Porto Instagram Spots: 17+ Porto Places for Stunning Photos

Visiting one of the most picturesque European cities? There are Porto Instagram Spots at EVERY turn but let me help you find them easier with this guide!

Having been to Porto, Portugal now two times, I have found hundreds of beautiful viewpoints, gorgeous backdrops and stunning vistas.

The first time we visited Porto in 2018, we did an Airbnb Photowalk tour, where we were able to see Porto through the lens of a photographer and pose with the beautiful backgrounds.

The second time we visited Porto was after our wedding in Douro Valley, Portugal, we loved visiting the same spots but added in new ones as well!

This blog post will have a mix of views from our Airbnb photowalk experience and photos from our time in Porto this past summer.

Get your cameras ready, your Instagram will be blown away.

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

We loved our photowalk photographer so much, he was our Douro Valley wedding photographer this past summer. Such a full circle moment!

The Best Porto Instagram Spots

Map of the Best Instagram Spots in Porto

São Bento Railway Station

Starting the list off with the most picturesque railway station!

São Bento Railway Station located in downtown Porto is a beautiful yet functional train station.

The famous Portuguese blue tiles (azulejo tiles) line the walls of the railway station and make for fun photo backgrounds!

The station is free to enter, take as many pictures and then head back out on your tour of Porto’s most gorgeous places.

Hubby & I in Sao Bento Railway Station, Porto
Sao Bento Railway Station
Sao Bento Railway Station tilework in the background of my selfie
Sao Bento Tilework

Bolsa Palace (The Stock Exchange Palace)

Bolsa Palace, also known as The Stock Exchange Palace is a great Porto monument to visit if it’s raining in Porto!

The monument is a working building, however, a small section of it is closed off for tours. It is STUNNING.

The inside of the building is very photogenic, in my opinion, the best area is the entrance foyer. The ceiling opens up to the sky.

In order to enter, you must purchase a guided tour. The tour is 30 minutes in length and tickets can be purchased at the entrance.

Bolsa Palace
Bolsa Palace
Bolsa Palace entrance foyer, a great Porto Instagram Spot!
Bolsa Palace, Entrance Foyer

Porto’s Blue Tile Churches (Azulejo Tiles)

Porto has a few blue tile churches that make for the best photo backgrounds and are some of the most Instagrammable places in Porto.

Here are the top 3 blue tiled churches!

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso (Church of Saint Ildefonso)

Church of Saint Ildefonso (Igreja do Santo Ildefonso)
Church of Saint Ildefonso (Igreja do Santo Ildefonso)

Igreja do Carmo (Church of Our Lady of Carmo)

Igreja do Carmo, Porto
Igreja do Carmo
Igreja do Carmo background of photo
Igreja do Carmo

Capela das Almas (Chapel of Souls)

Capela das Almas
Capela das Almas

Porto Viewpoints

Porto has a number of viewpoints for great Instagram spots and are what truly make Portugal worth visiting.

Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral)

Porto Cathedral’s square, Terreiro da Sé, has gorgeous viewpoints over the city. Spend some time admiring the cathedral before you take your Insta photos.

When we visited, there were live musicians in the square, making for the perfect environment.

Terreiro da Sé viewpoint from Porto Cathedral
Views from Terreiro da Sé

Miradouro da Vitória

Miradouro da Vitória is one of the top viewpoints in Porto.

Overlooking the Douro River and the buildings below make for a great Instagram photo spot.

Views from Miradouro da Vitoria in Porto
Miradouro da Vitória

Miradouro da Serra do Pilar, Miradouro da Ribeira or Miradouro do Teleférico

Located in Vila Nova de Gaia are a few Miradouros that overlook Porto and the Douro River.

These three viewpoints are located next to the Pilar Monastery and are a great place to watch the sunset over Porto.

You will see many people bring snacks and drinks and sit on the grass enjoying the views.

Head over to this viewpoint after crossing the Dom Luís I Bridge. Take the Nova de Gaia cable car down to river level afterwards!

The views from these three viewpoints are all very similar.

I recommend visiting this side, Vila Nova de Gaia if spending at least 3 days in Porto.

Miradouro da Ribeira
Miradouro da Ribeira, Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia Riverside / Cais de Gaia

In my opinion, the views of the Douro River and Porto are much better on the Vila Nova de Gaia side.

You get more views of colourful buildings and the sunset views are more rewarding.

I mean… look at this photo, it is VERY Instagrammable.

Vila Nova de Gaia Riverside
Vila Nova de Gaia Riverside

Casa da Música

For a more modern look in Porto, Casa da Música fits the bill.

This Porto music hall is starkly different than the rest of the photos you will have from Porto!

Casa da Música offers great musical performances.

Posing in front of Casa da Musica, Porto, one of the modern Porto Instagram spots
Casa da Música

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Visit the beautiful Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.

This park is stunning. Experiencing it for the first time during a photoshoot was interesting and gave us pictures we wouldn’t be able to take on our own.

This enchanting park offers a number of picturesque vistas, making it a photographer’s (or Instagrammer’s) dream.

Look out for the peacocks while there!

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, PhotoWalk by Maksym

The Streets of Porto

Some of the greatest Porto Instagram spots are not even “spots”.

The streets of Porto themselves offer authentic and captivating backdrops for photos full of character!

With their narrow cobblestone lanes, colourful facades, and charming architectural details, Porto’s streets are wonderful Instagram spots.

Posing in Porto's streets
Porto streets

I also recommend checking out Lisbon for some quality Instagram spots!

Porto Tram

You’re probably reading this like… “Huh?? Joanna, what are you talking about?”

LISTEN!! The trams are GREAT Porto Instagram spots. Just see for yourself how cool they are.

They give me music video vibes, so pensive, haha.

Of course, you have to pose in front of them too!!

Posing in front of a Porto tram
Porto Tram
Arujan in a Porto Tram
Arujan in a Porto tram

Douro River & Cais da Ribeira

I saved the best for last! In my opinion, the Douro River, in Porto, is one of the most scenic views in Europe.

Posing by the Douro River
Douro River

There are many places to take breathtaking photos along the Douro River.

Colourful buildings, terracotta rooftops, and charming riverside promenades are a wonderful background for your Instagram photos.

Posing by the Douro River
Posing with my hubby by the Douro River

The Douro River is my top Porto Instagram spot! Photographs near the Douro River can have many backdrops; the river itself, the buildings beside the river and Dom Luís I Bridge.

If you only have one day in Porto, this MUST be on your visit list.

Dom Luís I Bridge

Dom Luís I Bridge is a famous bridge above the Douro River in Porto. The architectural details of this bridge is amazing as a backdrop to your Instagram photos.

Just see for yourself…

Posing in front of the Douro River

Spending time taking photos here was one of my favourite experiences from this trip.

I have most of these photos printed in my house and plastered all over my Instagram.

Make sure you also get to the top of Dom Luís I Bridge for views of Porto.

Dom Luis I Bridge Viewpoint
Dom Luís I Bridge Viewpoint

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Final Thoughts on your Porto Photo Adventure

Porto is the most beautiful trip I have experienced and I hope I was able to share some of it’s beauty with you in this photo guide.

If I could spend all my summer days and nights in Porto, I would. I dream of retiring in this gorgeous city and enjoying the views, wine and delicious food.

Porto holds a very special place in my heart. I can’t wait to return again & again.

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