The Unvanquished City
Porto for Backpackers
Porto, home of Port wine, beautiful landscapes, architecture by famed architects such as Gustave Eiffel, and the second largest city in Portugal, is a wonderland for travelers from Europe and beyond. First inhabited in 300 B.C., Porto was settled by Celtic people, occupied by the Roman empire, then the Austrian empire, and eventually Napoleon. The city holds the worlds longest standing military alliance with England and has been a major shipping port since the age of discovery. As one of Portugal's most cultural cities, influence from each of these periods can be seen wandering the hilly cobblestone roads of Porto and admiring the historical buildings and churches scattered throughout the city. Porto is also known as one of Europe's most budget friendly destinations, where €2 meals and wine for even less isn't hard to come by. So whether you're looking for the best of those budget restaurants, amazing hostels to meet other travelers in, or cheap things to do throughout the city, we've done some of the research for you so that you can make the most out of your trip, all in one place.
The best trips are well rounded! Whether you want to bring out your inner kid or splurge on a posh night out, check out our other sections to see how other adventurers and locals see Porto!