Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city in northern Portugal that is perfect for a 2 or 3-day stop on your Portuguese vacation. I traveled there in February of 2022 and have highlighted what to do and where to eat in this Perks of Porto post.
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Where To Stay
I travelled to Porto with 3 friends so we stayed in this amazing Airbnb right in the center of Porto. We were able to walk to all of the sights we wanted to visit, and then be able to come back and relax in this spacious apartment with bright windows.
*Note: This particular Airbnb was quite loud at night as it was located close to the party street of Lisbon. If you want a quieter, restful evening, book a different Airbnb
What To Do
In every city I travel to, I love joining the free walking tour. In Porto, we met the tour guide in the center of town and spent 2 hours learning about the history of Porto, which included seeing the famous blue tiles in the train station (my favourite spot!) and trying a pastel de nata (not pictured). Remember to always have cash on hand after the tours to tip the wonderful tour guides.
Port Wine Tour
Evan made a recommendation to go to the Ferreira Port Tour across the bridge in Gaia and I was happy to join him. Ferreira has been around since 1751 and remained in Portugese heritage. The 1.5 hour tour allows you to learn about the history of the company, visit the cellar, and try four versions of their port.
Rumor has it that this bookstore inspired J.K. Rowling while she was acting as a professor in Portugal. Buy your tickets online and try going on off times to avoid long wait times. Your $5 entry can be used toward a book purchase.
Where to Eat
In order to try the famous dish from Porto, francesinha, we arrived at this local Portugese restaurant. Francesinha is a heavier dish, made up of bread, various meats, cheese, more bread, various meats, and more cheese and then smoothered in gravy with a fried egg on top. This was an excellent one, and well priced.
-Chocolataria das Flores (order the hot chocolate)