Travel options in Porto

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Travel options in Porto

If you’re planning to travel to Porto, then you must do your homework and do some reading about this destination. Your research must not just be about where to stay, what to eat or what to do, you must also know how to get around.

Porto is a fascinating place, breathtaking in its natural beauty and majestic in its form. For visitors touring Porto, beware that the city's hilly terraints will be a worout. While walking around Porto will allow you to appreciate its beautiful landscapes and wonderful architecture better, roaming the city’s steep slopes by foot will behard for those not used to that terrain. A tip: wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Still, you must not let this fact deter you from basking in Porto’s delightful surroundings and beautiful scenery, as there are many ways to explore the city.

Top experiences to get around Porto

Porto/Gaia Bike Tour

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€35.00 p.p.

Getting Around in Porto

  • Public transportation would allow you to move around and see as much as you can, as most places of interest are accessible through the metro system. If you will be doing a lot of roving, it would be helpful to get a Porto card or Andante card from a ticket machine or the ticket office. This card will give you unlimited trips and discounts on various tourist attractions.
  • Porto’s bus service is another way of getting around the city. You can also use your Andante card for unlimited trips on the bus. If you have data on your smartphone, you can easily locate buses and metro stations which are both integrated with Google maps.
  • You can also ride the funicular system, which connects Ribeira and Batalha. Like the metro and bus systems, you can also use your Andante card for the funicular.
  • Another form of public transportation is the tram, or electric cars that travel from Douro to Foz or around the city center.
  • There is also an abundance of taxis in the city, but they are a more expensive way of getting around compared to the bus, the metro or the funicular. However, taxis are very convenient and very efficient especially for airport transfers. If you will be riding a taxi, make sure to always ask for a receipt upon payment.
  • If you wish to drive a car because you do not want to be transferring from one station to another or waiting for bus schedules, you can find many establishments that offer right hand drive cars for rent. However, driving in Porto can be challenging due to its narrow and twisting streets.
  • There are also bike rentals that cater to tourists who want to discover Porto. However there are only two cycle paths in the city – from Luis I Bridge to Matosinhos, and between the City Park and the river.

Experiencing Porto in Style

  • Go sightseeing as you travel down the Douro River aboard a river cruise ship. Take pictures and breathe in the sights, sounds and smells of the city along its historical town beaches.
  • Have the most breathtaking five minutes of your life as you go on the Teleférico de Gaia cable car. Watch the captivating Douro River and the red rustic roofs of Gaia’s wine cellars as you descend from the top of the Dom Luis bridge to the Vila Nova de Gaia waterfront.
  • If you want to take pictures of the Ribeira but are not sure your feet and legs can take it, you can join the Porto Segway Tour. Here you would be able to go around on the Segway, an electric scooter for pedestrian areas and stop and admire different buildings and structures.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Kimberly Teresa
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Make Your Own Traditional Porto Tile

We would like to thank Teresa for being so accommodating. Our tile workshop was scheduled to be on Thursday but due to bad weather our flight was delayed. Teresa kindly switched our workshop to the following day and we were able to enjoy her workshop. She began by giving us a little introduction of tiles in Portugal and then let us choose our designs. Overall it was a relaxing and informative session.

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Patricia Joao
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Cool Street Art Tour in Porto

We had a private tour, walked around the city with Joao showing us all of the amazing pieces and stickers around Porto! It's great to know the history and story of street art and graffiti, we even got to make our own sticker! Would recommend it for sure :)

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Karla Patricia
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Pasteis de Nata Workshop + home dinner

Patricia is a wonderful host and SO speedy to communicate with during the planning phases! She didn't bat an eye when traffic caused us to start 20 minutes late and greeted me with a glass of wine and spread of bread and cheese. Over conversation with Patricia, her partner Rui and their kiddo Davide, I learned a bit about local customs and their international visitors.

Then we hit the kitchen to stir up the custard base and cut out the tart shells. We combined the two, popped it all in the oven and allowed dessert to bake while we enjoyed soup, gumbo and a variety of vegetable side dishes. It was a feast—but be sure to save room to enjoy one of the pastries you whipped up!

I'd highly recommend this experience as a way to get an authentic taste of the local cuisine and lifestyle.

Note: It's a bit tough to spot the location of the event, but the folks at the gym nearby can point you towards the correct address # and door. Cheers!