Directions to the ground
Estádio do Dragão
METRO: Lines A,B,E, and F all stop at Estádio do Dragão which is directly by the stadium.
WALK: Estádio do Dragão is 45 minutes walk from Porto’s historical city centre
CAR: Parking near the Porto football stadium is easily accessible via the motorway and several park and ride schemes can be used in conjunction with public transport. Details of which can be found on the Porto Metro Website
Should you not be able to attend one of the many Porto home games and wish to see the Estádio do Dragão up close; tours are run throughout the year, the timings of which are listed on the FC Porto website here. These Porto football tours offer the chance for fans to experience the changing rooms, presidential suite, and the pitch up close from the dugouts, just as José Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas have seen it in recent years.
Where to watch football on screen
Ryan’s Irish Bar – a pub near the river Douro in the centre of town showing Portuguese football and Premiership football (so you don’t miss your fix whilst abroad) The focus of this traditional pub is on beer and ales rather than local wines.
Whilst Portugal is famed as being the world’s most important source of cork, the Portuguese wines are also very well regarded, particularly its port. Porto lies at the mouth of the Douro River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The Douro Valley is renowned for its port production but in recent times has begun producing some red table wines containing some of the tannins found in its famed port.
PortoTours organise tours through three of the most prestigious port wine cellars around Porto offering the opportunity to try some of the fine product and getting a feel for how it is made.
Visit the famous Taylor’s Port at their lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia, one of the oldest Port companies in the world. Tour the grounds and taste three of Taylor’s ports: Chip Dry- Extra Dry White, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) and Tawny 10 year old in the elegant Library Room. Afterwards, you can relax on the terrace, which has magnificent views over the city of Oporto. Price per person: €3 and tours leave every 30-40 minutes (approximately).
If you are looking for a private experience and tasting of premium ports, customised tours can be arranged by contacting [email protected].
Local places to stay
Budget: Residencia LIS B&B and Parking – half an hour from both the UNESCO protected city centre and FC Porto’s stadium, an excellent place to stay with an owner whose reputation for unrivalled hospitality is well justified (from £37 a night)
Mid-Range: Tiara Park Atlantic Porto – based in the west of Porto in a quieter district of the town, excellent travel links to take you from this modern, upmarket hotel to anywhere you would like to go in the city (from £65 a night)
Luxury: InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas – brand new, luxury hotel in what was once an 18th century palace right in the centre of Porto (circa £140 a night)
Local dining gems
Traditional Portuguese food would be considered tripas or francesinha and is well worth trying whilst in the region and as one of Europe’s oldest ports, the seafood in particular the sardines, must be tried.
O Paparico – Portuguese food in a hugely atmospheric restaurant. A complete restaurant experience 30 mins walk from Estádio do Dragão.
3 things you might not know…
-The Maria Pia Bridge shares its architect with that of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel.
– Whilst Porto was a Roman outpost it was known as Portus Cale, this is widely believed to be the origin of the word Portugal.
– During the annual Festa de São João do Porto that celebrates John the Baptist, it is traditional to be expected to be hit around the head by fellow carnival goers armed with fresh leeks.