Porto on a low budget
Oporto, “a Cidade Invicta”, the invincible center of northern Portugal, is one of the best destinations in Europe. With a thriving industry, a world-famous surrounding wine producing region and an old town center lined with impressive historic monuments, however, this is a rich and even somewhat exclusive town. So how do we manage to visit Porto on a low budget?
Here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind when planning a low cost vacation in Porto and northern Portugal:
1. Early booking. This is a golden rule when traveling in general. There are high seasons (summers, mainly, and the days around major national or religious celebrations) when everything is expensive, not to mention exceedingly crowded. Of course everyone will want to travel in summer, but if money’s an issue or you are looking for a bit of privacy and the chance to actually enjoy a stroll through the city or access to the tourist sites, you might want to reconsider. Because there are also low season months, when there is less demand. You can get cheap plane tickets, lodgings, as well as cheap Porto transfers and Porto car rental services and that’s just the start.
2. Look for inexpensive or free tourist attractions in Porto and for activities that cost nothing, like walking around the Old Town Center, walking through the Crystal Palace Gardens. Here are a few free attractions in Porto:
- The Soares dos Reis National Museum is Portugal’s first public museum. Free on Sundays and bank holidays, it’s a perfect cultural respite.
- The Porto Botanical Garden is an explosion of color, with orchids, trees and exotic plants filling the air with their sweet scent.
- The Sao Francisco Xavier Fort is a romantic site with a scenic look over the ocean and a lovely bridge to cross.
And there’s so much more to explore in Porto!