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3 Days in Porto & Northern Portugal: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2015

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Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city – is rich in architecture, museums and wine. It’s a lively city built on the steep granite rising above the Rio Duoro with a UNESCO World Heritage listed old town of cobbled streets tumbling steeply down to the medieval waterfront – the Ribeira district. Famous as a wine district for centuries, this is a place to imbibe in good tastes and great sights.

Day 1: Explore Porto

Porto is full of great buildings with a couple of contemporary gems amongst the very Portuguese tiled facades and older Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical styles. Take a panoramic tour of the city to get your bearings then wander at your own pace, stopping at the cafes and bars along the way so you don’t just see Porto but live its lifestyle as well. Head up to Taylor’s with its wonderful views of the city; cross the river on the Ponte de Dom Luis I designed by a student of Gustav Eiffel; visit Casa da Musica, the new opera house designed by Rem Koolhaus and described as ‘insane’ yet ‘brilliant’; wander the Avenida des Aliados and look at the Beaux Arts facades; climb to the hilltop cathedral and visit the many churches of Porto. Along the way you’ll find Roman ruins, azure-blue-tiled buildings and museums galore – including one full of trams (Museu do Carro Electrico), and the Museu de Arte Contemporanea, another modern architectural masterpiece.

Day 2: It’s All About the Wine

For centuries, this area has produced wines – port anyone? Take a day trip to Duoro where vineyards cling to the stunningly beautiful steep cliffs. Back in Porto learn the history of wine-making in the area at the Museu do Vinho do Porto. Head down to the lively, historic port area of Ribeira, see the barcos rabelos (the traditional wine-ferrying boats). Then head across the river to Villa Nova do Gaia for wine cellars and museums. In the evening you have your choice of traditional fish soups in family-run cafes, or, in summer, European DJs playing music into the wee hours of the morning at the riverfront clubs and bars – you can even do both!

Day 3: Further Afield

You know Porto, now get to know the rest of Northern Portugal. Start with Braga, the fifth-largest city in the country and a mixture of the old and new eras. Visit the cathedral, the sanctuaries, the magnificent church of Bom Jesus do Monte, and the nearby National Park of Peneda-Gerez. Then head to Guimaraes, one of the most historic cities and often said to be "where Portugal was born." Wander around the medieval city and visit the Guimaraes Castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace. Climb or catch an elevator up Penha Mountain for views of the city. Other places of interest are Solar de Mateus, a villa outside Vila Real that is the actual 1740 house depicted on the label of the Mateus Rose bottle! For folk dancing, head to the town of Miranda do Douro.

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Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 362 Reviews

Visit Portugal’s prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.42

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Cross the border into Spain and retrace part of St James Way – a sacred route followed by centuries of pilgrims – on a visit to Santiago de Compostela from ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.86

Porto Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Explore Porto on a self-balancing electric Segway, and follow a guide through the city’s UNESCO-listed Ribeira neighborhood. Choose from a morning or afternoon ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.41

Porto Food and Wine Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Eat your way around Porto on this must-do 4-hour food tour, visiting the city’s top cafés and markets. Discover belt-busting Portuguese classics like the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.21

6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore northern Portugal on a six-day tour. Departing from Lisbon, discover important cities like Porto and Braga, as well as historical locations like ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $853.36

Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Go sightseeing in Porto at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour to see the city’s historic attractions and castles, beaches and port. Don’t miss a thing ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $14.58
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Travel north on a day trip from Porto to two of northern Portugal's historic cities, which are currently basking in the European spotlight. First, discover the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.22

Porto City Tour Including Cruise, Port Wine Tasting and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Experience Porto’s unique culture, standout sights and world-renowned wine on a small-group day tour. Accompanied by an enthusiastic guide, take a scenic drive ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.81

Best Day Trip to Douro

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

See one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where Man has overcome the slopes of the land, planting vines in what can be considered open air ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.62

Wine Tour of the Vinho Verde Region from Porto Including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Taste Portugal’s distinctive ‘green’ or ‘young’ wine on this scenic day trip from Porto to the lush vinho verde wine region. Travel through the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.02

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