You can easily visit Porto in 3 days, as long as you have everything organized before starting your trip. Even when you travel with family, together with your friends and their kids, you can enjoy the city at its best.
To truly appreciate a long weekend or a few days rest during the week, you need to make good decisions. In this article, we will suggest you an itinerary to visit Porto in 3 days with lots of cultural experiences, gastronomic tours and some adventure.
Where to sleep when you’re visiting Porto?
If you’re travelling with your family or friends, you will surely need a large space with some privacy. Feel Porto is a company of local accommodation that offers a unique and comfortable experience to their guests.
Discover three options of local accommodation for families and groups and feel like home:
- Downtown Couture: Super comfortable and spacious, this apartment is located in centre city, in a perfect zone for families;
- Vintage Townhouse: Cluster of 8 apartments with 4 or 5 bedrooms each and large common areas for dining and leisure. It can welcome several groups and families who want to stay side by side;
- Downtown Heaven: With capacity for 9 people, this modern apartment stays a few minutes’ walk from important points of the city.
If you’re traveling by plane, you can request a transfer service so that Feel Porto can pick you up at the airport and drop you off at your apartment, without worries. In case you’re traveling by car, booking a garage is the most comfortable and safer choice.
What to do in Porto in a 3-day trip?
After choosing the place you’re going to sleep, it is better to plan an itinerary so that you can visit everything you have in mind. To help you out, here are our suggestions for a nice 3-day visit to Porto.
Day 1 in Invicta
- Breakfast at O Consulado: A good breakfast is the best way to start your day. O Consulado is spacious, has pancakes (both kids and grown-ups love it) and community tables so people can all sit together.
- Walk in Miguel Bombarda: After breakfast, you will be right next to the arts block. You can take a walk and, in a few hours, meet several art galleries, like Fernando Santos Gallery and Ó! Gallery, and some concept stores like Earlymade and Banema Studio.
- Picnic at Palácio de Cristal Gardens: If the weather is good, take the chance to continue walking at the end or Miguel Bombarda street and discover the gardens of Palácio de Cristal. You will find lots of green spaces and an amazing view over Douro river.
- Casa da Música: You can easily get to Casa da Música from Palácio de Cristal. This is the largest concert hall in town. The architecture is beautiful and deserves a visit.
- Serralves Museum: Go down Boavista avenue taking a bus. When in Porto, it is mandatory to meet the Museum, the House and Gardens of Serralves.
- Dinner at Vícios de Mesa: If you’re staying downtown, don’t forget to taste Vícios de Mesa’s pizzas, at Maus Hábitos restaurant. It is a large kid-friendly space so enjoy!
Day 2 visiting Porto
- Walk in Santa Catarina: Start your second day visiting Porto with a walk in the most famous shopping street of the city. Drink a coffee at Majestic cafe, a must-see spot.
- São Bento train station: From Santa Catarina, you can go straight to Loureiro street and visit São Bento train station. It won’t last long and it will be worth it.
- Porto’s Cathedral Sé: Next to the train station is Porto’s Cathedral, the Sé. Founded in the XII century, it still has some original traits. Enjoy the wonderful view over Douro river.
- Lunch in Gazela: Who goes up to the Cathedral also goes up to Batalha to try one of Porto’s most famous dishes – Gazela little hotdogs. If you’re traveling with young children maybe this dish is too spicy, but the pub has other options for the little ones.
- Visit to Porto Wine Cellars (Caves): Ask for Feel Porto’s babysitting service and enjoy a unique experience at the wine caves. The Porto Wine Walking Tour will take you to 3 cellars and will let you do 10 wine tastings. Don’t forget to admire the view of Cais de Gaia over D. Luís bridge and Ribeira do Porto.
- Boat ride in Douro river: Since you’re close to the river, enjoy the amazing view on board of a private cruise. Feel Porto’s experience includes a traditional food tasting.
- Dinner at the apartment: At the end of the day probably you and the kids will be tired. Enjoy the catering service of Feel Porto and have your meal at home. You will be able to recharge your batteries for the last day.
What to visit in Porto in the last day?
- Clérigos Tower and Lello’s bookstore: Clérigos Tower is very famous and must be visited. Take a breath and prepare yourself to climb 225 steps and reach the top! Right next, get to know one of the most famous bookstores in the world. Lello owns part of the fame to J. K. Rowling, since she wrote Harry Potter inspired by the local store.
- Surf in Matosinhos: Talk to Feel Porto’s team and enjoy a surf class. It is a great activity to do together as family.
- Lunch at Os Lusíadas: Since you’re at Matosinhos you should try the freshest fish and seafood at one of the best restaurants in town: Os Lusíadas.
- Return across the boardwalk: Probably you won’t have much time left. Return to the city in the STCP 500 bus and enjoy the incredible view along the boardwalk.