Due to its proximity to Spain, Port It is one of the cities that many have in mind when organizing a getaway. A getaway and a summer vacation, as the most important city in Portugal after Lisbon has everything to fall in love with for a good handful of days.
If you intend to travel there soon, I recommend taking into account a series of tips such as those that you will be able to read below. They are not excessively concrete, but they are the typical general advice that it is always good to know so as not to go in doubt.
How do I get from the airport to the center?
The fact that Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is 12 kilometers from the city center forces you to take public transport or a taxi unless you have rented a car. These are the options you have at your fingertips:
– Cab: It costs around 25 euros, so it is not a highly recommended option if you want to save.
– Bus: For 5 euros you can reach the center of Porto in half an hour, as it stops at Boavista and on Avenida de los Aliados. The buses leave coinciding with the arrival of the flights, so you won't have to wait long.
– Meter: From six in the morning to one in the morning you can take line E of the metro, which in less than half an hour leaves you in the center of the city. It is the cheapest option, since it only costs 2 euros.
Is it worth taking the tourist bus?
It is something very traditional, it is true, but the truth is that the tourist bus can be very useful to see the most beautiful of the city in a very short time. I personally like walking the streets more, and in the case of Porto I think it is the most sensible thing to do because most points of interest are concentrated in the old town. Another thing is that you want to take the Do Guidais Funicular, with which you get rid of going up the slope between Praça da Batalha and Ribeira, or one of the trams that move through the center, highly recommended for the simple fact of being historical.
What you can't miss
As I have previously said, Porto is a city that gives a lot, for more than one can imagine. Of course, depending on your tastes you will want to do some things and others, but the most normal thing is that it is worth visiting what I mention below:
– Allies Avenue (It is the heart of downtown Porto).
– Porto São Bento Station (You will be impressed by its hall of 20,000 hand-painted tiles).
– Lello bookstore (one of the most beautiful in the world).
– The Clerigos Tower (It is a bell tower that has become the symbol of the city).
– The Ribeira (It is a colorful and picturesque area declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco).
– House of Music (It is an architectural wonder).
– Wine cellars (Port wine is one of the most popular on the planet).
Porto also stands out for its gastronomy, which accompanied by a good port wine earns even more. Among the most typical dishes I would like to highlight the following:
– Bifanas: delicious buns stuffed with pork.
– Guts in Porto fashion: it is a filler filled with pieces of chorizo and white beans.
– Bacalhau to Brás: cod very well accompanied in a casserole with egg, fried potatoes and onion.
– Little Frenchie: it is a kind of sandwich that is made with toasted sliced bread filled with sausages such as mortadella, cooked ham or chipolata (it is a type of fresh sausage).
– Creams: They are sweets similar to Bélem cakes.
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