Casa Oporto

  • Location: City
    Porto old city: 6km (10 mins by bus)
    Serralves Museum and Park: 3km (5 mins by car)
    Casa da Música: 5km (10 mins by car)
    Beach, restaurants and shops: In walking distance
  • Porto Airport (OPO): 15km (20 mins by car)
    São Bento Station: 6km (15 mins by car or bus 500)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Free parking

A rare chance to stay in a house designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.

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An introduction to Casa Oporto

How would you describe Casa Oporto in a nutshell?

It’s one of the first works by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura that brings together the characteristics of its setting with the contemporary language of design while offering all the details of today’s modern life.

What was the inspiration and story behind Casa Oporto?

I love architecture and (if I could afford it) would love to have a collection of Modernist houses. I’ve always holidayed around art and architecture and when I moved from Lisbon to Porto for work 20 years ago, I had a colleague of Souto de Moura's design my house.

In 2015, this property in Foz went on the market and I decided to buy it. Souto de Moura’s houses are always expensive but as this one was quite small, it was more affordable. We started renting out the house the following year and, just recently, I purchased another Souto de Moura design in Tavira at the Convento Das Bernardas.

What is it that you particularly like about Souto da Moura’s architecture?

I would call Souto da Moura’s architecture Post-Modernism. There are distinct elements of Modernist design but he doesn’t overlook the past or the history of the local region. He combines the language of Modernism with regional influences while incorporating transparencies into all of his designs.

How would you describe the atmosphere at Casa Oporto?

Because it’s so small, Casa Oporto is like a refuge in a neighbourhood that’s retained its authenticity. It was one of the first areas to be settled in Porto and despite becoming one of its most expensive neighbourhoods since the mid-20th century, there’s been continuity in terms of the people who live there. It hasn’t become artificial like some other areas of the city.

Is Casa Oporto suitable for families with children?

It is suitable for families but not for children under 7 years of age because of the stairs. I always check with parents in initial correspondence to make sure they are okay with this and willing to take responsibility.

Garden loft
Breakfast outside
Garden loft
Garden loft
View to garden
Dining area
Double S Room
Double N Room
Double N Room
Garden entrance
Douro river
Local park
Tram line
Beach restaurant
Douro river
Douro river

Casa Oporto rooms & rates

Casa Oporto is comprised of two separate buildings, which are linked by two interior gardens. The main building was originally constructed as a single-floor fisherman’s house and was completely rebuilt by Souto de Moura. It features two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room that all exhibit fine craftsmanship in their marble and woodwork.

A small garden leads to the second building where you’ll find the third bedroom, plus an en-suite bathroom and a small living space. It has a completely different feel from the main building due to the use of glass in the design and because it connects with another small garden.

Here is an overview of the bedrooms:

Garden Loft room: 25 sqm double room with a WC, a small living room and a private garden. There is a queen-size bed (1.60m) or two single beds. Located on the ground floor with a private small garden and entrance.

Double N: 15 sqm double room with a WC. There is a queen-size bed (1.60m). Located on the first floor.

Double S: 15 sqm double room with a WC. There is a small bed (1.40m). Located on the first floor.

  • Casa Oporto for 2-6 people / 120 m²
    200 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 2 Living rooms
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis.
Extra charges
A city tax of EUR 2 per night per person older than 13 years is payable at the property.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 7+ years are welcome. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
1 - 5 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe box
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Casa Oporto is self-catering but we do leave a few items (a basket of fruits, cake, tea/coffee) for guests when they arrive. Weekly cleaning is included in the rate but we can provide it more frequently on request.

Things to do in Porto

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Cycling
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

The house is perfectly located to explore the old neighborhood of Foz Velha in the junction of the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean, and the UNESCO old city of Porto. If you’re into contemporary architecture, then you can’t miss the works of Souto da Moura and Siza Vieira around the city, including the Leça Swimming Pools just to the north in Matosinhos.

Another highlight is the Museu Serralves, which was recently voted as one of the top contemporary galleries in the world. It’s not only the exhibitions that are impressive but also the surrounding park and its views across the sea and river. The main museum was designed by Siza Vieira but there’s also an Art Deco villa in the park that dates from the 1930s and served as the iconic home of Count Carlos Alberto Cabral.

In the medieval part of Porto, I’d highly recommend the churches of São Francisco and Santa Clara, both of which are good examples of the unique Portuguese Baroque style. The Douro Valley is famous for its port wine and there are plenty of opportunities to visit the old cellars and learn about the winemaking process.

Casa Oporto reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Located in the excellent location of Foz, Casa Oporto is comfortable, well equipped and elegantly designed. The courtyard is peaceful and pleasant which can be used even if it is raining. Simply fantastic. Shops and excellent local restaurants are walking distance, including a nice wine merchant that is knowledgeable and has a wide selection of Portuguese wine and alcohol. The bakery next door provides tasty baked goods not to be missed. The house is central to enjoy the beach in Foz as well as reaching Porto historical center, Gaia and other interesting sites. The historical tram is nearby as well as several bus stops are close by which makes this home a fantastic choice for enjoying Porto. The owners are helpful and caring. An absolute gem!
Isabelle T.
stayed at Casa Oporto in October 2023

The location of Casa Oporto

Casa Oporto is located in the heart of Foz Velha, a historic seaside district of Porto around 10 minutes by bicycle, tram or bus from the centre of Porto. There are beautiful views of the city if you walk along the river into the centre while the beach is just five minutes on foot. A few minutes walk from the property you’ll find gourmet supermarkets, an organic market, cafes, several very good restaurants along the river and a two-star Michelin restaurant that’s just 30 metres away. Porto is widely considered to be Portugal’s best city for food and there are a number of Michelin Star restaurants, as well as superb seafood.

When is the best time to visit Porto?

All the year is good but the best is probably from March until the end of October, with the beach enjoyable from around May onwards.