How Many Days in Porto Portugal Are Enough? Your Best Itinerary!

Ah, Porto. The city of wine, culture and stunning architecture – it’s no wonder why this charming destination is on every traveller’s bucket list. But how many days in Porto Portugal is enough?

From sipping port wines by the riverfront to wandering through colourful streets lined with azulejo tiles, I’ll take you on a journey through my time in Porto and help answer the age-old question of just how many days do you need in Porto.

My short answer on how many days to spend in Porto is 2 nights, giving you 2 full days to explore.
But, I do recommend longer. And, I will explain why in this article.
I will share the ideal daily itinerary.
So whether you have only one day in Porto or 4 or more days in Porto I’ll take you through how much time you need to see the top sites.

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How Many Days in Porto Portugal

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So, how many days should you spend in Porto? Well, based on my personal experience, I’d say that two nights and two full days is the ideal amount of time to soak up the essence of this incredible city.

Many travellers want to know if is Porto worth visiting, and, it is. Porto has so much to offer, from its charming streets and historical landmarks to its delicious food and, of course, the world-famous port wine.

With two nights, you’ll have enough time to explore the winding alleys of the old town, stroll along the riverfront, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.

And with two full days, you can venture out a bit more, maybe take a river cruise or visit one of the nearby port wine cellars.

Of course, if you have more time, that’s even better. But if you’re on a tight schedule or simply want a taste of Porto, two nights and two full days will give you a memorable experience, without the feeling of being too rushed.

Now, let’s dive into the best things to do in Porto Portugal!

1 Day in Porto Itinerary

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Alright, let me take you on a whirlwind tour of Porto in just one day!

Start your day with a traditional Portuguese breakfast at the iconic Majestic Café, a charming Art Nouveau gem that has been serving delightful pastries and aromatic coffee since 1921. Trust me, the ambiance alone will transport you back in time.

After fueling up, it’s time for a walking tour to explore the heart of Porto Baixa and Riberia neighbourhoods. This tour makes the best use of your one day.

Wander through the narrow streets of the historic center, soaking in the rich architectural heritage and vibrant atmosphere while listening to the stories and interesting facts from a local. The guide will take you to all the nooks and crannies that you’ll never be able to discover on your own.

Don’t forget to admire the colourful tiled facades and ornate balconies that add a touch of charm to every corner.

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Star |⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  3 hours

Reviewers say: this is the best walking tour in the city, a knowledgeable local guide brings you to spots you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Check prices and book your dates!

Next up, is the impressive Clérigos Tower. Prepare for a bit of a climb, but the panoramic view from the top is worth it!

This baroque bell tower stands tall at 76 metres and offers breathtaking views of Porto’s rooftops, hillsides and Douro River. It’s a perfect spot to snap some envy-inducing photos.

Nearby is a visit to Livraria Lello Bookshop, one of the world’s most famous bookstores. The store’s ornate neo-gothic architecture makes it feel like stepping into a Harry Potter novel, which families with kids enjoy.

Be sure to take your time browsing through their extensive collection of books before leaving! Purchase one and your entrance fee of €5 goes towards your purchase. I have mine sitting on my bookshelf at home and it makes for a great souvenir.

Now, let’s head towards the seafront. Take a stroll along the Ribeira promenade, feel the gentle sea breeze, and enjoy the picturesque views of the river and of the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge.

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As you wander along, you’ll notice how these charming facades paint the city with a vibrant palette. You’ll be treated to a close-up view of the enchanting pastel-coloured houses that seem to be stacked together like Lego blocks. Have your camera on hand, as this is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Portugal.

Grab a drink at one of the vibrant beachside cafes. Soak up the relaxing ambiance that will make you want to stay forever.

From there it’s just a short walk across Dom Luís I Bridge over the Douro River which will lead you directly into Vila Nova de Gaia – home to many Port wine cellars as well as beautiful viewpoints overlooking both cities.

End your day with a visit to one of the many Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Take a tour of their cellars, taste some delicious port wines and learn about the history of this famous drink. Choose a nearby restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal and if the timing is right enjoy a sunset at Jardin do Morro.

One day in Porto might not be enough to see everything, but with this relaxed itinerary, you’ll experience some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and get a taste of its unique charm.

Porto 1 day itinerary summary

  • Majestic Cafe
  • Walking Tour of Baixa and Riberia
  • Clerigos Tower
  • Livraria Lello Bookshop
  • Riberia promenade
  • Dom Luis I Bridge
  • Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Sunset at Jardin do Morro

Porto in 2 Days

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Now that you have another day in Porto, add to your 1 day Porto itinerary to include some more of the city’s best highlights.

Let’s start our exploration at the incredible Sao Bento train station. Prepare to be awestruck by the magnificent azulejo tiles that adorn the station’s walls, depicting scenes from Portuguese history.

Next up, you’re going to want to discover Porto’s many beautiful churches.

The Saint Ildefonso church, known for its distinctive blue and white tiles that cover the entire exterior can be seen from the Sao Bento Railway station.

Visit the dual churches of Carmelitas and Carmo. The blue and white tiles on the exterior side of the Carmo church is the perfect insta-worthy shot!

Continue your church-hopping adventure with a visit to the Porto Cathedral, a stunning Romanesque structure that dates back to the 12th century.

The Chapel of Souls is famous for its striking facade adorned with traditional Portuguese tiles depicting scenes from the lives of saints. The last one, which is a local favourite, is Saint Francis Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases a blend of Gothic and Baroque styles.

For lunch head over to Mercado do Bolhão where you’ll find an array of local produce and food stalls selling everything from fresh seafood to homemade pastries. This bustling market has been around since 1850 and is still very much alive today.

The last worthy site that makes Porto worth visiting is the grand Bolsa Palace. This neoclassical masterpiece will leave you in awe with its opulent rooms, grand staircase, and beautiful Arabian Hall. A guided tour is the only way you can see the interior.

Make your way down Rua das Flores, one of the best streets for local shops and restaurants.

Attend a Fado performance and sip on Port wine while listening to the melodic music, this is the one I recommend.

After dinner head to Jardin do Palácio de Cristal for an incredible nighttime view.

Porto in two days summary

  • Add to the 24 hours in Porto list
  • Sao Bento train station
  • Saint Ildefonso church
  • Dual churches Carmelitas, Carmo
  • Porto Cathedral
  • Chapel of Souls
  • Saint Francis church
  • Mercado do Bolhao
  • Bolsa Palace
  • Rua das Flores
  • Fado performance
  • Jardin do Palacio de Cristal

What to Do in Porto in 3 Days

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If you decide to stay in Porto for 3 days, get ready for an amazing third day in Porto! It means you get to go on a guided wine tour of the Douro Valley.

Start your day early by hopping on a small shuttle to the countryside. Enjoy beautiful views of hills, vineyards, and the Douro River.

Visit a winery to see how they make wine, including stomping grapes. Taste delicious Port wine and have a nice lunch at a local restaurant. Learn more about Port wine and olive oil through tastings.

Finish the day with a relaxing boat cruise on the Douro River, surrounded by vineyards and villages. This wine tour is an amazing experience that I highly recommend!

4 Days in Porto (or More)

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If you have the luxury of four days in Porto (or more!), you’re in for a treat! There are so many incredible day trip options from the city that allow you to explore even more of northern Portugal’s beautiful towns.

One must-visit destination is Guimarães, often referred to as the “birthplace of Portugal.” This charming city is steeped in history and boasts a well-preserved medieval center. Wander through the cobblestone streets, visit the iconic Guimarães Castle, and immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere that transports you back in time.

For a spiritual experience, head to Braga, known as the “Rome of Portugal” due to its numerous churches and religious heritage. Visit the impressive Braga Cathedral, explore the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary with its grand staircase and soak in the tranquil ambiance of the gardens and fountains.

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  9 hours |📍 LOCATION: Porto to Guimaraes and Braga

Reviewers say: an informative trip with great sights from the guide and both cities have so much to offer. Check prices and book your dates!

Another gem worth visiting is Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. I spent the day in Coimbra exploring its highlights like the historic campus, marvelling at the stunning Joanina Library, and soaking up the vibrant student atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Coimbra Cathedral, wander the historic old town and take a stroll along the Mondego River.

If you’re looking for a coastal retreat, venture to Aveiro, often called the “Venice of Portugal.” Cruise along the canals on a traditional moliceiro boat, admire the colorful Art Nouveau buildings, and indulge in the local specialty, the delectable ovos moles.

Vila do Conde is another coastal town worth exploring that I visited. Enjoy the scenic beaches, visit the imposing Vila do Conde Castle, and explore the narrow streets of the historic center. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine, especially the mouthwatering seafood dishes.

With four or more days, you can mix and match these destinations based on your preferences and pace.

FAQ: How Many Days to Spend in Porto

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Can I visit Porto on a day trip from Lisbon?

Yes, it is possible to visit Porto as a day trip from Lisbon, but it is highly recommended to spend at least one night to fully experience the city. The journey from Lisbon to Porto takes around 2.5 to 3 hours by train.

Should I plan more time for Porto if I’m a wine enthusiast?

If you are a wine enthusiast, it’s worth considering planning additional time in Porto. The city’s connection to Port wine production and the nearby Douro Valley make it an ideal destination for wine lovers. You can spend extra days exploring the vineyards, participating in wine tastings, and learning about the wine-making process.

As a Holidaymaker

How many days do you need in Porto depends on your Portugal itinerary and what interests you the most.

You can see how long to spend in Porto is easily broken down by each day giving you lots of options.

I fell in love with Porto, and prefer it over Lisbon. From the colourful streets of Ribeira to the majestic Douro River. So take your time, savour every sip of Port wine and immerse yourself in the city’s beautiful culture. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

To help with your planning, visit my Travel Guide of Portugal. It’s there where you’ll find all my articles for Porto and beyond. It also has great information perfect for those visiting Portugal for the first time.