From its charming narrow streets and traditional neighbourhoods to its bustling nightlife and contemporary art scene, Porto is a destination that will captivate and enchant you. In this Porto 2 day itinerary, we’ll guide you through the top things to see and do in Porto, including its cultural landmarks, culinary delights and hidden gems.
Before we jump in, we’ll cover some need-to-know basic information like where it is, how to get there and the best time to visit. After the itinerary, you’ll find some additional information such as how to travel around and where to stay.
Where is Porto
Porto, also known as Oporto, is a city located in northwest Portugal, on the Atlantic coast. It’s located along the Douro River and is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon.
How to get to Porto
If you are travelling from another country or a distant location, flying to Porto is often the fastest option. Porto has its own international airport called Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), which is served by numerous airlines offering both domestic and international flights.
- Metro: The Porto Metro, also known as Metro do Porto, is a convenient and affordable option for getting from the airport to the city centre. Line E (Violet) of the metro system connects the airport to the city centre, and the journey takes about 25 minutes. The airport metro station is located right outside the terminal building, and you can purchase tickets at the ticket vending machines or at the ticket office in the airport. Trains run frequently from early morning to midnight, and the metro is a popular and reliable mode of transportation in Porto.
- Taxi/Uber: Taxis are readily available at the taxi to stand outside the airport terminal. It’s advisable to use licensed taxis, which are usually white or black in colour, has a roof light with the word “Táxi” and a meter inside. The journey from the airport to the city centre by taxi typically takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic, and the fare is based on the meter. Alternatively, you can take an Uber where you will be able to see the fare beforehand.
- Airport Shuttle: Some hotels and private companies operate airport shuttle services that provide door-to-door transportation from the airport to the city centre. These shuttles are usually shared, meaning you may have to wait for other passengers or make stops along the way. The duration is usually around 30 minutes (depending on how many stops you need to make) and the cost will almost certainly be cheaper than a taxi.
- Car Rental: If you prefer to drive, you can rent a car from one of the car rental agencies at the airport and drive to the city centre. The airport has several car rental companies with offices in the arrivals area, and you can book in advance or rent on-site. However, if you book on-site then you can expect to pay a significant amount more than if you were to pre-book. The drive from the airport to the city centre is relatively straightforward, with well-marked roads, but be aware of traffic and parking restrictions in Porto.
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- Private Transfer: Another option is to book a private transfer service, where a professional driver will meet you at the airport and take you directly to your destination in the city centre. Private transfer services can be pre-booked online and they offer a comfortable and convenient door-to-door transportation option.
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If you’re coming from another country, you can take an international train to Porto (depending on what country you’re coming from). There are direct train connections from cities such as Madrid (Spain) and Vigo (Spain) to Porto that are super easy to take.
If you’re already in Portugal, you can catch a domestic train to Porto from various cities within Portugal. The national railway company of Portugal is called Comboios de Portugal (CP), and they operate trains to Porto from cities such as Lisbon, Coimbra, and Braga, among others.
In Porto, there are two train stations: Porto Campanhã and Porto São Bento. Porto Campanhã is the main train station in Porto, and it is located slightly outside the city centre. Porto São Bento is a smaller station located in the heart of Porto, known for its beautiful azulejo tilework.
Many people combine Lisbon and Porto when they visit Portugal as they are fairly close together. A direct train between the two takes 2.5 to 3 hours.
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Porto is well-connected by bus to other cities in Portugal and some destinations in Europe.
If you’re coming from Lisbon, then you can expect the journey to take between 3 and 4 hours depending on which route and bus company you select. From locations in the south of Portugal such as Faro, it takes between 7 and 8 hours.
From destinations across Europe, routes are less frequent and may require longer travel times. Some popular international bus connections to Porto include routes from Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, and Paris in France.
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Driving to Porto can be a flexible and enjoyable way to travel, allowing you to explore the picturesque Portuguese countryside and make pit stops along the route. The roads in Portugal are generally well-maintained, but it’s important to understand how tolls work.
There are two options for paying tolls: cash/card at each toll station or using the Via Verde pass.
The Via Verde is an electronic toll system that allows for automatic payments without stopping at toll booths. Transponders are installed in the vehicle, and tolls are deducted from a pre-paid account, saving you time and avoiding queues at toll booths.
You can rent a Via Verde transponder from a car rental agency or purchase one at Via Verde service points.
If you plan to rent a car, it’s recommended to pick it up from the airport and book ahead of time to get the best deals. If you don’t book ahead, fees can be significantly higher, sometimes up to 10 times the regular price.
If you’re travelling to Porto from Lisbon, then you can expect the journey to take around 3 hours.
If your accommodation doesn’t have parking then you’ll also need to factor in the cost of paying to park your car in an overnight car park.
Tip: we paid €50 for 3 nights in Alfândega Car Park, however, you’ll need to go to the ticket office to request a special ticket rather than using the one given at the barrier.
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Best time to visit Porto
The best time to visit Porto largely depends on your preferences and what you want to do during your trip. Porto has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Here’s what you can expect from each season in Porto:
- Spring (March to May): Spring is a fantastic time to visit Porto as the weather starts to warm up, and the city comes to life with beautiful blossoms and greenery. Temperatures during spring range from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F), making it pleasant for outdoor activities and sightseeing. It’s also the shoulder season, which means fewer crowds and more affordable prices compared to the peak tourist season.
- Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season in Porto with warm temperatures ranging from 16°C to 27°C (61°F to 81°F). It’s a great time to enjoy the beaches, take boat tours on the Douro River, and indulge in the city’s vibrant nightlife. However, it can get crowded and more expensive during this time, so be prepared for higher prices and longer queues at popular tourist spots.
- Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another pleasant time to visit Porto, as the weather remains mild with temperatures ranging from 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F). The foliage in the surrounding areas turns beautiful shades of orange and red, making it a picturesque time to explore the city and the nearby wine regions of Douro Valley. Autumn is also the grape harvesting season, so you can witness the wine-making process and enjoy the harvest festivals.
- Winter (December to February): Porto experiences mild, damp winters with temperatures ranging from 8°C to 14°C (46°F to 57°F). While it may not be the best time for beach activities, it’s a great time to enjoy the city’s cultural attractions, such as museums, historic buildings, and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Plus, Porto is known for its festive Christmas markets and decorations, which can add a magical touch to your visit.
2 days in Porto itinerary overview
- Day 1
- Lazy Breakfast Club
- City Highlights
- Lunch at Catina 32
- Immersive Gallery
- 6 Bridges Cruise
- Dinner at Bota&Bira
- Day 2
- Breakfast at Mercador Cafe
- Pastel del Nata cooking class
- Lunch at Honest Greens
- Grahams Port Lodge
- Dinner at Casario
- Fado show
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Porto 2 day itinerary
Porto itinerary day 1
Breakfast at Lazy Breakfast Club
First up on this Porto 2 day trip is The Lazy Breakfast Club and it’s one of the most Instagram-worthy breakfast spots in the city.
You’ll find an extensive menu filled with delicious things to eat. Whether you’re in the mood for fluffy pancakes, eggs benedict or a full English breakfast, The Lazy Breakfast Club does not disappoint.
They have both outdoor and indoor seating. Inside you’ll be able to enjoy the quirky all-pink decor and outside is a great spot for people-watching.
However, be warned that this restaurant is always in high demand. You’ll need to arrive early or book ahead via our website to secure a spot at this highly sought-after breakfast spot in Porto.
Discover the cities highlights
One of the best things to do when you first arrive in a city is to explore the most notable and iconic highlights. From delving into rich history to gaining a sense of direction in your new surroundings, exploring the best of what’s on offer is an essential part of any traveller’s Porto itinerary.
Instead of aimlessly wandering the streets of Porto and hoping to stumble across the right spots, the best way to do this is with a tour which is logically led around the city by a knowledgable local who can provide you with excellent recommendations for the rest of your visit to Porto.
Below are a handful of diverse tours which cater to the unique preferences of different travellers.
Walking tours are one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to gain insight into a city right off the bat.
Usually, you’ll be collected from your accommodation or given a meeting point ahead of your tour. Once the group has arrived, you’ll set off on a historical journey through the city’s most important points with a guide who is a gold mine of knowledge.
The experienced guides will not only show you the iconic landmarks, but they’ll share insider tips on day-to-day life in the city, including hidden gems in every neighbourhood, bustling markets, and the best places to eat and drink like a local.
Typically, tours last around 3 hours and you’ll be given a break at the halfway point.
Although a lot of walking tours are advertised as free, you are expected to make a donation at the end of the tour. Personally, I prefer to book a paid walking tour where I know exactly how much is expected to be paid and I can read the reviews ahead of time.
Tuk Tuk tour
Tuk-tuks, which are compact motorized vehicles with three wheels, are popular for short tours and transportation in cities worldwide. Exploring the winding streets and historic landmarks of Porto on a tuk-tuk tour is an exciting and exhilarating experience that will no doubt leave a lasting memory in your mind.
Your tuk-tuk adventure in Porto will typically begin at a designated meeting spot, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide who will serve as your driver throughout the tour. The open-air design of the tuk-tuk lets you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the city as you cruise along its streets.
Although these are more expensive than a walking tour, it’s more of an experience and a unique one at that. It’s also an excellent option for those who are less able to be on their feet for long periods of time.
A bike tour in Porto is a great way to explore the city’s sites in a fun way whilst still burning some calories – although, it’s likely that the bikes will be e-bikes since Porto is pretty hilly.
Most bike tours in Porto typically start from the city centre, near popular landmarks such as Ribeira, which is the historic district of Porto and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Avenida dos Aliados, a grand boulevard lined with beautiful buildings.
The exact route and duration of a bike tour in Porto can vary depending on the tour operator, but you can almost guarantee these will pass the same important historical sites and last between 2 and 3 hours.
A Segway is a self-balancing electric vehicle that allows you to effortlessly glide through the streets, making it a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation for sightseeing.
A typical Segway tour in Porto usually starts with a brief training session where you’ll learn how to ride a Segway safely. Once you feel comfortable, you’ll embark on your guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide who will take you on a route carefully curated to highlight the best sights and landmarks in Porto.
Lunch at Catina 32
Lunch at Catina is a must during your 48 hours in Porto since it’s one of the best places to eat in the city.
As you step through the doors, prepare to enter a world where industrial chic meets boho. You’ll be swept off your feet by the charming atmosphere of this laid-back haven. The walls are a testament to the beauty of polished concrete, accented with mismatched crockery, verdant plants, and vintage knick-knacks that range from a retro bicycle to an old typewriter. Every corner is so sweet and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a whimsical wonderland.
As for the food here, it’s as good as it gets, as Cantina 32 is the ultimate gastronomic destination. Chef Luís Americo has curated a menu that is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its delectable offerings. From appetizers like the smoked salmon and quail eggs, to larger dishes like the Lafões veal – you’ll be in for a real treat at this incredible food spot.
As you cross the threshold into the captivating gallery, a wondrous realm unfolds before your eyes. The walls are adorned with spellbinding projections that breathe life into the masterpieces of legendary artists. The atmosphere is charged with a symphony of visual marvels, enchanting music, and immersive 360º projections that whisk you away into the imaginative realms of these celebrated creators.
There are a number of exhibitions throughout the year, however below is what you can expect from the Monet and Klimt exhibition.
In the Monet exhibition, you find yourself surrounded by a rainbow of colours and nature-inspired motifs. Projections of Monet’s iconic water lily paintings shimmer and dance on the walls, creating a serene and enchanting atmosphere. You can hear the gentle sounds of water flowing and birds singing as you wander through the gallery, feeling as though you’ve stepped into one of Monet’s idyllic landscapes.
In the Klimt exhibition, you are transported to a world of luxury and decadence. The gallery is bathed in golden light, and projections of Klimt’s sumptuous paintings adorn the walls. The intricate patterns and rich textures create a sense of luxury and grandeur, while classical music plays in the background, adding to the sensory richness of the experience.
6 Bridges Cruise
A 6 Bridges Cruise in Porto is a remarkable experience that takes you on a captivating journey along the Douro River.
This cruise allows you to explore and admire the iconic six bridges that span the river, each with its own unique architectural design and historical significance. These bridges are a testament to Porto’s rich engineering and architectural heritage and include the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, which is a double-deck iron bridge that spans the river in a majestic arched structure.
The cruise typically begins at the Ribeira waterfront, known for its narrow streets, colourful buildings, and lively atmosphere. From there, you embark on a leisurely boat ride that takes you under the six bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, the two sides of the Douro River.
As you cruise along the river, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the stunning views of Porto’s skyline, with its historic buildings, churches, and landmarks standing tall on the hillsides. The knowledgeable guides on board provide an informative commentary, sharing interesting facts and stories about the bridges, their history, and the surrounding area.
The cruise typically lasts about 1 hour, providing ample time to soak in the panoramic views and capture stunning photos of the bridges and the surrounding scenery.
Dinner at Bota&Bira
Bota&Bira is located in the historic Ribeira neighbourhood of Porto. The restaurant is decorated with a modern touch and offers a welcoming atmosphere. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor seating offering great views of the Douro River.
The menu at Bota&Bira offers a mix of traditional Portuguese dishes and modern international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Some popular menu items include “bacalhau” (salt cod), “Arroz de marisco” (seafood rice), and “polvo à lagareiro” (grilled octopus).
In addition to the food, Bota&Bira offers a great selection of craft beers, both from Portugal and other countries. They have a rotating selection of beers on tap, as well as a selection of bottled beers.
Porto itinerary day 2
Breakfast at Mercador Café
Mercador Café is a popular café located in the heart of Porto. It is known for its speciality coffee, friendly atmosphere, and cosy interior design.
The café sources its coffee beans from small producers and roasts them on-site to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. They offer a variety of coffee drinks, including espresso, cappuccino, latte, and filtered coffee. In addition, they also serve a selection of teas, juices, and pastries, and of course, they have a great breakfast menu.
Mercador Café’s breakfast menu includes classic options such as croissants with butter and jam, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches. And, for those looking for healthier options, they also offer things like granola and acai bowls. Alternatively, you’ll find additional options like avocado toast or customizable omelettes made with fresh ingredients.
All breakfast items are made with high-quality ingredients and are served with a side of freshly brewed coffee or tea. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely breakfast, Mercador Café is a great spot to start your day in Porto.
Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma’s Recipe
If you’re a fan of the famous Portuguese Pastel de Nata or you have a sweet tooth for warm, flaky, and creamy custard tarts, then a Pastel de Nata cooking experience is a must-try!
During this unique culinary adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history and origins of the beloved pastel de nata from your friendly local host. You’ll step into their cosy kitchen, where you’ll be welcomed like family and immersed in the traditions of this classic Portuguese treat.
Your host will share with you a cherished family recipe, passed down through generations, as you follow along and learn how to create the perfect pastel de nata from scratch. From mixing the ingredients to rolling out the dough and filling it with the luscious custard, you’ll get hands-on experience in crafting these delectable pastries.
As the aroma of freshly baked pastries fills the air, you’ll gather around the table with your host and fellow participants to enjoy your creations. Sip on drinks and savour the warm, freshly baked pastel de nata as you engage in lively conversations and learn more about the local culture and culinary traditions.
Not only will you leave this experience with a satisfied sweet tooth, but you’ll also gain new cooking skills, authentic recipes to recreate at home, and perhaps even some new friends. It’s a truly memorable experience that allows you to connect with the heart and soul of Portuguese cuisine, and create lasting memories to cherish.
Lunch at Honest Greens
Honest Greens is not just any restaurant – it’s a paradise for those seeking a healthy, delicious, and sustainable dining experience. With an unwavering commitment to using fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients, this spot has quickly become the place to be.
As you enter the minimalist and modern interior, you’ll be greeted by an open kitchen where you can watch the talented chefs whip up your meals. The atmosphere is casual yet inviting, making it the perfect spot for a quick lunch or a leisurely afternoon.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, there are a plethora of options to choose from that are both delicious and healthy. The dishes burst with flavour and colour, and with a seasonal menu that changes regularly, you can be sure that every visit is a unique and unforgettable experience.
One thing to bear in mind is that Honest Greens is one of the most popular spots in Porto – so be sure to beat the lunchtime rush and arrive early, as it can get quite busy.
Porto has become a popular destination for surfers of all levels, from beginners to experienced wave riders.
The beaches of Porto offer a variety of surf breaks suitable for different skill levels. Praia de Matosinhos, located just a short metro ride from the city centre, is one of the most popular beaches for surfing in Porto.
Another popular surf spot near Porto is Praia do Cabedelo, located just across the river from the city in Vila Nova de Gaia. Praia do Cabedelo is known for its consistent waves and is a favourite among experienced surfers.
If you’re looking to take a surf class, then you’ll find many surf schools in Porto offer classes that are adapted to different skill levels, with expert instructors providing guidance and assistance for beginners to get started on their surfing journey. So, even if you’re new to surfing, you can feel confident and supported as you learn the basics and ride your first waves.
As you take your first steps into the world of surfing, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the sport and gain new skills that you can practice on the waves. Surfing is not just a physical activity, but also a unique and thrilling experience that allows you to connect with nature and challenge yourself in a whole new way.
Grahams Port Lodge
Nestled in the heart of Porto, the 1890 Graham’s Lodge is a historic gem that offers a unique experience for wine lovers and history enthusiasts alike. With its stunning location overlooking the city and its iconic two-tier bridge, this lodge is a must-visit destination for those seeking to learn about the rich history and production process of Port wine.
One of the highlights of visiting Graham’s Lodge is the opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of this renowned wine producer. Learn about the origins of Graham’s, a distinguished Port wine house that has been producing exceptional wines for over a century. Discover the stories behind the vineyards, the winemaking techniques, and the people who have contributed to the legacy of this esteemed brand.
Of course, no visit to Graham’s Lodge is complete without indulging in a tasting of their exquisite wines. Sample the finest selections from Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos, Vintage Port, and old Tawnies, and discover the unique flavours and characteristics of each wine. Expert sommeliers and guides will be on hand to provide insights and recommendations, ensuring a truly immersive and educational wine-tasting experience.
Dinner at Casario
Casario is a popular restaurant located in the Ribeira neighbourhood of Porto. It’s situated in a historic building with traditional Portuguese architecture and offers a super cosy and relaxing atmosphere.
The restaurant’s menu features a range of traditional Portuguese dishes, with an emphasis on seafood, however, they also have an incredible selection of meat dishes, as well as vegetarian options.
In addition to the food, Casario is known for its great selection of Portuguese wines, which are sourced from various regions throughout the country.
One of the highlights of dining at Casario is its location on the banks of the Douro River, which offers stunning views of the water and the Ribeira neighbourhood. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor seating offering an especially scenic dining experience.
If you’re a music lover seeking to get involved in the rich cultural heritage of Portugal, then Fado is a must-experience genre during your Porto 2 day itinerary.
Fado is not just a genre of music, but a profound expression of Portuguese culture and history. Its origins can be traced back to the 19th century in the working-class neighbourhoods of Lisbon, where it was born out of the struggles and joys of everyday life.
Fado is characterized by its mournful melodies, melancholic lyrics, and heartfelt performances that tug at the heartstrings of the listeners. It reflects the Portuguese concept of “saudade,” a deep emotional longing or nostalgia for something lost or unattainable, which is at the core of the Portuguese identity.
Typically, Fado shows are enjoyed whilst sipping on a glass of Port. Since Porto is on the edge of the Douro Valley, you’ll almost certainly have something produced from here. This premium wine boasts a rich and complex flavour profile with notes of dried fruits, nuts, and spices, making it a perfect match for the emotional depth of Fado.
Other things to include during your two days in Porto
If you can add any extra days to your Porto two day itinerary then below are some excellent things to do in Porto and its surrounding areas.
The Douro region in Portugal is known for its breathtaking landscapes, world-class wines, and delectable cuisine and is one of the best day trips from Porto.
If you have a car, then you can explore the Douro Valley independently, however, it’s worth bearing in mind that the roads are not the best.
Alternatively, you can embark on a journey to experience the best of Douro with a curated tour that includes wine tastings, a scenic cruise, and a sumptuous Portuguese lunch.
The Douro region is home to numerous vineyards and wineries, each with its own distinct character and history. With a tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit at least two unique locations and enjoy samples of Port wine at each stop. You’ll learn about the wine-making process, from grape to bottle, and of course, be able to indulge in the tastes and aromas of the region’s famous Port wines.
During the tour, you’ll take a leisurely 1-hour cruise along the calm waters of the Douro River and admire the terraced vineyards, picturesque villages, and dramatic cliffs that line the riverbanks.
No visit to Douro is complete without indulging in the region’s delicious cuisine. During the route, you’ll enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch featuring typical products from the Douro region. From succulent meats to flavorful cheeses, fresh fruits, and aromatic olive oil, you’ll be treated to a mouthwatering feast that showcases the best of local flavours before returning back to Porto.
Aveiro is a charming coastal city known for its picturesque canals, colourful boats, and beautiful beaches. It is often referred to as the “Venice of Portugal” due to its network of canals that run through the city, lined with colourful historic buildings.
One of the main attractions in Aveiro is its historic centre, with its narrow streets and Art Nouveau architecture. The city is known for its beautiful tilework, particularly the traditional Portuguese azulejos, which adorn many of the buildings in Aveiro, adding to its unique charm.
Aveiro is also famous for its Moliceiro boats, which are brightly coloured boats that resemble gondolas and are used for tours along the canals. Taking a Moliceiro boat tour is a popular way to explore the city and learn about its history and culture.
Booking a tour from Porto will make a trip to Aveiro hassle-free. Here are some of the most highly-rated experiences:
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of the province of A Coruña in the autonomous community of Galicia, located in northwestern Spain. It is a historic and cultural city that is famous for its medieval architecture, religious significance, and the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
With a tour here, you’ll journey across the border into Spain and head to Santiago de Compostela and make a stop at the picturesque Valença do Minho on your way back to Porto.
As you arrive at the cathedral, admire its architectural splendour, which showcases a mix of Romanesque and other influences. You may even have the opportunity to attend a mass and soak in the spiritual atmosphere. You’ll enjoy some free time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage city centre, with its medieval streets, historic buildings, and vibrant cultural scene.
On your return journey to Porto, you’ll make a stop at Valença do Minho, a charming historical village located on the northern border between Portugal and Spain. Valença do Minho played a significant role during the Middle Ages and was part of the famous Caminhos de Santiago. You’ll be able to explore the city dominated by its fortress, with its two towers and double walls, and take in the picturesque scenery.
Braga and Guimarães
Braga and Guimarães are two historic cities located in the north of Portugal, both of which are well worth visiting.
Braga is known as the “Rome of Portugal” due to its rich history and many religious monuments. It is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and has been an important religious centre for over 2,000 years. Some of the most notable landmarks in Braga include the Sé Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal, and the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, which is a stunning baroque-style religious complex with a beautiful staircase and gardens.
Guimarães, on the other hand, is known as the “birthplace of Portugal” as it was the birthplace of the country’s first king, Afonso Henriques. The city has a beautifully preserved historic centre with narrow streets and medieval architecture, including the impressive Guimarães Castle, which dates back to the 10th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Paço dos Duques de Bragança is another notable landmark, a palace built in the 15th century that now serves as a museum. Guimarães also has a vibrant cultural scene, with many festivals and events throughout the year, including the celebrated Festival Manta, which is dedicated to contemporary art.
4×4 Mountain Tour
A 4×4 Mountain Tour from Porto is an adventurous way to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the city. There are several tour companies that offer this type of experience, typically lasting a half or full day.
During the tour, you will be driven in a 4×4 vehicle through the hills and mountains that surround Porto. Depending on which tour you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to see stunning views of the Douro Valley, lush forests, rolling hills, the beach and even a local winery to sample some goods.
Gerês National Park
Gerês National Park (Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês) is a protected area in northern Portugal, covering over 700 square kilometres of rugged mountain landscapes, dense forests, pristine rivers, and waterfalls. The park is located in the region of Minho, spanning parts of the districts of Braga, Viana do Castelo, and Vila Real.
Some of the highlights of Gerês National Park include the picturesque village of Pitões das Júnias, the stunning waterfall of Tahiti, the Miradouro do Pedra Bela viewpoint with sweeping views of the mountains, and the 16th-century Sanctuary of São Bento da Porta Aberta – one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal. Visitors can explore the park on foot, by bike, or by car, with several hiking trails and scenic roads that wind through the mountains.
One of the popular activities to do in the park is canyoning, as there are waterfalls, pools, slides, and narrow gorges, making it an exciting and challenging experience for adventure seekers. Some of the best experiences are below:
How to travel around Porto for 2 days
Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, has a well-developed transportation system that makes it easy to travel around the city. Here are some options for getting around Porto:
- Metro: Porto has a reliable and efficient metro system that connects the city centre with its suburbs. The metro operates from 6 am to 1 am and has six lines covering most of the city.
- Bus: Porto also has an extensive bus network that covers areas not serviced by the metro. Buses operate from 5:30 am to 1 am, and tickets can be purchased on board or at designated kiosks.
- Tram: Porto has an iconic historic tram that runs through the city centre and along the riverfront. The tram is a popular tourist attraction, and it can get crowded during peak hours.
- Taxi/Uber: Taxis are readily available in Porto and can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. Uber is also available in Porto and can be a more cost-effective option.
- Bike: Porto is a bike-friendly city, and there are many bike rental companies that offer hourly, daily, or weekly rentals. Porto has a bike-sharing scheme called “Gira,” which allows you to rent a bike from one of the many stations located throughout the city.
- Walking: Porto’s compact size makes it an excellent city for walking. The city centre is relatively flat, and most of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other.
Is 2 days in Porto enough?
You can visit Porto in 2 days and see all of the highlights in the city quite easily.
However, if you’re looking to do some of the popular day trips from Porto then you may want to consider adding an extra day or two.
For example, one of the highlights in the area is the Douro Valley and most people who are visiting Porto add this to their itinerary as a priority. If you’d like to do the same, then it might be worth giving yourself two days in Porto and one day to explore the Douro Valley.
Which is nicer Lisbon or Porto?
Both Lisbon and Porto are beautiful cities in Portugal, each with its own unique charm and appeal.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. It has a mix of old-world charm and modern vibes, with its narrow alleys, grand squares, and colourful tiled facades.
On the other hand, Porto is known for its picturesque setting along the Douro River, its historic centre, and its famous wine, Port.
Ultimately, whether Lisbon or Porto is “nicer” depends on what you are looking for in a destination.
Is it cheaper to go to Lisbon or Porto?
Porto is generally considered to be more affordable compared to Lisbon. The cost of accommodation, dining, and other services in Porto tend to be slightly lower compared to Lisbon, although prices can still vary depending on the specific location and type of establishment.
That being said, both Lisbon and Porto can offer a range of options for different budgets, and there are ways to make your visit more affordable in either city. For example, opting for budget accommodations, eating at local cafes and restaurants, and taking advantage of free or low-cost attractions can help keep costs down in both cities.
Why is Porto so popular?
With its UNESCO World Heritage Site historic centre, picturesque Ribeira neighbourhood, and renowned Port wine cellars, Porto offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibes.
The city’s warm and friendly atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and diverse cultural events make it a compelling destination for travellers seeking an authentic and memorable experience.
Where to stay in Porto for 2 days
Best neighbourhoods and hotels
The Ribeira is a picturesque neighbourhood located along the Douro River, with stunning views of the Dom Luís I Bridge and the historic city centre. It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Porto, with colourful buildings, narrow streets, and a lively atmosphere.
- Budget: The Central House Porto Ribeira
- Mid-range: Descobertas Boutique Hotel Porto
- Luxury: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site
Cedofeita is a trendy neighbourhood located in the city centre, known for its hip cafes, bars, and boutiques. It is a great area to stay in for those who enjoy a lively and youthful atmosphere.
- Budget: So Cool Hostel Porto
- Mid-range: ABC Hotel Porto – Boavista
- Luxury: Palace Museum – Espaço Palmeiras
The Baixa is Porto’s commercial and cultural centre, with grand plazas, historic buildings, and trendy restaurants. It is a great area to stay in for those who want to be close to the city’s main attractions.
- Budget: CATS Porto Hostel
- Mid-range: Decanting Porto House
- Luxury: The Editory Boulevard Aliados Hotel
Foz do Douro
Foz do Douro is a charming seaside neighbourhood located on the outskirts of Porto. It is a great area to stay in for those who want to be close to the beach and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere.
- Mid-range: Hotel Boa – Vista
- Luxury: Vila Foz Hotel & SPA – member of Design Hotels
Explore Portugal further
If you enjoyed this Porto 2 day itinerary and you’re looking to explore Portugal further, then you may want to check out Lisbon with this Lisbon 2 day itinerary.
Stay Wild Travels.
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