Self Guided Walking Tours Porto Portugal

Not everyone wants to join an organised tour. Maybe you prefer to go at your own pace and stop when you like to investigate a particular place in more depth.

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Also, it can be overwhelming at times trying to select places to visit from the myriad of choices to be found online. Even when you pick a few destinations, how do you figure out in what order to visit them?

With this in mind I have done the work for you and carefully mapped out some self guided walking routes. I am a slow mover, I suffer with chronic fatigue, so the tours are not overly long but if you are a more energetic type you can link two or more of them together if you wish.

I am also a budget traveller so I rarely spend money on entrance fees, preferring to admire historic buildings from the outside, or find places that are FREE. I have sought out free things for you to do and see but also included reference to many places that charge a fee so you can make your own decisions about how much to spend.

I currently have 4 tours prepared and hope to add a couple more soon so save this post and check back in another week or so.

Tour 1

This is the link to Tour 1

This tour is focussed on the Boavista district which is slightly out of the city centre. If you follow this tour in full you will visit:

  • Casa-Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio
  • Rotunda da Boavista
  • Peninsula Boutique Center
  • Mercado Bom Sucesso
  • Agramonte Cemetery
  • Synagogue Kadoorie Mekor Haim
  • Jardim Botânico do Porto
  • Boutique Nespresso 
  • Casa da Música

Tour 2

This is the link to Tour 2

If you follow this tour you will visit:

  • Porto Cathedral and Episcopal Palace
  • Tourist Information Office in a Medieval Tower
  • Musea Arte Sacra Arqueologia in Igreja dos Grilos
  • São Bento Train Station
  • Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados
  • Igreja do Clerigos and Torre do Clerigos
  • Lavraria Lello
  • Galeria De Paris (a suggested stop for lunch but also well worth seeing inside so maybe even just pop in for a drink)
  • Igreja do Carmo and Igreja do Carmelites
  • Praça de Gomes Teixeira and Fonte dos Leões
  • Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da U.Porto
  • Museu do Centro Hospitalar do Porto
  • Jardim da Cordoaria and the O Rapto de Ganimedes sculpture
  • The Portuguese Centre of Photography

If you take the tour on a Saturday you may also be able to visit several markets although they are not all held every week.

  • The Urban Market
  • Clérigos Market
  • Market at Praça de Carlos Alberto

There are also some other places that I point out along the way. This is a tour packed full of great destinations and it may sound very full but everything is actually very close together.

Tour 3

This is the link to Tour 3

If you follow this tour you will visit:

  • São Bento METRO station
  • The Portuguese Centre of Photography
  • Igreja de São Bento da Vitória
  • Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória.
  • Miraduoro da Vitória 
  • Bolsa Palace (The Stock Exchange Palace)
  • Igreja Monumento de S. Francisco and Musea Catacumbas
  • Igreja Paroquial de São Nicolau 
  • Museu do Vinho do Porto
  • Praça Ribeira
  • Alminhas da Ponte
  • Lift Lada Ribeira
  • Monumento ao Duque da Ribeira
  • Pillars of the Old Suspension Bridge
  • Dom Luís I Bridge
  • Funicular dos Guindais
  • Musea Arte Sacra Arqueologia in Igreja dos Grilos
  • Porto Cathedral and Episcopal Palace
  • Tourist Office in a Medieval Tower

You will see that it includes some of the places visited in Tour 2 so if you have already done that tour you can skip these out.

Tour 4

This is the link to Tour 4

If you follow this tour you will visit:

  • São Bente Train Station 
  • Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados
  • Avenida dos Aliados (where you will see lots of monuments)
  • Câmara Municipal do Porto (City Hall)
  • Praça da Trindade and the sculpture Chafariz do Laranjal
  • Igreja da Santíssima Trindade
  • Chapel Almas de Santa Catarina
  • Rua de Santa Catarina (shopping street)
  • Bolhão Market 
  • La Vie Shopping Centre
  • Majestic Café
  • Café A Brasileira
  • Letraria – Craft Beer Garden

This is a more casual walk around and allows for some shopping and a refreshing craft beer if you feel so inclined.


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4 comments

  1. Great idea Jill, much better to take your own tour which you have researched rather than pay for an overpriced official one. You always stumble on surprises that way too.

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    • Yes that’s very true. I took a friend around Lisbon last week for just the morning and was able to show her things way off the beaten track. I love exploring the alleyways and back streets.

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  2. I do soon get bored with tours and prefer to just wander and explore as I go. I make routes up as I go on but might check for a bus back or get a bus there and walk back.

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