Porto is a remarkable ancient city, full of hidden places, and the best way to know them, is to "hire" an official private tour guide...

Reasons to do it:

  • Official tour guides are the most knowledgeable people to show you some unknown places you never thought they exist in Porto: a "not for tourists" restaurant, where you can taste some typical local delicacies and snacks, a guided visit to a port wine cellar, "free of hassle", with wine tasting also for free... a walk trough a typical neighbourhood out of the beaten path... a visit to a centenary silver factory, to watch artisans producing hand made silver jewellery... a secret synagogue, in the old Jewish quarter, not opened to visitors...
  • The guide, normally speaks your language and is able to answer to all your questions, so you can take the most enjoyable experience of your visit to the city... He, or she, can tailor your own private tour, having in mind your budgetary concerns... So, don't say that's an expensive service!
  • Being officially licensed ensure you that you are in an expert "good hands", and if the Tourism Police Patrol comes by to certify if your tour guide have a license, you can afford a 300€ penalty (minimum)! So, don't take the risk...
  • Normally, those private tour guides are offering their services through Internet portals, like "tourguides.viator.com" or "ToursByLocals.com", where you can certify yourself if they are truly licensed guides... or not! And you can find and contact the guide you need through those website email systems...
  • Finally, official private guides work as free-lancers, and they earn their living doing the job they are licensed and prepared to do...so, if you "grab" a non-licensed guide or a "free guide", just because it is cheap, you are taking from a truly guide, the opportunity to work and earn their money honestly! And if you are "cached" by the Police, your tour won't be so cheap or "for free", at the end!