Itinerary of a 3 days city trip to Porto which lies close to the Atlantic Ocean on the Douro River.
Porto is well connected to the rest of Europe by its airport and railway stations. Even though Lisbon might attract the bigger crowds Porto has its own unique culture, food and flair and is therefore just as good as the capital.
|Our 3 Day Porto Itinerary|
|1. Dom Luís I Bridge|
|3. Douro River & Port Wine Cellars|
|4. Beaches and the Ocean|
Dom Luís I Bridge
The Dom Luís I Bridge spans over the Douro River and connects both parts of the city with this iconic sight. It’s a good place to take some pictures of the old town and the port wine cellars below.
Ribeira is the name of the old town and is situated north of the river. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site despite the fact that lots of the old houses are in a very bad shape. You will find many bars, restaurants and art galleries as well as smaller hotels here.
Douro River & Port Wine Cellars
On the southern side of the Douro next to the Dom Luís I Bridge you will find the famous port wine cellars. Some of them (like Sandeman) offer tastings with a tour into their cellars.
The wine grows on the steep slopes of the Douro River just behind the city. A boat tour up the river is a good way to see this beautiful landscape.
Beaches and the Ocean
The old Tram Line 1 runs from the city centre to the mouth of the river at Passeio Alegre in around 20 minutes. It takes another 10 minutes to walk to the lighthouse and the beach.
You can easily walk further north to the bigger beaches of Matosinhos Sul.