A couple of years ago we made our first trip to Porto. That was around the 1st of May which was the public holiday in Germany. We took the chance and planed 4 days trip to Porto. That gave us the chance to see other places than Porto.
At that time we got a discount coupon from Accor Hotel chain. We used the coupon to book the Novotel in Vila do Conde. You won’t find this hotel now because it reopened as Axis Vermar and is located a little bit north of Vila do Conde in Póvoa de Varzim, a sandy coastal plain and a well-known beach resort for over three centuries. You can find this hotel at booking.com or hotelscombined.com.
If you only want to spend a weekend in Porto only, I would recommend to book a hotel in Porto. The night view in Porto is impressive and the nightlife in Porto old city is something you should experience.
We decided to visit Porto, the Douro Valley and north area of Portugal. Having analyzed the distance and the public connection, we opted for renting a car for our weekend trip to Porto. The cost to rent a car in Porto is reasonable. You can check some deals at AutoEurope.com
Day 1 of the trip to Porto
We arrived at Porto in the afternoon. Having picked up our rental car, we headed to Vila do Conde. After checked in we went to the town to check where to dine. But the town was surprisingly attractive with many sites. Therefore we roamed around the area for two hours before our dinner.
Read more from my post: Vila do Conde, an unexpected visit to the coastal town
Day 2 of the trip to Porto
This was a day dedicated to Porto. We planed to see the UNESCO old city centre, walk along the Douro riverside, climb up the Dom Luís I Bridge and taste the port wine. As we did not stay in Porto, we left the nightlife of Porto.
Read more at: Porto, the Port Wine Town and Beyond
Day 3 of the trip to Porto
The day was dedicated to the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, it is also listed as a World Heritage Site.
First we took the A4 to see the sleepy village Amarante, the hometown of São Gonçalo. Portugal’s St Valentine. then followed N101/N108 and crossed the Douro River to reach Pinhão. Lastly we drove on N322 to Vile Real.
Read more from my post: Douro Valley, the Perfect Port Wine Region
Day 4 of the trip to Porto
The last day of our trip to Porto we made a day trip to the north of Porto. The first stop was Ponte de Lima, one of the oldest and finest small town in Portugal.
Then we drove towards the Spanish border and visited the Spanish town TUI. Back to Portugal side, we had a break at Valenca, the historically focal point for the defence of northern Portugal from Spain.
The last stop of the day was at Amorosa Beach near Anha.
Read more from my post: A Day trip to North of Porto