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By metro
===By plane===
'''Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport''', ({{IATA|OPO}}), Pedras Rubras, Maia (+351) 229 432 400, []. Also known as '''Aeroporto do Porto''' or '''Aeroporto de Pedras Rubras''' this is the third busiest airport in the country and is about 15 km from the city centre. This airport has been awarded since 2006 as one of the best airports in Europe and one of the best in world in its cattegory, it offers really good conditions to all of the passengers since it has been remodeled in 2004 by the same time that the EURO 2004 was made in Portugal. Just outside of the airport is the AeroBus which for €4 - 2005 - takes you to Praça da Liberdade (city center) or will drop you off at the Pousada da Juventude. A similar taxi trip will cost €20. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city, for €2,20 + €0.50 for the rechargeable can buy 24 hours pass for Metro and busses for €6.00 (z4 - includes the airport). At night, between 1.30 and 6.00, there is no regular connection, so using a taxi or spending a night at the airport is the only possibility.
Ryanair offer cheap flights from several cities like [[London|London Stansted]], [[Liverpool]], [[Dublin]], [[Dusseldorf-Weeze]], [[Eindhoven]], [[Brussels-Charleroi]], [[Frankfurt-Hahn]], [[Maastricht]], [[Paris-Beauvais]], [[Milan-Bergamo]], [[Marseille]], [[Bologna]], [[Pisa]], [[Rome]], [[Barcelona]], [[Madrid]], [[Marrakesh]] and [[Valencia]]. easyJet also flies to [[Geneva]], [[Lyon]], [[Toulouse]], [[Basel]], [[Milan]] and [[London-Gatwick]].
TAP flies from most European airports but tends to be more expensive.
===By train===
The city is served by two major train stations, the "São Bento" (Saint Benedict) station, and the "Campanhã" station. Trains from and to Madrid and Paris are regular, other non-domestic destinations vary according to demand and time of year. Domestic trains are very frequent and usually on time. Be careful on the train from Madrid. On at least one route, the computer systems will say you need to change trains at Guillarei in northern Spain. However, Guillarei has stopped trains through Portugal since 2004. Instead, you will need to transfer to a station named Tui which is a few miles from Guillarei. The computer system hasn't been updated even though this change occurred in 2004 for some reason. You can go into Guillarei but you will need to take a taxi (cost €5) to Tui to connect. Sao Bento station is right in the city center.
Coming from Galicia, there are two CP trains daily from [[Vigo]], one in the morning and one in the evening. One can only buy tickets from Vigo to the border (€13.90), and another ticket at Tui towards Porto (€11.10).
===By car===
There are many companies providing direct bus trips from major European countries and also for most of the northern cities of the country. Try '''Rodonorte''' [] for timetables.
Visit also Porto Bus Service [], Renex, Rede Expresso...
From Galicia, ALSA runs a daily service from [[Santiago de Compostela]] (11:10 to 14:15, €31), picking up at [[Vigo]] along the way at 12:30. Alternatively, AUTNA runs regular services (reduced schedule on weekends) from Vigo.
===By boat===
There is a cargo and recreational harbor called Leixões in the neighboring city of Matosinhos. Modest-sized cruise ships can dock just outside a drawbridge to the inner harbor. Beneath the south approach to the bridge is a station for the light rail system (see "By Metro" below) that goes to Oporto.
Since 2011 the Port of Leixões can receive Cruise ships because of its new passenger's terminal. (more info here -
There is also a very small recreational harbor in the river Douro. As far as a major method of getting to the city, however, sea transport is not really feasible. However, you can use tour boats based along the river (especially in Oporto) to go up the Douro River, one of the most scenic short trips you'll ever make.
Since 2012 you can also find the new marina in Vila Nova de Gaia (south side of the river)that has smaller and recreational boats.
==Get around==
'''Porto Metro''' [] is an incredibly advanced, state of the art light rail / subway system. Developed in 2001 (for the Porto2001 - European Capital of Culture), the metro is still under construction. It has 5 lines, that run across the center of Porto, and down to some suburban areas. It is quick, and probably the most efficient way to get around Porto. Some major areas of the city, however, are not that well served by the metro, although new lines are planned and should start being built soon.
Tickets must be purchased beforehand. They can be sold bought at the machines in the station (note: if there are no tickets in the machine that day, take the metro to the next station and buy it there!). The ticket is printed in a card called "Andante", and you can purchase as many rides (or travels) you want, in the zone you are staying in (Porto and surrounding are Z2. Matosinhos Z3. Airport Z4). One travel will take you anywhere your zone, and you can travel as many times as you want within one hour. If you plan on using it again, ''Do Not throw away the card!'' The card can be re-charged (the card itself costs around €0.50). You can also buy daily passes, which is more convenient.
If you plan on living in Porto, or staying for more than three weeks, it is recommended you get the "Andante Gold". The card costs €5, and will allow unlimited travel, without time limit. However, the zoning system is a lot different in the "Gold" version then in the "Blue version". There around around 11 zones in Andante Gold (C1, C2, S11, etc.) The centre is C1. When you buy the card, you must purchase another zone (C1 is automatically included). The Andante Gold can be used in all metro lines, the funicular and all buses . When you are buying the Andante Gold, you must have a picture of yourself (your passport photo will do. They can amplify the image from the passport to the card in seconds).
An important note: your andante must be validated before you enter the metro, bus or funicular. There are no barriers to stop you at the metro, but the Metro police enter the cars and check your Andante to make sure you have validated it, and are travelling within your zones.  
===By bus===
====Baixa (downtown)====
*<see name="Mercado do Bolhão" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A traditional market of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. One of Porto's most emblematic places. Has some small restaurants available with good local dishes for a low price. Expect people to interact a lot with you, even if they don't speak any foreign language. </see>
=====West Baixa=====
*''' Livraria Lello''',[]", near Praça dos Leões and the Universidade do Porto. It's an old bookshop with an amazing interior and spiral staircase, where you can also have a coffee or glass of port. Voted as one of the most beautiful bookshops in Europe
* <see name="Torre dos Clerigos" alt="Clerics' Tower" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">One of Porto's landmarks, the view from the top is definitly worth the 240-step effort.</see>
*''' Soares dos Reis''', []. for Art.
:''Coast just north of the mouth of the Douro River.''
* <see name="Castelo de Sao Joao da Foz" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax=""></see>
*If you feel creative and up to an artistic challenge, take this opportunity to participate in a workshop oriented by local artists and craftspeople. Be sure to take home, not only the memory of the moment, but also the sense of accomplishment through the work produced. Tile painting | Glass Fusing | Gilding | Seat Weaving | Printmaking | Creative Sketching Oporto | One day with an artist []
==Learn==Basic Portuguese language is very much appreciated. English, French, Galician, Catalan, Italian or Spanish may be spoken or understood at major hotels/resorts. For major tourist attractions such as river boat rides or Port Cellar tours, generally the chosen language for Take a given free walking tour slot is granted on a first-come-first-served basiswith Pancho Tours, if you want a tour to be guaranteed to be in your language, turn up early everyday at 11:30 and request it. The Fast Forward Language Institute[httpat 16://]30, in the centre of townstarting at Praça da Liberdade, offers a variety of courses in Portuguese language and culture including 3 hour "Portuguese Aliados Avenue. Just look for survival", aimed at foreign visitors to the cityOrange Tshirt.
There is at least one fully vegetarian restaurant in Porto, Paladar da Alma (Rua de Santo Ildefonso 293/5), and some other restaurants which offer vegetarian dishes alongside non-vegetarian options, such as Capa Verde (Rua da Nossa Senhora de Fatima). Vegans may have to ask for dishes to be specially prepared for them, even in vegetarian restaurants.
* '''O Terraço Vegan SpotCasa da Horta-associação cultural''', on Rua Nova da Alfândega go up on Escadas do Caminho Novo just before Rua da Armenia. rua de São Francisco 12A, Open ThurTue-Sat 3:30pm17.00-23.00. It is a cultural-12amenvironmental association, Sun 3that serves vegan/vegetarian food for associatives (made from local producer's products). There you can also find biological, fair trade products, library, workshops, concerts, movie nights, local specialities, like Francesinha and more. [http:30//] * '''Chien Qui Fume (Cão que fuma)''' -7:30pm, closed Mon-WedRua do Almada 405. A vegan restaurant with specialties One of sandwichesthe oldest and most traditional restaurants in Porto, the food here is superb, hummus and other spreadsone serving is enough for two people. Small and quaint, mini pizzaswith rustic decorations, tartesit is packed to the gills (especially during the weekend), natural juicesso reservations are recommended. Does not accept any credit or debit card, smoothiesso take some money with you. * '''Centro Cultural Miguel Bombarda''', cakesRua Miguel Bombarda. Right in the middle of the artistic centre of the city, in-house-made fried snacks it's a great and morecheap place for lunch! * '''Brasa dos Leões''', Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes. Most ingredients are from local producersLocated in the city centre, close to the Rectory, the Brasa dos Leões offers cheap meals in generous servings. From Ideal for the terrace direct view very hungry, meat eating crowd. * '''Tarantino''', Praça Carlos Alberto. Cheap pizzeria. Does not accept any sort of credit or debit card, so take some cash! * '''Zázá''', Rua Ramalho Ortigão. Close to Avenida dos Aliados and City Hall, Zázá offers a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, desserts and a wide selection of the Douro rivergin tonics. http://oterracoveganspot * '''Conga''', Rua do Bonjardim 290.wordpressTry the famous bifanas, Portuguese meat sandwiches served in a spicy sauce, with a nice, cold
* '''Nakite''', R. de Breyner, 396, Porto Portugal, Open Mon-Sat 12.00-15.00, 19.00-23.00. Vegetarian restaurant and health food store. Budget menus available including vegetarian "francesinha", day dishes featuring tofu, seitan and tempeh paired nicely with goat cheese, shiitake mushrooms and other fresh ingredients. Cozy atmosphere both inside as in the back garden. Try also the special beers they might have available.
As one of the last restaurants along the river in the Gaia area,it was a great place to stop and have a lengthy lunch before heading out to do some port tasting. With delicious and hearty selections for a good price, it is also very popular with the local crowd-- during lunch it was completely full of people who work in the area. Skip the touristy cafes and head here for a authentic experience.
* '''O Terraço Vegan Spot''', has gone to "hibernation mode" according to thei latest blog post from December 2012. On Rua Nova da Alfândega go up on Escadas do Caminho Novo just before Rua da Armenia. Open Thur-Sat 3:30pm-12am, Sun 3:30-7:30pm, closed Mon-Wed. A vegan restaurant with specialties of sandwiches, hummus and other spreads, mini pizzas, tartes, natural juices, smoothies, cakes, in-house-made fried snacks and more. Most ingredients are from local producers. From the terrace direct view of the Douro river.
*<eat name="Papagaio (Restaurante e Churrasqueira)" alt="" address="Travessa do Carmo, Nr. 30 A 4050-165" directions="" phone=" 222 084 855" url="" hours="" price="20€" lat="" long="">Basic interieur but very high quality food! Try the beaf steak for two (20€). Bottle of wine between 5-10€.</eat>
* '''Mauritânia Grill''' '' - Avenida Combatentes Grande Guerra 50,Leça da Palmeira 4450 MATOSINHOS
* '''Marisqueira de Matosinhos''' - ''Rua Roberto Ivens, 7174450-255 Matosinhos''[] Another great restaurant; if you like shellfish this is one of the best places in Porto.
* '''Kyoto''' - Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes. Some of the best Japanese sushi in town. Lunch menus available during weekdays.
* '''Campo Alegre''' - Rua Campo Alegre 416. Traditional Portuguese food from the Alentejo region. Try the Bife de Café, or Steak with Coffee sauce!
*<sleep name="HF Tuela Porto***" alt="" address="Rua Arquitecto Marques da Silva, nº 200 4150-483 PORTO" directions="" phone="(+351) 225 322 100" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">An economic choice in the city centre. Wi-Fi Internet acess available in the entire hotel.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Alma Porto Hostel" alt="" address="Rua do Bonfim, 305B" directions="By metro exit at Campo 24 de Agosto station to Rua do Bonfim. Go up Rua do Bonfim and find us at 305B. By train exit at Campanhã station, go up Rua Pinto Bessa until the church. Turn left onto Rua do Bonfim and find us at 305B." phone="+351 914 049 326/914 306 011" url="" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Small and chilled hostel with smooth colors, lounge areas and relaxed atmosphere in a house builded in the XIX century where you can also appreciate the hand made works in the high ceilings, the typical Portuguese tiles, and the beautiful camellias in the garden.</sleep>
*<sleep name="The White Box House" alt="" address="Rua de Santa Catarina, 575" directions="" phone="+351 911 008 585" url="" checkin="13:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">A typical Oporto house built in the early 20th century, completely renewed in order to combine the comfort of the present with the charm of the past, providing the atmosphere for a perfect stay. More info:</sleep>
*<sleep name="Wine Hostel" alt="" address="52 Campo dos Martires da Patria " directions="" phone="222013167" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€19€10" lat="" long="">Very centrally located. Clean rooms with ensuite showers. Very close to the train station, but may be difficult to find, so check a map before arriving.dorms from €10.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Residencial Marfim" alt="AC Guest House" address="Rua Alvares Cabral 213" directions="at the end of Rua da Cedofeita turn right" phone="" email="[email protected]" url="" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="From €12.50 per person" lat="" long="">Renowned for excellent customer service and the lowest prices in Oporto. In a quiet area within easy walking distance of the historic centre (5 minutes). With rooms that can accommodate from 2 persons upto 8. Fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, French. Some Italian, German, Bulgarian.</sleep>
*<sleep name="HF Ipanema Park*****" alt="" address="Rua de Serralves, nº 124 4150-702 PORTO" directions="" phone="(+351) 225 322 100" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">A hotel that connects comfort, a great service, sympathy and quality to a smart choice! With exterior pool and view over the mouth of the Douro River.</sleep>
*<sleep name="HF Ipanema Porto****" alt="" address="Rua do Campo Alegre, nº 156 4150-169 PORTO" directions="" phone="(+351) 225 322 100" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">An hotel with history and completely refurnished. The reight choice for families, groups and business trips.</sleep>
*<sleep name="HF Fénix Porto****" alt="" address="Rua Gonçalo Sampaio, nº 282 4150-365 PORTO" directions="" phone="(+351) 225 322 100" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">Completely remodelled and with a japanese restaurant. Located in the centre city.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Bessa Hotel" alt="" address="Rua Dr. Marques de Carvalho, 111"
* Go on a day trip to the Gerês National Park. The wildlife and nature in this park are really worth a visit, and the scenario is magnificent.
* Go on a day trip to the [ Douro Valley], a region with a unique scenery, a place of traditions and heritage, known for its Port wine production.
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