Porto Expat Tour

See this beautiful city through the eyes of an experienced local expat!

Thinking about moving to Porto?

Porto is one of the most popular cities in the world for expats, nomads, and tourists. With its scenic views, traditional architecture, warm weather, welcoming people, and walkable size, Porto is a great place to explore and an even better place to call home!

While there are tons of tours for tourists to pick from, they only cover the most famous sightseeing spots in the city. People who are visiting Porto and considering living there in the near future will find it difficult to get a genuine sense of what it’s actually like to live in the city. Wouldn’t you prefer to learn what it’s really like to live in Porto from an expat who’s already spent years getting to know the ins and outs of the city?

David's here to show you around

As a Porto resident since 2019, Expat Empire founder David McNeill is the perfect person to show you around town and answer all your questions about living and working in Portugal!

Throughout our Porto Expat Tour, David will guide you through some of the most popular neighborhoods in Porto and point out important landmarks along the way to help you get oriented to the city. You’ll also have the chance to discuss your moving plans and get your most important questions answered over a coffee at a local cafe. Get the most out of your time in Porto by booking this tour!

David McNeill Expat Empire in front of Porto sign in Portugal

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Get your most important questions answered

During your tour, you can discuss anything you want with David related to moving, living, and working in Porto or Portugal in general. Here are some of our attendees’ favorite discussion topics:

Immigration routes

including D7, D2, Nomad, and Golden Visas

Real estate markets

for property rentals and purchases

Registering for public healthcare

and understanding your insurance options

Public transportation options

including subways, buses, and taxis

Nightlife options

depending on your preferences

Making friends

with expats and locals

Learning Portuguese

through classes, private lessons, and more

Cost of living

to help you plan your budget

Bank accounts and services

to get you set up and settled

See what David's clients are saying


UK to Porto

I was on a trip to Porto to find out a bit more about what it’s like to live in the city so I booked this experience with David. As I had only a basic understanding of the layout of Porto, David’s know-how of the areas was really enlightening. He also shared some tips on things to consider about moving to Portugal that I think will save me some headaches if I decide to move here. I thought the tour was great value and a smart idea for anyone considering moving to Porto or Portugal.


Czechia to Porto

Moving to a new city (or just considering it) is daunting and talking to a knowledgeable expat who has lived there for years can make all the difference. David took us on a walk through Porto that gave us a much clearer picture of how different parts of Porto work and what life would be like there. We got to ask all our questions and received a lot of good advice in return. Highly recommended!


USA to Porto

Very enjoyable experience. It’s an insider’s view of what it’s like to move to and live in Porto as a foreigner, which is enormously helpful. It’s a great starting point to get a sense of the city and I feel it gave me some realistic expectations on living here. David’s a super nice guy, too.

Skip being a tourist and learn from a local

David will help you get prepared to live in Porto!

Why David is the Perfect Expat Tour Guide

David should be your guide to expat life in Portugal because he:

  • Left the U.S. in 2014, has lived in Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Berlin, and Porto, and has traveled to more than 60 countries
  • Lived in both Matosinhos (2019 – 2021) and Downtown Porto (2021 – present)
  • Has helped dozens of clients move to Portugal through Expat Empire
  • Has work experience in Portugal as both an employee working for a company and as a self-employed entrepreneur
  • Organized 25 events of the Expat Empire Porto Meetup to bring together expats, digital nomads, and tourists
  • Passed the A2 exam for the Portuguese language
  • Adopted a cat in Porto
  • Is currently pursuing dual citizenship with Portuguese and American passports
Expat Empire Founder David McNeill Profile Photo

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this tour?

This tour is usually best for people who are either 1) consider moving to Portugal in the future or 2) people who have recently relocated to Portugal and want to feel more settled.

Why should I join this tour?

Rather than relying on countless copy-and-paste tourist tours around Porto, people who are considering moving to Porto in the future should spend their time in the city understanding what it’s really like to live there. If you want to make the most of your time in Porto and get an honest perspective on life in the city from an expat who’s already been living there for a few years, then this is the tour for you!

How many people can join this tour?

This tour is for small private groups, so there will be no other guests besides your group on the tour. One tour booking may include up to 4 people.

How can I tell David which topics I want to discuss during the tour?

After purchasing this tour, you’ll receive an email from WooCommerce that will include a link to an optional questionnaire where you can submit the topics that you want to cover during your tour.

Can I book a tour whenever I want to?

Tours start at 10:00 am and end around 12:30 pm. If you require a different time or want to confirm our availability for a specific date, please get in touch before purchasing.

Please know that we may not be able to accommodate last-minute reservations, so it’s best to book your tour date as far in advance as possible. You also must submit the optional questionnaire at least 3 business days before your tour date.

What's included and not included on the tour?

The tour price includes a private guide, one coffee/tea/water/soda per attendee at a cafe, and a post-tour email with a map of the walking route and detailed information about living and traveling in Porto. We will not enter any places that charge entrance fees.

The tour does not include hotel pick-up or drop-off, alcoholic drinks, or food.

Where does the tour start and end? Which areas does it cover?

The tour starts in front of Casa da Música and ends near Trindade metro station.

This tour covers the Boavista, Lapa, Bolhão, Aliados, and Trindade areas.

I have another question.

Just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer it for you!

See Porto in a New Light

Get a local’s perspective on this fantastic city!