There’s truly nothing like the great outdoors. The sky becomes your ceiling. Meadows and ferns become your furniture. Flora and fauna become your roommates. All the world essentially becomes your home. It sounds amazing, right? Wait a sec, you said you’re not a fan of the wilderness? You said the “great outdoors” doesn’t sound so great to you? Well, we think that’s because you haven’t been to Porto, Portugal yet.
Porto is a massive coastal city with plenty of room for outdoor activities. You can go camping in the wilderness, just like we described earlier, but you can also go surfing, boating, hiking, and birdwatching. Porto redefines the great outdoors and gives people a wider selection of things to do. Okay, maybe a traditional camping trip isn’t your thing. Porto still has a wealth of outdoor activities to experience.
Today, we’re going to show you some of our favorite outdoor and camping activities near Porto. We say “near” because we’ll be exiting the city for at least a few of these activities. Suffice it to say that we’ll be traveling a lot. Pack your essential items, then use a Porto luggage storage service to store your extra items.
Chapel of Souls
Chapel of Souls kind of sounds like a location in a fantasy story, doesn’t it? It sounds more like a Lord of the Rings venue than a church, in our opinion. Turns out, the Chapel of Souls is located in Porto, Portugal. All of those blue and white squares that you see on this building? Those are Azulejos Tiles.
The Chapel of Souls is completely decorated in ornate Azulejos art. You usually have to head indoors to admire paintings of this caliber. However, admiring the Azulejos Tiles at the Chapel of Souls is an outdoor activity.
Campsite Orbitur Rio Alto
There are a lot of great places to set up camp in a city as big as Porto. Most of these places are large parks that are quite popular with the locals. Campsite Orbitur Rio Alto is exactly the sort of venue that we’re talking about.
This campsite has tons of room for outdoor activities. It also offers extremely affordable rates for campers who want to stay in a room. Amenities like on-site restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool make Campsite Orbitur Rio Alto all the more special.
Some time ago, Porto earned the “City of Bridges” moniker. It’s no secret that several large bridges are sprinkled all throughout the city. Can anyone guess which body of water most of those bridges cross over? If you answered the Douro River, you’re 100% correct!
This massive river is more than 550 miles long. That’s plenty of room to go boating, rafting, rowing, or kayaking. Just make sure to mind your map; the Douro River stretches all the way from Porto to Central Spain!
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Our minds always feel so much more clear after we go for a nature walk. Be it a long trek or a short trip, something about nature walks really revitalizes us. The Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is one of our favorite places to go for nature walks in Porto.
The Gardens of the Crystal Palace, as they’re called in English, feature hedge-mazes, flower art, sculptures, and plenty of room for most kinds of outdoor activities. It’s not uncommon to find folks birdwatching here. A garden this magnificent is bound to attract all kinds of birds.
Matosinhos Beach is probably one of our favorite places to go when we just want to cool off. The sea lapping at your feet. The wind whipping through your hair. There’s nothing like a trip to this beach on a hot summer day.
Matosinhos Beach presents visitors with a wealth of outdoor activities if they’re willing to get creative. You can set up a volleyball game here, or you can just bask in the sun. You can light a bonfire at night, or you can go surfing during the day. The possibilities seem endless at Matosinhos Beach. It really just comes down to personal preference.
Miradouro da Vitória
One of the great things about Porto is that it has natural beauty and man-made beauty. What do we mean by that? Well, the city is full of all kinds of beautiful architecture. Think skyscrapers, houses, and especially bridges. These structures are just a joy to look at. From the right angle, that is.
That’s where Miradouro da Vitória comes in. This streetside viewing center is one of the best places to go to simply admire Porto’s beauty. You can see plenty of famous Porto landmarks from here and you can snap some amazing photos.
Parque Natural do Douro Internacional
We’ve already spent some time fawning over the Douro River, but we’re not quite done yet. It’s only fitting that a river this amazing has a national park. Or an international park, as is the case with Parque Natural do Douro Internacional.
This splendid nature reserve is simply a beauty to behold. It’s also one of the biggest hiking spots in Porto. Winding roads and stunning scenery await at the Parque Natural do Douro Internacional. This place just has a way of bringing out the adventurer in all of us.
Parque das Virtudes
Porto might have a lot of parks, but none of them are exactly alike. Our previous entry was a national park that’s located far away from the center of the city. Parque das Virtudes, on the other hand, is located near the heart of Porto and Douro River.
This park is a favorite picnic spot for many of Porto’s citizens and visitors. It’s also a layered garden that would make the Babylonians blush. Okay, so that reference might not resonate with everyone. But the views and the scenery that you’ll find at Parque das Virtudes certainly will.