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Porto Portugal for Backpackers

Porto for backpackers

Those who travel to various destinations, with “their home on their backs”, as we say, normally have a hard-earned budget and have little margin for big spending. Porto is a backpacker-friendly city because it is an economical and a very interesting destination.

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Free entry

Casa da Música usually has free shows at weekends, during the day. Find out more at the ticket office. Also, in the summer, the first building built in Portugal dedicated exclusively to music offers various shows with free entry.

In the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, the most important in Porto and one of the best in the country, entry is free on Sundays before 1:00pm, and there are other museums with free entry.

In the Portuguese Centre for Photography, in the former Prison, in the heart of the city centre, entry is always free. The Soares dos Reis National Museum, next to the Hospital of Santo António, is the countrys first public museum and entry is free on Sundays and public holidays before 2:00pm. In this museum, do not miss the collection of sculptures and paintings from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Finally, the Port Wine Museum, where you can learn about the history of the nectar produced in the Douro Wine Region, has free admission on Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm, and on Sundays from 2pm to 5:30pm.

In 2012, Porto saw three of its hostels enter the Hoscars Top 10, awarded by the site Hostelworld.com, a reference in the area, reserved for smaller projects (with a maximum of 50 beds).

One of these hostels also stood out for being the cleanest hostel in the world voted by site users.

Eating and drinking

At lunch, there are several places where you can eat, well, for 5 Euros. Just follow the executives and other inhabitants of Porto during their lunch break or ask for restaurants with daily menus.

At dinner, and although the service is a la carte in most establishments, it is not difficult to eat for 15 Euros per person. The wines, even in restaurants, are not expensive, and without spending too much, you can try a good Douro wine or Vinho Verde.