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Day Trips from Porto - ANY ADVICE?

Greetings, fellow travel enthusiasts!

My girlfriend and I are staying a week in Porto this summer and would like to plan a side-trip or two. What would you recommend? Coimbra? Foz? Guimarães?

I look forward to hearing back from you. Obrigado!

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Coimbra and Foz are too far, iMO. Braga, Douro valley and Guimaraes would be my picks.

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We did a day trip to Santiago de Compostela and it was great.

Also, take the train up the Douro River Valley to Regua or Pinhao.

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We spent several nights in Guimares before arriving in Porto, wonderful , historic city.

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geovagriffith, isn't Santiago de Compostela a long day trip from Porto? Did you drive or take public transportation?

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Santiago de Compestela from Porto??? That is 3-3.5 hours each way. That is not a day trip in my opinion.
There area a lot of towns on the coastal and central Camino paths that might be of interest. Barcelos, Vila do Conde, Valenca (though this might be too far for a day trip)

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We did a day tour with a local company, I don't remember the name. It wasn't a long drive. We even stopped a one village on the Spanish border and walked around for about an hour.

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My apple maps says that the trip to Santiago de Compostela is 2 hours and 48 minutes. I think we did it in about 2.5 hours. The ride is scenic and Santiago is great.