Saving is the kind of thing that we always have to think about and try to put into practice, right? When we travel to other countries, for example, one of the biggest difficulties for all of us is the price of the currency. In the case of Portugal, the euro ends up weighing heavily in the pocket of us Brazilians, despite being one of the most “affordable” places in Europe.
With that in mind, one of the best ways to not spend so much money is to include alternatives to free tours in the itinerary. In Porto, although most of the tourist spots are paid for, there are still some very interesting options that are worth visiting. I selected the most recommended ones over there to share with you 😉
Porto City Park
Park tours are always welcome, especially when we are visiting an urban center. In Porto, one of the green areas best known by tourists is the City Park. It has several lakes that make the landscape even more beautiful.
It is the perfect setting for taking amazing pictures as well as for a peaceful and super pleasant walk. Ah, part of it is very close to the sea, so it is also a great spot to watch the sunset and the ocean.
São Bento Station
After visiting the Russian subways, it was difficult to find other stations as beautiful as the ones we saw there. However, São Bento Station, in Porto, is also wonderful. The panel of blue tiles will delight anyone. In addition, this type of architectural decoration is one of the most characteristic of the country.
The tile painting represents different moments in Portugal, from historical moments to everyday scenes and others focused on religion. It is worthwhile to stop by and take the train to some place that you also want to visit!
I already told you about Serralves in the museums post in Porto, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce the idea, right? Entry to the venue is free on the first Sunday of every month, from 10am to 1pm. It is a little restricted for those who do not have the possibility to plan to go at the end of some month, but it is worth it if you have the opportunity. It is mainly focused on contemporary art, and both the collection and the temporary exhibitions are great.
Foz do Douro
Another place that I also mentioned to you, but deserved to be on that list is Foz do Douro. As I counted in the points post to see the sunset, the place works like a big boardwalk and has an incredible view of the sea, especially at dusk.
Strolling along this edge of the city and stopping by the Passeio Alegre garden is a great program to end the day with a very peaceful and unforgettable activity. Then, just explore the region and find a new restaurant to try different foods and spices!
Park of São Roque
Although I saw some people saying that the Parque de São Roque is a little careless, it is still a very beautiful and special corner in Porto. The place is also known as Quinta da Lameira and one of its highlights is a large green labyrinth.
By staying out of the city’s tourist circuit, few visitors end up getting to know the place. Be sure to note this tip, after all, you will know a different place and your only expense will be with transportation 🙂
Santa Catarina Street
For those who love a good walk through the shopping centers of each city, Rua Santa Catarina cannot be left out of the planning. Part of it is closed to cars, which makes the experience of meeting it even more incredible. This region of the city has many shops, cafes and wonderful restaurants.
One of them, for example, is Café Majestic. Founded in 1921, it has been attracting customers daily for its classic decor. I confess that his dishes are very expensive compared to other places, but it is worth having at least one coffee to get to know the environment.
Last but not least, the passionate corner that is Jardim do Morro. It is in Vila Nova de Gaia, but if you have read other posts on the site you already know that it is very close to Porto.
It has a beautiful and super well maintained green area, but one of the main reasons for the garden to be visited daily is its view. It faces the historic center of Porto, as it is on the other side of Ponte D. Luís. Those who enjoy the sunset, will be enchanted by the place.
These were the most interesting and free places I found! If you have already been there or live in Porto, comment here for other tips. Just as we share locations for you, we also love to receive new ideas and information 😉