A week in Porto, Self-guided walking tour in Portugal (8 days)


The certified guides from Be Cool Travel will provide you with all the tools and logistics to complete this 8-day self-guided walking tour in and around the splendid city and area of Porto, in Portugal, a gorgeous region with a magnificent array of scenery and places to explore.


8 Days

All year

Open to everyone

First Time


  • Discover the beautiful and fascinating city of Porto!
  • Walk around some of the gorgeous coastal regions, towns and villages
  • Explore many historical sights, such as the medieval town of Guimaraes
  • Take in the idyllic and tranquil fields, meadows and parks of the countryside


Join us on this marvelous 8-day walking tour in and around the truly special and amazing city of Porto in Northern Portugal, and you will bear witness to all the stunning scenery, culture and history that this region has to offer, from sleepy seaside towns and villages, to castles and cathedrals, lush green fields and the bustling metropolis of Porto city itself.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, located in the North of the country, and is internationally famous as being the home of Port Wine and for being a World Heritage Site. It lies on the banks of the Douro River and contains grand and majestic architecture, as well as plenty of peaceful parks and gardens.

We meet at Porto Airport and head to the hotel, where we will dispense all relevant information for the week, including transfer and train vouchers, emergency contact number and walking maps.

From the 2nd day onwards you we will be walking, and as the routes are completely self-guided you can go as fast or slow as you like, depending on energy and enthusiasm.

Highlights include a walk through the gorgeous medieval town of Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal and a fun place to explore, the coastal walk to the South of Porto, taking in the quaint fishing village of Afurada and numerous striking sandy beaches, and the walks near Castelo de Queijo, Vila do conde and Povoa do Varzim, where awe-inspiring parks, gardens, fishing ports and more glorious architecture.

There is of course ample time to explore the city of Porto itself, an increasingly popular tourist destination from people from all around the world due to its manageable size, which manages to pack in an astonishing amount of cultural and gastronomical delights.

After 8-days you will hopefully have discovered what makes Porto and the surrounding area so special, while also experiencing the fun of making your own way around.

Experience Porto and its surrounding areas in a fun and unique way – book now and don’t miss out!


Day 1: Arrival at Porto Airport and transfer to the Hotel

Once you get to Porto airport you will be met inside the airport terminal, at the exit hall by our driver who will hold a sign with your name written upon it.

Day 2: Walk to Gaia and Back

A walk taking in some of Porto ́s most iconic monuments and places such as the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, S. Bento Station, the Praça da Ribeira and the Port Lodges.

We see some magnificent views from the top of D. Luis I Bridge and the viewpoint of the Serra do Pilar. We also have the chance to taste port in the old Port houses of Vila Nova de Gaia. The walk is short to allow for the various visits along the way.

Day 3: Porto Walk South

The walk follows the coast south of Porto along boardwalks and promenades giving access to beautiful sandy beaches.

The fishing village of Afurada, with many cafés and restaurants, is worth exploring and makes a great lunch time stop.

We then follow the imaginatively created walkway along the south bank of the river back to the centre.

Day 4: Porto Walk North

A walk along the north bank of the river starting at the fishing port of Matosinhos, renowned for its superb fish restaurants.

Our walk follows promenades and boardwalks down the Atlantic coast to Foz do Douro where the river meets the sea.

Then on to the centre of Porto.

Our route enables us to enjoy superb views of the river, the town and the sea for the first part and then the classic Porto architecture.

Day 5: Guimarães Town Walk

This route leads from Guimarães railway station through the centre of Guimarães old town and up to the Ducal Palace and Castle using the most straightforward route possible.

Clients can then explore the town and return to the railway station at the end by the same route.

Day 6: Castelo do Queijo Walk – Hotel - Park

A lovely walk taking in some beautiful parks and gardens, along leafy quiet lanes.

We go through some picturesque and ancient neighbourhoods and can visit places of interest along the way such as the Museu Romantico, Casa Tait, the Crystal Palace and also the splendid Parque da Cidade.

Day 7: Vila do Conde and Póvoa do Varzim Coast Walk

A great coastal walk visiting two charming seaside towns, Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde. Much of the route gives access to wonderful beaches.

Day 8: Individual departure or extra days

At convenient time departure to Porto Airport or Porto Train station




Hotel Vila Galé Porto

More info

From 26/03/2019 - 31/10/2019 Price per person in a twin/double room: €835 Price per person in a single room: €1150 Minimum of 2 people per booking.

PAYMENT POLICY Full payment 30 days before arrival - 100%

Information pack includes - Accommodation, transfer and train vouchers (as outlined in the program), emergency contact numbers, hotline for any problem during your stay, general information on your holiday, walking maps, detailed walks descriptions

Please bring walking boots with ankle support, sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproof clothes, GPS device, water bottle, towel and swimsuit

Porto features a generally mild year round climate.

Meeting point

Porto Airport, Portugal


About the guide

We are Portugal's most trusted walking and cultural company and have been providing services to clients from all over the world for more than 10 years.

All of our trips are fully customisable. We can always work with you to put together exactly what you had in mind. We will listen to you and take care of all the planning and logistics using our local expertise and contacts.

Based on experience, we know that many groups like to mix their activities with some more leisurely aspects, such as good food and cultural highlights. We are happy to put that together for you as well.

Contact us for a truly memorable experience in Portugal!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1140 Each

Group of 2

EUR 763 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Date A 01/01/20 a 20/03/20 | 01/11/20 a 31/12/20

Price per person in a twin room 740,00 €

Date B 21/03/20 a 31/10/20

Price per person in a twin room 815,00 €

Prices details

• Please note that all trips require a minimum of two participants.

• The prices are per person in a twin room.

· For single room please contact us.

· Extra nights are available upon request.


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