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Top 5 free – Porto

17 September 2012 Portugal, Top 5 free 6 comments

As I’ve been to Porto in the last few days and while I still have clear memories of my trip’s details, I am going to tell you the coolest free things to do in Porto …Especially as I have was really looking for pick up free stuff. What I can tell you is that Porto is a cool city with a bohemian atmosphere, a city where past wealth and contemporary poorness intertwine, but what comes out of it can create a special mood … As a plus, what will please you more are the low prices of food and accommodation, as well as the fact that you can find very nice things to do…for freeJ

  1. Free tours in Porto – I have decided to highlight these tours every chance I get. Well, Porto as well has free tours. Unlike other parts of Europe where you have to be at a certain time at a certain place (a central one, generally speaking), when it comes to the Porto tours you need to telephone a night before. That’s that, you call. Anyway, take a look on their site.
  1. Free tours at the Porto wine producers – in general, the visits of the few “caves” on the shores of the river Douro cost money, but there is one producer that offers these tours for free! It’s called Taylor’s  and you can find him in the same area, approximately, as the others, in Gaia, on the left shore of the Douro river. More than that, you get a free Porto tasting session made by Taylor’s!
  1. Take a bath in the Douro.  I only saw young people from Porto that were jumping from the Luis bridge directly into the river, but if you know how to swim it would be an experience! If the bridge seems too high for you, you can jump from the shore that is full of restaurants J
  1. Visit the train station. Not necessarily to leave anywhere, but, as simple as that, it has the most beautiful azulejos (tiles) out of the entire town. An absolutely superb interior that cannot be missed.
  1.  Go to the Lello bookstore! Built in 1906, in a period when the competition between the bookstores from Porto was tight and each and every one of them tried to stand out, the Lello bookstore is considered one of the most beautiful top 3 bookstores around the world. The neo-gothic façade hides a dreamy interior where, some say, scenes from Harry Potter might have been shot…and it is probably true. What’s annoying is the fact that you can hear the yelling of the staff at every 2 minutes “No pictures, please!”. Just act like you don’t understand it and go ahead take pictures.

These are pretty much the coolest 5 things that you can do for free in Porto. I would add the visit to the Cathedral or the crossing of the river on the Louis I bridge, but I would probably end up to 10 or 15 top free things to do in Porto…And, anyhow, as I have said already…the prices are pretty low in Porto, so you can discover an extraordinary city with on a small budget!

Images in Porto

Porto: Douro river

In all certainty the free tour will take you on the shore of the Douro river


The neighborhood with the Gaia wine cellars …Taylor’s is around here somewhere as well :)

Porto: Douro river

What do you say about a bath in the Douro?

Porto: The Porto train station

The Porto train station

Porto: The Lello bookstore

The Lello bookstore

Până acum există "6 comentarii" la acest articol:

  1. Violeta says:

    Porto is awesome! I’ve been there for only one week and I was so impressed with the city that I only have ONE photo from that trip (and that was taken because I needed a phone number to call about renting an apartment). It’s funny, each time I think of writing an article about Porto, I postpone it because I don’t have pics to show how gorgeous and intriguing it is. I somehow missed the Lello bookstore, I’ve put it on my list for when I go back there.

  2. […] I love some cities that appear decrepit at first sight. Let’s take Porto. Besides the huge bridges over Douro, I cannot name any wow monument… but the old, pretty ruined […]

  3. Hitomi Nomi says:

    Best thing to do in Porto is an escape game in Porto Exit Games (http://portoexitgames.com)!
    Even in a weekend break you’ve must go there!
    For 60 minutes you and your friends will be trapped in a room. You goal is to get out in time!
    You will be transported into a different reality where you are the main characters of a thriller game where the main challenge is to get out in time

  4. Ana Sousa says:

    This information is not right anymore. Taylor’s are paid cellars.

    I suggest Porto Walkers free tours to get te best suggestions – portowalkers@gmail.com

  5. Nidia says:

    Hi guys, this article is a little bit outdated. The tours mentioned here are no longer available. When I went to Porto I did the Free Walking Tour with Porto Walkers ( http://www.portowalkers.pt ), and found them through their TripAdvisor page. They’re locals and I found their tour to be really passionate! I also did one more tour with them, the Port Wine Tour. Had a great time and drank a lot of Port.

    BTW: I was told in most places that Free wine tastings are no longer available. Don’t know if it’s generalised or in high season…
    Thanks guys!


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