Porto - 3 day itinerary
Why should you go?
Porto is a small, charming city and is perfect for a quick getaway. The city is world famous for its fortified wines that have been brewed here ever since the 17th century. It is the city where almost every facade is decorated with beautiful tiles and where you can eat deliciously (and cheap) everywhere. It was the second time that I visited the city and this time I was blown away by Porto’s nice streets, beautiful squares and in particular by the hospitality of its inhabitants.
When should you go?
The best travel time for Porto is in the months of April to October, during which you can enjoy the pleasant temperatures and will have hardly any precipitation.
How to get there?
From Zaventem, Brussels you fly about two hours and twenty minutes to Porto. From the airport in Porto, it takes 20 minutes to get to the city center with Uber. The ride will cost you around 20 euros.
The bus is a much cheaper alternative. It will take you to the city as of 6 am to midnight for only 3 euros.
The best way to move around in Porto is by by foot, if you really want to move around on weels, know that Uber is available in the city.
Porto is a small city. Try to stay for two nights so that you can easily discover the hilly city.
Where to stay?
We stayed in the centrally located Cocorico luxury guesthouse, read more about this beautiful boutique hotel here.
✶ The entire old center of Porto is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This old center is called the Ribeira and is my favorite neighborhood by far. Explore the small, colorful and chaotic alleys along the river.
✶ Luís I bridge, the industrial symbol for Porto
✶ Church of Saint Ildefonso
✶ Port Wine, in the old city center there are still some port houses that are definitely worth a visit.
✶ Livraria Lello, Livraria Lello, the library where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for the famous Harry Potter books. This Art Nouveau book shop has become world famous resulting in endless queues at the entrance, even long before the store opens. The entrance is 5 euros.
✶ Igreja De Carmo, this 17th century church is not only worth a visit for its marvelous interiors. The facade of this building is covered with the most beautiful white-blue tiles
✶ Take a boat trip on the Douro River
✶ Visit the Sao Bento station, the beautiful station of Porto
✶ Sé Do Porto, a cathedral built at the highest point in the city. Put on your hiking boots for this tough climb but you will rapidly forget your stiff muscles once you notice the beautiful views.
Where to shop?
Rua de Santa Catarina is the main shopping street in the city. On this busy street you will find both expensive boutiques and as well as large chains. In the side streets you will find small souvenir shops and nice restaurants.
Best view over town
At Teleférico de Gaia you can not only take an iconic photo with a spectacular view over the Ibeira, but as a nice park has been laid out, it is also a place where you can have a quiet drink or have a nice picnic.
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