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You’re drawn inexorably down to the river in Porto. Nestled between steep banks and overlooked by the impressive Dom Luis I Bridge, the colourful riversides of Cais de Ribeira and Cais de Gaia feel almost magical, as if carved out of the valley by sheer imagination. On either side, narrow streets, relaxed bars and plenty of cheap hostels make this a slam-dunk city for groups of like-minded backpackers. Pick a city centre hostel to be near Porto’s historic heart, or a downtown hostel to explore the art deco shops and cafés of Vitoria. Still not enough to get you out of your hostel dorm? How about a long, elegant beachfront to the west of the city, and a cluster of fantastic festivals? Porto has it going on, so get yourself to a youth hostel in this Portuguese paradise and join the party…
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
022 508 2000
Praça General Humberto Delgado, 4000-999 Porto
022 340 0202
Município do Porto - Posto de Turismo do Centro
Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25, 4000-172 Porto, Portugal
022 339 3472
The So Cool Hostel Porto is located 5 minutes (walking) from the Rotunda da Boavista (near Casa da Música), 10 minutes (walking) from the old town, where you can find the most important cultural focus with art galleries, theaters, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. 10 min (bus) is the time you take to reach Serralves House, with its Contemporary Art Museum, with 5 minutes more of travel, you can sit down in great terraces, admire the sea and eat a tasty fish.