Porto or Lisbon: Which City in Portugal Should You Visit?

In April, I took my first trip to Europe by visiting the amazing country of Portugal. While there I visited many cities, but based myself in Porto and Lisbon. These are the two biggest cities of Portugal and thus extremely popular with tourists. I was lucky to have over two weeks to explore. However, others may not have as much time and could be faced with a tough choice: Porto or Lisbon?

Hopefully, after this ready this post, you’ll be able to decide which city is better suited for you. Both cities were great and are worth a visit. But if you’re interested in finding out if Porto or Lisbon should be next on your travel bucket list, keep reading.

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Sintra, Portugal: Day Trip from Lisbon

If you’ve seen photos of Portugal, there’s a great chance you’ve come across the gorgeous castles in Sintra. Sintra is a beautiful town near the capital city of Lisbon. This makes a great day trip for people staying in Lisbon, which is exactly what I did during my Portugal trip. If you’d like to read about how to get to Sintra and how to make most of your trip, keep reading.

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Aveiro, Portugal: Perfect Day Trip from Porto

The beautiful canals and buildings of Aveiro, Portugal

If you are looking for day trips from Porto, Aveiro is a great option. This canal-filled city is sometimes referred to as the Venice of Portugal. There are many day trip options from Porto. But Aveiro is a great, easy option for those of you. Plus, travel within Portugal is not only cheap, but efficient. So, if you’d like to know what to expect from a day trip from Porto to Aveiro, keep reading.

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Staying in a Hostel for the First Time (Selina Porto)

I want to travel the world. And I’m slowly but surely starting to do so. I recently went on my first overseas trip to Portugal and it was amazing. However, I also have student loans and I’m not raking in 6 figures (yet!). So I have to plan and budget accordingly in order to do what I love: travel.

For me and many others, hostels are the way to be able to save money while traveling. Accommodations are often the biggest killer for travelers. It can be your biggest expense, more than flights, food and activities combined. Luckily we live in a world with more options. There are Airbnb’s, which you can get for great deals, especially in Europe. However, even that can be out of your price range. Thus, I decided to dabble into the world of hostels for the first time. If you’d like to know about what to expect, keep reading.

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Braga, Portugal: The Perfect Day Trip from Porto

Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal

When I booked my flight to Porto, I knew I wouldn’t stay in the city the entire time. Although one of Portugal’s largest cities, I wanted to take advantage of the abundance of day trips possible to do from Porto. One of those day trips includes Braga. Braga, known as a religious hub of Portugal, is a beautiful city that is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the north of Portugal.

If you’d like to read more about my time in Braga and what to expect during your day trip to Braga, please keep reading.

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Porto, Portugal: 10 Things to See & Do

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal via The Independent

If you read a previous post of mine you know that I’m going to be going to Portugal. Depending if I decide to post this on a Monday or on my regular Tuesday schedule, I may be traveling to Porto TODAY. (Hello, future me). Portugal is probably one of the top 5 European countries I want to explore and I’ll finally be tapping into it. I’ll be there for just under two weeks and I have a whole list of ideas to do.

Who knows if I’ll make time for everything on my list because I don’t want to be too strict with my itinerary. But nevertheless, I’d like to give a rough outline of what I plan to do during my time in the beautiful Porto. My goal is to enjoy my time in Porto but also take advantage of its prime location to take day trips around the area. So, if you’d like to find out what I’d like to explore, keep reading.

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