Visit Porto in 2 days – check here our detailed guide

The city of Porto gave the name to Portugal (Portucale) and to the world famous wine that goes by the same name. However, the city is not just names, it was also awarded with the prize of European Best Destination in the years of 2012, 2014 and 2017. When you visit Porto, soon you’ll realize this is a cosmopolitan city where the ancient meets the contemporary.

People visiting Porto are amazed with its undeniable beauty and they leave this city with the certainty that they’ll be back sooner or later!

To help you plan your trip to Porto, I’ve prepared this guide where you can find:

  • The detailed itineraries to visit Porto in 2 days
  • Where to Sleep
  • Where to Eat
  • Where to Go
  • Public Transportation
  • Total cost of spending 2 days in Porto

Visit Porto: Itinerary Day 1

 São Bento Train Station

São Bento train station is the perfect place for you to begin your visit to Porto. Whether you come from the airport or from another Portuguese city by train, this station is a great starting point, a place that will dazzle you even before you set foot in the city.

When you get to the train station, go to the main hall and admire the walls decorated with hundreds of glazed tiles depicting the daily life and Portuguese history.

  •      Opening hours: Everyday from 05h to 01h40
  •      Location:  Praça Almeida Garret
  •      Tickets: Free Entry

Majestic Café

Visit the most beautiful Portuguese café , founded in 1921 and considered to be one of the top 10 most beautiful cafés in the world. In Majestic Café you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner but beware of the prices! Prices here are higher than average, but you can relax and have a cup of coffee.

  •      Opening Hours: From Monday to Saturday, 09h30 to 00h
  •      Location:  Rua Santa Catarina 112
  •      Cost of a cup of coffee: 2 euros

Bolhão Market (Mercado do Bolhão)

Continue your stroll through the pedestrian street Rua de Santa Catarina and then to Rua Formosa until you get to Mercado do Bolhão. In this market, built in 1914, you’ll feel like you were in a small village. Here, you can admire the wooden newsstands, fountains, glazed tiles and, of course, you can also buy all sorts of fresh food and even eat at a small restaurant.

  •     Opening Hours: From Monday to Friday, 07h to 17h and on Saturdays from 07h to 13h
  •      Location: Rua de Alexandre Braga 81
  •      Tickets: Free Entry

Aliados Avenue (Avenida dos Aliados)

Begin your visit to this place in the end of the avenue, where you can admire the wonderful city hall building. Then, go downwards to Praça da Liberdade and turn right to Rua dos Clérigos.

  •     Location: Praça General Humberto Delgado
  •     Tickets: Free Entry

Lello Bookshop (Livraria Lello)

Considered as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, Lello Bookshop is one of those places you don’t want to miss when you visit Porto. Inside, you’ll be amazed with its unique atmosphere and spectacular staircase. Know that you aren’t allowed to take any photos there, but with a little bit of luck and if you get there early, maybe they’ll make an exception.

  •     Opening Hours: From Sunday to Friday, 10h to 19h30 and on Saturdays from 10h to 19h
  •     Location:  Rua das Carmelitas 144
  •     Tickets: 3 euros

Clérigos Tower (Torre dos Clérigos)

Facing the bookshop, some metres away, you’ll find Clérigos Tower. Here, you’ll get one of the best views in the city but first you’ll have to climb the 240 steps to get to the top of the tower.

  •     Opening Hours: Everyday from 09h to 19h
  •     Location: Rua Senhor Filipe Nery
  •     Tickets: 2 euros

Church of Nossa Senhora da Vitória Viewpoint

Visitar o Porto com menos de 150 euros : Miradouro Vitoria Porto
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After Clérigos Tower, go down to Rua de São Bento da Vitória and admire the Church of Nossa Senhora da Vitória. Before you head down to Palácio da Bolsa, take a minute to enjoy the beautiful view over Douro river, Luis I bridge and the Cathedral.

  •      Location:  Rua de São Bento da Vitória 2
  •      Tickets: Free Entry

Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa)

Visitar o Porto com menos de 150 euros : Palácio da Bolsa
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If you visit Porto you must go to Palácio da Bolsa, otherwise it would be like going to Paris and not go to the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1862 in a Neoclassical style and inspired in a Neo-Moorish style, this monument will be worth your while! During your visit, you must go to the amazing pátio das Nações and the magnificent Arab Room.

  •     Opening Hours: Everyday from 9h to 18h30 (in the summer) and from 9h to 12h30 and 14h to 17h30 (in the winter)
  •      Location: Rua de Ferreira Borges 44
  •      Tickets: 7 euros

St. Francis Church (Igreja de São Francisco)

Next to Palácio da Bolsa’s building you’ll find St. Francis Church. It is probably the most beautiful church in Porto, in part because of its gilded wood interior. After visiting the church you can visit the museum and the crypt where many people are buried.

  •     Opening Hours: Everyday from 9h to 17h30 (from November to February), to 19h (in March, April, May, June and October) and to 20h (in July, August and September)
  •      Location: Rua do Infante Dom Henrique 129
  •      Tickets: 3.50 euros

Ribeira

My suggestion for the end of your first day tour would be the square Praça da Ribeira, in Douro’s riverfront, and the alleys around it.

Here you can admire the amazing Luis I bridge, designed by the engineer Théophile Seyrig, Gustave Eiffle’s disciple; in addition, be amazed by the rabelo boats, once used to transport the wine barrels down river, from the wineries to Porto (over 100 km distance). Some of these boats are now used to take tourists on a Douro river tour.

  •      Location: Praça da Ribeira
  •      Tickets: Free Entry

Visit Porto: Itinerary Day 2

Serra do Pilar Monastery

 

If you want to visit Serra do Pilar monastery, take the metro, yellow line (D), in São Bento metro station, Santo Ovídio direction, and get off at Jardim do Morro station, right after Luis I bridge.

At this monastery you can admire the church and cloister built in 1538. Its round shape construction is a replicate of Santa Maria de la Redonda in Rome, and one of a kind in Portugal; it is also the most beautiful viewpoint where you can best gaze at the historic centre of Porto.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9h30 to 17h30
  • Location: Largo de Aviz, Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Tickets: 1 or 3 with access to the dome
  • Metro tickets: 1.20 euros

Porto Cálem Cellars

Port Wine Cellar -©visit.pt

Head down to Porto Cálem cellars to discover the history of one of the biggest port wine companies, founded in 1859. During your visit, you’ll discover the history of Porto Cálem and of Douro region.

Afterwards, you’ll have the privilege of going to the cellars where port wine is maturing and, finally, the opportunity to savour the well known port wine.At the end of the tour you can purchase some of the wines produced by Porto Cálem – I wouldn’t recommend it though!

Prices are higher than in wine stores that sell the same port wine. Some of the cellars take advantage of the tourists to increase the price of their products.

  • Opening hours: Everyday from May to October, 10h to 19h; November to April, 10h to 18h
  • Location: Avenida Diogo Leite 312, Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Tickets: 5 euros

6 Bridges Cruise

Cross Luis I bridge on foot and head to Praça da Ribeira to go on a 50 minute cruise – his cruise will give you the opportunity to admire the six bridges over Douro river. This tour is made on a rabelo boat, once used to transport the barrels of wine from the wineries to the cellars.

  • Tours: Everyday from 10h to 18h in the summer and from 10h to 15h in the winter
  • Location: Praça da Ribeira
  • Tickets: 10 euros

Ferdinand Wall (Muralha Fernandina)

From Cais da Ribeira go to Guindais funicular which is facing the lower deck of Luis I bridge. Here, climb up the stairs that will take you to the Ferdinand Wall, built in the 14th century. This wall protected the city of Porto that had expanded by that time.

  • Location: Rua Arnaldo Gama 80
  • Tickets: Free Entry

Santa Clara Church

Just next to the Ferdinand Wall you’ll find the amazing Santa Clara church, built in the 15th century. It truly is a real Baroque master piece that will astonish you with its decorative exuberance.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9h30 to 12h and 15h30 to 18h; Saturday, from 15h to 18h and Sunday, from 10h to 11h. Closed on public holidays
  • Location: Largo 1º de Dezembro
  • Tickets: Free Entry

Cathedral of Porto (Sé do Porto)

Just 200 metres away from Santa Clara church you’ll find the magnificent cathedral of Porto, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. One of the characteristics of this cathedral is that it was fortified to protect the inhabitants of the city during raids.

While you’re in the cathedral, take the opportunity to go to the treasure room, to the dispensary and to the cloister where you can admire biblical scenes depicted on the glazed tiles. In front of the cathedral you can enjoy the magnificent views over the downtown and Douro river. Make sure you go to this monument when you visit Porto!

  • Opening Hours: Everyday, from 9h to 12h30 and from 14h to 19h in the summer and to 18h in the winter
  • Location: Terreiro da Sé
  • Prix: Free Entry to the church and 3 euros to admire the cloister

Porto Tram City Tours – Line 1

If you’re not going to Lisbon, then you should go on a tram city tour when you visit Porto. Try the historic tram that will take you from the historic centre to Foz do Douro, where Douro river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The line 1 of the tram goes from St. Francis church to Passeio Alegre in 25 minutes, along Douro river.

If you stay in Porto for another day, know that you can enjoy Luz beach in the warmest days – it’s just 750 metres from the tram station in Passeio Alegre.

  • Tours: Everyday, from 9h45 to 17h45 (October to Mars) and from 9h30 to 20h20 (April to September)
  • Tram Stations: Infante / Passeio Alegre
  • Tickets: 5 euros, round trip

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