What were your favorite things about Porto?
We had four perfect days. One could spend a lot more time there, but this is what we did.
Day 1 Walking tour of Porto, including stops that feature azulejos and churches, including the cathedral. And the main shopping street. There are far more fascinating places...and eateries to stop at... than we could cover. We ripped out pages from Rick Steve's book. His recommendations for a walking tour were spot on. We ended up at the Ribera. We calculated that we walked 12 miles!
Day 2 Walk across the Luis I bridge for great views to the other side, Villa Nova de Gaia. At the other side, on a viewpoint near the bridge, we sat on the grass with many others as a band performed. The view across to Porto and the Ribera were breathtaking. We then walked along the waterfront and toured several port lodges. There are many options. If you are not a port drinker, Calem or Sandeman are top choices. As veteran port drinkers, we headed straight to Graham's. It's a superb tour, and if you have two people, as we were, you can order 8 different wines for tasting. Yum. On the way back, take the funicular up to the bridge.
Day 3 Bus tour to Bom Jesus, Braga and Guimares. None of these are along the camino, and we really wanted to see them. This, however, may not be on your priority list. If not, you may want to take a bus trip down to Coimbra. You can do that on your own without a tour or take a tour. We stopped there before we arrived in Porto and really enjoyed our stay there.
Day 4 Bus tour of the Duoro Valley. Our tour was in our view THE best bus tour we ever taken anywhere. Not to recommend one over another, since I don't know the others, but ours was a Viator tour run by Living Tours described as Douro Valley Historical Tour with Lunch, Winery Visit with Tastings and Panoramic Cruise. Every moment was a dream, including the lunch outdoors at a centuries old estate where we had a communal meal with table full of fun travelers from the UK and Brasil. It was like a communal meal on the camino.