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Porto ideas after Rick Steves' tour

We are two very active older women who enjoy exploring and wondering...and relaxing over a glass of wine!
In early October, after ending the tour, we are staying in the area for 5 more days.
Thinking of staying in Porto for 1 or 2 day trips and then moving to Viana do Castelo by the water for 3 nights. Does this seems like a good plan? We aren't planning on renting a car. Any other suggestions to consider?

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It is a wonderful idea! We toured all of Portugal and our favorite area was the Minho which you refer to. We stayed in Guimares and I recommend you visit it, the first capital city of Portugal. Not far from Viana do Castelo. Enjoy!

Posted by
55 posts

Hi
Braga and Guimaraes are two inland options about 1 hour from Porto.
Aveiro is a coastal option about 1 hour south from Porto.
Happy travels

Posted by
64 posts

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them all out. Would you recommend staying in Guimares or Viana do Castelo?

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Hi
Guimaraes is inland and Viana do Castelo is coastal.
I prefer Viana only because I prefer to be by the ocean - personal choice entirely.
In Viana there is a piazza - praca da republica - no cars are allowed and a couple of cafes have tables on the piazza, I found it relaxing and enjoyable. Near by is church with a decorated altar.
The Santa Luzia sanctuary has great views of the area.
Happy travels