Porto, bathed by the waters of the Duero River, has many compelling reasons and charming places to visit it. Known among other things for its famous wine, it has neighborhoods to get lost like La Ribeira or Barrio Do Barredo, churches and cloisters full of tiles, a great gastronomy, with its cod and the typical francesinhas or dream libraries like Lello and Irmão, that will be unique excuses to visit it.
Relatively small and easily accessible from Spain, with a low cost flight that can be easily visited on a weekend, Porto is one of the essential cities to visit in Europe. If you have more days, you can add excursions to some of the most charming towns and cities in Portugal such as Guimarães, Braga or Aveiro, which are relatively close and will make your visit to Porto more complete.
You can visit all these places and towns on your own, but it is interesting, especially if it is your first time in the city, and you do not master Portuguese, do a tour in Porto with a guide in Spanish to learn more about its history and anecdotes Based on our trip to Porto and Guimaraes in 4 days, we leave you a list of the 5 best tours and excursions in Porto in Spanish.
1. Boat trip
The boat trip on the Douro is one of the best tours of Porto and one of the most essential things to do in Porto. The boats leave the dock that is near the Plaza de la Ribeira, from 11:00 to 18:00, depending on the time of year.
One of the most beautiful ships to cruise is the rabelo, a traditional ship that once transported wine boots on the Douro. During the tour in addition to the views of the beautiful colorful facades of the Ribeira neighborhood, you will cross the bridges that connect Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia, such as the Arrábida bridge, the Infante don Enrique bridge, the María Pía bridge or the most famous and photogenic, the bridge of Don Luis I.
This is one of the most demanded tours, so if you do not want to run out of seats in high season it is advisable to book it in advance.
2. Excursion to Guimarães and Braga
One of the best excursions in Porto It is the one that visits Guimaraes and Braga. In our getaway to Porto a few years ago we took the opportunity to spend a day in Guimaraes, a beautiful medieval town, known as “the cradle of Portugal" In addition to touring its historic center declared a World Heritage Site, you can visit the castle and climb by funicular to the Sanctuary of Penha, with stunning views of the entire environment.
Braga also stands out for its old town, full of baroque buildings, palaces and churches, and for its impressive sanctuaries.
You can go to Guimaraes by train from the Sao Bento station in Porto and the journey takes just over an hour. The best way to visit the two cities in one day is the rental car, by public transport the best option is the bus to get from Guimaraes to Braga. Another recommended option is to book a bus tour with a guide in Spanish.
Aveiro, one of the best excursions in Porto
5. Fado show
Listening to Fado is one of the essentials of Porto and many Portuguese cities. In the fado the bad moments of life, nostalgia, sadness or melancholy are sung and narrated ... in which there is usually only one singer, with the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitar.
In Porto there are many places to listen to good fado, some have lost the essence a bit by becoming too touristy, although this is not enough reason to discard the visit, since it is one of the best experiences you will live in the city.
Some of the most famous places are Casa da Mariquinhas, Café Guarany, Tipico or Fado, Casa de Santo António or Mal Cozinhado, although you can find taverns where people from the neighborhood sing the most authentic fado, while you enjoy as never before.
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