I had the chance to discover Porto for a girl’s weekend last year. This city is full of history, great monuments and small streets. There’s plenty to see for a weekend and if you’re staying for a week you might want to do some day excursion from the city.
Day 1: Old streets and crossing the Douro
Sao Bento Station
Sao Bento Station is famous for its inside, covered in blue tiles. Each wall show a famous scene or battle, the details are striking. The area around the station is not magical but if you head toward the Liberdade Square, you can find something to eat in one of the restaurants .
Se do Porto Cathedral
Famous Cathedral of Porto! I found the cathedral itself impressive but I preferred by far the amazing view you have from up there. Wander around the cathedral and get a little bit lost in the streets around.
Ponte Louis (top)
From Se do Porto reach the Ponte Louis on the higher crossing to get an incredible view on the Douro and Porto. If you’re scared of highs this might not be the best moment for you, however I would really recommend it!
Port Wine Cellars
Once on the other side, you’ll have to go down to the Port Wine cellars (and by down I mean like REALLY down! Mind your steps!). During the tourist season, there is a market on the bank of the rivers. Make sure you try the Pastel de Nata, typical pastry from Portugal, made with milk (Nata).
Don’t visit a Port cellar here, they’re the most expansive of the city! See Day 2 for my recommended Port Cellar.
Ponte Louis (bottom)
After a little break on the river bank, cross again, this time on the lower crossing of the Ponte Louis bridge to head toward the Ribeira.
The other side of Porto river bank is full of restaurants, bars and tourist shops. Choose one, sit down, have a drink and wait for the sunset!
Day 2: Parc and Port make a great mix
Torro del Clerigo
Its 3€ to climb up the Torro del Clerigo and… a lot of queuing! It was a nice experience but not the best view of Porto from my point of view.
Parc Palacio de Cristal
Great parc to relax and take it slow on a sunny afternoon. The trees provides a very welcome shade and freshness to hide from the crowd and heat. The walk back to the center by the river side is also great!
Taylor Wine Cellar
The walk to the Taylor Cellar is worth it! The place is gorgeous and very classy. For 5€ you’ll get a Cellar visit and a degustation of 3 different type of Port. Enjoy!
Day 3 – Last wanders
Rua St Catarina for some shopping
St Catarina street is THE shopping street of Porto, there some famous brands, some less famous and some small shops. My little favourite is “Parfois”, where you will find original jewellery and accessories at a very good price.
St Flora Street
We discovered this street while looking for a place to eat. There lots of small café and restaurants.
Mercado de Bolhao
The market was closed on the last day as it was a bank holiday, but it looked really nice and authentic from the outside.