PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto

Porto, the Photographer’s Paradise – My Favorite Photo Spots in Porto

My personal Porto photo journey and a few tips on how to find the best photo spots in Porto – the photographer’s paradise.


Just a couple of hours after I arrived in Porto and ventured into its streets, I realised that Porto is indeed a photographer’s paradise.

Not only the incredible architecture, the colours, the riverbank and its breathtaking sunsets or old streets nooks and crannies but also the incredible, magical mood that this city emanates gives tons of fantastic photo opportunities.

If you are looking for the best photo spots in Porto, here are my favourites!

My Favourite Photo Spots in Porto

A word of advice – when in Porto, always have your camera with you and ready. There wasn’t a day that I ventured into its streets, and I didn’t find fantastic photo opportunities. Not only that. ..

Very quickly, it stopped being a Porto photo opportunity search. I naturally wanted to capture the feel of the city. I became so mesmerised by its atmosphere, the deep colours and this unexplained magical feel that I couldn’t stop snapping photos hoping that at least one will capture the essence of Porto.

I didn’t go everywhere, nor did I find all the best photo spots in Porto. But what I found put Porto in a very special place in my heart.

Once you are in Porto, don’t worry about ticking all the locations off your list. You will come across them naturally. And then some.

To start with …

Get off at the Sao Bento Metro station and take your way down towards the Ribeira district and riverbank

But take your time. Take Rua des Flores and then head towards Igreja de Santa Clara. Follow the small cobbled winding streets towards Ribeira. You will not be disappointed. 

Those streets are full of surprises. Winding stairs and cobbled paths, small quirky restaurants at each corner, colourful facades and somehow, melancholic architecture – this, for me, is the best part of the city. 

PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best PORTO PHOTO Spots
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best PORTO PHOTO Spots

Eventually, you will find yourself at the bank of the Douro River. Unquestionably the best Porto photo spot.

The vast body of the Douro River, dotted with colourful boats and cruise yachts, is surrounded from both sides by colourful houses and historical buildings spreading to the top of the valley.

Magnificently hanging over the whole river gorge is the Ponte Luís I Bridge – the landmark of the Porto riverside and the city.

Both sides of the river are great for photography but make sure you climb up to the upper level of the bridge as this will give you the best Porto photo spot.

At the riverbank, you will find numerous bars and restaurants with buskers entertaining diners and passers-by. And if you will have only one chance to be there – make sure it’s just before the sunset. I am a massive fan of coastal sunsets. But after I experienced the Porto Ribeira sunset, I had to pick my jaw right from the pavement.

PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto

PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto

But there is much more to Porto than just Ribeira and Douro River.

Spend an afternoon wandering around other Porto districts like Baixa/Se, Bolhao (my favourite after Ribeira) or Fontainhas, where you will find a lot of hipsters sitting by the river. Let yourself be surprised by the city. No matter where you end up – it will be an incredible photo journey and you will find endless Porto photo spots.

You will find landmark monuments and cathedrals, grand plazas like The Praça da Liberdade, cute bookstores, and less touristy parts of the city – nevertheless equally interesting.

PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto

If you have a spare day, make your way to Matosinhos and take a walk towards Foz do Douro and all the way to the Douro Lighthouse.

Matosinhos is located a few kilometres from the Porto downtown area so you will have to take the Metro or a taxi. The trip is definitely worth it. Before embarking on your Metro trip – check this website for some explanation.

Matosinhos has one of the best Porto beaches where you can also spend a day. From there, you can follow a beach promenade which then turns into a wooden pathway towards Foz. Stop for a glass of wine at one of many bars and restaurants, but make sure you make it to the lighthouse on time for the sunset.

PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto
PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto


PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto



PORTO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE – My favourite Best Photo spots in Porto

Although I like spending more time in one place, I have only stayed in Porto for a week. I was gutted, knowing the city is an endless well full of magnificent and exciting photo spots. I guess I will have to return for more 🙂

I will return for more. Once you visit Porto, it will stay in your heart forever, and you will have this never-ending longing for a return.

I hope you enjoyed this quick post about my favourite photo spots in Porto. 

If you like this Porto photo journey, be sure to check my Madeira photo journey.

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Heading to Lisbon next? make sure you read my post about the best day trips from Lisbon that are not Sintra!

If you are looking for more than just a day trip, make sure you visit Nazare, the town of the largest waves and of course, you cannot miss the most charming medieval town in Portugal – Obidos.

For more exciting photo opportunities you should take a trip from Porto to Aveiro and Costa Nova. 

And lastly, read here about a true hidden gem near Lisbon – Setubal and Troia Penisula!

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