I'll be going to Porto (first time in Portugal) for a few days in March with my fiance.

I'll be going to Porto (first time in Portugal) for a few days in March with my fiancée. I plan to visit Coimbra for a day but besides that, what are some good spots to visit from Porto? Any tips about Coimbra? Things that are worth visiting and skipping?

Thanks!

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    douro valley

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks but we will be travelling by train and it seems unpracticable, especially for just one day (our accommodations are in Porto and we cannot spend a night somewhere else). Looks beautiful though.

      Don't bother going to Braga, the bom Jesus is pretty cool but otherwise you have no reason to check it out, just stay a few more nights in either Porto or Coimbra

      Yeah I was considering Braga but it doesn't seem worth it compared to Coimbra, I think I might stay in these two cities.

      ehat are you looking for?
      from there and can help

      Braga is comfy but Guimarães is much better for a day trip

      Up to anything, really. I'm mostly looking for small tips and recommendations that locals know about, what to avoid and what is worth making a detour that wouldn't be on a guide.

      Most importantly, I'd like to know if there is a place we can listen to Coimbra. Maybe not a concert venue but some bar/café where people would play some. I enjoy songs like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d05ukFMtao and would love to hear them played live.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        well thats sucks that you cant travel around and leave the city for more than one day
        Douro valley is fantastic and since you said Coimbra i was going to suggest plenty of other things you could do on your way back up, like Batalha Monastery, or Tomar Convent, or the Bairrada region (beautiful woods, a couple comfy little towns, and a royal palace and magnanimous hotels, is a region of sucking tasty piglet and champagne)
        Bairrada youll probably be able to still do if you want
        Coimbra has plenty of nice things but is also a shithole, constantly dirty and graffiti filled
        its a uni town and while the uni itself is historic, its no Oxford or Cambridge, its lost all prstige, is barely top 5 in the country anymore, and all the students are only there for muh uni life (heavy drinking) or muh commie derangement (we unironically still have ussr loving tankies as a major political party and other assorted commies and socialists who are perfectly ok with this and partner with them)

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          [...]
          north of the city you have Guimarães as i've said above, which i highly recommend for a 1 day trip (has castle and fantastic palace also museums and comfy city centre)
          if you manage to get a car theres also Gerês (national park) and you could tour around Arcos de Valdevez and its villages, but this isnt doable by train (doesnt exist) or bus (far too impractical)
          other big cities or tows that could be fun are
          >Braga
          dozens of chuches and very nice to walk around
          >Viana do Castelo
          more or less the cultural centre of Minho identity, has a church in a high point with nice view thats easily accessible, and a famous bakery and famous regional dress museum
          also if youre lucky in the days you are there there are plenty of summer festivals there, folkloric and religious but very fun
          >Aveiro
          lots of channels and you can have a boat tour in them
          has salterns you can spa in
          lots of art neauveau buildings and iconic pastry
          >Vila do Conde
          beach, seafood, has aqueduct running though it, a caravel you can visit, and a huge convent thats absolutely magnanimous and awesome to look at do to its sheer size when compared with the rest of the city, but you cant visit unfortunately
          also its right next to Póva do Varzim which you can walk to which also has a beach and seafood, but also a casino and viking larping by tits citizens
          >Ponte de Lima
          roman larping and has a famous toy museum
          very comfy
          all of these are easily accessible by train, except for the last one, which can be done by bus

          lastly for the city of Porto itself, Serralves park is extremely comfy and has a treetop walk section which is great and the main home in art deco you can visit, but its also very pricey
          the modern art museum there is absolutely not worth it unless you are into that type of thing
          Foz is a nice region of the city, its calm, but you can walk there from the city centre along the river (or take a normal bus or historic tram) and you can walk along the seaboard there its very nice
          you have a couple of military fortresses there you can visit, and from Foz to the city park is a nice walk by the sea
          by the city park is Matosinhos which is a fishing town so seafood and beach there as well (can also get there by metro from city centre)
          also by the river you have the historic tram museum, its cute, by id say more for families that a young couple
          Palácio de Cristal gardens are probably something youll like more
          this is what i feel doesnt get brought up much about the city because its all well outside the centre, but its very good
          dont really know what else to say because i feel all is well covered and by walking around the city youll see and do what you like more (you can freely walk around too, no unsafe areas in the city centre) so if you want something more specific just say
          also noticed you said you were going in march, so all the beach stuff is useless, but you got the point
          but what i can do is recommend food places

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          [...]
          north of the city you have Guimarães as i've said above, which i highly recommend for a 1 day trip (has castle and fantastic palace also museums and comfy city centre)
          if you manage to get a car theres also Gerês (national park) and you could tour around Arcos de Valdevez and its villages, but this isnt doable by train (doesnt exist) or bus (far too impractical)
          other big cities or tows that could be fun are
          >Braga
          dozens of chuches and very nice to walk around
          >Viana do Castelo
          more or less the cultural centre of Minho identity, has a church in a high point with nice view thats easily accessible, and a famous bakery and famous regional dress museum
          also if youre lucky in the days you are there there are plenty of summer festivals there, folkloric and religious but very fun
          >Aveiro
          lots of channels and you can have a boat tour in them
          has salterns you can spa in
          lots of art neauveau buildings and iconic pastry
          >Vila do Conde
          beach, seafood, has aqueduct running though it, a caravel you can visit, and a huge convent thats absolutely magnanimous and awesome to look at do to its sheer size when compared with the rest of the city, but you cant visit unfortunately
          also its right next to Póva do Varzim which you can walk to which also has a beach and seafood, but also a casino and viking larping by tits citizens
          >Ponte de Lima
          roman larping and has a famous toy museum
          very comfy
          all of these are easily accessible by train, except for the last one, which can be done by bus

          [...]
          lastly for the city of Porto itself, Serralves park is extremely comfy and has a treetop walk section which is great and the main home in art deco you can visit, but its also very pricey
          the modern art museum there is absolutely not worth it unless you are into that type of thing
          Foz is a nice region of the city, its calm, but you can walk there from the city centre along the river (or take a normal bus or historic tram) and you can walk along the seaboard there its very nice
          you have a couple of military fortresses there you can visit, and from Foz to the city park is a nice walk by the sea
          by the city park is Matosinhos which is a fishing town so seafood and beach there as well (can also get there by metro from city centre)
          also by the river you have the historic tram museum, its cute, by id say more for families that a young couple
          Palácio de Cristal gardens are probably something youll like more
          this is what i feel doesnt get brought up much about the city because its all well outside the centre, but its very good
          dont really know what else to say because i feel all is well covered and by walking around the city youll see and do what you like more (you can freely walk around too, no unsafe areas in the city centre) so if you want something more specific just say
          also noticed you said you were going in march, so all the beach stuff is useless, but you got the point
          but what i can do is recommend food places

          but what i can do is recommend food places:
          >Regaleira
          original home of the francesinha, for me still the best ones
          >Lado B, Santiago, Cufra, Brasão
          all also have very good francesinhas, but most places do as well, these are just some of the best
          >Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
          iconic eclairs
          >Padaria Ribeiro
          iconic cookies and biscuits, right by the above
          >Confeitaria Moura
          iconic pastries (Jesuítas and Limonetes) from neighbouring Santo Tirso
          >Mirita
          looks like the shittiest bar/café only boomers from the 70s would still visit, but has the cheapest beers anywhere and homemade bagaço shots

          do try cozidos and Tripas à moda do Porto and any type of bacalhau you can (à Brás and à Zé do Pipo are 2 Porto specialities) and Polvo à Lagareiro
          Abadia is a very nice restaurant for this

          dont go to any pastel de nata place that looks like a franchise (if it sells only or mostly natas, avoid), go for the small local bakery instead (really, trust me on this, former are just tourist traps that make worse products and for which you pay more)
          you cant have other types of snacks as well, and these small locals bakeries are always the way to go, we have the best pastries anywhere in the world and plenty of variety

          also this is more out there, but Celta Endovélico is a very nice restaurant, but they are unironic celtic larpers, and restaurant and menu are decorated in such a manner, and so are the owners, who really embraced that paganism for cultural reasons (northern Portugal has some historic celtic roots along with Galicia and Asturias)
          but the food there is very good and theyre really nice and if you happen to it one of their pagan holidays (in march there is the spring equinox and theyll also do a bit of celebrating for "brothers" ireland in st patricks) theyll make a queimada galega (burnt bagaço) and recite a spell

          think thats i remember for now, have fun when you come

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Thank you very much! That's very useful and it's much appreciated! Muito obrigado senhor

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        well thats sucks that you cant travel around and leave the city for more than one day
        Douro valley is fantastic and since you said Coimbra i was going to suggest plenty of other things you could do on your way back up, like Batalha Monastery, or Tomar Convent, or the Bairrada region (beautiful woods, a couple comfy little towns, and a royal palace and magnanimous hotels, is a region of sucking tasty piglet and champagne)
        Bairrada youll probably be able to still do if you want
        Coimbra has plenty of nice things but is also a shithole, constantly dirty and graffiti filled
        its a uni town and while the uni itself is historic, its no Oxford or Cambridge, its lost all prstige, is barely top 5 in the country anymore, and all the students are only there for muh uni life (heavy drinking) or muh commie derangement (we unironically still have ussr loving tankies as a major political party and other assorted commies and socialists who are perfectly ok with this and partner with them)

        north of the city you have Guimarães as i've said above, which i highly recommend for a 1 day trip (has castle and fantastic palace also museums and comfy city centre)
        if you manage to get a car theres also Gerês (national park) and you could tour around Arcos de Valdevez and its villages, but this isnt doable by train (doesnt exist) or bus (far too impractical)
        other big cities or tows that could be fun are
        >Braga
        dozens of chuches and very nice to walk around
        >Viana do Castelo
        more or less the cultural centre of Minho identity, has a church in a high point with nice view thats easily accessible, and a famous bakery and famous regional dress museum
        also if youre lucky in the days you are there there are plenty of summer festivals there, folkloric and religious but very fun
        >Aveiro
        lots of channels and you can have a boat tour in them
        has salterns you can spa in
        lots of art neauveau buildings and iconic pastry
        >Vila do Conde
        beach, seafood, has aqueduct running though it, a caravel you can visit, and a huge convent thats absolutely magnanimous and awesome to look at do to its sheer size when compared with the rest of the city, but you cant visit unfortunately
        also its right next to Póva do Varzim which you can walk to which also has a beach and seafood, but also a casino and viking larping by tits citizens
        >Ponte de Lima
        roman larping and has a famous toy museum
        very comfy
        all of these are easily accessible by train, except for the last one, which can be done by bus

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Brother since you like fado music, you will be in heaven. In any part of the country you can hear it playing live from different cafes and bars in every city. The live music scene is great in Portugal. The nightlife usually kicks off around 9/10pm and goes very late into the night.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          lad there are barely any fado places outside lisbon and Coimbra
          and both those cities have completely different styles of it
          the live music scene is also pretty much non existent here, and where it doesn its underground
          unironically what on earth are you on about?

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't bother going to Braga, the bom Jesus is pretty cool but otherwise you have no reason to check it out, just stay a few more nights in either Porto or Coimbra

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ehat are you looking for?
      from there and can help

      Braga is comfy but Guimarães is much better for a day trip

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    kek I never visit this board and I'm looking to travel to Porto as well. I was wondering if there are based portogeese anons that would be willing to meet with me and take me on a journey as I'll be travelling solo

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    for a half week trip i would have thought just hanging out in porto + 1 day to coimbra would be sufficient

    aveiro is a canal city
    never been tho
    there are probably local trains to some beach areas?
    vila do condo - has a big aqueduct thru the town
    amarante has a nice river area
    viana do castelo has nice church on hill skyline

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