It is easy to find a good accommodation in an exciting and cosmopolitan city like Porto. The choice depends on the level of comforts and services that you want to enjoy during your holiday.
One of the important factors that need to be taken into consideration is the location of the structure, which needs to be strategic in order to make the most out of your visit.
According to your needs, it is possible to choose a facility near the main cultural attractions or maybe a neighborhood filled with restaurants and shops, or even an area near the main public services to help you moving around the city.
Besides being a city Porto is also an urban district that includes a series of villages located a few kilometres away from the center. If you want to explore its surroundings besides the old center of the Portuguese city, a good option could be staying at one of the several villages nearby and maybe reaching the city center with a rented car or by public transport.
Here comes the best areas where to stay in Porto.
Ribeira is the old town of Porto, as well as its most picturesque area where there are many taverns, traditional houses, and souvenir shops. The Ribeira area stretches along the northern bank of the Douro river.
The beauty of this area was recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides a wide range of hotels, there are also several apartments to rent.
Ribeira is also a lively neighborhood; at night its gets crowded by people who hang at its several bars and restaurants.
Avenida da Boavista is the main arterial road connecting the beach to the city center. Along this boulevard there are several restaurants, shops, conference centeres, luxury apartments, as well as the City Park.
This are is perfect for business travellers who need to be near the central business district of the city and have the opportunity to stay in a hotel that features a conference hall.
All cultural attractions can be easily reached both by public transport and by car. This area is perfect for all types of tourists, from young travellers to families, offering luxury hotels as well as hostels.
This area corresponds to the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia, which is still part of the Porto urban area. It is located opposite to Ribeira. The two districts are separated by the Douro river.
If you are interested in visiting the cellars where Porto wine is produced, then this is the perfect area for you. Porto most important cellars are located here.
Vila Nova de Gaia is also known for its golden beaches.
A residential area located towards the end of Avenida da Boavista. It is an emerging area that experienced the recent opening of new shops and modern buildings.
It is definitely a good area for those who are looking for some relax and tranquility. Bessa has also a good location halfway between the city and the seafront of Porto.
This area is located near Porto, west from the city, and it overlooks the ocean. It is perfectly connected to the city center thanks to a tram service leaving from the Ribeira district.
Here you will find some good hotels and fish restaurants. Choose to sleep in Foz on summer months when it gets crowded with tourists, otherwise during the rest of the year you will be a little isolated.