With thousands of Liverpool supporters travelling to FC Porto for the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie at the Estadio do Dragao tomorrow, we've put together this handy guide for your trip to Portugal's second-largest city...

Located along the Douro river estuary, the historic coastal city of Porto is both picturesque and vibrant, so there's plenty for travelling Reds to experience ahead of a 7.45pm GMT kick-off.


The quickest and easiest way to travel the 11km from Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport to Porto's city centre is by Metro.

The E-Violet line (Aeroporto – Estadio do Dragao) runs all the way from the airport to FC Porto's stadium and you can easily hop off in the city centre at either Trindade or Bolhao station, which are about 30 minutes into the journey.

An 'Andante Tour 1' ticket, which costs €7 and can be purchased at any of the automatic ticket machines, is valid for 24 hours across all the metro lines, STCP buses and CP urban trains.

The E-Violet line operates daily from 6am to 1am, but there are plenty of other Metro lines to explore the city.

Download a metro map by clicking here.


Rua Galeria de Paris and Rua Candido dos Reis in Porto's downtown area are just 750 meters from Trindade station and offer a wide selection of bars and restaurants. These hipster streets are also where the city comes alive at night, so it's the place to head after the match too.

If you fancy something a bit more traditional, head down to the Ribeira quarter on the Douro quayside, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Cais da Ribeira on the waterfront is a promenade of cafes and restaurants overlooking the river.

Porto's signature dish the Francesinha, which is believed to have been inspired by the French snack croque monsieur, has been described as a 'gut buster' of a sandwich and is typically made with bread, ham, Portuguese sausage, steak, melted cheese and the all-important tomato and beer sauce.  

Usually served with fries, it's widely available all over the city but 'Lado B' on the Rua de Passos Manuel claim to have the best Francesinha in the world.

Download a city map by clicking here.


Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and offers plenty to explore, but for those with limited time our friends over at 'Visit Porto' have put together a list of must-see attractions for a one-day whistle-stop tour of the city.

Kick off the day by taking the D-Yellow line on the Metro to Jardim do Morro station and then walk across the top tier of the impressive Dom Luis I Bridge - built by Theophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel - to take in breathtaking views of the city and the Douro.

Porto is internationally famous for its export of port wine, which is named after the city, and on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river you can visit one of many cellars for a quick sample before walking back over the lower tier of the Dom Luis I Bridge and strolling down the Ribeira riverside and its cobbled streets.

From here you can sail down the Dururo on a river cruise (€12.50), returning to the quay for a spot of lunch. Recharged, head back towards the Dom Luis I Bridge and turn left to the Guindais Funicular railway that will take you up a steep slope, past the ancient city walls and up to the cathedral and its striking views over the city.

Head into the centre towards Avenida dos Aliados, passing the beautiful São Bento Station and its magnificent tiled frieze by 19th-century Portuguese painter Jorge Colaço. Aliados is the grandest street in Porto, fringed by imposing and ornate buildings in an array of impressive architectural styles.

End the day with a trip to Porto's famous landmark the Torre dos Clerigos - a 75-metre bell tower that is a symbol of the city. Prepare yourself in the museum before climbing the 225 steps to the top of the baroque monument (€5) to take in the 360° vista in the day or night.

You can buy a 'Porto Card' city pass to use public transport for free and get discounts at attractions and restaurants. Click here for more information.


The 52,000-capacity Estadio do Dragao is about four kilometres north-east of the city centre and is the last stop on the A-Blue, B-Red and E-Violet metro lines, which can all be easily accessed from the heart of the city.

Built for Euro 2004, the stadium is serviced by a number of hotels and the Dolce Vita shopping centre located to the north of the stadium offers a selection of places to eat and drink, though the best options are back in the city.

The ground also houses the club museum (€8) - Porto are the second-most successful side in Portugal - which is open seven days a week except Monday mornings, and stadium tours are also possible (€15 including museum) but must be booked ahead of time and are not available on the day of the match. More details here.