Photo Essay: How to get around Porto as a tourist
I’m a big fan of walking around cities; it gives me the chance to take little detours to investigate things that catch my eye and the freedom to take photos whenever I like. But there are of course other options and in some cities, like Porto, they are well worth considering.
One thing you need to know about Porto is that it’s hilly.
The maps don’t show where they are so unless you’re very familiar with the city, your sightseeing route could easily involve unplanned inclines.
If you’re not everso fit, or just don’t fancy slogging and sweating your way uphill after you’ve been down to the Riberia district or across the river to the port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, there are several transport options beyond the obvious taxis and tourist buses.
Useful links for getting around Porto:
Buses in Porto, both normal and open-topped tourist ones.
Porto Tours - a company that offers the full range of alternative transport tours in Porto.
Blue Dragon Tours - another company that offer Segway and other types of tours in Porto.
I really wouldn’t recommend driving in Porto unless you’ve got GPS and don’t get phased by driving in strange cities. Luckily, there are so many more entertaining options that you’re unlikely to need a car.
This post was inspired by Ailsa’s weekly Travel Theme photo challenge: Transportation and may well lead to similar posts for other Portuguese cities so watch this space.