Seven free and really cool things to do in Porto.
Getting lost in the streets of Porto, without a set time or destination, can be one of the richest and most interesting ways to experience the city, to discover its nooks and crannies, and see how the natives live. If you have a little extra time in your schedule, try some of the attractions on our free attractions itinerary, which is designed to be enjoyed between a cup of coffee and a Port wine or between two tourist spots. Check it out.
1. Museums with free admission
Museu de Serralves [Serralves Museum], which has an incredible park, temporary and permanent exhibitions, does not charge admission on the first Sundays of each month, between 10 am and 1 pm. Galeria da Biodiversidade [Biodiversity Gallery], which is a mixture between a scientific museum and a Live Science Center, is free on the second Sunday of each month, also between 10 am and 1 pm. Another cool activity is a visit to Centro Português de Fotografia [Portuguese center of photography],
2.Walk or bike
Walking is one of the best ways to see the sights. This way, you can let yourself get carried away by the details of the local architecture, traditional customs and unique shops. Not to mention it is a good way to stay in shape during your trip. Biking is another cool alternative and Porto has interesting routes.
3.Visit the market
Visit one of the oldest street fairs in the city of Porto. At Mercado Porto Belo [Porto Belo Market] you can find vinyl records, books, handmade products and vintage clothing. The fair takes place on Saturdays, between 10 am and 7 pm, at Praça Carlos Alberto.
Stop to see the more than 20,000 tiles that tell the story of transportation, as well as portraits of Portugal’s life, at Estação de São Bento [São Bento Station]. Inaugurated in 1916, the building designed by the architect Marques da Silva, one of the most influential in the city at the end of the 19th century, has even more to offer. Take the opportunity to have a coffee and enjoy the space.
5.Rest in the garden
Stroll through Jardins do Palácio de Cristal [Crystal palace gardens]. This green destination is a must for anyone who wants to enjoy a panoramic view of Douro and the city. There are woods, balconies and much to explore such as Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett [Almeida Garrett municipal library] or Capela de Carlos Alberto da Sardenha [chapel of Carlos Alberto da Sardinia].
6.Discover Catedral da Sé [Sé cathedral]
The Romano-Gothic style cathedral was built in the 12th century. It was later renovated and received Baroque style accents from Nicolau Nasoni, in the 18th century. The visit is free.
7.Photograph the sunset at Jardim do Passeio das Virtudes [Passeio das Virtudes garden]
Jardim do Passeio das Virtudes is the perfect place for those who want to see the sunset in Porto. Not to mention that the stroll is pleasant and from there, you have one of the most beautiful views of the Douro River.