I booked this trip almost a year in advance since I found a very cheap deal, took a risk, and jumped on it. I have no regrets! Porto is a very beautiful city with great food. I found it very easy to just walk around and take my time! Porto is pretty walkable, so you can do a lot without walking too far. But, there are a lot of hills so you will be walking up and down - it reminded me a lot of San Francisco.
To get around besides walking, you’ll want to get an Andante card at the transportation hub you get into. The city and metro buses are charged as either a one-way zone-based fare, or a 24-hour pass based on per zone. A lot of the things you’ll be doing will probably fall within zone 2, so there’s no need to pay extra for a more expensive ticket.
I stayed at the Porto Spot Hostel which was slightly better than average based on my past experiences. The hostel was clean and had free breakfast, but the top bunks were consistently creaky and my pillow was lumpy. The bathrooms were nice and clean, but on an entire floor (for the men’s side) there were only 3 sinks, 3 showers and 1 toilet. I never really needed to wait to use the bathroom, but I was expecting more toilet stalls. Overall, I would come here again since it was so reasonably priced.
I stayed for 4 days, but you can really do most of Porto in around ~2-3. In this article, I’ll split off my trip into individual days and then break down what I did into various categories. Bolded bullet points are ones I really liked or would recommend prioritizing.
Day 1 - the downtown core
For most of these attractions, they are either just things you can see for a short bit, or you just look at the outside (since you may not want to go inside, etc.)
Just passing through
Churches / Religion
For the churches, I didn’t really go inside and just looked at how beautiful they were outside because 1) they weren’t letting people in that day, or 2) I wanted to prioritize something else. I would at least recommend admiring the architecture.
day 3 and 4
These days were slightly more chill, so I’ll lump them into one.