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10 things to do in Porto that cost little or no money



As I previously mentioned, I recently spent two days in the beautiful Portuguese city of Porto before heading north on the Caminho Português. Being in Porto felt like being in a Portuguese version of Izmir. Something about the city’s vibe made me instantly feel at ease. If you ever get a chance to visit this splendid place, here are a few recommendations on how to spend your time, especially if you are travelling on a budget: 

  1. Crossing the Dom Luís I Bridge and enjoying the splendid Porto panorama.
  2. Eating pastéis de nata and sipping freshly squeezed orange juice.
  3. Climbing the Clerigos Tower (Torre dos Clérigos) and enjoying the view upon the colourful roofs of the historic city centre.
  4. Strolling through the alleys of the historic city centre and spotting yellow arrows indicating the Caminho Português.
  5. Drinking a glass (or a bottle) of Port wine.
  6. Being chased by the peacocks at the Cristal Palace Gardens (Jardins do Palácio de Cristal).
  7. Going graffiti and street art hunting.
  8. Visiting the Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Keep in mind that the entrance fee is 4 € which you may use as a voucher on a book purchase. If you don’t feel like queuing up and paying the entrance fee, looking at the neo-Gothic façade from outside is well worth it as well.
  9. Entering a local supermarket and having a look at the large variety of tuna fish, canned octopus and other local products.
  10. Smiling at strangers.


Have YOU ever been to Porto? What did you like best about the city?

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  1. The same, plus the tile work and the Francesinhas! Bom Caminho, peregrina!

    • True! How could I forget to mention the francesinhas? 😉 Thank you! I’m back already and will be reporting about my camino adventures soon.

      • I’ll be eagerly waiting for your posts! I’m really enjoying your blog!

      • Thank you very much, Beth! I saw you’re a fellow pilgrim. Looking forward to reading your adventures, too.

  2. Lovely pictures!

  3. Where do you see that peacock? I’m curious to know 😊

    • It’s on Rua da Restauração. There are several ones right next to each other, like in a gallery. But I liked the peacock best. Porto is a great place to go graffiti hunting. 🙂

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