What to see in Porto in 5 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Capital of the north of Portugal, Porto is the third city by number of inhabitants. Located on the Douro River and not far from the Atlantic, this area is the place where the famous fortified wine is produced. It is also a city full of life and the characteristic contrasts that animate the great Portuguese centers, full of charm and a veil of sweet melancholy.

Find out with us what to see in Porto in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your day with a self guided or walking tour in the Ribeira district, reaching the Igreja de São Francisco (Nov-Feb 9: 00-17: 30, Mar-Oct 9: 00-19: 00, Jul-Sep 9: 00-20: 00). It is a church built in the Gothic style and then decorated in the Baroque style, unique of its kind.
From here, you just need to cross the road to visit Casa Do Infante (Tue-Sun 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 00-17: 30), the birthplace of Henry the Navigator.

Have lunch on the river, from Bacalhau (€ 15,00) you can taste the typical cod.
Then stroll along the river and enter its romantic alleys. Start at the Palácio da Bolsa (9: 00-18: 30), one of the main attractions of the city. A street not to be missed in Porto is the Das Flores street, where you can listen to street music and particular shops.
As the time of sunset approaches, cross the Dom Luis I bridge and enter Vila De Gaia. Along Cais De Gaia you will find numerous wine bars for taste of the excellent port.

Dine at the Mercado Municipal da Beira Rio (every day 10: 00-22: 00) inside which you will find different inns that will allow you to take freshly prepared food and enjoy it on the common tables (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,1 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Igreja de São Francisco (€ 7,50), Casa Do Infante (€ 2,20), Palácio da Bolsa (€ 10,00), via Das Flores (free), Cais De Gaia (free), Mercado Municipal da Beira Rio (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • 3-hour guided tour of the historic center and along the river 3-hour guided walking tour of the best of the city
  • Lunch at Bacalhau (Get directions), Dinner at Mercado Municipal da Beira Rio (Get directions)

2 day

Reach São Bento Station (7: 15-20: 00) by walking along Flores street for about 5 minutes. Completed in 1903 and still active, Porto's central station is adorned with over 20 thousand Azulejos.
Then walk down Rua de Sà da Bandeira and in less than 10 minutes you will reach the Mercado Do Bolhão, frequented mainly by locals, where you can find all the Portuguese specialties.

Stop for lunch on the ground floor of the Mercado Do Bolhão (€ 20,00).
After you've had your fill of fish, head to the Sé do Porto cathedral (9: 00-18: 30), built in the highest part of the city. It is only 1 km from the market, so you can walk there along Sà da Bandeira and Dom Afonso Henrique. Also visit its charming cloister, adorned with azulejos representing scenes from religious life.
Cross the Dom Luis I bridge and join the Jardim Do Moro (always open) in Vila De Gaia to enjoy a postcard sunset with a view of the historic center of Porto.

Dine at Taberninha do Manel (€ 20,00) enjoying the view in a typical Portuguese tavern, with stone floor and wooden tables, and enjoying genuine cuisine.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 38 min
  • Places visited: Sao Bento Station (free), Bolhão Market (free), Sé do Porto Cathedral (free) Cathedral Cloister (€ 3,00), Jardim Do Moro (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • private tour with local guide
  • Lunch at Bolhão Market (Get directions) Dinner at Taberninha do Manel (Get directions)

3 day

Enter the Jardim da Cordoaria to begin today's visit with a pleasant walk in the greenery. Reach the nearby Igrea do Clérigos (every day 9: 00-19: 00) which has the highest tower of Portugal: to reach its 76 meters, you will have to climb 200 steps but the view is worth it (every day 9: 00-19: 00, online ticket € 6,00).
If you love books and are fascinated by Harry Potter, now is the time to reach the Lello and Irmao bookshop (every day 9: 30-19: 00). The library carries the charm of over a century and precisely because of its internal architecture it was used as a set for some scenes of the saga.

Have lunch at the Flor Dos Congregados restaurant (€ 15,00), then take bus 200 in via Filippa de Lancastre and get off at the Palacio stop for visit the Palácio de Cristal (every day 9: 00-19: 00). These gardens are located in the upper part of the city and offer a wonderful view over the Douro River to the Atlantic Ocean, ideal for strolling and relaxing.

Take metro A or metro B and join the Casa da Musica, an imposing modern building used as an auditorium and venue for important concerts. After the visit, stop for dinner at the restaurant with a beautiful terrace (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Jardim Do Cordoaria (free), Igrea do Clerigos (free), church tower (€ 6,00) Lello e Irmao bookshop (€ 5,00), Palácio de Cristal (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • ticket for the Torre dos Clerigos
  • Lunch at Restaurante Flor dos Congregados (Get directions), Dinner at Casa da Musica Restaurant (Get directions)

4 day

Enjoy a day discovering the wonderful Douro Valley, with wine tasting and river cruise. This is one of the most fascinating areas of Northern Portugal, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich in vineyards and where the famous port wine is produced.

Get picked up near your hotel at around 8:30 am and enjoy a boat trip to explore the area's river and bridges.
The itinerary includes a first stop in Peso da Régua, and then reaches Quinta de Santa Julia. Lunch break included in the tour and then you can enjoy a visit with tasting in a local winery and a beautiful boat ride on the river.

Dine on your return to the Taberna Dos Mercadores (around € 25,00 per person) which will allow you to taste excellent Portuguese dishes in an environment with a familiar rustic elegance.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: tour duration 8 hours, departure 8:30 am with pickup near the hotel
  • Places visited: tour of the Douro Valley (€ 85,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • From Porto: Douro valley, wine tasting and cruise
  • Lunch included in the tour, Dinner at Taberna Dos Mercadores (Get directions)

5 day

And after the fourth day in the Douro Valley, dedicate the morning of the fifth day of your stay in Porto to the visit to the Wine Museum (Tue-Sun 10: 00-17: 30), a museum that tells the whole history of Port wine.
At the end of the visit, take the train from Porto Campanha station (departures every 40 min, duration 20 min, each way € 2,50) and reach Espinho, a picturesque seaside village located on the Atlantic ocean.

Stop for lunch at Tasca da Maria (€ 25,00), not far from the station and the beach, and enjoy the typical seafood cuisine of the area. In the afternoon take the opportunity to stroll and relax in what is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. You can also admire the quaint fishing village with its folkloric colorful boats and the street fish market. In the late afternoon, return to Porto and enjoy some well-deserved food shopping on the famous Rua Santa Catarina street.

End the day with dinner at O ​​Buraco (€ 15,00), a modern and affordable restaurant that will satisfy your craving for Portuguese food.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 47,3 km / 1 h 9 min by car including transfer from / to Porto
  • Places visited: Wine Museum (€ 2,50), Espinho (free), Rua Santa Catarina (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Porto Card with 1, 2, 3 or 4 day transport
  • Lunch at Tasca da Maria (Get directions), Dinner at O ​​Buraco (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

The cost of living in Portugal is definitely lower than the cost of living in Italy, which makes it a popular destination for travelers, whether backpackers or luxury lovers!

Thanks to the many links and direct flights with Italy, you will find many offers to reach directly to Porto airport without going through Lisbon! The city also offers a wide choice of accommodation, from small b & bs to more luxurious hotels, thus adapting to the request of any budget.

Even for lunches and dinners you can save a lot, preferring small clubs or markets, where you can taste the typical traditional dishes low price. Of course, there is no shortage of prestigious restaurants with wonderful views of the river and the city!

  • starting from € 95,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • sightseeing bus, river cruise and wineries evening tour with typical dinner and fado show From Porto: Douro valley with lunch and river cruise
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 418,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Porto: from April to October, mild and sunny climate
  • Porto Francisco Sà Carneiro airport is 12 km from the center, connected by metro line E (€ 1,20), by bus with lines 601, 602, 604 (€ 1,90), by taxis (average ride between i € 30,00 and € 40,00) or with private transfer
  • the best areas to stay are Ribeira, Boavista, Vila Nova de Gaia, Bessa and Foz do Douro, close to the historic center and well connected by public transport
  • Getting around: in the historic center on foot, to reach more distant places the subway (5 lines, single cost € 1,10) and the bus (active 24 hours a day, single ride € 24)
  • Recommended cards and passes: Porto Card, allows entry to museums, monuments and attractions. There is a version that also includes the use of public transport - buy online

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