (create a bokeh effect) 
  • The beauty of Ribeira are its colorful cafes and buildings, and we recommend capturing its vibe and commotion! 

Hours and Tickets: Open 24 hours

Miradouro da Vila Nova de Gaia

The Miradouro da Vila Nova de Gaia is another great spot for taking in the views of Porto. 

From here, you can see the skyline of Porto in its finest form. 

Locals say that the best thing about Gaia is the view of Porto, and I have to agree. It is also a nice spot to sit or stroll along the promenade. 

Photo Tip:

  • This is a great place to come at sunset, when the city is lit up and the views are even more stunning
  • You can capture the colorful buildings of Porto from across the river in Gaia
  • This is a good spot near Porto to get traditional boats and bridges in one shot

Hours and Tickets: Open 24 hours

Graham’s Port Lodge

Graham’s Port Lodge is located in Villa Nova de Gaia, and it one of the popular wine manufacturers. The lodge is located in a converted warehouse and offers a unique perspective on the city from its terraces and restaurant – VINUM. 

Dining area (VINUM) at the Graham's Port Lodge in Porto
Dining area (VINUM) at the Graham’s Port Lodge in Porto

Photo Tip:

  • The lodge is a great place to capture panoramic views of the city and river
  • It is also a great place to take photos of the cityscape and the bridges
  • You can book a wine cellar tour to check out the place or make a reservation at the restaurants to capture the views and enjoy a nice meal!

Hours and Tickets:VINUM is open from noon to 1:00 am. Do make a reservation. Wine cellar tours can be booked here.

Address: Caves Graham’s, Rua do Agro 141, 4400-003 Porto, Portugal

Port wine cellars: Burmester 

Porto and Villa Nova de Gaia are known for its port wine. Wine is grown in the Douro Valley and they were transported to Porto to be matured. 

View of the Dom Luis I bridge from Burmester Wine Cave: Porto Instagram Spots

You can visit any of the wine cellar caves and get an instant Instagrammable shot with barrels in a dark room. 

Photo Tip:

We recommend Burmester Cellar, as it is located near the Dom Luis I Bridge and offers affordable wine tasting tours. 

Hours and tickets: The cellars are open for tours and tastings every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Here is the one hour tour to book (tour is conducted in several languages).

Address: Largo Dom Luís I, 4400-111 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Douro River Cruise

For a different way to see the city, take a cruise down the Douro River. You’ll get great views of Porto’s landmarks from the water, and also learn about the history of the Six Bridges of Porto! 

Photo Tip:

  • Douro River Cruise will allow you to capture the architecture of the bridges from underneath it 
  • There are also many attractions (bridges and buildings) that can be captured beautifully from the river

Tickets: Book your tickets here

Foz do Douro

The wealthy Foz do Douro area boasts of beautiful sandy beaches like Praia da Luz and Praia do Homem Leme, as well as diverse restaurants that serve international and Portuguese dishes.

This beach area is located at the mouth of the river Douro, and is about 15 minute drive away from the historic Porto city center. It offers great views of the river as well as a variety of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and windsurfing can be done here.

Photo Tip:

  • There is a 16th-century Castelo do Queijo fortification, overlooking the sea, has massive granite walls and watchtowers. This is a great spot for an Instagrammable photo!

There you have it! Porto is an incredibly photogenic city with a multitude of photo-worthy spots. Whether you’re interested in architecture, landscapes, or just want to capture the essence of the city, there’s something for everyone. 

We recommend taking pictures in the morning or evenings in Porto during the summer months, as during the day the sun can be very harsh. 

So next time you’re planning a trip to Portugal, be sure to add Porto to your list!

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