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Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

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Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

We are in our early 60's are looking to have a short break in Porto. Is the weather ok in mid May or could it be quite wet? What is the best area to stay given that we don't mind walking to most of the main 'attractions'? Would 5 nights be sufficient to see most of the main tourist sites and have a river trip etc. Would be grateful for any suggestions. Thank you

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1. Re: Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

Here's a link for the average weather in May: www.holiday-weather.com/porto/averages/may/

5 nights will be sufficient. You can see Porto, take a trip into the Douro and also take a trip to for instance Braga and/or Guimarães. www.golisbon.com/portugal/cities/braga.html http://www.guimaraesturismo.com/

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2. Re: Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

Five nights is enough, and I also suggest you make these visits. Both Braga and Guimarães are reachable from train, about 45 minutes from São Bento Station.


I would advise you to stay around the area of São Bento Station / Avenida dos Aliados. It's the heart of Porto and most sights are within walking distance. Metro, train and tram stations are also nearby.

Have a nice trip!

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3. Re: Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

Porto gives you a bit of everything, from those who want it for its history and authenticity, to the ones who seek to explore a new, more cosmopolitan and contemporary city. Discovering Porto means discovering what makes it different:and in 5 days you can enjoy all this:

•The famous Port Wine, available at the cellars, wine shops, the museum and bars, to be tasted and to get to know its history

•An Historical Centre designated World Cultural Heritage, by UNESCO, since December 1996, gathering a vast heritage to be visited, known for its narrow streets, its granite buildings and the unique setting of the colourful houses by the river

•Museums with varied themes, such as transports, history, art, communication and sciences

•Churches with their interior covered by magnificent gilt carving, classified monuments and beautiful tile panels

•Buildings designed by renowned national and international contemporary architects

•A privileged location by the river and the sea, ideal for nautical tourism, pleasant walks or bike rides along the riverside and the seaside, and relaxing moments at delightful terraces

•Enchanting parks and gardens, romantic and bucolic, perfect for a break or for special family moments

•The possibility of getting to know the city on foot, by bus, tram or any other classical or more innovative way

•Classical and timeless cafés, inviting you to a joyful gathering, and modern and cosmopolitan bars, with music for all tastes

•Traditional commerce, alternative shops, fashion boutiques by national and international designers, and also modern shopping centres

•Typical Portuguese cuisine restaurants, and restaurants serving many other types of cuisine, along with the opportunity to try the recipes of renowned chefs, served in excellent places

•A public transportation system that allows you to easily move around the city

•A regular cultural and leisure events programme, both national and international, taking place in prestigious entertainment venues and on the grand stage – the city itself

For accommodation, choose one of the hotels in the city center.

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4. Re: Duration of Porto break - and best area to stay

Many thanks- the replies have been very helpful

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