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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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Porto Food and Wine Tasting Tour, Porto, null
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Porto Food and Wine Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 95 Reviews

We believe that the best way to discover our culture is through the taste, sitting around at a table, sharing stories, learning about our history, enjoying ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.76
Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting, Porto, Food Tours
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Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 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 $18.29
Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto, Porto, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

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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 $107.61
Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch, Porto, Day Trips
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

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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 $137.50
Best of Porto Segway Tour, Porto, Day Trips
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Best of Porto Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 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 (approx.)

From USD $82.50
Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance, Porto, Segway Tours
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Porto Sightseeing Tour at Night with Fado Performance

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Take a guided drive through Porto at night, and then enjoy dinner and a Fado show in a traditional Porto restaurant. See Porto’s avenues, churches and Douro ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.68
Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour, Porto, Night Tours
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Small-Group Porto Food and Wine Tour

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Chow down on some of Portugal’s signature dishes on a small-group food tour of Porto! The 3.5-hour morning walking tour takes in the cafes and bars around the ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.18
City Sightseeing Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Porto, Food Tours
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City Sightseeing Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Hop-on to a City Sightseeing Porto bus tour and begin your adventure through this beautiful coastal city! The city, famous for its grand bridges and port ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $17.94
Extreme Canyoning from Porto, Porto, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Extreme Canyoning from Porto

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Spend your day of adventure filled with epic canyoning, stunning waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Test your courageous spirit and dare to jump from canyons ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.68
Porto Walking Tour, Porto, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Porto Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 75 Reviews

Get to know the history of Porto on this walking tour with an expert local guide! Explore the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, seeing ...  Read more

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

From USD $21.52

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