Airport Notes: Porto is a modern airport. It’s the hub for TAP Air Portugal and is serviced by both Easyjet and Ryanair. Many more important airlines have steady service to the airport.
Transportation to-and-from the airport: The airport is 17km away from the downtown area. It’s a quick taxi ride away, barring any rush-hour traffic. There’s also a subway station inside the terminal, called, appropriately, Aeroporto. It’ll take you downtown to Trinidade station in 40 minutes for 2 euros.
Get around Porto via the metro, by bus, by taxi, by boat (if you want to skip over to neighboring city Vila Nova de Gaia), by helicopter, by funiculars or even elevators and do not forget walking.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and the place from where the famous port wine is exported. Port wine is mostly made in the Douro region, but it is exported out of the city of Porto.
What’s Great and Fun?
Well, of course there is the port wine. A lot of the former port wine factories offer various tours for the different brands made there.
The Costa Ribeiro, or riverfront, is where most of the nightlife happens in Porto. It is an absolutely dazzling place and activities take place on both sides on the river. There are large, open-air pubs where people can have drinks and relax. It is lovely during the day and gets busier and busier throughout the night.
Walking around this distinctive city and taking pictures is a treat. During the day, you can see Porto’s history. At night, it gets very, very dark, which makes for spectacular photos.
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Visit the vintage bar of Armazem located not too far from the Douro River’s edge, while strolling along the streets of Rua de Miragaia, pop in and have a drink!
As regular readers of this column know, I don’t know anything about clubs. Sorry!
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Porto Travel Blog: What to See and Do
Within the city center, begin your exploration of Porto with Ribeira, near the river, also the World Heritage area. On the other side of the river there is Ribeira de Gaia in which you will find the Port Wine Cellar.
Centro Português de Fotografia (Portuguese Photography Museum) was created by Portugal’s Ministry of Culture in 1997 as a way of ensuring a national policy for photography. Different exhibits are shown during different times of the year.
You can enjoy some of Porto fresh produce at the Mercado do Bolhão, an old-fashioned fruits, vegetables and meat market. Small restaurants with reasonably priced, good local dishes are available and once you do not mind interacting with strangers this is a place you will enjoy. When you pick your option on Porto travel blog based on what you want to do and see in the city.
Want to experience an amazing view and do not mind climbing 240 steps? Then make a visit to Torre dos Clerigos – one of Porto’s classic landmarks.
The city of Porto was designated the European capital of culture and the Casa da Música was built to mark to the festive year of 2001. It was also aimed at being exclusively dedicated to music, public performances and artistic training and creation. It was officially opened in 2005.
Check out the Tram 22, which is an old tram that offers a touristic route.
Taking a port wine tour to see the wines caves in the so called port capital is a must while visiting Porto. Getting there is easy, once you are staying around Vila Nova de Gaia; it is only a five minute walk across the Douro River. Other surrounding areas can access it by bus; these tours also include port tasting.
Cruise up the river Douro, a 50 minute cruise is priced around €10; however, there are day long cruises for a higher price and the scenery is breathtaking. If you do decide to go look for cruises leaving from the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river as they may offer discounts for the cave tours.
If you are not afraid to be locked in a room and race against time to get out, try the Porto Exit Games – you have 60 minutes to get out!
Take a stroll through the city of Porto and discover hidden mysteries the city may hold, do not be afraid to take in the old but rich history of this European city which has held on to tradition like no other.
If you visit Porto in the summer (July) you might be lucky to witness the Super Bock Super Rock Festival featuring local and international artist performances.
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Tipping in Porto
Just like in most of Europe, it is not expected to tip unless you are in a touristic area. Usually locals would tip only if the service has been exceptional. This applies for restaurants, hotels, and taxis.
Porto Travel Blog: Common Scams & What to Avoid
Porto is a relatively safe city, but the regular warnings apply.
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