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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)
Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

S/Nº Terreiro Se 3, Centro Histórico, Oporto

The Basics

A visit toPorto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is essential to understand the history of Porto, one of Europe’s oldest populated centers. The church dates back to the 12th century and work continued into the 16th century (not counting later baroque and 20th-century additions), accounting for the varied architectural influences. Travelers can take a half-day river cruise tour stopping at the cathedral and many other main city monuments. A tuk tuk tour of Porto is another way to avoid uphill walks.

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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour
The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour
$29.16 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very informative!
This was a great overview of the historical sights and the city in general. I have been to Porto three times and discovered some new favorite places.
Romy_C, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Porto

star-5
Great Porto overview tour
Michael_P, Jul 2021
Porto in the Morning - Private Panoramic Tour
Carlos very friendly and informative guide. Good overview of city and major sites. Offered often to stop for photos. Very clean car and hygienic behavior.
star-5
Porto waking tour / great !
Camille_T, Jan 2022
Essential Porto Walking Tour
Our guide Noonoo (sp) had a great understanding of the history of Porto. He was also very interesting and gave us insider tips to enjoy the city.
star-5
Wonderful Porto
stefanie_N, Jan 2022
Essential Porto Walking Tour
We only had a few days in Porto but Steve the Welshman was a personable and knowledgeable guide who introduced us to all the highlights of this beautiful city. The views in Porto are spectacular everywhere! would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Tour des quartiers juifs de Porto
Monique_D, Dec 2021
Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour
Ana is so interesting. She knows very well her subject and likes to share her enthusiasm and sensibility. Thanks again.
star-4
Great tastes of Porto
Michael_M, Dec 2021
Porto Half-Day Tuk Tuk Private Tour with Lunch
Guide was excellent , Lunch was too much good food only thing that could have been better is wheather
star-5
Lovely tuk tuk tour experience
arale, Dec 2021
Half Day - Private TukTuk All Around Porto
We have a great time with the tuk tuk tour. We were able to go to place that would be impossible to go with a double decker or walk with all the hills in the city! We were given great tips on places to check out post tours and restaurants recommendations.
star-5
Stunningly Breathtaking views!
Kainsworth_A, Dec 2021
Porto Full Day Trip - Private Tour from Lisbon
The Journey in Mercedes-Benz visiting the Historic iconic landmarks and eating the local seafood with an amazing Guide!
star-5
Great intro to Porto
Nancy_S, Dec 2021
Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour
Great intro to Porto. Steve is very knowledgeable and he communicates well. It's not easy to give a tour on a topic that has very few visible items, but Steve filled the blanks very well.
star-5
Wonderful tour of city
Shalini_L, Dec 2021
Half Day - Private TukTuk All Around Porto
Excellent start to our trip. We saw pretty much everything. Our guide took us to some great view points and spots that would have been hard to find otherwise. Porto has some pretty steep slopes so was glad I chose this instead of walking
star-5
Fantastic ride through...
Gloria_F, Nov 2021
Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour of Historic Porto
Fantastic ride through the beautiful Porto. We took the best pictures as Our guide Alexandra was very kind to show us the best views and take some pics of us together (no selfies). Alexandra is also very knowledgable of Porto’s history..looking at our pictures, it was totally worth. Thank you!
star-5
Great introduction to Porto
Joy_B, Nov 2021
Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour of Historic Porto
Luis our guide spoke excellent English and was very personable and keen to please. A good way to get an initial orientation of the city especially if, like me, you have some problems walking uphill.
star-5
Really friendly and...
Mark_H, Nov 2021
Porto Full Day Trip - Private Tour from Lisbon
Really friendly and knowledgable guide. Saw alot in one day, got a will sense for porto and have to say i would love to go back one day. Have to say the port was tasty.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is a must-visit attraction for history and art lovers.

  • Set aside an hour or two to explore the cathedral’s façade and remarkable interior.

  • It is free to visit the cathedral, but an entry ticket is required to visit the cloisters and the small Sacred Art museum.

  • The cathedral is one of the departure points for the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain.

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How to Get There

Situated in the heart of the city, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral is in a great location near the Douro river. Porto Cathedral is in Terreiro da Sé, the oldest district in central Porto, which is a short walk to Sao Bento station. Using the city's metro system, take Porto’s D (yellow) line and disembark at the Sao Bento stop.

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When to Get There

From April to October, the cathedral is open from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2:30 to 7pm (the cloister is open 9am to 6:30pm). Between November and March, the cathedral closes at 6pm and the cloister closes at 5:30pm. The cloister is only open in the afternoon on Sundays and religious holidays, and it is closed to the public on Christmas and Easter.

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Where to Find the Best Panoramic Views of Porto

Situated at the highest point of the city, the cathedral is famous for its stunning views and is a must for photographers. For the best vistas of the city, head to the terraces on the north and west sides of the church to capture panoramic scenes of Porto’s ancient labyrinthine streets and the red-roofed dwellings below.

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