If 1 day is short, and 2 not enough, we think that 3 days are ideal to know almost all the essence of Porto.
The best option to stay in, for 3 days in Porto, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you!
- Go down in the “Rua dos Caldeireiros” street, where you are staying and enjoy the beauty of the main avenue of Porto, the “Avenida dos Aliados” that owes its name to a tribute to the Allied Countries in the first World War. All the buildings that you will see are made of quality granite, many of them crowned with summits, pinnacle spires and skylights. Take the opportunity to take unique pictures, to know the building of “Câmara do Porto” and the brand of our city, “Porto.”.
- Once again go down and visit the “Estação de S.Bento”, one of the most beautiful train stations of the World and one of the most important monuments of the city, made by the architect Marques da Silva, coated with twenty thousand tiles by Jorge Colaço.
- After the train station, go up until you get to “Sé Catedral do Porto”, here you have a privileged view over the Douro river, excellent to take some pictures. Also visit the inside of Sé Catedral, the Museum and Cloisters.
Take a break to lunch after this long walk. We recommend the “Arroz de Frono” restaurant in “Mouzinho da Silveira” street.
- After lunch, go down the street, and meet the magnificent building of “Palácio da Bolsa“, and go visit the “S.Francisco” church. With a gothic style, its construction has initiate in the 14th century, and it is recognized by its outstanding baroque decoration in carved gold.
- Now, go down until you get to “Ribeira“, and finish your afternoon there. Don’t forget to cross de “D. Luís I” bridge.
If you prefer, you can have dinner at “Ribeira”, or, if you cross the bridge, have dinner at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Wake up early, and walk until you get to Ribeira, again. Here you will catch the “Eléctrico”, (tram) the oldest transport facility of Porto. More precisely the Line 1, which will take you in an unforgettable walk until “Foz do Douro”!
- Once in Foz do Douro, visit the “Farol de S.Miguel”, a primitive lighthouse, being the first building purely Renaissance in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. Was built in 1527.
- Don’t forget to visit “Forte de S.João Baptista”, a fort also known as “Castelo de S.João da Foz”. Was built in 1570 and i tis na exemple of militar architecture.
- Now go to the beaches zone and visit “Castelo do Queijo”, a castle built in the 17th century, which had been used to defend our country during the invasions, because of its dominant position over the ocean.
To lunch we recommend that you go to “Parque da Cidade”, the city park and have lunch at “Meet Park”.
- After lunch, we couldn’t fail to suggest a walk in “Parque da Cidade”, in all its area, guaranteed you won’t regret. Here, also visit the “Pavilhão da Água” an interactive water pavilion, where are developed educacional activities that highlight the importance of water.
- To finish the second day, we suggest that you go meet our little Oceanarium, the Sea-Life, an ideal local to visit among family. The YOURS GuestHouse takes care of the tickets, so you don’t have to worry!
- Come back to Porto, and if you enjoyed the morning journey, repeat at the return!
Have dinner at our restaurant, the YOURS Bistrô, a cosy and well located space with quality dishes with affordable prices!
The first thing to do is, catch the Porto subway until you get to “Casa da Música”.
- We want you to know the controversial building “Casa da Música”. Let yourself be captivated by its unusual and incredible architecture. A project of the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In 2007, “Casa da Música” won the Royal Institute of the British Architects Award.
- Once there, visit the “Jardim Botânico do Porto”, a botanic garden, located in the Andresen House. The “Jardim Botânico”, was there installed by the Porto University in 1957. Nowadays owes its importance to the botany aspect, with a substantial range of rare and exotic species, bul also due to its dimension. It’s a literary space with many references to Sophia Mello Breyner Andresen.
- Now, go to “Fundação de Serralves”. We recommend you to have lunch and spend the afternoon here too. Wind through the gardens, and see the wide tree and shrubs density and the more of eight thousand specimens of plants! The origin of this park, date back to 1923. Certainly you will love to spend here your afternoon. Visit the museum, the most important of Contemporary Art, made by the Portuguese architect, Siza Vieira. Finally, visit the “Casa de Serralves”, that many describe as a “trip back in time”, due to being an unique specimen of Art Deco of the 1930s (twentieth century).
- Come back to the centre of Porto, through “Foz do Douro” and enjoy having dinner there, if you value the freshness of freshly caught fish!
After a long day, come back to YOURS GuestHouse Porto, to a peaceful night’s sleep! We sincerely hope you have enjoyed this 3 days in Porto! See you soon!