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Porto is Portugal's vibrant industrial and commercial center. The city itself is not very densely populated, it has only about 300,000 inhabitants. Of course, except for tourists who simply adore this Portuguese city. Since the beginning of the century, Porto has seriously rebuilt. Became cleaner and more enjoyable. And there are so many entertainments that you won’t want to leave here at all.

Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, OPO

The airport consists of a three-level modern terminal with dozens of shops and cafes. In terms of convenience and cleanliness, this place has no questions at all. Travelers at the airport of this Portuguese resort often note clear navigation, despite the fact that the gates are not in the order of their digital values ​​and can be confusing. Wi-Fi works pretty well here, but the charges for the phones are rather small and it’s better not to count on luck with them. But next to the boarding gate there are free showers and you can put yourself in order with some comfort.

Of the minuses of the airport are queues. There are few control personnel, many travelers, and thorough customs control (perhaps even too much). All this leads to a long wait. If you arrive and see that there is still at least half an hour waiting for your turn, just exhale and think about the wonderful days in Porto that await you further.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

To get from the airport to Porto will not be a problem at all. This can be done cheaply, quickly and with maximum comfort on the purple branch of the local metro. Trains run on average every 20 minutes from six in the morning until half past one in the morning. Travel time will be about 25 minutes, and ticket price is $ 2.5, and the ticket is valid for 1 hour 15 minutes.

If you need to get to a specific area where the metro does not go, or if you suddenly need to get to the center at night, you have to use the bus. At the airport, many city bus routes converge, among which you need to choose the most suitable. The cost will be about the same as on the subway. But driving to the center, for example, will take about 50 minutes. Therefore, if you want to go by public transport, the best option, of course, is the metro.

Ready to take a taxi to the center? Prepare also 20-30 euros for the trip. In order not to bother with local taxi services, just call Uber.

Quick facts about Porto

Car rent
from $ 5 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 17 per night
Currency
EUR
Евро

Reference average prices in Porto

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 8,23
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 32,94
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 1,98
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 1,54
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 748

Best time to visit Porto

Best season to travel: May to September
Prices
Hotel from $17
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from 6°C to 23°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 1260 mm
Weather

Porto has a temperate climate, so you need to go here in the summer. It’s hot, but so nice that you don’t even notice it behind the refreshing ocean breeze.

Porto Sightseeings

The city is very diverse in architectural terms. It combines medieval houses with cutting-edge business centers. In general, the geography of Porto pleases the eye, but does not please the legs at all. The city is built on the hills, and the abundance of stairs will make sweat even the most trained travelers. However, in the Porto you can always (and should) stop for a short break in one of the thousands of establishments with delicious food and strong wine.

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This richly decorated 75-meter bell tower, lovingly looking at the city of Porto, is perhaps the most important symbol of the city. The tower was opened in 1763. The then-famous Italian designer Nicolau Nasoni had a hand in the beautiful Baroque ornaments and architectural elements of the building. If you dare to overcome all 225 steps inside the tower, you will have a magnificent 360-degree view of the whole city.

Crystal Palace Gardens

When you look for this park on the maps and stumble upon photographs of dinosaurs, know that this is not the Crystal Palace. In the one that is worth recommending, there are no prehistoric figures, but there is a real maze of green paths, unusual trees and sculptures. All this was built by the German landscape architect Emil David. A walk through the gardens will bring a sense of calm, satisfaction and a great mood.

Serra do Pilar

It is a high hill above the Douro River. You need to climb Serra do Pilar before sunset, taking food for a picnic with you. But first you need to visit a local monastery of the 13th century and learn more about the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the northern region of Portugal: the historic centers of Porto and Guimaraes, the Douro wine region and the archaeological park of Coa.

Porto Wine Cellars

Oddly enough, you need to go to the neighboring town of Gaia for the wine cellars of Porto. Here you need to take an excursion and touch the long tradition of local winemaking. You will be told the history of Portuguese wine, taught the distinctive features of different varieties. And in the end, of course, there will be a tasting. Of particular interest are the cellars of Sandeman, in which there is even a wine museum, or Cockburn, where you will be given the opportunity to try a whole range of Portuguese delicacies in addition to wine.

Livraria Lello

The Guardian called this store the third most beautiful in the world. Is this funny? Of course not! This bookstore is over a hundred years old. This pearl of the Art Nouveau style with an abundance of Gothic details, stained glass windows and a fabulous red staircase that inspired Joan Rowling to create Hogwarts. Of course, getting into the store because of Harry Potter fans can be problematic, and they even sell tickets at the entrance. Therefore, if you really do not want to wait, go to several similar shops in the neighborhood. They may not be so cult, but they are similar in style and it’s much easier to get inside.

Fos

In fact, it is a mini-city in Porto. In the 19th century there was a seaside resort, where stiff British came with great pleasure. Now there is an abundance of excellent beaches (many of which have been awarded the Blue Flag International Award). There are also a lot of street cafes located right in the middle of the rocks. Nearby are Keiho Fort, Passio Alegre Fountain, Felgeiras Lighthouse, Mole Breakwater and the most bizarre part of the area called Old Fos.

What to eat in Porto

First of all, buy a classic local Francesinha sandwich in Porto, which literally means “little French girl". It's made from bread with ham, sausages and other meat. Topped with cheese and seasoned with a special sauce. It is said that every local cafe has its own secret recipe for this sauce, which makes an ordinary sandwich typical Portuguese.

A typical Porto dish is Tripas à Moda. This is a stew of beef tripe, smoked meat and white beans, which is usually served with rice. In 2015, the city even celebrated the 600th anniversary of this high-calorie dish.

The national treasure of Portugal is the dried and salted cod bacagliau. This dish is so popular that there are more than 365 ways to cook it (and some even count to 1000). In other words, every day of the year you can eat a new kind of baccalau. You will find this cod, cooked in a variety of ways: baked, grilled, canned, fried, served with various side dishes. In general, you can fill your gourmet weekdays in Porto with just one bacagliau for several weeks.

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