A Self-guided Walking Holiday in Porto crafted to explore the intriguing city that gave its name to Port wine. Grand historic buildings and magnificent churches rub shoulders with picturesque old quarters and a vibrant contemporary atmosphere.
The tour includes also beautiful coastal walks along the seafront, visits to nearby cities, and Guimarães, the Birthplace of Portugal.
Porto, situated on the Douro River, is the capital of the north and the second-largest city in Portugal. It is a World Heritage Site and has been the centre of the Port wine trade for years.
The best way to fully appreciate this city, and the vicinities, is always on foot, and the set of walks in this self-guided tour provides a good insight into the region.
Follow the imaginatively created walkway along the bank of the River Douro, along the coast south, and explore the traditional fishing village of Afurada.
In the city have lovely walks taking in some beautiful parks and gardens, along leafy tranquil lanes, showing the quieter part of the city, through some picturesque and ancient neighbourhoods.
There will be time to visit some of Porto’s most iconic monuments and sites, such as Praça da Ribeira and the Port Lodges, scattered along the Douro River. A stopover to taste a glass of Port is mandatory.
Also, visit the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Museu Romantico, Casa Tait, the Crystal Palace, and the splendid Parque da Cidade.
From the D. Luis I Bridge (designed by Teófilo Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, author of the Paris’ symbol) we’ll see some magnificent views stretching to the Serra do Pilar.
Guimarães is a delightful medieval town and the birthplace of Portugal.
The centre is a maze of narrow lanes and picturesque plazas, framed by 14th-century buildings, while on a hill stands the 1000-year-old castle and the massive palace built by the first Duke of Bragança, in the 15th century. Guimarães’ old centre was declared in 2001 as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Historically a fishing port and ship-building centre during the Age of Discoveries, Póvoa de Varzim is now a popular resort with 12km of stunning beaches. People have come here to bathe in the iodine-rich waters (from the local seaweed) since the late 19th century. This will be the destination of one of the walks along the coast.
Also on the coast lies Vila do Conde, a lovely seaside town located at the mouth of the River Ave. The region is famous for traditional boat building and exquisite lace-making. The old town retains its small fishing port and there are several historic buildings to enjoy, including Santa Clara’s Convent, famous for its “doces conventuais” – delicious sweets originally only produced in convents, which can now be bought in cafes around town.
In the North of Portugal, people are proverbially generous and welcoming. The Douro River and the miles-long sandy beaches are a haven, indifferent to the bustle and hustle of the city.
The city of Porto has to offer centuries of layers of history, with gloomy Medieval buildings, architectural bridges, and Art Nouveau cafes that live happily with a very contemporary and eclectic atmosphere, where there’s something for everyone.
Not to mention that the food and wines are epic and a true way of life, being part of the identity of the city and the region.
For all these reasons, this Self-guided Walking Holiday in Porto is a must-do!
Our self-guided walking tours are thoroughly designed and include all the information you need, from detailed maps and route notes to a 24h hotline. The accommodation, airport transfers, and transports are included in the walking program.