Places to visits near Porto

Old Feb 7th, 2016, 10:17 AM
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Places to visits near Porto

We are going to Porto for a short midweek break in may. Can anyone suggest some places to visits from Porto which does not involve more than say 1 hours travelling by public transport.each way. Thank You.
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Old Feb 7th, 2016, 11:07 AM
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I loved Guimares and Braga - research those gems about an hour or so from Porto - Coimbra is a larger town with a sweet upper city with lovely old university buildings - check www.budgeteuropetravel.com and their online European Planning & Rail Guide Portugal section for more options easily reachable by train or bus in that area - like perhaps Batalha and its UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery.

those are just a few that I went to.
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Old Feb 7th, 2016, 11:08 AM
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You could head inland by boat on the Douro River to see the vineyards.
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Another vote for Guimaraes- we spent a night there last May & loved it; would definitely return. Also found Coimbra fascinating & charming although much bigger than Guimaraes- not sure about getting there in an hour by public transportation as we had a car & went from Coimbra (1 night) to Guimaraes (1 night) to Porto (2 nights). Missed the Douro Valley but would definitely suggest it based on reputation & certainly within easy distance of Porto.
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Guimares would be my first choice - be sure to see the monastery (?) pilgrimage site with those steep stairs I saw folks navigating on their knees!

https://www.google.com/search?q=guim...w=1920&bih=955
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