How To Spend 24 Hours In Porto, Portugal


Porto is an awesome city with plenty of things to see and do. There's a beautiful, but bustling, riverfront with plenty of restaurants and bars, along with companies offering river boat cruises. The city is full of buildings and churches covered in the traditional Portuguese 'azulejo' tiles, and the Luis I Bridge is a sight not to be missed.

How to get to Porto:
If you're arriving into the city by plane, Porto has one international airport (Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport) 16km away from the city centre. To get from the airport visitors can opt to get the Metro or hop in a taxi.

If you're arriving by train from Lisbon, the journey takes just over 3 hours. You need to book your seat in advance, and if you pre-book your journey at least 5 days in advance tickets are heavily discounted. We pre-booked our tickets a week in advance and they cost €15 each. Bargain!

The fast train leaves Santa Apolonia train station in Lisbon and arrives at Campanha train station in Porto. Campanha train station is a little outside the city centre, so it's best to then get a second train to Sao Bento train station. This journey only takes 5 minutes, and you can book this train journey at the same time as the main train from Lisbon. Simply select Santa Apolonia Lisbon as where you're departing from, and Sao Bento Porto as your final destination.

How to get around the city:
Walk! Porto is a relatively small city, much smaller than Lisbon, and so it couldn't be easier to walk everywhere! To give you an idea, the Chapel of Souls, which is a beautiful church covered in blue tiles, is a 15 minute walk from the Luis I Bridge. However, most of the main attractions take roughly 5-10 minutes to walk between each one.

Where to stay:
Being Porto Hostel is a modern hostel that's amazing value for money. It's located right in the centre of the city, and is close to plenty of restaurants and a couple of mini food stores if you're planning on cooking yourself. The hostel has a well-equipped kitchen, and breakfast is also included in the price of the room. A triple private room with a shared bathroom cost £104 for two nights, which works out at only £17.33 per person per night!

What to do:
With only one day in Porto, it's important not to waste a single minute!

  • Igreja do Carmo - A church covered in the beautiful blue and white tiles. You'll want to check out as many churches and buildings with tiled facades as possible during the day. For the best spots check out this post here: Where To Find The Iconic Blue Tiles In Porto, Portugal!
  • Livraria Lello - A famous bookshop known for inspiring J K Rowling when writing Harry Potter. You have to pay €4 for a ticket to enter the shop, but if you purchase any books €4 is then deducted off the price. The queue looks long, but moves fairly quickly. 
  • Clerigos Church - For awesome views over Porto head to the Clerigos Tower. The views at the top are totally worth the climb up all of those stairs!
  • Porto Cathedral - A beautiful Gothic cathedral that even has some tiled walls on the side of the building. 

  • Luis I Bridge - This iconic bridge is one of the most well-known sights in Porto. Trams and pedestrians can cross the upper level, and from up here you'll be rewarded with incredible views over the city and the river.
  • A river cruise - The best way to spend the afternoon is on the water! There are several companies offering river cruises, but I'd really recommend the BlueBoats Porto company. For €12 you can hop on a 50 minute cruise with an audio guide included. 
  • Jardim do Morro - A quirky garden that makes for a great place to soak up the sun and have an afternoon ice cream break.
  • Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar - This former monastery potentially isn't worth going inside, but the view from the balcony next to it is most definitely worth a visit!

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  1. A lot of people I know went to Portugal for their summer hols in 2017, and now I am desperate to go too! It looks so beautiful. Porto looks amazing! xx

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  2. I haven't actually been to Portugal but it looks lovely! Porto looks stunning, and the perfect place for a city break in the sunshine.

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