Free Things To Do in Porto

If you have extra time, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Porto
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    #1 in Porto
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    This iconic arching iron bridge straddles the Douro River, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Though Porto is known for having quite a few bridges, the Dom Luís I Bridge is especially renowned because it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind theEiffel TowerinParis. Plus,

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    Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral)
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    #2 in Porto
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Perched on a hilltop standing watch over the city, the Porto Cathedral (known as the Sé) was originally built between the 12th and 13th centuries, and features a variety of architectural styles, including Romanesque, baroque and gothic. The fortress-like church is the largest in the city and one of Porto's

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    Jardins do Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens)
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    #3 in Porto
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Crystal Palace Gardens boast green shrubbery, winding walkways, bright flora and bubbling fountains. Bring your camera along because you'll find plenty of photo opportunities here: Everything from the flower varieties to the expansive views of the Douro River beckons for your attention. (And if you're lucky, you may even

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    Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies)
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    #4 in Porto
    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Porto's main thoroughfare, Avenida dos Aliados, features a smattering of cafes, hotels, banks and boutiques all housed in architecturally impressive buildings. Located in the heart of Porto, just southeast of the famousBolhão Market, this wide avenue is named to honor the Allies of World War I. Most of the buildings

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    Estação de São Bento (São Bento Railway Station)
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    #6 in Porto
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Built on the former site of a Benedictine monastery, the São Bento Railway Station was inaugurated in 1916; today, trains pass through here carrying travelers between Porto and many of its northern suburbs. But you likely won't be visiting here to hop a train anywhere. What's notable about this landmark

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    Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market)
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    #7 in Porto
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Scents of sweet fruit, freshly baked bread and aromatic cheeses greet visitors as soon as they enter the Mercado do Bolhão. This open-air market is reminiscent of many you'll find in Europe, with vendors hawking a variety of fresh goods and homemade wares at very affordable prices. The market, which

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    Beaches
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    #8 in Porto
    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Porto's location along Portugal's northwestern coast grants the city access to some prime beachfront. If you find yourself experiencing a sunny day, visiting Portugal's northwest coast is a great way to pass the time. In Foz, located east of the city center along Avenida do Brasil, you'll find a handful

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    Livraria Lello & Irmão (Lello Bookstore)
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    #10 in Porto
    Cafes, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Cafes, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    A bookstore may not seem like one of the most necessary things to see in a new city, but when it's consistently named one of the world's most beautiful, it's worth a look. Situated among the cafes and shops along Rua das Carmelitas in downtown Porto, Livraria Lello easily stands

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