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Stand on the Dom Luis I Bridge
Modernist architecture walk
Stroll down Rue das Flores
Foz do Douro
São João festival (June)
Serralves Festival (May)
Dia de Reis (January 6)
Salão de Chá Aviz
Restaurante Casa da Música
Black Mamba Burgers & Records
Learn to love port: You probably associate it with expensive meals, but you’ll be amazed how cheaply you can sink a few drinks in the port house tasting rooms. They’re keen to sell to tourists, so free samples and low-priced tasting measures are common. And a white port is a fine thing on a hot day… Join a free tour: Pancho Tours (www.panchotours.com) will take you round Porto’s historic centre for free – though tips are welcome if you’re feeling generous. You’re likely to be in a big group, but it’s still a good way to get your bearings and meet other backpackers. The walks run daily year-round and last 2.5 hours. Don’t hang around at Ribeira: As buzzy as it is, there’s a big tourist markup at most places. Fine for a quick beer by the river, but look further afield for meals and nights out. Vitoria is a good bet.
Airport Porto’s Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is about seven miles outside town, and the Metro is by far the easiest way of getting to the city centre’s hostels. Platforms are clearly signposted from the main concourse, trains depart every half hour and a single costs just €2.35. You can also catch local buses – six routes serve the airport, including two night routes. They’re cheap, but take longer. Rail Porto’s main stations are Campanhã and São Bento. Use Campanhã for intercity services, including to Lisbon. São Bento has mostly local services, plus the scenic Douro line – but even if you aren’t using it, it’s worth popping into the station’s main hall to admire its spectacular azulejos tilework. Bus Backpackers arriving on Rede-Expressos and Citi-Express bus services will arrive at and depart from Rua Alexandre Herculano 366. The closest Metro stops are São Bento and Batalha. Getting around Porto has an extensive metro network with six lines, and masses of bus routes. You can ride most forms of transport with an Andante ticket, but charging it with journey credits can be confusing: credits range from Z2 (two zones) to Z7 (seven zones), and zones are counted from the place where you begin your journey. So a Z2 credit is valid for travel within your current zone and into any neighbouring zone, and so on. If you plan to use public transport a lot, consider an Andante 24, which gives you unlimited travel within a given number of zones, or an Andante Tour ticket, which gives you network-wide unlimited travel for 24 hours (€7) or three days (€15). Language: Portuguese Currency: Euro Voltage: 220V Dialing code: +351 for Portugal, 22 for Porto Emergency numbers: Call 112 for ambulance, police and fire services. There’s also a 24-hour medical helpline on 808 242 424. Opening hours: Shops generally close for lunch, on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays. 9am – 1pm then 3pm to 7pm is typical. Large shopping centres are likely to open later, and city-centre bars will go until the small hours. Hospitals Hospital Geral de Santo António (Centro Hospitalar do Porto, EPE) Largo Prof. Abel Salazar, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal 022 207 7500 Hospital de Santa Maria Rua de Camões 906 Porto, Portugal 022 508 2000 Post office Munícipio (Porto) Praça General Humberto Delgado, 4000-999 Porto 022 340 0202 Tourist office Município do Porto - Posto de Turismo do Centro Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25, 4000-172 Porto, Portugal 022 339 3472