24 Hours in Porto
Places to sleep, eat and visit while traveling solo in Porto
I recently visited Porto and I loved it. It was only a weekend getaway for a congress but I took an extra day for a little break. I had already been to Porto both with friends and my children, but this time I went solo and so I leave you with some more tips.
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How to go from Porto Airporto to the city centre?
Upon arriving at Porto Airport, there is a direct connection with the Metro, Line E, with a direct route to Trindade station, one of the most central metro stations in Porto, with connections to other lines. The trip lasts about 30 minutes and the metro ticket costs 2 € + rechargeable walking card 0.60 €. (Attention, you have to validate the card when starting each trip, even when changing lines.)
Where to stay in Porto?
There are lots of cool places to stay in Porto, from luxury hotels to hostels, or Airbnb’s. I usually stay at the Gallery Hostel, on rua Miguel Bombarda.
Next on my wishlist are:
. Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments,
. Mo House
. Baumhaus Serviced Apartments.
Where to eat in Porto?
Oh, so many options, endless really … locals gave me several tips but I can say that in 24 hours I just managed to try two classics, good old-fashioned restaurants, where we can sit at the counter while enjoying a fresh beer, also localy known as “fininho”.
. Casa Guedes and its famous ham sandwich with sauce (use several napkins …;)
. Marisqueira Madureira: preguinho, caldo verde, rissolzinho, francesinha, camarão … it’s all good.
I also went to Zenith to have a brunch; the music, the atmosphere, the service, the house beer… everything was lovely, although there was a huge line at the door.
What to visit in Porto?
Given the diversity of things to visit in Porto and its surroundings, 24 hours are far too little time, but here’s a Top 4.
- Clérigos Tower
- Boat trip in the Douro
- Wine Tasting at Port Cellars
- Serralves Foundation
And then, get lost…enjoy strolling down the alleys, staircases and sidewalks, look at the tiled facades and the attic windows, visit the local markets and listen to the street musicians. Go downtown to Ribeira to cross the bridge D. Luis over the river Douro; have a drink and soak up the view.
I want to go back…See you soon, my friends!