5 Best budget-friendly activities in Porto

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We know that the school year only starts in September, and you don't want to think about classes during the summer months, so if you wish to enjoy the best season of the year in the city of Porto, we bring you a handful of low-cost activities to relax before you get down to business! 

Don’t forget to collect and compile your memories from Portugal!

Visit the Portuguese Centre of Photography 
The Portuguese Photography Center (PCP) is a museum dedicated to photographic exhibitions and national archives, which you can visit completely for free! 
Located in the heart of the city, right next to Clérigos Tower, you may explore this place alone or with your group of friends, just by booking your visit through their email, filling out the form on the website 
Did you know that this used to be a prison, where a renowned Portuguese writer from the 19th century - Camilo Castelo Branco - was imprisoned? 
If you're curious, keep an eye on the exhibition calendar and on the website to be up to date with everything!

Location Centro Português da Fotografia, Porto
How to Get There 
Bus: 200/ 201/ 207/ 208/ 301/ 303/ 305/ 501/ 507/ 601/ 602/ 703/ 801  


Watch the sunset in Jardim do Morro 
Do you know what is also free? Nature and scenic beauty in the city of Porto (or, in this case, in Vila Nova de Gaia)! 
A refreshing drink, nice music and a breathtaking sunset, sounds good? If the answer is yes, we have just the right place for you: Jardim do Morro, just across the Douro River, in Vila Nova de Gaia!
Jardim do Morro is a large garden with one of the best views of Porto, Douro River and its bridges, and also the historic Ribeira area. And, for that very reason, the best sunset ever!
We leave you with this tip: walk through the upper deck of the famous Luís I Bridge and you will be able to take pictures with one of the most beautiful backgrounds of the city!

Location Jardim do Morro, Vila Nova de Gaia 
How to Get There 
Subway Line D 


Play Mini-Golf 
If your ideal plans for the summer include sports, then we have the perfect suggestion for you!
The "Clube de Minigolfe do Porto" is open every day of the week with extended opening hours, besides having very affordable prices, reaching a maximum price of 2.50€. 
This is the ideal program for an afternoon with your family or friends, as it is located in one of the most prestigious areas of Porto, near the sea and perfect for a walk

Location Avenida de Dom Carlos I 
How to Get There 
Bus 202/ 500 


Explore the city's urban art
One of the best ways to understand the culture of a place is through its artistic expression, so we bring you a different way to walk around the city of Porto - following routes dedicated to urban art! 
ISCAP's Center for Intercultural Studies (CEI) has a project dedicated to urban art, called StreetArt CEI, where you can discover a wide list of routes in or around the city center of Porto, so you can see a variety of works. 
Mr. Dheo, Hazul, Vhils or Daniel Eime are some of the names you can find on building walls, morals or house walls. Explore the city through graffiti! 


Shopping in the street markets 
Street markets are the perfect opportunity to get in touch with handmade products, the locals, and the Porto surroundings!
There are several in the city of Porto, however, "Porto Belo" Market is one of the oldest and has multiple stalls selling vinyl records, handmade crafts, clothing and books.  
This market is located in Praça Carlos Alberto, right in the centre of Porto, every Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, so you already know how to make the most of your weekend!

Location Praça Carlos Alberto 
How to Get There 
Bus 300/ 305/ 400/ 500/ 507/ 600/ 700/ 703/ 905 

The options are endless, the hard part will be choosing which one to do first! However, we are sure that with these suggestions you will get to know the city of Porto like the back of your hand and be able to relax by immersing yourself in the Porto’s culture, before the hustle and bustle of going back to school! 

See you on the streets of Porto?