They both offer dorm beds, complimentary breakfast and have fantastic locations. In The Passenger hostel, you can also use the shared kitchen, a washing machine, and a tumble dryer.
Hotels in Porto
Eurostars Porto Douro is a lovely boutique hotel with a stunning view of the Duoro river. The room is clean and cozy, and the hotel offers a splendid breakfast. The staff here is also friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
The best time to visit Porto
Porto has a semi-Mediterranean climate, so the weather here is quite cool and pleasant all year round.
Summer in Porto is a bit hot, with temperatures sometimes reaching nearly 40 degrees Celsius. Winter is pretty cold, and the temperature may drop to 0 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, the best time to visit Porto is from May to mid-June and September to October.
Throughout the day, you’re likely to get sun and rain at the same time, so pack a foldable umbrella or a raincoat with you.
Is it safe to visit Porto?
I traveled solo to Porto, and I felt completely safe when I was there.
However, like any big city in Europe, Porto also suffers from thieves and scams. Most of them are petty thieves such as pickpockets in tourist areas.
Be aware of thieves in São Bento train station, and keep your eyes on your belongings. Also, count your change carefully when taking any cab in Porto.
It isn’t easy to choose because I love both of the cities. Porto feels younger and more energetic, while Lisbon is enriched with history and culture.
If you only have a few days in Portugal, probably Lisbon is a better choice.
Where to have the best views in Porto
You can enjoy beautiful views along the Ribeira riverfront embankment, but they’re even better from across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia (looking back toward Porto).
For the best experience, consider taking the cable car or visit Porto Cruz’s rooftop bar.
The public garden next to Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar is also an excellent place for soaking in Porto’s view. You can also enjoy the views from the top of the Clérigos Tower or the terrace next to the cathedral.
Languages in Porto
Like many other tourist destinations in the world, English is a common language used in all communication and commercial activities here.