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Welcome to Porto: Our Joyful Home!

Why Porto for Happiness Camp? We wanted an event far from stuffy corporate gatherings, where professionals could relax, learn, and connect. Enter Porto – the happiest city in Europe to work and live! This stunning gem in northern Portugal boasts a vibrant culture, friendly locals, and delicious cuisine.

In a nutshell, we chose Porto for its laid-back vibe and undeniable charm. So, come for Happiness Camp, and stay to explore the happiest place around!

Meet your Porto sidekicks: Porto CVB and us!

Guess what? We’ve teamed up with the awesome folks at Porto Convention and Visitor Bureau (Porto CVB) to make your stay in Porto an unforgettable whirlwind of fun! And we’re not just talking about any ordinary experience—our live agents (a.k.a. expert city guides) are ready to help you plan the ultimate personalized adventure in this charming gem of a city.

Got questions? Need recommendations? Want to uncover Porto’s best-kept secrets? Our guides have got your back, and they’re all yours, for FREE! So why wait? Dive into the heart of Porto with your very own sidekick and let the good times begin!

City gems

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, located in Porto, Portugal. This historic Art Nouveau building is a popular tourist attraction, known for its stunning architecture and ornate details. Visitors can admire the intricate woodwork, stained glass windows, and sweeping staircases while browsing the shelves for books.

Miradouro da Vitória

Miradouro da Vitória is a scenic lookout point in Porto, offering panoramic views over the Ribeira neighborhood and the Douro River. This small, hidden gem is a popular spot for taking in the views, relaxing, and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Igreja de São Bento da Vitória

Igreja de São Bento da Vitória is a stunning Gothic church in Porto, known for its beautiful azulejo tiles that depict scenes from the life of Saint Benedict. The church’s intricate gold altar and ornate wood carvings are also worth admiring, making Igreja de São Bento da Vitória a popular tourist destination for those interested in religious architecture and Portuguese traditions.

Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular dos Guindais is a small cable car in Porto that connects the Ribeira neighborhood with the more modern areas of the city. This fun and unique mode of transportation offers stunning views over the city and the Douro River, making it a popular tourist attraction for those looking for an alternative way to see Porto.

Casa da Arquitectura

Casa da Arquitetura is a cultural center and museum dedicated to architecture, located in Matosinhos, Portugal. It showcases the work of national and international architects and promotes architecture as a cultural and social practice. The center hosts exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and other events related to architecture and urban planning.

Praia Matosinhos

Praia Matosinhos is a beautiful beach located in the city of Matosinhos, Portugal. This popular destination is known for its sandy shores, clear waters, and relaxed atmosphere, making it a great place to sunbathe, swim, and surf.

She Changes

“She Changes” is a contemporary art installation located in Matosinhos, Portugal. Information about this specific artwork is not readily available, so it is unclear what it refers to. Please provide more context or information about “She Changes” for a more accurate description.

Lionesa Business Hub

Once an old industrial complex for textiles, Lionesa Business Hub is now Portugal’s largest business campus, where trendy cafés, delectable restaurants, independent art installations, and modern gardens live. Because of this grassroots and artistic vibe, visiting the Lionesa Business Hub has become one of the top things to do in Porto, Matosinhos.

Palácio de Mateus

Palácio de Mateus is a stunning Baroque palace located in the Douro region of Portugal. This historic building is surrounded by gardens and offers breathtaking views of the Douro valley, making it a popular tourist destination for those interested in history and architecture.

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, located in Porto, Portugal. This historic Art Nouveau building is a popular tourist attraction, known for its stunning architecture and ornate details. Visitors can admire the intricate woodwork, stained glass windows, and sweeping staircases while browsing the shelves for books.

Miradouro da Vitória

Miradouro da Vitória is a scenic lookout point in Porto, offering panoramic views over the Ribeira neighborhood and the Douro River. This small, hidden gem is a popular spot for taking in the views, relaxing, and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Igreja de São Bento da Vitória

Igreja de São Bento da Vitória is a stunning Gothic church in Porto, known for its beautiful azulejo tiles that depict scenes from the life of Saint Benedict. The church’s intricate gold altar and ornate wood carvings are also worth admiring, making Igreja de São Bento da Vitória a popular tourist destination for those interested in religious architecture and Portuguese traditions.

Funicular dos Guindais

Funicular dos Guindais is a small cable car in Porto that connects the Ribeira neighborhood with the more modern areas of the city. This fun and unique mode of transportation offers stunning views over the city and the Douro River, making it a popular tourist attraction for those looking for an alternative way to see Porto.

Casa da Arquitectura

Casa da Arquitetura is a cultural center and museum dedicated to architecture, located in Matosinhos, Portugal. It showcases the work of national and international architects and promotes architecture as a cultural and social practice. The center hosts exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and other events related to architecture and urban planning.

Praia Matosinhos

Praia Matosinhos is a beautiful beach located in the city of Matosinhos, Portugal. This popular destination is known for its sandy shores, clear waters, and relaxed atmosphere, making it a great place to sunbathe, swim, and surf.

She Changes

“She Changes” is a contemporary art installation located in Matosinhos, Portugal. Information about this specific artwork is not readily available, so it is unclear what it refers to. Please provide more context or information about “She Changes” for a more accurate description.

Lionesa Business Hub

Once an old industrial complex for textiles, Lionesa Business Hub is now Portugal’s largest business campus, where trendy cafés, delectable restaurants, independent art installations, and modern gardens live. Because of this grassroots and artistic vibe, visiting the Lionesa Business Hub has become one of the top things to do in Porto, Matosinhos.

Palácio de Mateus

Palácio de Mateus is a stunning Baroque palace located in the Douro region of Portugal. This historic building is surrounded by gardens and offers breathtaking views of the Douro valley, making it a popular tourist destination for those interested in history and architecture.

Restaurants

Cervejaria Brasão

Cervejaria Brasão is a lively brewery and eatery known for its modern take on traditional Portuguese dishes, with a focus on high-quality ingredients and a vast selection of craft beers. Enjoy classic dishes like the famous Francesinha sandwich and a variety of petiscos (Portuguese tapas).

Cozinha do Manuel

Nestled in a quaint setting, Cozinha do Manuel offers an authentic Portuguese dining experience with a touch of rustic charm. The menu boasts a wide variety of home-style dishes, with an emphasis on hearty meat and fish courses. The warm atmosphere and friendly service make this the perfect spot that showcases the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Gazela

Gazela, known for its wonderful hotdogs. This typical Porto delicacy has even more flavour if we add the familiarity with which the staff treats the customers. A small but cosy restaurant, where everyone is busy, but the unbeatable taste and friendliness are never lacking.

Marisqueira Antiga

Marisqueira Antiga is a popular seafood restaurant that has been delighting locals and visitors alike for years. Specializing in the freshest seafood, this establishment offers a diverse menu filled with delicacies from the sea, including mouthwatering grilled fish, succulent shellfish, and flavorful seafood rice dishes.

O Gaveto

A beloved seafood destination, O Gaveto is a well-established restaurant that consistently delivers the freshest fish and shellfish from the nearby Matosinhos market. Known for its unpretentious yet delectable offerings, this eatery presents a wide range of seafood options, from grilled fish to exquisite shellfish platters.

Flow

Flow is a trendy dining hotspot that has captivated the hearts of locals and travelers alike with its remarkable fusion of Portuguese and Mediterranean flavors. Boasting a diverse menu, this stylish eatery presents an array of delectable dishes, ranging from expertly prepared grilled meats and refreshing salads to mouthwatering pastas and exquisite risottos. 

Cervejaria Brasão

Cervejaria Brasão is a lively brewery and eatery known for its modern take on traditional Portuguese dishes, with a focus on high-quality ingredients and a vast selection of craft beers. Enjoy classic dishes like the famous Francesinha sandwich and a variety of petiscos (Portuguese tapas).

Cozinha do Manuel

Nestled in a quaint setting, Cozinha do Manuel offers an authentic Portuguese dining experience with a touch of rustic charm. The menu boasts a wide variety of home-style dishes, with an emphasis on hearty meat and fish courses. The warm atmosphere and friendly service make this the perfect spot that showcases the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Gazela

Gazela, known for its wonderful hotdogs. This typical Porto delicacy has even more flavour if we add the familiarity with which the staff treats the customers. A small but cosy restaurant, where everyone is busy, but the unbeatable taste and friendliness are never lacking.

Marisqueira Antiga

Marisqueira Antiga is a popular seafood restaurant that has been delighting locals and visitors alike for years. Specializing in the freshest seafood, this establishment offers a diverse menu filled with delicacies from the sea, including mouthwatering grilled fish, succulent shellfish, and flavorful seafood rice dishes.

O Gaveto

A beloved seafood destination, O Gaveto is a well-established restaurant that consistently delivers the freshest fish and shellfish from the nearby Matosinhos market. Known for its unpretentious yet delectable offerings, this eatery presents a wide range of seafood options, from grilled fish to exquisite shellfish platters.

Flow

Flow is a trendy dining hotspot that has captivated the hearts of locals and travelers alike with its remarkable fusion of Portuguese and Mediterranean flavors. Boasting a diverse menu, this stylish eatery presents an array of delectable dishes, ranging from expertly prepared grilled meats and refreshing salads to mouthwatering pastas and exquisite risottos. 

Shopping

Rua de Santa Catarina

This bustling pedestrian street is one of Porto’s main shopping thoroughfares, boasting a wide range of shops, cafes, and street performers. Here, you’ll find everything from international retail chains to local boutiques and traditional Portuguese stores.

Rua das Flores

Located in the heart of Porto’s historic center, Rua das Flores is a charming cobblestone street lined with unique shops, art galleries, and artisanal stores. This picturesque street is perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.

Mercado do Bolhão

This iconic, yet fading, market is a must-visit for those looking for an authentic Portuguese shopping experience. Although currently undergoing renovations, you can still find vendors selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other local delicacies in the surrounding streets.

Livraria Lello

Often considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Livraria Lello is a must-visit for bibliophiles and architecture enthusiasts. Browse their vast selection of books and take in the stunning Art Nouveau interior, complete with a spectacular wooden staircase.

Vila do Conde Fashion Outlet

Located just outside of Porto, this outlet mall offers an extensive selection of well-known international and Portuguese brands at discounted prices. It’s a great destination for fashion lovers and bargain hunters.

NorteShopping

One of the largest shopping centers in the region, NorteShopping features a wide array of retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, including a cinema and a children’s play area. It’s a convenient destination for those seeking a one-stop shopping experience.

Mercado de Matosinhos

Mercado de Matosinhos is a bustling seafood market located in the city of Matosinhos, Portugal. This popular destination is known for its fresh seafood, traditional taverns, and lively atmosphere, making it a must-visit for food lovers and anyone looking to sample the local cuisine.

Avenida dos Aliados

This central boulevard is an iconic location in Porto, surrounded by beautiful architecture and landmarks. Along the avenue and its adjacent streets, you can find several high-end boutiques and stores offering luxury shopping experiences.

Cais de Gaia

Just across the Douro River, this area is home to numerous port wine cellars, where you can shop for the finest Port wines and enjoy a tasting session.

Rua de Santa Catarina

This bustling pedestrian street is one of Porto’s main shopping thoroughfares, boasting a wide range of shops, cafes, and street performers. Here, you’ll find everything from international retail chains to local boutiques and traditional Portuguese stores.

Rua das Flores

Located in the heart of Porto’s historic center, Rua das Flores is a charming cobblestone street lined with unique shops, art galleries, and artisanal stores. This picturesque street is perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.

Mercado do Bolhão

This iconic, yet fading, market is a must-visit for those looking for an authentic Portuguese shopping experience. Although currently undergoing renovations, you can still find vendors selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other local delicacies in the surrounding streets.

Livraria Lello

Often considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Livraria Lello is a must-visit for bibliophiles and architecture enthusiasts. Browse their vast selection of books and take in the stunning Art Nouveau interior, complete with a spectacular wooden staircase.

Vila do Conde Fashion Outlet

Located just outside of Porto, this outlet mall offers an extensive selection of well-known international and Portuguese brands at discounted prices. It’s a great destination for fashion lovers and bargain hunters.

NorteShopping

One of the largest shopping centers in the region, NorteShopping features a wide array of retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, including a cinema and a children’s play area. It’s a convenient destination for those seeking a one-stop shopping experience.

Mercado de Matosinhos

Mercado de Matosinhos is a bustling seafood market located in the city of Matosinhos, Portugal. This popular destination is known for its fresh seafood, traditional taverns, and lively atmosphere, making it a must-visit for food lovers and anyone looking to sample the local cuisine.

Avenida dos Aliados

This central boulevard is an iconic location in Porto, surrounded by beautiful architecture and landmarks. Along the avenue and its adjacent streets, you can find several high-end boutiques and stores offering luxury shopping experiences.

Cais de Gaia

Just across the Douro River, this area is home to numerous port wine cellars, where you can shop for the finest Port wines and enjoy a tasting session.

Instagrammable spots

Ribeira

The colorful buildings and charming alleyways in Porto’s historic Ribeira district make for some great Instagram shots.

Luís I bridge

The iconic bridge that spans the Douro River offers stunning views of the city and river.

Clérigos Tower

The view from the top of this iconic tower is a must-see and a great photo opportunity.

Palácio da Bolsa

This neoclassical building in the heart of Porto’s historic center is known for its stunning interiors and makes for a great photo op.

Livraria Lello

This historic bookstore with its stunning Art Nouveau architecture is a must-visit spot for book lovers and Instagrammers alike.

São Bento Train Station

The azulejo tiles in this historic train station are a sight to behold and make for a great Instagram shot.

Mercado de Matosinhos

This vibrant market in Matosinhos is a great place to capture the colorful produce and fresh seafood.

Praia de Matosinhos

This long stretch of sandy beach in Matosinhos is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers alike, and makes for some great Instagram shots.

She Changes

This sculpture shaped like a sea anemone is made of thousands of tubes that light up at night, being a popular spot for taking photos, specially at sunset.

Terminal de Cruzeiros de Matosinhos

With the sea in the background, this modern and stylish cruise terminal, designed to look like a large white wave, has become an iconic symbol of North of Portugal’s modernization being an amazing spot to put on your Instagram feed.

Miradouro de S. Bento da Vitória

This is a scenic viewpoint located in the heart of Porto’s historic centre. From here, you can take amazing photos of the beauty of Porto’s historic architecture.

Serra do Pilar

From this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city of Porto, Douro River and all the city life. Photos captured from here look like a live postcard!

Casa da Música

This contemporary concert hall in Porto is known for its striking architecture and is a great spot for some creative Instagram shots.

Foz do Porto

The picturesque neighborhood of Foz do Douro is located at the mouth of the Douro River and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a great spot for some seaside Instagram shots.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is the perfect spot for Instagram-worthy photos. As you wander through the park, you’ll encounter a variety of scenic spots, including flower gardens, fountains, stunning views of Douro river and the city skyline and also, you may meet some peacocks and make some friendships

Ribeira

The colorful buildings and charming alleyways in Porto’s historic Ribeira district make for some great Instagram shots.

Luís I bridge

The iconic bridge that spans the Douro River offers stunning views of the city and river.

Clérigos Tower

The view from the top of this iconic tower is a must-see and a great photo opportunity.

Palácio da Bolsa

This neoclassical building in the heart of Porto’s historic center is known for its stunning interiors and makes for a great photo op.

Livraria Lello

This historic bookstore with its stunning Art Nouveau architecture is a must-visit spot for book lovers and Instagrammers alike.

São Bento Train Station

The azulejo tiles in this historic train station are a sight to behold and make for a great Instagram shot.

Mercado de Matosinhos

This vibrant market in Matosinhos is a great place to capture the colorful produce and fresh seafood.

Praia de Matosinhos

This long stretch of sandy beach in Matosinhos is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers alike, and makes for some great Instagram shots.

She Changes

This sculpture shaped like a sea anemone is made of thousands of tubes that light up at night, being a popular spot for taking photos, specially at sunset.

Terminal de Cruzeiros de Matosinhos

With the sea in the background, this modern and stylish cruise terminal, designed to look like a large white wave, has become an iconic symbol of North of Portugal’s modernization being an amazing spot to put on your Instagram feed.

Miradouro de S. Bento da Vitória

This is a scenic viewpoint located in the heart of Porto’s historic centre. From here, you can take amazing photos of the beauty of Porto’s historic architecture.

Serra do Pilar

From this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city of Porto, Douro River and all the city life. Photos captured from here look like a live postcard!

Casa da Música

This contemporary concert hall in Porto is known for its striking architecture and is a great spot for some creative Instagram shots.

Foz do Porto

The picturesque neighborhood of Foz do Douro is located at the mouth of the Douro River and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a great spot for some seaside Instagram shots.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is the perfect spot for Instagram-worthy photos. As you wander through the park, you’ll encounter a variety of scenic spots, including flower gardens, fountains, stunning views of Douro river and the city skyline and also, you may meet some peacocks and make some friendships

Why not extend your stay and explore Porto’s captivating blend of history, culture, and artsy vibes? Trust us, it’s a surefire way to spark your inner joy. And because we’re all about making your life easier, we’ve crafted a nifty 3-day guide to help you maximize the fun in the sun (or under the Portuguese moon)!

Ready to unlock Porto’s hidden gems and create unforgettable memories? Just hit the button below, and let the good times roll!